Every person in the United States who earns money (from a job, from a scholarship, etc.) must pay income tax. This tax is usually deducted from individual's paychecks throughout the year. At the end of every tax year, employers send out summaries of how much money employees earned or were given (scholarships, grants, etc.), and how much tax was taken out of that money. Individuals are then required to report back to the government about their tax status, effectively reconciling the amount of taxes paid to the government (for example, if more money was taken out of your paycheck than should have been, the government will refund that tax money to you).
Here are some additional considerations about U.S. taxes:
The Social Security Number (SSN) is a nine-digit individual identification number. The SSN facilitates the reporting of your wages to the government and determines eligibility for Social Security benefits. An employed international student must apply for a Social Security number (SSN). If you do not have a job or job offer, you cannot apply for a Social Security number
To apply for an SSN, you must bring the following to a Social Security office:
Closest Social Security Offices:
5800 Executive Ctr Drive, Suite 300
Charlotte, N.C. 28212
830 Florence St NW
Concord, N.C. 28027
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, the offices close at noon.