All F-1 and J-1 students and scholars are required to file for U.S. taxes. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will end up paying taxes; that is determined through many factors. At the very least, every student and scholar must submit the Form 8843.
If you are considered a resident or non-resident for tax purposes, or if you received income in the last year, this will determine if you file Form 8843. In general, visa holders will file Form 8843 if they:
If you have been employed or received W-2s, you probably will need to file. Again, you may not owe money. You may even get a refund. In any case, you definitely must file.
To determine if you are a resident for tax purposes, please visit this website.
If you determine that you were a resident for tax purposes, you can file the regular tax forms, for example 1040, 1040EZ, etc. You may also use services like Turbo Tax, H&R Block, and/or other certified tax accountants.
If you need help filing your tax forms, you have several options:
Please be careful using tax software on your own. Many programs do not have adequate features for international students and scholars.
For more information and access to the forms, visit the links below:
NOTE: The International Programs Office does NOT have an advisor trained in the complexities of the U.S. tax codes and therefore cannot advise on tax issues. If you need assistance, please consult one of the websites above.