This past year I worked under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program after I graduated. I started my employment period March 15th and worked until September 28th. During this time I got paid out in cash/checks to my account because that's how my employer wanted to do it.
I read online that I am to get a W-2 form from my employer that I will submit when I am filing my taxes (in the past my institution has previously licensed an access code for us to use GLACIER Tax Prep), and that I am exempt from social and medicare tax.
I am very confused about what forms I need to acquire and what documentation I am supposed to provide when filing since I did not go through payroll, I was hoping I could get some help here?
I also made less than $7,000 over this period and I moved to the US in 2014 so I was there less than five years (I moved home to Europe this past week), for the record.