Tipping is truly an American oddity. Many people in our society do a wonderful job working and yet receive no tip for the services they provide, while others expect you to tip them for performing tasks.
Some common examples of people you should tip are:
- Waiters and waitresses in restaurants
- Bellhops at hotels if they help you with your bags
- Valet parking attendants
- Hairstylists (Some women tip their hair stylist, men do not)
- Bathroom attendants
- Taxi drivers
- Pizza delivery persons
You are not expected to tip:
- At buffet restaurants where you serve your own food
- At fast food restaurants
- Salepeople in stores
- Mail persons
The amount you tip is your decision. Tips usually range from 10% to 20% of your bill. The more you tip, the more you express your thanks. If you feel someone did minimal work on your behalf you may tip them 10%, or if you feel they performed poorly, you may not tip them at all!
Relying on an international bank can be difficult. It is recommended that you open a local bank account here in Chestertown where you can have funds wired from abroad or deposit money on your own.
We have scheduled a time for opening bank accounts during the first days of your orientation and will assist you in the process.
To open an account you will need to take the following things with you:
- Your passport
- Your Washington College ID/other photo ID
- Your phone number
- Your address
- An initial deposit of $20.00 USD or more
ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FILE A STATEMENT WITH THE US GOVERNMENT REGARDING THEIR TAX STATUS EVERY YEAR THEY ARE A STUDENT—THIS IS IMPORTANT TO DO!!!
Did you know ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS should file “Form 8843” even if they are not working?
Did you know that if you are working and Social Security taxes were withheld from your paycheck you need to file “Form 1040NR-EZ?”
Did you know that the deadline to file your taxes is April 15?
It is your responsibility to file your taxes and form 8843. The Global Education Office does not prepare US Income tax forms, however there is usually free tax help available in Chestertown. Our office will make every effort to alert you to tax counseling in the local area. If you use a tax service you should bring the following materials to your appointment:
- Form 8843 (and 1040NR-EZ if you have worked and received income)
- pencil, pen
- I-94 or DS-2019
- Social Security Number
If you did not file taxes/8843 for past years, please call 1-800-829-1040 to request forms from past years. You may also access tax forms and information at www.irs.gov and searching for forms by number where it says “Forms and Publications.” In addition, the University of Texas at Austin has developed a tax site with the aid of tax professionals designed to help international students understand and file their own federal income taxes. Visit this site to see.