Do International Students Need to File US Taxes?
by: Grayson Leverenz
updated for 2012
It’s that time of year again. Accountants work tirelessly. People storm the post office at midnight. Those that underpaid mourn writing that check to the government. Those that overpaid rejoice that a return is on the way. And, yes, the government expects International Students to file.
In fact, everyone living in the US must report to the government, even if you didn’t make any money last year. Not to worry if this is news to you as an International student, follow the steps below and you can easily adhere to the requirements before the April 17th 2012 midnight deadline.
Who: International students temporarily living in the US under an F, J, M or Q visa.
What: File a US tax Form 8843 if you lived in the US for any part of 2011, and did not receive any income. If you earned money during the year, you will have to complete the appropriate tax form (e.g. 1040, 1040EZ).
When: By midnight April 17, 2012.
How: Download the Form 8843 form from irs.gov by clicking here. Read the instructions on pages 3 & 4 prior to filling out the form. Complete pages 1 & 2, and take it to the post office. If you have any problems, check in with your International Programs office. I’m sure they’re ready to help!