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International students in the USA: today is the last day to submit your student tax return

April 18, 2017 
James Thornhill

If you are currently studying in the United States you must submit your student tax return today, 18th April 2017.

Most international students are considered non-residents for tax purposes and you must ensure you submit a tax return for yourself and all your dependents.


You will have to submit the following forms:

If you have not received any source of income you’ll need to file Form 8843.
• If you have received income in the last calendar year then you will need to file Form 8843 and most likely Form 1040NR-EZ.

You will have to file Form 8843 in a separate envelope for yourself and all your dependents individually regardless of whether you are one family or not.

Filling out a tax return may sound daunting but there are several very important reasons (and benefits) to making sure you file correctly and on time.

You might get a refund. Some international students will qualify for a refund due to tax treaties and a lack of serious income if they’ve earned income in the US.
Protect taxation of your worldwide income.
You fulfil your visa obligations. All international students must file at least Form 8843 in order to remain legal under F, J, M & Q visas, even if you didn’t earn any money in the US.

For more information and tips on your student tax returns and how to file them visit the IRS website: www.irs.gov/individuals/students

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