Information about Claiming Taxback

Help offered filing your J1 tax back form

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— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on June 13, 2010

It’s been a while since we have posted here, in fact it’s been a few years since we’ve used the J1 Taxback service ourselves. Previously we used to help people fill out the forms, but over the last 2 years the number of requests for this has dropped. So either the service is getting easier to do (which is what we hope), or we are not showing ourselves as approachable as possible.

If you need help filling our your J1 Taxback please don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember you can claim you Social Security and Medicare for up to 5 years. If you are a J-1 researcher, and on a longer stay than a typical college student who goes to the US for 4 months, you can claim exemption for up to 18 months.

Calling home from the States

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— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on February 15, 2009

On of the many worries that students have when going on a J1 Visa is how do they save money and make sure that they bring some money back to Ireland at the end of the Summer. There are many costs involved with living abroad, like accomodation, food, transport, and your phone bill. One of the more expensive things is calling home while you are away. Either you have to rent a phone line, and go through the hassle of getting organised (and cancelled when you leave) or you go for a prepaid mobile (cell) phone.

Recently we came across a product, that will solve this problem. It will save you money on calls, and roaming charges are significantly reduce.  The only stipulation is that you have to make sure that your phone can handle a 3rd party SIM card. One quick way to check if your phone is SIMunlocked, is to put in a friends SIM card into your phone. So if you are 02, try a Vodafone SIM card, or viceversa.

MaxRoam Rates, in the USA calling Ireland

Rates as of 15/02/2008

Type of call Cost/minute
Incoming Call €0.38
Outgoing Call To Cellular In Ireland €0.60
Outgoing Call To Landline In Ireland €0.50
Call To a Local Landline In USA €0.46
Call To a Local Cellular Phone In USA €0.46
Sending an SMS From USA €0.21
Calling Your Voice Mail €0.47

Claiming J1 Tax Returns offline

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— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on August 26, 2008

In this day and age most people like to do things online, from buying flight tickets to shopping for gifts. It can save time and hassle. But we are also aware that there are people who don’t feel 100% safe with submitting their personal details online. The current submission of your taxback is over a secure encrypted connection (HTTPS), but we also offer a way for those of you who don’t feel this is secure enough for you. We have a .PDF file which you can download and post back to us.

Submitting J1 Tax Claim Offline

To submit your tax return off line :

  1. Just simply click on the icon below
  2. Download the document
  3. Print off the 9 pages
  4. Fill out the sections as much as you can.
  5. Post it to us in either to Chicago USA or Dublin, Ireland if you live in Europe.

Download the documentation

Again you should allow 3 to 6 weeks for processing before you can expect to get your tax return cheque. In fact submitting all the forms like this will speed up your application and it should be completed sooner !

Taxes to claim back on your J1 Visa

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— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on June 24, 2008

So you’ve just been working in the US for the Summer, and now you’ve returned home and are wondering just exactly “What taxes can be claimed back with a J1 ?“. The rules for this are not 100% straight forward but I will try to outline just how you can claim your J1 Taxes. In the US, there are 3 types of income tax, and on your wages slip you should can see up to 4 of the following deductions:

  1. FICA (Social Security Tax, figured at 6.2% of the first $97,500 of wages)
  2. Medicare (health insurance, can be separate depending on your provider, and is 1.45% of all wages)
  3. State tax (taxes that go to the state you live in, some states don’t have this. Rates can vary)
  4. Local tax (taxes that go to the local authorities, like your city that you live in. Rates can vary.)
  5. Federal tax (taxes that go to the federal government, rates depend on your salary.

J1 visa holders are exempt from FICA (Social Security or Medicare) taxes for two years . This more than covers the length that a typical J1 student will stay in the USA. You need to make sure that you are registered as a non-resident. Once you are a non-resident you start to get an exemption on your deductions.On your wages slip you should see itemized deductions.

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claiming your j1 tax online

Once your return to your home country, it’s possible to file for a return of these taxes. Typical processing time can take up to 2 months, so it’s important that you start your claim as soon as you come back.

Tax a break from your taxes

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— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on May 19, 2008

If you need to take a break from doing your taxes then you should take a look at this link. It might help you from going insane while doing your taxes !

J1 Visa Survey

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— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on April 29, 2008

Last month we contacted all the previous people who had used J1TaxBack for help with their taxes and we asked them a number of questions. Here are the results of the survey where, in which over 100 people answered. We would like to thank everyone for getting back to us and filling out our questionnaire, without them we would not be able to share these statistics. In all we asked 10 questions about their J1 Experience, to insure that we didn’t put too much of a burden on people.

