Frequently Asked Questions for U.S. Citizens and Residents

  1. I'm working on campus. Do I need to meet with the Tax Department to fill out tax forms?
  2. I received a tuition scholarship. Is this considered taxable income to me?
  3. I received a stipend. Is this considered taxable income to me, and will I receive a tax form from GW reporting this?
  4. Do I have to pay FICA taxes while working on campus?
  5. Can the Tax Department help prepare or review my income tax return?
  6. I have not received my tax form for GW income from last year. Who should I contact?


Q. I’m working on campus. Do I need to meet with the Tax Department to fill out tax forms?
A. No, you do not. Obtain your tax forms from your supervisor, the GW Career Center, or the Faculty & Staff Service Center. The Tax Department does not have an involvement with the completion or processing of your tax forms.

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Q. I received a tuition scholarship. Is this considered taxable income to me?
A. A qualified scholarship that is one used by a degree seeking student for tuition and required fees, books, and equipment is not considered taxable income to you.

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Q. I received a stipend last year. Is this considered taxable income to me, and will I receive a tax form from GW reporting this?
A. A stipend is considered a non-qualified scholarship and is taxable income. You will not receive a tax form from GW, as it is not required under current Internal Revenue Service rules. You should self-report this on your annual income tax filing.

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Q. Do I have to pay FICA taxes while working on campus?
A. The Internal Revenue Service provides an exception for FICA taxes provided that you are a GW student, taking a course load equal to or at least one-half of a full-time workload for their respective school as defined by the Office of the Registrar, and that you must be employed by GW. For more details see Social Security & Medicare Taxes.

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Q. Can the Tax Department help prepare or review my income tax return?
A. No, we’re unfortunately not allowed. We suggest contacting your parents or seeking the services of a professional tax preparer.

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Q. I have not received my tax form for GW income from last year. Who should I contact?
A.
There are numerous contacts, as follows:

  • Form W-2 – contact Payroll Services at 571-553-4277
  • Form 1042-S – contact the Tax Department at 571-553-8313
  • Form 1098-T – contact Student Accounts at 202-994-7350
  • Form 1099-Misc – contact Accounts Payable Customer Service at 571-553-0247
     

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