As wage earners, J-1 intern/trainees are required to pay Federal, State and Local taxes (FUTA). These taxes are taken out of each paycheck automatically. When you arrive in the US and complete the paperwork for the Human Resources/Payroll office at your host company they will ask you to complete a W-4 form which helps to determine exactly how much will be deducted from your paycheck for taxes.
J-1 intern/trainees are exempt from paying Social Security and Medicare taxes (FICA). If you notice that Social Security and Medicare taxes are being withheld from your paycheck please bring it to the attention of your supervisor or the Human Resources department. The rules about your exemption, along with detailed information about taxes for Non-Resident Aliens can be found at IRS website.
All program participants and any accompanying dependents may be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act in regards to health insurance.
J-1 intern/trainees are required to file a tax return for their previous year's wages by April 15 of each year. Some J-1 program participants may be eligible for a tax refund.
Pan Atlantic is not a licensed tax advisor and we cannot provide official tax advice. Please contact a professional tax advisor or the IRS to determine your specific tax situation.
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If you wish to manage your taxes on your own, you will need to complete the 1040NR EZ form to file your Federal Tax return, and you will also need to complete the appropriate State and Local tax return forms . More information is available at the IRS website.
You may contact the your local IRS office with any questions. To locate the nearest IRS office click here.