J1 2007 Survey

Question: Are you Male or Female ?
Results:

  • Male : 57%
  • Female : 43%

Question: What this the first time you were ever in the United States of America ?
Results:

  • Yes: 73%
  • No: 27%

Question: Did you travel to the US alone ?
Results:

  • Yes: 9%
  • No: 91%

Question: Was your group mixed (male/female)
Results:

  • Yes: 76%
  • No : 24%

Question: Did you stay on the East Coast / West Coast / Central
Results:

  • East Coast : 55%
  • West Coast : 39%
  • Central : 6%

Question: Did you manage to save money while on a J1 ?
Results:

  • Yes: 45%
  • No : 19%
  • Came out even : 36%

Question: Did you stay with the original job you came out to do ?
Results:

  • Yes: 67%
  • No : 33%

Question: What age were you when you did the J1 ?
Results:

  • 18: 4%
  • 19 : 13%
  • 20 : 42%
  • 21 : 27%
  • 22 : 11%
  • 23+ : 3%

Question: How did you find the processing of your J1 Tax Return
Results:

  • Fantastic, much better than expected : 14%
  • Better than expected :34%
  • Average / As expected: 31%
  • Below Average: 18%
  • Useless: 3%

Average J1 Tax Return

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Filed under: tax-advice
— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on April 14, 2008

Here are the average amounts of various tax returns in 2007:

  • J work and travel visa: $520
  • J or Q internship visa: $899
  • J, F or M student visa: $1005
  • J researcher visa: $877
  • Green card holder: $1118
  • H1B/H2B/H3 visa: $731

As you can see it is possible to get a nice return, so it is definitely something you should consider doing. The more you’ve worked in the US (and earned) the likely hood is that you will get a bigger return.

Tax Back Fees

TaxBack.com charges 10% of your Tax return value, or a minimum value of $75. This covers all the costs, paid to the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and to TaxBack.com. For the ease of use, and compared to the amount you will get back, this is still a great price. We’ve used TaxBack.com in the past, and we were always very please with their service. They also have a new online tracking tool, where you can see the progress of your application, see how much you can expect to get back, and an estimate of when you should get it back.

Forms for your J1 Tax Return

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Filed under: tax-advice
— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on March 31, 2008

Here is a quick run down of what all the tax forms mean. If you are filing your J1 Tax Return, you may be wondering what all of these are:

Tax Forms

Here is a complete listing of what forms are responsible for what tax claim :

  • Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number
  • Form SS-8, Determination of Worker Status
  • Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
  • Form W-2C, Corrected Wage and Tax Statement
  • Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements
  • Form W-3C, Transmittal of Corrected Wage and Tax Statements
  • Form W-2 and W-3 Instructions
  • Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • Form W-4P, Withholding Certificate for Pension or Annuity Payments
  • Form W-5, Earned Income Credit Advance Payment Certificate
  • Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification
  • Form 940, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment Tax Return
  • Form 940EZ, Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment Tax Return
  • Form 941, Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return
  • Form 941, Schedule B, Employer’s Record of Federal Tax Liability
  • Form 941C, Supporting Statement to Correct Information
  • Form 943, Employer’s Annual Tax Return for Agricultural Employees
  • Form 1040ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals
  • Form 1040, Schedule H, Household Employment Taxes
  • Form 8850, Pre-Screening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity and Welfare-to-Work Credits

J1 Tax Forms

The important forms to have when applying for your tax back are

  • Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement

If you don’t have your W-2 form anymore TaxBack.com can apply on your behalf to get a new one issued. You need this and your SSN (Social Security Number), and when you submit this you can start the process to get your J1 taxback.

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J1 Tax Blog

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Filed under: tax-advice
— Posted by : J1 Tax Advisor on March 12, 2008

Welcome to the J1 Tax Blog, here you will find all sorts of help, advice, tips and much more on how to fill out your j1 tax returns. Filling can’t be easier, via our Partner site, they will do all the hard work for you and fill out the difficult and often time consuming forms. They will make sure that you will get the most from your j1 tax return as you can. TaxBack.com will represent you and fill out these forms on your behalf. This means that if there are any questions or queries about your earnings they will answer them for you. All you need to do is submit a j1 tax return and then will get to work straight away.
Typically it will take between 3 – 6 weeks to get your j1 tax application processed, and you can track your progress on-line which is very handy.

If you have worked in the US on a J1 VISA in the last 4 years you are entitled to receive most of your tax back. All you need to do is to apply !

If you have any questions regarding your J1 Tax Returns, or any other related topics, you can contact us or you can leave a comment on any of our articles. Our staff will respond to you as soon as they can, and as always will bring your the best advice.

By doing the return online you are saving a lot a hassle, TaxBack.com will email you some forms to print out, sign and return. And the only other thing you need to do is send them a copy of your last pay cheque (of pay check in the US ;)).

Getting this money back will surely make your next  year in University/College that little bit easier. Remember it’s money you are entitled to, so don’t be shy about applying.

Processing Time

  • Tax Returns take between 3 & 6 weeks

Tax Return Value

  • Average Tax Return : USD $ 800

Time to claim

  • You have up to four years to apply for your rebate

Processing Cost

  • US Federal tax claims costs $60
  • US State tax claims costs $30

Questions

  • If you have any further questions please use our Help Forum

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