Tax Information for International Students

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Tax Information for International Students

Are international students required to file with the IRS?

All non-immigrant international students who were in the United States during a calendar year (any time between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31) are required to file tax documents with the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 15 of the following year. (For example, students in the country for all or a portion of 2015 must file taxes in 2016.) You must file a tax report whether or not you worked in the United States, earned income in the United States or received a scholarship.

Where can I get tax assistance?

If you have general questions about filing taxes, contact the Designated School Official (DSO) on your campus. We cannot provide tax or legal advice, however, so you may need to seek professional help from a tax preparer for assistance with specific tax issues or questions. You may find answers to some of your questions on the IRS website.

What forms will I need to complete as an international student?

If you were in the United States for even a day during the calendar year but earned NO income, you need to complete Form 8843 and mail it to the IRS (the address is listed below) on or before April 15.

§ Form 8843 and Form 8843 Instructions

If you were in the United States during the prior year and earned ANY income, you must complete Forms 8843 and 1040NR EZ and mail both forms together to the IRS.

§ Form 1040NR EZ and Form 1040NR EZ Instructions

If this is your sixth year in the United States and you have lived in the United States for five consecutive years without a break, you are considered a resident alien for tax purposes only and can complete the standard federal and state tax forms.

Where do I send my tax forms?

Remember to make copies of your tax documents before you mail them to:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215
USA

Will I need to file Minnesota tax forms?

Information and instructions for filing nonresident Minnesota state tax forms is available on the Minnesota State Tax Information website.


Last modified: February 24th, 2017 at 11:28am