Filing your taxes in a new country for the first time can be daunting, and you may need help figuring out where to begin. Here, we’ll demystify tax returns in the United States and help rid you of unwanted and unnecessary stress.
Do I Need to File Taxes in the US?
If you are authorized to work in the US and have made an income, you should file your taxes. You do not need to file taxes if you made less than a certain amount of money during the tax year, but even if that is the case, you could benefit from receiving a refund if you file your taxes.
In the US, anyone who is not a citizen will be classified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as either a resident alien or a nonresident alien.
A resident alien is a term for anyone who is not a US citizen but may have a green card or has passed a substantial presence test. Substantial presence refers to a certain number of days you resided in the US during the tax year or before. Anyone classified as a resident alien by the IRS should file taxes just like a US citizen would.
Nonresident aliens refer to anyone who would not pass a green card or substantial presence test. These could be temporary residents on a visa who own a business or made a significant income in the US during the tax year. Any temporary US visa holders should consider filing taxes to receive a refund.
Deadline for 2022 Tax Year
Federal income tax returns are due for the 2022 tax year on or by April 18, 2023. We recommend filing your taxes and making any necessary payments early. You can request an extension of up to 6 months from the IRS if needed.