Employment and Taxes in the US

Information about Employment in the United States


Social Security and Taxes

Social Security Number — Crucial for general identification

This is a United States Government number issued to anyone for purposes of record-keeping for pay checks, bank records, and general identification. All students must have one. The International Student Advisor will assist new international students in obtaining the numbers at the beginning of each academic year.

Your United States Tax Obligations

All international students are required by federal law to file a U.S. tax return, even if you do not have a source of income.

International Students have taxes removed from paychecks as a norm. A few countries have treaties with the United States agreeing to not have taxes removed. The Student Employment Office has a computer list of the countries with treaties. All students must submit a tax filing form to the United States federal government between January 1 and April 15 for previous calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Typically, there is a return of taxes that have been removed. This is dependent on how much was earned by the student during the calendar year.

To assist you with this requirement, Bates College has collaborated with Sprintax, an online tool specifically designed for international students and scholars that helps you prepare your federal tax return in less than 20 minutes! Students may also file a Maine state tax form using information from their federal tax return. Information about this process will come directly via email, including a Sprintax user code.

Center for Global Education staff are not tax experts and therefore cannot help you prepare your return nor provide you with tax advice.

For preparing the tax forms, students should have in hand any 1042-S form received from the Personnel Office, and any W-2 forms received from anywhere you have worked. Additionally, the Bates financial aid support letter will be needed, if applicable.