Taxes

Filing Taxes

WHAT DOES "FILING TAXES" MEAN?

If you earn any money from a U.S.-based entity (stipend/wages, loan, scholarship etc.), you must show that you paid enough taxes on your income (most U.S. income is taxed). To show that you paid enough tax, you must file a tax return form to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If you paid too much tax, the U.S. government will give you money back (known as a "tax refund"). If you did not pay enough tax, you will be asked to pay what you owe.

Any international student/scholar who received any income or scholarship in 2016 is REQUIRED by federal law to file a U.S. income tax return by a specific date in April every year, usually April 15.

WHICH TAX RETURN FORMS SHOULD I COMPLETE?

This depends on how long you have lived in the U.S. You should determine your RESIDENCY status for TAX PURPOSES. To determine if you are eligible to file on a resident return, take the GLACIER Tax Prep Substantial Presence Test.

If you are a resident for tax purposes, you may use the free tax software available on the IRS website to determine which tax forms you should file or seek assistance from a VITA volunteer or tax specialist. For a list of VITA sites, please visit: uwbb.org/vita

If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, use the chart below to determine which forms you should file.

Type of Income Form to Fill Out
No income or bank interest only (this should be filed for you AND your dependents) 8843
Wages and/or scholarship/fellowship 1040NREZ or 1040NR and8843

HOW DO I COMPLETE THESE FORMS?

The CGE Advisers are NOT tax experts, so we will not assist you in filing your taxes. If you need help completing the forms, feel free to make use of the following resources:

  • The annual CGE Tax Workshop will be held in Spring in the Globe Auditorium. To attend one of the workshops below, please register at cge.fsu.edu/workshop. Registration is required.
    • 1-3 PM Filing as a Resident for tax purposes
    • 3-5 PM Filing as Non-Resident for tax purposes
  • GLACIER Tax Prep Software
  • IRS website: www.irs.gov

How do I use Glacier Tax Prep software?

If you received any payment or funds from Florida State University in 2016, you will receive an email from GLACIER about how to access a license for GLACIER Tax Prep, an online tax preparation software which will help you with your tax returns if you are a non-resident for tax purposes. 

NOTE: There are a limited number of FREE licenses, available on a first come first served basis. If you did not earn income from FSU during 2016 but you earned income from a non-FSU entity, contact your international student advisor on March 15th, 2017 or later. If Glacier Tax Prep licenses are still available, you will be offered one.

Attention U.S. Government scholarship recipients: If you are a U.S. Government scholarship recipient, please DO NOT use GLACIER Tax Prep before checking with your sponsor (IIE, LASPAU, Amideast, VEF, USAID) regarding their procedures for tax filing.

What do I need to file my tax return?

  • SSN or ITIN (if you do not have an SSN or ITIN, you will need to file for one)
  • For wages earned from work: W-2 (from each employer in 2016; you should receive all W-2 forms by the end of January.)
  • For taxable scholarship/assistantship money: 1042-S
  • For bank interest: 1099-INT.

How do I file my tax return?

If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you must print off your forms and MAIL them to the IRS office. The IRS address will be listed on the tax return form or its instruction page.

NOTE: The state of Florida does not have a separate state income tax, but some states do. If you were previously employed in another state with a state income tax, you may be required to file an additional tax form. Check the www.irs.gov website for information on taxation for that state.