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Tax returns for Visa holders

Moving locations can be difficult – new routines, new employer, new city, etc. One of the challenges of Visa holders in the US is navigating the extremely complex tax law.

Fortunately, we have countless clients in the same situation – most our firm started in the US as Visa holders ourselves, so our experience is both personal as well as professional.

Some of the challenges associated with this type of return may include:

  • Residency status (are we filing as US residents or nonresidents)
  • Assets outside of US and possible requirements to report these assets
  • Possible taxes owed on foreign income
  • Reporting foreign trusts, retirement accounts, etc.
  • Receipt of gifts & required disclosures
  • Possible tax-related deductions on your US returns
  • Important, strict deadlines to be considered

We are happy to prepare your taxes regardless of the challenges associated with the engagement. Some common visa types that our clients hold include, but are not limited to: F1, J1, L1, O1, TN, G4, E3, etc.

Please reach out at our contact information below.

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31 thoughts on “Tax returns for Visa holders”

  1. Emilie Jakobsen says:

    Hi Dimov,
    I am a J-1 visa student from Europe. I am currently doing an Internship in NYC, USA. I have a 1099-MISC, as my contract is “Self Employment”. I need help with filing for taxes in the US, as I am leaving soon.

    Can you help me?

    Best,
    Emilie Jakobsne

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi Emilie,

      Thank you for your message! How many years have you been on J-1 visa? This is important as it determines if you will be file as a resident alien or nonresident alien.If you are nonresident alien, you are not subject to self-employment tax. We are specialized in 1099-MISC deductions and we will maximize your deductions. Please let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to working together!

    2. Alejandro says:

      Hello. How can I get my taxes from 2019?

      1. dimovtax says:

        Thank you for your message! Are you a resident or nonresident in 2019?

  2. Fabrice Machia says:

    Hello, my name is Fabrice Machia. I used to be based in US on a G4 visa but left recently. I have done a few investments while there on some apps such as Fundrise, Robinhood, vanguard…, and was wondering how to fill my taxes. I also have a few US bank account
    thanks for letting me know
    Fabrice

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi Fabrice – I just sent you a private message with some basic instructions.

  3. Dr.Saminathan says:

    Hi ! I am J1 visa holder. I have been working as a visiting fellow and exempted from paying federal taxes through agreements. But this exemption was found only after 8 months of my enrollment. Federal taxes were deducted for first 8 months. Then onwards, the federal taxes were not withheld. So how could I reclaim the federal taxes already withheld, since I am exempted from paying taxes from the beginning? I have been working in J1 visa from dec 2018 – until now. Appreciate your help !

  4. Sam says:

    Hi ! I am J1 visa holder. I have been working as a visiting fellow and exempted from paying federal taxes through agreements. But this exemption was found only after 8 months of my enrollment. Federal taxes were deducted for first 8 months. Then onwards, the federal taxes were not withheld. So how could I reclaim the federal taxes already withheld, since I am exempted from paying taxes from the beginning? I have been working in J1 visa from dec 2018 – until now. Appreciate your help !

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi! This is a great question. There are a few things you can do:
      –Tell your employer to refund you the FICA tax and amend your W2 (provide W2C). We also own a payroll company and do this sometimes if it is discovered that one of our clients’ employees is exempt from FICA.
      –Ask your employer to amend your W2 with a W2C and petition for the refund on your actual return.
      –Dispute the W2 with the IRS

      Let us know if you need assistance with any of the three listed options & we will be happy to assist. We do serve all 50 states. As always, none of this is professional advice until you have hired us.

  5. Krishna says:

    Hi dimovtax,
    I am on an L-1 visa working for a multinational company in the US. Can i collect a 1099-MISC and file taxes?

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi! Just sent you a private message with a few details.

  6. Nasheka Gregory says:

    I am international student from Jamaica, i want to apply for an ITIN for my son who has a F2 visa.

