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Sandra Said:Can an international student with a valid student visa have a TIN for tax purposes?
The information below is from the IRS web site noted below. This is an exerpt. Follow the link for the full discussion.
What is an ITIN?
An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. It is a nine-digit number that always begins with the number 9 and has a 7 or 8 in the fourth digit, example 9XX-7X-XXXX.
IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
ITINs are issued regardless of immigration status because both resident and nonresident aliens may have U.S. tax return and payment responsibilities under the Internal Revenue Code.
Individuals must have a filing requirement and file a valid federal income tax return to receive an ITIN, unless they meet an exception.
What is an ITIN used for?
ITINs are for federal tax reporting only, and are not intended to serve any other purpose. An ITIN does not authorize work in the U.S. or provide eligibility for Social Security benefits or the Earned Income Tax Credit. ITINs are not valid identification outside the tax system.
IRS issues ITINs to help individuals comply with the U.S. tax laws, and to provide a means to efficiently process and account for tax returns and payments for those not eligible for Social Security Numbers.
Who needs an ITIN?
IRS issues ITINs to foreign nationals and others who have federal tax reporting or filing requirements and do not qualify for SSNs. A non-resident alien individual not eligible for an SSN, who is required to file a U.S. tax return only to claim a refund of tax under the provisions of a U.S. tax treaty, needs an ITIN.
Examples of individuals who need ITINs include:
Non-resident alien filing a U.S. tax return and not eligible for an SSN
U.S. resident alien (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return and not eligible for an SSN
Dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien
Dependent or spouse of a non-resident alien visa holder
How do I know if I need an ITIN?
If you do not have an SSN and are not eligible to obtain an SSN, but you have a requirement to furnish a federal tax identification number or file a federal income tax return, you must apply for an ITIN. By law, an alien individual cannot have both an ITIN and an SSN.
IRS processes returns showing SSNs or ITINs in the blanks where tax forms request SSNs. IRS no longer accepts, and will not process, forms showing "SSA205c," "applied for," "NRA," blanks, etc.
Are ITINs valid for identification?
No. ITINs are not valid identification outside the tax system. Since ITINs are strictly for tax processing, IRS does not apply the same standards as agencies that provide genuine identity certification.
ITIN applicants are not required to apply in person, and IRS does not further validate the authenticity of identity documents. ITINs do not prove identity outside the tax system, and should not be offered or accepted as identification for non-tax purposes.
Eddie Said:International student tax refund?
We Answered:How long have you had an F-1 visa? If you are in the first 5 years, your internship wasn't subject to fica/medicare and your employer wasn't supposed to withhold it. (If they did, next April, after you file you 1040NR-EZ, THEN you can file the 843 to ask the IRS to refund you.)
7.65% of $1600 si $123.
Was the remaining $375 federal income tax withheld?
If yes, then if your total income for the year was less than $3400, you will get all of this back.
Derrick Said:International Student Tax Issues?
We Answered:I don't think you can claim these things on EZ forms. You need to fill out a regular 1040 NR. The 1040NR instruction booklet should tell you where to claim it, if possible.
Jeanne Said:International Student Tax?
We Answered:You need to file form 8843.
Diana Said:Tax refund for a married international student?
We Answered:It won't because you will be filing a 1040NR by yourself.
Beatrice Said:Filing OR state Tax returns for international student?
We Answered:Here is the Oregon state website
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