U.S. Tax Information for International Students

US Tax Information

Tax deadline is April 15

If you are legally employed while in the United States, some taxes will probably be withheld from your wages and paid by your employer directly to the U.S. tax authorities. You may be entitled to a refund of some or all of this amount, but you must apply to have the money returned.

Important things you should know:

  • International students in nonimmigrant status (i.e. F-1, J-1, etc.) and their dependents ARE REQUIRED to file a tax form with the U.S. government for each tax year they are in the U.S. regardless of whether they earned any income; and
  • Most international students are NOT PERMITTED to file their tax returns online through TURBOTAX or similar software, and
  • Most international students should NOT utilize outside tax preparation services found in the community such as H&R Block and other companies.

Filing federal income tax forms every year is the personal responsibility of each international student and visiting scholar. OGI has provided this information as a service to help you meet your tax filing obligations. Please be aware that you are ultimately responsible for filing and the accuracy of your income tax returns. OGI staff members are unauthorized to give individual tax advice.

Filing your taxes correctly is very important; failure to do so can impact your future visa and/or status requests in the U.S.  Each spring OGI will provide limited income tax assistance for international students and their dependents.  This assistance includes Web-based tax preparation software called Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) at no cost to you.  Please make sure you check your Eagles email regularly and follow us on Facebook for updates and information.

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US Tax Forms

Forms for filing as a Non-Resident Alien:

Form 1040NR-EZ
Form 1040NR
Form 8843

*All non-residents (for tax purposes) who were present in the U.S. in F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, or M-2 status during the previous calendar year must file Form 8843, even if they received no income during the previous year.  This form does not require a social security number or ITIN. For assistance with filing Form 8843, please plan to attend a VITA workshop.

Other Forms:

Form 1095-B -
  • Provides information about health coverage, including who was covered and when the coverage was in effect. See information on using this form on the IRS website.
Form 843
  • Form 843 - for refund of Social Security and Medicare tax withheld in error. You will also need to complete Form 8316.
Form W-7
  • Form W-7 - to request ITIN numbers for your dependents.
Form 1040X
Form 4868
  • Form 4868 - for extension of time to file.
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GLACIER TAX Prep Software   

OGI has licensed a web-based tax preparation software called GLACIER Tax Prep to assist international students in preparing U.S. income tax returns. You will receive an access code to GLACIER Tax Prep in your eagles email account.

We encourage you to complete your U.S. tax return as soon as possible. The quicker you begin -- the quicker you will finish (and receive any tax refund due to you!). Don't wait, finish your tax documents today! The tax filing deadline for most nonresident alians is April 15. If you file your tax documents late, you may have to pay a penalty. Please note that the last two weeks of tax season are a very busy time to use GLACIER Tax Prep so you may experience delays if you submit questions to GLACIER Tax Prep support. We encourage you to complete your U.S. tax forms as soon as possible.