Tips for Claiming Tax Back from US Casino Winnings
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. In fact, Uncle Sam could withhold up to 30% of your 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 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 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.
- When it comes to getting tax back from US casino winnings, you have a few 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. Agent of the IRS
Agents of the IRS 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.