I was a student for the first half of the year and started working then.
My W2 from my work shows no federal tax deduction and my tax filing on TurboTax says I owe $2578. Should I consult someone ?

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OP - recommend consulting a tax advisor. You don’t pay SSN and Medicare taxes on OPT. If you had started working on H1B from October, then you need to pay those taxes as well. Irrespective of the status, we still need to pay federal and state taxes. Kind of surprised that your W2/your company didn’t deduct federal taxes the half year you worked for them. I think TurboTax is correct in this instance. One way or another just talk to a tax consultant.


I mean it makes sense if the tax was deducted in the first place. I guess I would have ended up paying about this same amount.

You do not owe taxes on OPT.It is easy.Just read the rules for OPT students from India.Turbo tax is not that nuanced.File a paper return

Does your pay slips show tax deduction?

@A1 No. No federal tax deducted

@EY1 know a source where I can cross check if I file it correctly if done manually ?

I started my h1b period this October though

@A1 thank you!

You don't pay Social security/medicare on your first 5 years of F1. After that, you do. This includes studying as well as OPT

Agreed with A1. Was in a similar case. First off, if correct Fed Taxes hadn't been withheld, then you owe a penalty. Only Social Security and Medicare (a.k.a FICA) is not witheld for OPT students.
If your income as a student is less than or equal to standard deduction for 2017, then you don't owe any taxes.
However, from first of October, you will have to pay taxes including FICA since H1B took effect from that day.

Op use sprintax, that’s what I used when I was on opt

Thanks everyone! Looks like TurboTax was right :)

Any tax advisor in the jersey city area for this purpose?

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