I get paid as a research assistant by helping my guide write papers and for assisting them in classes and correcting homework.
Never got around to thinking about tax but recently, when I noticed that thousands of dollars had been deducted from my paycheck under various tax headings, over the years, like:
- california disability insurance
- california income tax
- federal income tax
- some other heading names that I could not decode
Not at all worried about paying these taxes, and they get deducted from my paychecks directly anywayss, but I was thinking if I might be eligible for some refunds?
I am not an full time employee of my university and not eligible for any health or disability insurance through work. Nor can I claim any unemployment benefits because of my alien status.
Being a non US Citizen and non-resident alien in the U.S., on a student Visa, working part-time and paid by the hour, I would like to know if I should be paying all of these taxes anyways?
How do I find out if I am eligible for any refunds on these taxes, if at all?
Since I am from India, there might be some specific clauses that allow me to claim, for example, my medical expenses not covered by my personal health insurance policy?