An H2a worker is someone who comes to the U.S.A from another country in order to provide farm work for a specified period of time. Workers who participate in this program enjoy ample benefits. Many workers and agencies alike thought that H2a workers were exempt from all taxes while working in the U.S. While it’s true that workers are exempt from many of the same taxes that American workers pay, it’s not true that they are free and clear of all taxes. It’s important that you understand tax information thoroughly if you plan to participate in the h2a guest worker program to avoid hassles and headaches with the IRS.
The IRS is cracking down on H2a workers and the taxes they must pay. In fact, they began collecting taxes owed by H2a workers for years of default. It left many people confused and wondering what to do. Things are different now and H2s workers can clearly learn the taxes that pertain to them on the IRS website and from law offices and other credible organizations. A few important things to keep in mind about the H2s workers laws:
· Foreign workers are exempt from Medicare taxes and Social Security taxes.
· Foreign workers are not required to deduct federal income tax from their compensation.
· It is possible for a foreign worker to owe taxes at the end of the year, despite no federal withholding.
· Workers may authorize federal income tax withholding from their compensation to offset paying taxes at the end of the year by completing a W4 form.
· Some workers may be eligible for an exemption from the federal income withholding requirements.
There is a lot of information to learn if you employ or work as an H2a temporary agricultural worker in the United States. The information above only begins to entail what you should know to legally work and hire in the U.S.