International Taxes

 

Taxes

Tax Deadline: April 17, 2018

Each year, foreign students living and working in the U.S. must submit a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). However, only current students who entered the U.S. during the 2017 tax year (January 1, 2017 thru Dec. 31, 2017) need to file a tax return.  Student who recently entered the U.S. in the year 2018, do not need to file a tax return until the year 2019. 

In the weeks prior to filing a tax return, students might receive a varity of forms from their employer and/or the university.  These forms will contain information on the amount of income earned, taxes paid on income earned, and any taxable portion of their scholarship.  The first step in filing a tax return is to learn about the different types of  forms you might receive for use in filing your tax return.   Please see list of typical forms  

Some students will receive other tax forms from their bank with information concerning interest earned on bank accounts.  In most cases, these will not be used in filing your tax return.

Please Note: Because foreign students have different tax situations, the International Student Services Office (ISS) has purchased tax software called Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) for students to use in preparation of a tax return. This software will ask a few questions and at the end of the process, a 1040NR-EZ tax form will be generated.  You will be provided with instructions on what forms to include with your tax return and where to mail all of these forms.  Please have the following documents ready to enter information into the GTP system (passport, visa, I-20, I-94, banking information, W-2 Form and 1042S)

It is important for each student to identify their tax situation before accessing the software.  

What is your Tax situation?

1. No U.S. Income AND no taxable scholarships in (2017) -  You MUST file a form 8843.  You may request an access code to use the Glacier Tax Prep (GPT) software by sending a request to kcombs@wtamu.edu.  

2.  Athletes with Scholarships - Athletes who have received scholarships which include room & board, books & supplies, medical health insurance or other benefits beyond tuition but who do not already have a social security card, will need to contact Mr. Don Adams in the WTAMU Business Office at dpadams@wtamu.edu.  Mr. Adams will assist athletes with completing the forms necessary to receive an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).  An ITIN will be needed before these students can file a tax return. 

3 . Income from University – To file a tax return please access the GLACIER Online Tax software.  You should be able to enter the site with your GLACIER ID and password. If you have forgotten your ID and password, you may request it at this site. Please be aware that you must use the same email address you used when you first created your GLACIER profile for the payroll office. If you do not instantly receive an email with your password, please contact kcombs@wtamu.edu. 

4. No income from University but income from ARAMARK, SSC or internship employer – If you only worked for ARAMARK, SSC, or in an off campus internship situation in 2017, most likely you do not have a password into the GLACIER system. Students who only worked for ARAMARK, SSC, or for an off campus internship employer in 2017 can use Glacier Tax Prep software to do their taxes. However, you must request an access code from Kristine Combs to access the Glacier Tax Prep system.   Do Not pay the fee requested to get an access code at this site.  Get a free access code from ISS.

5. Income from University and ARAMARK or University and SSC – If you worked for the university and ARAMARK in 2017, you may access GLACIER Online Tax to file your tax return.  You should be able to enter the site with your GLACIER ID and password. If you have forgotten your ID and password, you may request it at this site. Please be aware that you must use the same email address you used when you first created your GLACIER profile for the payroll office. If you do not instantly receive an email with your password, please contact Kristine Combs at kcombs@wtamu.edu. 

6. Students in Post Optional Practical Training Status – Students in OPT who worked for the university in 2017, can most likely still access GLACIER Online Tax. If you have forgotten your password, you may request it at this site. Please be aware that you must use the same email address you used when you first created your GLACIER profile for the payroll office. If you do not instantly receive an email with your password, please contact Kristine Combs at kcombs@wtamu.edu. 

7. Student in the U.S. for 5 years + – If you have been a student in the U.S. for 5 calendar years or more, you may not be able to use  GLACIER Tax Prep to prepare your tax return. GLACIER Tax Prep can only be used by students who are considered non-residents for tax purposes. Once a student has lived in the U.S. for 5 or more years, they may no longer be considered a non-resident for tax purposes. Being classified as a non-resident for tax purposes is unrelated to your visa status. Students classified as non-residents for tax purposes should complete a tax return that fits their tax needs. Please visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov for information.