Social Security and Tax Issues
Social Security for International StudentsStudents on F-1 and J-1 visas who have an on-campus job, or who have been granted off-campus employment authorization, need to apply for a social security number. To obtain a social security number, you must apply at the local Social Security Office at 134 Juniper Ct, Brunswick, GA 31520 (telephone: 866-964-6563) by presenting a completed application form (available using the web link below or Social Security Office), a letter from your employer verifying your employment, a letter from the Office of International Education, your passport, I-20 (or DS-2019) and I-94 card.
It can take several weeks before receiving a social security card, so eligible students should apply as soon as possible but should wait at least 10 days after arriving to the United States to ensure their information is in the system.
All international students and their dependents are required to file at least one tax form for every year they are in the US. Tax forms for 2017 are due April 15, 2017.
All international students and their dependents are required to file file a tax return with the federal government and the Georgia state government regardless of whether or not they earned any money. A tax return is a report to the government that shows how much you earned, how much you were taxed, and how much you should have been taxed during the previous year. If you also worked outside Georgia, you might need to file a return on other state or city taxes as well.
F-1/J-1 Student Visa Holders
Resided in the United States for less than five years (non-resident alien)
Resided in the United States more than five years (resident alien)
SprintaxSprintax is special tax prep software designed specifically for international students and other non-residents, offering 24/7 live tax assistance by phone and chat. The information is multi-lingual and Sprintax can also complete State of Georgia Income Tax Forms for an additional fee.
In preparation for the next tax season, an informative tax information workshop will be offered sometime this fall semester to international students on the CCGA campus.