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