F1, OPT and H1B Visa Tax Information

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, H1B | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

F1 Visa 

F-1 visa holders are exempt from paying FICA Taxes, Social Security and Medicare, for a limited time. However, they are subjected to federal taxes, and state/local taxes, if applicable, students on F-1 filing their (federal) income taxes who have been in the USA for 5 years or less need to use the correct tax forms, such as 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.

You can access tax filing documents in these below links.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nre.pdf

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nr.pdf

 OPT Visa

 OPT status holders have to pay Federal and State taxes like H1B Visa holders but unlike them OPT people need not pay Social Security and Medicare taxes which will help them to save little bit while working in OPT status.

You can access tax filing documents in these below links. You can file using either one of these forms.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nre.pdf

 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nr.pdf

 H1B Visa

 H1B Visa holders have to pay Federal, State, Social Security and Medicare taxes while they are employed.

 Note: If you are on H1B Visa, you got to have a job and got to pay taxes. There is nothing like no job on H1B Visa. If you have H1B visa that means you have a job for which you got to pay tax. So be clear on this while dealing with your employers.

You can access tax filing documents in these below links. You can file using either one of these forms.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nre.pdf

 http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nr.pdf

 Source: http://www.visataxes.com/

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6 Responses to “F1, OPT and H1B Visa Tax Information”

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Does it easier if the employer don’t deduct Social Security and Medicare taxes? so that we don’t have to claim them later on. Or it is required to be charged and then claim later on?

As a H1B employee you have to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. You don’t need to worry about the deductions, your employer while running you payroll will deduct all these and give you the paycheck. After 10 years once you become a citizen, then you might want to claim some money from your Medicare for your needs.

If the F-1 visa OPT holder is South Korean AND passes the “Substantial Presence” test so that he is a resident alien, do SS & Medicare need to be withheld from his paycheck? Thanks!

It is natural you have to pay taxes for the visas because it is the national treasure as well as national security issues.

If I am on H1 and I don’t have a job(I am on bench for few months) then I heard I or my employer have to pay an amount to run the payroll. (How much would that amount be approximately)?

Please tell me which form to get social security tax back, thanks


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