International Student Tax Guidelines 2017
What Forms Should an International Student File?
Form 8843 must be filed by ALL international students in the U.S. regardless of your income and employment status in the U.S. This document is not a tax return.
Form 8843 is required for all students. however, the 1040NR-EZ is required for single students earning income above $4,000. Income includes scholarship or grant money along with earnings from employment. If you are self-employed and have earned $400 or more since January 2015 then you will need to file taxes.
Form 1040NR-EZ is your federal tax return form if you have lived/studied in the U.S. for 5 years or fewer. After 5 years you file the same form as U.S. residents. The form 1040NR-EZ must be filed by all international students who have received any type of U.S. income other than interest received from U.S. banks and credit unions.
Mail Federal 8843 and 1040 NR-EZ completed forms by April 18, 2017 to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 77301-0215 USA
What About State Taxes?
Minnesota taxes follow the same guidelines as the federal return form 1040NR-EZ. The M-1 form is required for single students earning income above $10,300. Income includes scholarship or grant money along with earnings from employment. If you are self-employed and have earned $400 or more since January 2015, then you will need to file taxes.
Why Do You File Taxes?
- Most international students filing a non-resident tax return receive a tax refund.
Take advantage of Tax Treaty benefits.
- Tax treaties reduce tax liability of international students working in the United States. Using tax treaties can save you money and increase your tax refund.
Meet your requirements for U.S. visa.
- International students and scholars are required to file taxes to maintain immigration status. Failing to do so can result in violation of your immigration status.
Make sure all forms are in by April 15, 2016.
- Publication 901: U.S. Tax Treaties (PDF)
- 2011 Publication 4011: Foreign Student and Scholar Volunteer Resource Guide (PDF)
- Publication 519: U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens (PDF)
- See if you qualify for free tax help.
IRS' Multi-Lingual Gateway
IRS for Foreign Students and Scholars
Online Paid Assistance for International Students
Are You Renting an Apartment, House, or Townhouse in Minnesota?
According to the MN state revenue website, you do not qualify for a refund if:
- "You are a nonresident alien living in Minnesota and:
-your gross income was less than $4,000, and
-you received more than 50 percent of your support from a relative."
If you earned more than $4,000 income and receive less than 50 percent of your financial support from a relative, you should file this form as you may be eligible for a refund by filing the form M1-PR.