Tax Information for International Students

This webpage aims to provide you with a general sense of tax requirements in the U.S. and should be used for reference purposes only. For the most recent and comprehensive information about taxes, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) webpage for foreign students and scholars. The IRS is the U.S. government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement.

All nonimmigrants in F or J status including both the principal and all dependents are required to file an individual income tax form if you were in the US during the tax year (from January 1st to December 31st). By April 15th of the following year, you have to fill an income tax return with the IRS - even if you have no U.S.-source income.

Your complete federal tax return will typically include either Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ (depending on your situation) and a Form 8843. You can consult with the Pierce Country Library System which provides free tax advising online or in person or the free online service Turbotax.

The following list includes forms and instructions for your reference:

Federal Form 1040NR-EZ

Federal Form 1040NR-EZ Instructions

Federal Form 1040NR

Federal Form 1040NR Instructions

Federal Form 8843

IRS Guide for Foreign Students and Scholars

NAFSA Federal Income Tax Brochure

*Disclaimer: Please note that the International Programs staff is neither qualified nor permitted to answer questions regarding students' tax liabilities. If you have any question, please contact the Payroll Office (Jones 107) or consult with a tax accountant.