How to File Your Taxes

All CIEE Camp Exchange USA participants are paid during their time at camp; as such, you are required to pay federal and state taxes. Depending on your location, you may also pay local taxes. Most camps will withhold tax from your pay and make these tax payments on your behalf.

It’s important to file a tax return the calendar year following your Camp Exchange USA program. Why? Because you may be refunded some or all of the taxes you paid!

A few important notes on filing your tax return:

  • Tax returns must be filed by April 15 of the year following your program.
  • If you need assistance filing your tax return, we recommend using Taxback.
  • If you decide to file your tax return on your own, you will need the forms listed below.

Form W-2

At the start of the calendar year following your program, you should receive a W-2 from the camp at which you worked. (Expect to receive your W-2 no later March.) The W-2 will detail your total wages in addition to any federal, state, and local taxes that were withheld. This information is required to fill out Form 1040NR-EX.

Please note: Before you leave the U.S., be sure to provide your camp with your address in your home country. They will use this address when mailing your W-2.

Form 1040NR-EZ

Once you have received your W-2, you can fill out Form 1040NR-EZ. This form is specifically for non-resident aliens. It can be obtained, together with instructions for filling it out, from the Internal Revenue Service.

State Income Tax Form

In addition to your federal tax return (Form 1040NR-EZ), you will also need to file your state tax return. Each state in the U.S. has its own form. However, you must complete only the form for the state in which you worked. A list of state tax sites is available online at State Government Websites, a resource provided by the Internal Revenue Service.