Did you know that as an international student, you are still responsible for filing a yearly tax return? It’s true! Even students who did not work or receive any taxable income must still file paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You can find some information about it in our post from last year as well as important information and downloadable forms below.
FOR STUDENTS/SCHOLARS WHO WORKED IN 2013: The tax filing period for fiscal year 2013 begins now and runs through April 2013. You may request a WINSTAR code and instructions from us to access the Windstar Foreign National Tax Resource (FNTR ) Software. This is for:
- Persons who have not been in the US for more than 5 years as of the end of fiscal year 2013
- Persons (including their visa dependents, F2 & J2) who worked in 2013
FORM 8843 FOR STUDENTS/SCHOLARS WHO DID NOT WORK: If you have not been in the US for more than 5 years as of the end of fiscal year 2013 and you did not work, you will not use FNTR. But you are still required to file a tax return, Form 8843. See attached
Form 8843 to familiarize yourself. (Negative consequences of NOT filing the Form 8843: filing the Form 8843 will be significant if you plan to apply for a green card at some point in the future. At that time you will be asked for copies of you U.S. tax returns for the previous three years. (You should also file this return because the IRS says you should.) There is a Form 8843 guide attached.
The cost for an access code is $7. [Exact] cash and checks made out to OITA, ISSS in subject line, are accepted at the front desk.
NOTE: Staff at International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is not trained or licensed to answer questions concerning your tax returns or offer tax advice. We are providing a TAX FAQ information sheet to answer questions you may have.
Downloadable information and forms: