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Tax Return 2009 Help!!

Old Feb 7th 2011, 11:42 am
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I am in desperate need for help regarding my 2009 tax return. I was unaware of having to make a tax return and now have received a letter saying I need to make one. I am a British Citizen living in England now. I graduated from University in 2008 and worked on an OPT agreement for 1 year after on my F-1 Visa. I worked at 4 places and paid all the tax I believe I was meant to except for the place I worked the longest, which was the University I graduated from. However, for some reason they did not tax me anything! I asked them about this at the time and they said I did not have to pay tax.

So I was wondering if anyone could help me:
Why did I have to pay tax at the 3 other jobs?
Is there a tax treaty saying I should not have paid tax?
Should I have paid tax and how do I go about making this right?
If I have not paid tax I should of, will this affect any future application to live in the States with my American wife?

I am very thankful for any advice anyone can give.
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Old Feb 7th 2011, 12:21 pm
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If you worked in the US and have state, federal, etc. taxes withheld from your pay, you must file a US tax return. The exception is if you made under a certain amount then a tax return is not required.

However, if you paid taxes, you should file so that you can get any refund that is due you.
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Old Feb 7th 2011, 3:49 pm
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I am in desperate need for help regarding my 2009 tax return. I was unaware of having to make a tax return and now have received a letter saying I need to make one. I am a British Citizen living in England now. I graduated from University in 2008 and worked on an OPT agreement for 1 year after on my F-1 Visa. I worked at 4 places and paid all the tax I believe I was meant to except for the place I worked the longest, which was the University I graduated from. However, for some reason they did not tax me anything! I asked them about this at the time and they said I did not have to pay tax.

So I was wondering if anyone could help me:
Why did I have to pay tax at the 3 other jobs?
Is there a tax treaty saying I should not have paid tax?
Should I have paid tax and how do I go about making this right?
If I have not paid tax I should of, will this affect any future application to live in the States with my American wife?

I am very thankful for any advice anyone can give.
I always think of my tax return as my initial opening offer to IRS. Heed this advice and you won't go far wrong.
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Old Feb 7th 2011, 4:42 pm
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In the US, you are required to file a tax return if you make above a certain amount even if all or part of your earnings are exempt. Typically between 1-3 years after the required filing date, the IRS cross checks documents (w2s, 1099s, etc.) to determine if income was reported and if not, they send a notice.

There is a tax treaty for J1 visa holders that exempts UK visa holders from paying taxes for 2 years.

Not filing is not a big deal. Just gather your documents (if you can't find them, contact your previous employers) and file form 1040NR-EZ. Since your university income should be tax exempt, it is likely that you will get a tax refund and should have received Form 1042-S from the university instead of a w2.
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