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The George Washington University Tax Department is part of the university's Finance Division. The Tax Department's mission is to ensure that the university is in compliance with federal, state and local tax laws and to develop and enforce appropriate policies and procedures in order to meet its compliance requirements and protect the university's tax-exempt status.

The Tax Department cannot give personal income tax advice to students or employees.

Major responsibilities of the GW Tax Department include:

  • Manage federal and state tax compliance, including filing of federal and state income and information returns in an accurate and timely manner, for the university and certain related entities, including:
    • Unrelated business income tax
    • Sales and use tax
    • Excise tax
    • Taxation of nonresident aliens
  • Oversee and negotiate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax audits.
  • Act as a resource to the university community for tax issues and advise on university policy and procedure development with respect to tax issues, including worker classification (employee vs. independent contractor) and withholding and reporting requirements for payments to international visitors.
  • Advise international students and scholars on tax treaty benefits and tax withholding and reporting requirements. Guidance is provided through seminars and meetings with international students and scholars.
  • Monitor developments in federal and state tax laws and regulations, etc. and their impact on the university.