All international students who were in the U.S. must submit special documents during tax season no matter if you had an on campus job or not. As an F-1 student you must comply with US tax law as part of maintaining your immigration status and understand the tax filing requirements of your visa.
The required documents will differ depending on whether you worked or received any funding, a scholarship and/or a stipend from U.S. sources
If you did NOT work or received any income for U.S. sources during the fiscal year
If you did not receive US income during the past fiscal year, you must fill out Form 8843. You will only need to fill out the top of the form, Part I, Part III, sign and date.
If you DID work or received any income for U.S. sources during the fiscal year
If you received US income during last fiscal year from either work or receiving a grant, scholarship and/or Stipend, then you are obliged to file a Non-resident state and federal tax return.
Options that can help you prepare your tax return.
The following are but a few options that can help you prepare your tax return. You can use the one that you are most comfortable with.
You may use an online tax preparation software tool like Sprintax to assist you in preparing your Federal tax return.
*use Discount Code: MESACC2017F5. (General fees: Federal $35.95, State $25.95, Form 8843 $15.95)
You may also use your preferred tax professional to assist you.
U.S. taxes must be filed before April 17, 2018. Check your student email account on a daily basis! We will send you instructions via your official email account.