As a participant in the CIEE Work & Travel USA program, you earn income in the U.S. and you are required to pay Federal, state, and sometimes local taxes. The good news is that you may be entitled to a refund of some or all of the taxes you paid while you worked in the U.S. You are required by law to file a U.S. tax return, even if you will be in your home country when it is time to do this. Tax returns must be filed by April 15 for the previous tax year (January 1 - December 31).
Some Work & Travel USA participants will need to file two tax returns because of the time of the year they worked in the U.S. For example, if your DS-2019 dates are November 15, 2010 through March 15, 2011, you will file a tax return in 2011 for wages earned November 15 through December 31, 2010. You will also complete a second tax return in 2012 for wages earned January 1 through March 15, 2011.
If you're going to the U.S. or you've just arrived back home, taxback.com will take the hassle out of filing your U.S. tax return. With taxback.com you will pay nothing upfront. A processing fee of 10% will be deducted from your refund. Taxback.com provides every customer with innovative services such as FREE online tax refund calculators and online tracking of your tax accounts. Taxback.com makes getting your U.S. tax refund easy and provides customer service in 25 languages.