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As an international student who has been in the United States during the 2013 calendar year, you will need to file one or more tax forms in the spring of 2014. Tax laws that apply to internationals are not the same as those that apply to U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents. International students who are filing tax forms for the first time often find it to be a very confusing process. While we are not tax experts, we do want to assist you with this responsibility.
The deadline for filing tax forms for the 2013 tax year is April 15, 2014.
International students who are NON-residents for tax purposes should NOT file tax returns using TURBO-tax because it does not complete the NON-resident forms for you. Most of the tax software programs advertised online do not offer assistance in completing non-resident tax forms.
In addition to filing federal tax forms, many international students will need to file New York State tax forms. The GLACIER Tax Prep software does not help you complete these state forms, but it will determine if a state tax form is necessary and provide a link to the right forms. It is important to remember that in order to file your New York State tax forms, you must first complete a federal form. Information on how to complete New York State tax forms will be covered in the ISS Tax Workshops.
Please note: State taxes vary by the state where income was earned during the tax year and forms must be filed separately for each state. If you did a co-op in another state you may need to complete a tax form for that state. Filing non-New York State tax forms is not covered in the ISS Tax Workshops, but the following is a link to State Tax Forms
You may print a copy of your RIT W-2 form by logging into myinfo.rit.edu. If you have not set up your myinfo account, the process is easy:
If you need to request more time to complete your federal or state tax forms you must do so by the tax filing deadline, April 15, 2014.
RIT provides two tax software programs to assist international students in preparing and filing required U.S. tax forms. These programs are used to determine your appropriate tax status, whether you are eligible for a tax treaty benefit, and which forms are necessary for you to file. These resources are available to you for free and could save you money. We encourage you to take advantage of these systems and to keep your information updated regularly.
Before using tax software read this:
It is CRUCIAL that you wait until you have received your W-2 form (if you worked) AND your 1042-S form (you will be receiving a 1042-S only if you received fellowship or grants for living expenses and/or wages covered by a tax treaties) BEFORE you complete your federal tax return form. Employers must provide W-2 forms by January 31st and 1042-S forms by March 15th at the latest. The 1042-S will be sent out by the RIT Payroll office.
GLACIER Tax Prep instructions for students who did not have a GLACIER account and Instructions for students who had no income are available in the ISS Office.
Please check back in early spring, 2014, for a list of Glacier Tax Prep Workshops.
As of April 16, 2013, our GLACIER Tax Prep Consultant has completed her service to RIT international students. The ISS staff greatly appreciates all of the help she has provided.
If you are using GLACIER Tax Prep to complete your federal tax forms and have questions about the software please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Some students decide to hire a professional tax preparer to file their taxes. This is especially helpful for students who are unable to use GLACIER Tax Prep, or students who have complicated tax issues, or would simply prefer to have a professional complete their tax forms for them.
Ira Cohen, CPA, from Welker & Company Certified Public Accountants will be on campus to assist students who would like their taxes done for a fee. Mr. Cohen's schedule will be posted here in early spring, 2014.
The following resources are provided by University of Buffalo International Student and Scholar Services:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - federal forms
1-800-829-3676 (forms & publications)
255 East Ave., Rochester, NY
229 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY
US Tax Rules Applicable to Foreign Nationals
Income Tax Treaty Information by Country
Windstar Technologies, Inc. - Solutions for International Taxation
Country-Specific Tax Sites