Charged Social Security Tax and Medicare on F1- OPT

New dweep
Feb 28 17 Comments

Got my first paycheck at MS today, and noticed that I was charged Social security tax and Medicare and a WA Family Insurance Tax. Is this expected? Or should I be emailing payroll?

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  • Facebook / Eng
    gob2

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    Google
    gob2more
    You will get it back when you file a return. You can also let payroll know to not deduct it in your future paychecks.
    Feb 28 2
    • Google 253345
      WRONG. DO NOT WAIT for tax returns.

      Email your payroll right now. They can fix it right away.

      If you do it while filling returns, they ask you to get proof that your payroll can't fix it now (Usually when year closes for your company and ledgers are done).
      It's a stupid process and extra paperwork, your payroll can easily fix it.
      Feb 28
    • New dweep
      OP
      I've emailed them, had filled the fica exemption document too. Hopefully they resolve it and refund stuff. Extra paperwork sounds pretty unappealing!
      Feb 28
  • New OwjS77
    Apply for a FICA exemption. There must be an internal process to do this. They will not deduct from future pay cycles and also probably refund the amount in the next cycle.
    Feb 28 6
    • New OwjS77
      They deduct for the current cycle, but will not deduct from the future cycles. I guess that’s how it works.
      Feb 28
    • New dweep
      OP
      And what about refund for this one? In the next cycle?
      Feb 28
    • Google 253345
      They can refund. That's the IRS recommended way, afaik.
      Feb 28
    • New OwjS77
      In my company, they said they will refund the taxes in the next cycle. I guess this is possible because they hold back the taxes and pay it at once. So they can do this
      Feb 28
    • Google 253345
      Yes, do it right away before company does their book keeping for the year.
      Feb 28
  • Intel lookhere
    Email your payroll dept. They will refund the amount and stop it being deducted from your next paychecks.
    Feb 28 0
  • Microsoft djxjk
    This happened to me last year. I didn't even notice. But payroll department refunded the FICA withholding in my next paycheck.
    Feb 28 0
  • Goldman Sachs / Eng cwjq12
    It depends if you have stayed in the U.S over a certain amount of time, you’ll be come tax resident. Then you have to pay medicare tax and all that fun stuff Americans have to pay..
    Feb 28 3
    • Apple / Eng Marijuana
      5 calendar years. Applied to me because I did undergrad.
      Feb 28
    • Google 253345
      It's based on time and status.

      Time on F1 status is exempted.
      Feb 28
    • Apple / Eng Marijuana
      Only the first 5 calendar years on F1 are exempted.
      Feb 28
  • New dweep
    OP
    Resolved. Payroll confirmed refund in the next cycle. Thanks all!
    Feb 28 0

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