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U.S. tax on jackpots won by foreign nationals

4 May 2011

John,

Love your articles.

Just started last year playing slots at Seneca Niagara Falls Casino across the border from me. Enjoy their slots, paybacks, players rewards, etc. in comparison to our two Canadian casinos in Niagara Falls. But am mystified on how to get back the IRS payments that I have had to make on jackpots in the USA.

Any help in this matter would be appreciated. Asked the slot supervisor at Seneca and they basically told me that they could not help me or advise me on this matter as they had run into trouble with the advice they were giving out.

I would appreciate it if you might give me some help on this issue.

Thank you in advance and continue with your great articles.

Thom

Dear Thom,

Thanks for the kind words about my articles.

I know two things about taxes withheld on jackpots won by foreign nationals. One, you'll have to file a tax return (Form 1040NR -- NR = non-resident -- or maybe Form 1040NR-EZ) with the IRS in order to get anything back. And two, even though instructions are on the IRS website, you'll need professional help filling out the return to ensure it's filled out correctly. I suggest Googling for CPAs or tax accountants near you or over the border and calling them to get an idea of how much it will cost.

Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
John


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John Robison

John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots
John Robison
John Robison is an expert on slot machines and how to play them. John is a slot and video poker columnist and has written for many of gaming’s leading publications. He holds a master's degree in computer science from the prestigious Stevens Institute of Technology.

You may hear John give his slot and video poker tips live on The Good Times Show, hosted by Rudi Schiffer and Mike Schiffer, which is broadcast from Memphis on KXIQ 1180AM Friday afternoon from from 2PM to 5PM Central Time. John is on the show from 4:30 to 5. You can listen to archives of the show on the web anytime.

Books by John Robison:

The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots