RMS is the #1 Pick of Canadian Winners. Trusted Since 1998.

How To Get Tax Back From US Casino Winnings

Tips for Claiming Tax Back from US Casino Winnings

You won big in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, or one of the other gaming destinations in the U.S. Once you win a jackpot, you’re faced with a very unpleasant revelation: you are immediately taxed on your winnings. However, Refund Management Services advises that there is a way to get all or a portion of your taxes back from the IRS.

You can win a lot of money gambling in the United States. Of course, that means you’re also subjected to a casino winnings tax.

If you’ve made a trip to the U.S. and your gaming winnings are high enough or you win a prize and take the cash equivalent, the IRS will deduct 30% off of your winnings. Nobody wants Uncle Sam to withhold their winnings.

Still, there’s no reason to avoid the gaming tournaments or slots when you’re south of the border. Here is what you need to know about before you travel to the US to gamble and how to claim and get tax back from us casino winnings.

  • Once your US casino winnings pass a certain threshold (which differs by casino, but is often $1,199) you will be subject to withholding tax.  When this happens, you will be issued a W2-G or 1042-S slip.
  •  Don’t wait more than three years to claim gaming winnings on a tax return; that said, if you’ve won in the current year, we will be filing a claim at the beginning of the next calendar year. Most of our customers typically contact us within a few days of returning to Canada or their country of origin, so we can begin preparing the paperwork for them to get the refund that is rightfully theirs. If you delay submitting your claim, you won’t be entitled to a refund after 3 years.
  • Keep track of all your US wins and losses every time you go, reporting your losses will maximize your return.
  • It’s not just US casino winnings that are taxed, other gaming activities can be taxed like lotteries, raffles, and races.
  • Remember that you can also claim taxed gaming winnings on a variety of games, such as lotteries, raffles, and horse races.
  • When it comes to getting tax back from US casino winnings, you have a few options:

How To Get Tax Back From US Casino Winnings

Nearly four million gamblers win big in gambling cities across the U.S. and the IRS deducts taxes from all of them. However, as a non-resident of the U.S., there is a way to get your casino winnings back from the U.S. by hiring Refund Management Services to go through the process of obtaining a casino winning tax refund from the IRS. RMS is the easiest way to get your money back.
If you win $1,199.00 or more, contact Refund Management Services and we will obtain your taxed gaming winnings by filing a tax return. Take the stress out of the process by letting our trained experts handle it for you!
At the end of the day you have two options:

Option 1: Claim Tax Back from US Casino Winnings On Your Own

It is possible to file your own withholding tax return. While this may save you a small amount of money, it is only advised if you feel confident in your withholding tax filing skills. Much like your annual tax return, with so many opportunities to leave money on the table or make costly mistakes, claiming tax back from US casino winnings on your own can leave you in a costly position. Every year we deal with clients who have been denied their withholding tax refund by the IRS after filing independently. It is complicated, time consuming, and expensive to appeal this decision, so it’s often not worth the risk.

Option 2: Use a Withholding Tax Refund Professional

These folks make it their business to get your tax back from US casino winnings. Although there is a fee associated to using a withholding tax professional, they will ensure you don’t make any costly mistakes. To make sure you make the right choice, look for the following in your withholding tax professional:

1. Relationships with Casinos & Gaming establishments:

To start your claim process, you will need the IRS form 1042 from the casino you were playing in. If you misplaced it, that won’t be a problem for a reputable withholding tax refund professional since their relationship will allow them to easily recover it from the casino you were playing in. Even if you haven’t misplaced your form 1042, this is still a good quality to look for in your withholding tax refund professional.

2. Honest About Your Refund Timing

Although speed is of the essence when you’re looking to get your refund, due to the IRS wait times it is important to know that you’ll be waiting 6 months at a minimum but usually a full year before receiving your US casino winnings tax back. This is AFTER the claim is submitted. Any agency that tells you you could receive your US casino winnings tax back sooner is being misleading to get your business.

3. Certified Acceptance Agents

Certified acceptance agents are people or companies that are allowed to certify your ID, a requirement when claiming tax back from US casino winnings.  This means one less chore for you when making your claim.

4. Excellent Track Record For Claim Approvals

The firm you use to claim tax back from your US casino winnings should boast at least a near perfect record when it comes to rightful claim approvals.

5. Owned and Operated by a Canadian Chartered Accountant

When claiming your tax back from US casino winnings, ensure the withholding tax specialist is a Canadian chartered accountant. This ensures your return is being handled by people with the appropriate expertise to be handling taxes. It will also provide you with insurance that your sensitive information will be handled professionally.

6. A Withholding Tax Industry Veteran

We are the longest standing withholding tax agency in the industry for a reason. Avoid leaving your refund in the hands of someone less experienced by choosing a withholding tax specialist who is tried, tested, and true.

7. Makes Casino Winnings Tax Refunds Easy

If you find you’re filling out multiple forms, your withholding tax professional is not earning their fee. The point to using a service when getting tax back from casino winnings is that they do all the leg work and make sure it’s done right.

RMS is the leading provider of withholding tax services for non-US residents. Learn why RMS is the right choice for claiming tax back from your US casino winnings and apply now for free.

Apply to RMS Now

Scroll to Top