Tax Filing Information
All international students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 status must file tax documents by April 15 if they were present in the United State during the previous year.
If you are an international student or scholar who was employed in the US or received a scholarship last year, you MUST file a tax return
If you are an international students or scholar who was NOT employed in the US and did NOT receive a US scholarship, you must file Tax Form 8843 only
ISSSO organizes tax assistance sessions to assist international students and scholars in filing their tax returns each year. TIMELINE:
- February: international students and scholars will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions to sign up for tax assistance
- March: international students and scholars attend free tax assistance sessions led by VITA volunteers, either in-person or virtually
- April: the federal deadline for filing tax returns will be in mid-April each year
International students and scholars should not file taxes with common tax assistance services or software (e.g. H&R Block, TurboTax) as these are not always equipped to accurately file tax returns for F-1 or J-1 visa holders.