?How long will it take to get my US tax refund?
It usually takes around 10 - 12 weeks from the day your file is received by the tax office to the day you get your refund.
?I still haven’t received my tax refund – where’s my refund?
Sometimes it takes longer for example if there are delays at the tax office or if they demand additional documentation from you. We will let you know if this happens and we will be in regular contact with the tax office to speed up your refund
?What is a CPA?
CPA stands for Certified Public Accountant, an accredited US tax professional trusted by the IRS to check all tax returns are compliant with US tax code. Our CPA will review your application to make sure it is fully compliant.
?How much will it cost?
For US Federal tax returns we charge $60 + handling fee
Add in a State tax return for $30 + handling fee
For a state tax return on its own we charge $50 + handling fee.
If you are due a small refund from the US that does not cover our minimum fee, Taxback.com offers a reduced fee to allow you to meet your US tax filing obligations and file your tax return. Your Account Manager can discuss the fees with you in more detail if you have any questions.
?Do I have to file a US tax return?
Yes. Everyone who works in the US and earns more than the following amounts is required by law to file one:
2014 - US$3950
2013 - US$3900
2012 – US$3800
?What if I earned under these amounts?
Technically, you may be exempted from having to file a tax return, but we recommend you file one anyway as you may still be owed a tax refund and it's always better to ensure you comply with US tax laws.
?What's the difference between filing my US tax return and getting my US tax refund?
A tax return is a document declaring the liability for taxation while a tax refund is the money you get back on an overpayment made for a particular tax. We file your tax return in order to get you tax refund.
?What forms do I need to file my tax return and apply for a tax refund?
You will need to provide either a;
1. Final Cumulative Pay slip OR W2 Form/1042-S form
2. Your social security number/ITIN number
Sometimes we can use your final cumulative pay slip to begin your application process however some states only accept a W2/1040-S form. You will receive this form at the end of the tax year.
?What is a final cumulative pay slip?
This is a pay slip which is given to you along with your final pay slip and states all your earnings and taxes you were charged during the year.
?What’s a W2/1040-S form?
The W2 form states your total earnings and amount you've been taxed over the past year. You will receive it at the end of the tax year in December.
You will usually receive a 1042-S form instead of a W2 if you’re a student, teacher or trainee on J or F visa. The 1042-S outlines your scholarships, fellowships or grants you received in addition to tax treaties you're entitled to.
?What’s an ITIN?
ITIN stands from Individual Tax Identification Number. If you’ve lost your social security number or you never got one, we can arrange an ITIN for you for only $120 so we can start applying for your tax refund.
?What if I’ve lost any of these forms?
Don’t worry; our documents retrieval team can find them for you or source new ones for a small fee.
?What taxes will I pay in the US?
You will pay three to four taxes
1. Federal Tax - usually at 10% for temporary workers
2. State Tax - varies between 1 - 13% depending on what state you worked in
3. Local Tax - A city/county tax
4. FICA tax – social security and Medicare contributions
As a temporary worker in the US, you’re not meant to be charged FICA. If you’ve been charged it, you are most likely due a refund.
?What taxes can you file for me?
Federal, state and local tax, plus a FICA refund if you've been charged it.
?How do I know what's happening with my tax return?
By checking your personal, secure, online TaxTracker ® account. Here you will see every update and action taken on your case, and see if we need extra information or documents we need from you.
?Can I file my taxes electronically?
No – it is illegal for non – US residents to e-file. Be cautious of companies who say they can file US taxes online for you as they may not be filing a compliant tax return. We guarantee to file a tax return that is fully compliant with US tax laws.
?How do I know if I'm a resident or non resident for US tax purposes?
You will be considered a non-resident for tax purposes until you pass the substantial presence test. As a non-resident for tax purposes, you must file a non resident 1040NR Tax Return.
?What is the substantial presence test?
This is a test which gives you status as a resident for tax purposes once you pass it. To pass it you must have been physically present in the US for:
To calculate this time, you can include all of the days you were present in the US over the current year, 1/34rd of the days you were present for the year before, and 1/6th of the days you were present in the US in the year before that.
?When can I take the test?
You can take the test once you have been in the US for five years (on a F, J, M or Q visa) or two years (on a work and travel, researcher or trainee J or Q visa).
?When can I apply for my US tax refund?
You can apply for your tax refund at the end of the US tax year which runs from January to December. Now you can apply for a US tax refund as far back as three years.
?How much money will I get back?
This depends on your individual circumstances, but we’ll attempt to get you back the maximum legal tax refund possible. That amount depends on factors like:
?What’s the average refund Taxback.com customers receive?
The average refunds we get for our clients across all visas we can file taxes for is between $520 and $1118, so apply today!
?Can you guarantee that I'll receive the refund amount estimated for me?
Our tax calculator gives a pretty accurate estimation of what you’ll get but the final amount can only be determined by the US tax office. We will file a compliant tax return and guarantee to get back any tax you've overpaid.
?Could I owe money to the IRS?
It's unlikely but we’ll check your situation and documents carefully.