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi! Just saw your email. Please check my response from hello@dimovtax.com

  7. Llary says:

    Hi, I am a J1 (Au pair) I need to be sure about which form do I need to complete (1099, 1040 or which one)

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your message! The tax forms you need to file depends on how many days you spent in the US and what your income sources are. Please contact us if you are interested for more information!

  8. Sena Tadesse says:

    Hi! My name is Sena and I have been in the US since 2017 as F-1 student. I started college this past school year And because of that I was able to obtain my SSN and work on campus. I have filed my tax returns for this year, but when I did, I was told that I pass for the substantial test and are considered a resident for tax purposes. So I filled out the 1040 form. I’m wondering if I had done that wrong and need to amend my tax return? Would the fact that I have been in the US since 2017 as a student qualify me as a resident for tax purposes?

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi! I just responded to your message over email. Did you receive my response?

  9. Ann says:

    Hi , i am on L1 visa and moved in Oct 2021. Will I be taxed under the normal tax rate for Federal tax ?

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi Ann,

      I just responded to your message over email. Did you receive my response?

  10. Bjorn says:

    Hi,

    I am on J2 dependent VISA and working remotely as freelance in a company outside the US, specifically Japan. I will be here a 2 to 3 years until my spouse (J1 visa) finishes her program. Will my foreign income be exempted from tax (State, Federal and Local Taxes)?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi Bjorn,

      Thank you for your message! I just responded to you via email.

  11. Zulfiqar Ali says:

    Hi,
    I am a Canadian Citizen and working in USA on TN Visa. My Employer is doing a Federal Income Tax Withheld from my Salaries. I usually commute daily to my office in USA. But in 2021, I worked from my home in Canada and commute to office for only 5 days. What could my tax situation? Do I get any refund on Withheld Income Tax or not? Please advise.

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi Zulfiquar,

      Thank you for your message! We have many clients who are Canadian citizens. We are happy to assist. I just responded to you via email.

  12. Henrique Batista says:

    Hi,
    My wife has an L-1 but it’s working abroad(out of US) for a foreign company, was supposed to move here to US but we changed our minds.
    If she visits me and works from US for a couple of months, does she need to fill in taxes documents?
    Thanks

    1. dimovtax says:

      Hi!

      Thank you for your message!A few questions:
      – Is she working on W2 or on 1099 (or another income source)?
      – Are you filing jointly or separately?

  13. Henrique Batista says:

    Thank you for your fast answer.
    She lives in Portugal, works there, for a Portuguese company. Despite she has an L1-B , there’s no income through US companies.
    Does she need to fill in any Tax form if she were in US for ~2months?
    I was thinking of filling in separately, should we do otherwise?
    Many thanks for your advise

  14. dimovtax says:

    Hi Enrique – these are excellent questions – I will email you now

  15. Laura says:

    Hi! I was an Au pair (J1 visa) from July 2019 to august 2021. I’m doing my 1040 form now because I was a resident for tax purposes last year… I always did the federal taxes the last two years but I never filed the state taxes. Nobody told me about state taxes. How could I file them now? Years 2019 and 2020. Thank you!

    1. dimovtax says:

      Sure, we can file these & you may be eligible for a refund if you had sufficient withholdings on your W2. Please share with a secure drive to hello@dimovtax.com if you need our help with filing. We will need the W2s as well as the tax returns as filed for federal.

      Much appreciated & Looking forward to serving!

      1. Laura says:

        Thank you for your quick response! I don’t have a W2… Au pairs don’t get a W2. The first 2 years I was a non resident and this year I am filling as a resident because of the substantial presence test (I am already in my home country so I even added what I earned in my home country last year). I don’t have any paper to prove my income, is that a problem? Thank you!

        1. dimovtax says:

          That is not a problem – you can self-report your earnings. Reach out to us if you need help with that. Since we are in peak tax season, I cannot answer any more questions unless you have hired us. We can continue after April 18th of 2022 if you just wanted to chat. Otherwise, please message me at hello@dimovtax.com and we can complete this work for you at our rates as quoted. Much appreciated!

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