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U.S. Tax Information

International students & scholars in non-immigrant 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.

 
Glacier Tax Prep
The School of Global Learning has licensed a web-based tax preparation software called GLACIER Tax Prep to assist international students in preparing U.S. income tax paperwork. You will receive an access code to GLACIER Tax Prep in your eagles email account. Access codes are sent to students and scholars in late February to mid-March. Please make sure you check your Eagles email regularly and follow us on Facebook for updates and information.

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 nonresident aliens with income 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.

Do I have to file taxes?  Why?


All international students, scholars and their dependents present in the U.S. under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 non-immigrant status must file IRS Form 8843  “Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition” even if they received no income in the previous year. Form 8843 is an informational statement  required by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that shows nonresident status for tax purposes.  It basically says that you are a nonresident for tax purposes currently exempt from filing U.S. taxes.

Students and scholars who meet certain conditions may become residents for tax purposes.  This is different from your immigration status, and only refers to your taxpayer status.  Residents for tax purposes file tax forms the same way a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident would, but their immigration status does not change.  The software offered by The School of Global Learning can help you determine whether you are a resident for tax purposes.

Tax deadline for most filers with U.S. sourced income 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 non-immigrant 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;
  • Nonresident aliens must file paper forms by mail with the IRS;
  • Most international students and scholars are NOT PERMITTED to file their tax returns online through TURBOTAX or similar software;
  • Most international students and scholars should NOT use outside tax preparation services found in the community such as H&R Block, Liberty, and other companies;
  • US scholarships covering room and board, course fees,book reimbursements and medical insurance are taxable (applies to some athletic scholarships at EWU) and filing taxes requires an extra document called 1042-S.

 
Filing federal income tax forms every year is the personal responsibility of each international student and visiting scholar. The School of Global Learning 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. University staff members are unauthorized to give individual tax advice.

Filing tax forms correctly is very important; failure to do so can impact your future visa and/or status requests in the U.S.

If you are having trouble with Glacier Tax Prep, please visit The School of Global Learning for assistance.

More Information and resources (external links)

NAFSA Federal Income Tax Brochure (PDF) – This brochure is designed to offer general guidelines only for federal income tax obligations, including determining tax residency and which forms must be filed and when.
IRS Publication 4152 Non-Resident Alien Toolkit
IRS Link & Learn for nonresident students and scholars
If you are a resident for tax purposes according to GTP, the IRS’ has a tool for determining if you need to file