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Most F-1 and J-1 students are considered a non-resident for tax purposes and must pay the same taxes as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Therefore, all international students must complete and submit tax forms to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if you lived in the U.S. for any part of the tax year. (Ex: If you lived in the U.S for at least 1 day during 2019, you will submit tax forms in April 2020 (deadline was extended to July 2020). Submitting tax form to the IRS is a legal requirement.
If you owe taxes and do not file, the U.S. Internal Revenue Services (IRS) can assess penalty and interest and seize U.S. bank assets for repayment. Fines and penalties can often amount to more than the original tax debt. There can also be immigration consequences for failing to file taxes. Applicants for permanent residency green cards are frequently asked to show proof of tax filing for previous years in the U.S.
Please keep in mind that no staff member of ASU is able to provide personal assistance with the completion of tax compliance while in their official roles at ASU, including acting as tax consultants or providing tax advice related to the completion of the forms.
You will need the following documents to file your taxes:
If you lived in the U.S. for any part of the 2019 tax year but did not earn income from U.S. sources, you are required to file federal taxes using IRS form 8843 by July 15, 2020.
If you lived in the U.S. for any part of the 2019 tax year and earned income, including fellowships and scholarships, from U.S. sources, you must file federal taxes using IRS form 8843 AND either 1040 NR-EZ (if you don’t have dependents) or 1040 NR (if you have dependents) by July 15, 2020.
On page 3 of IRS Form 8843, there are general instructions. You will mail your tax forms yourself to the address indicated on page 3. Before mailing anything, make copies for your records.
You may also be required to file a tax return for every state in which you earned income. In Arizona, you will file the Arizona Department of Revenue form 140 NR.
If you transferred from another U.S. institution and earned income in another state, you must file a state income tax return for every state in which income was earned. Forms can be found on the website of each state’s department of revenue. You are responsible for mailing your tax forms to the Arizona Department of Revenue.
Please see instructions from our VITA Community Council partner regarding how to complete the AZ 140 NR form.
Watch this video to learn more about filing taxes as an international student with Sprintax.
This webinar shows ASU International students from India how to fill out their 2019 United States tax return.
This webinar shows ASU International students how to fill out their 2019 United States tax return.