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If you do not have to file a 2017 tax return, mail Form 8843 to:
The Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215
No. The tax forms required in April report on the previous year, which ended December 31.
Yes. You should if you have plans to ever return to the U.S. Ask your employer to mail your wage statement (form W-2) to you. The IRS can mail you a check outside the U.S if you are owed a refund.
April 17, 2018.
The ISS staff members are not able to complete your tax forms for you. While we are not tax experts, we do want to assist you with this responsibility. We hope that the information on the ISS website and the GLACIER Tax Prep software will allow you to complete your U.S. tax forms in an easy and efficient way.
GLACIER Tax Prep is a user-friendly software created specifically for foreign nationals who are legally present in the U.S. ISS has purchased this software so that all RIT international students who are non-residents for tax purposes may use it for free. You will receive an email from ISS in late January with details. This software will generate and fill-in all the forms for you. You will then follow simple directions to print them out and mail them to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For more information please visit Taxes.
Note: You will hear various tax prep software advertised to Americans during tax season such as “Turbo-Tax”, “H&R Block” etc… but these are inappropriate for you if you are a non-resident for tax purposes. They may take your money, but will also cause errors and problems for you later.
Your tax status (nonresident or resident) is separate from your immigration status.You may be a resident for tax purposes even though you are still a nonresident for immigration purposes. You become a resident for tax purposes when either you get a green card or you "pass" what is called the "substantial presence test."
The GLACIER Tax Prep software will determine your tax status for you.
Your tax status determines which tax forms you need to complete, and therefore determining your tax status is the first step in completing your forms.
Residents for tax purposes are not able to use GLACIER Tax Prep. Instead, they may file taxes in the same manner as U.S. citizens using various tax preparation products you will see advertised.
GLACIER is a comprehensive tax compliance system used by the RIT Payroll Office. RIT foreign nationals are automatically enrolled in GLACIER once they start working on campus. Login details and a temporary password are delivered by email when you arrive on campus. It is important to keep your GLACIER record updated at all times. RIT relies on this system to identify your appropriate tax status, monitor payments, and declare eligible tax treaty benefits.
Glacier Tax Prep is a companion program that prepares Federal tax forms for persons taxed as Non-Resident Aliens, as determined through your GLACIER record.
In one of two ways:
No. GLACIER Tax Prep will fill-in the forms and allow you to print and save them. You will need to mail the forms in an envelope with correct postage to the IRS at the address indicated. The envelope must be post marked by the deadline to avoid penalties and fees.
The “NR” means nonresident for tax purposes. The 1040NR is a longer, more detailed tax form, totaling five pages, which can be used by any nonresident. The 1040NREZ is a simplified version of the same form, which can be completed by nonresidents who meet certain requirements. Just remember EZ stands for “easy” or a less-detailed form. GLACIER Tax Prep will determine which form you need to use.
Though it is tempting to try to get a bigger refund by filing this form if you are a nonresident for tax purposes, you cannot do so legally. If you are a nonresident for tax purposes you must file form 1040 NR or 1040 NR-EZ. Failure to file the correct form is considered tax fraud and can place your immigration status in jeopardy. The additional money you may receive is not worth this risk.
Form W-2 shows how much you earned from working during the year. It also shows how much tax you have paid in that year. You need information from the Form W-2 to complete your tax forms and must attach a copy of it to your tax return form. If you worked in the U.S. and have not received a Form W-2, contact your employer for a copy. RIT W-2 forms are mailed by the Payroll Department by January 31st or available to self-print through Student Self Service.
A 1042-S is used by RIT and other sponsors to report taxable scholarships and income exempt from tax under a tax treaty. 1042-S forms may be accessed through GLACIER after March 15th. If you did not work in the U.S. in 2017, or if all your income was exempt under a tax treaty, you will not receive a W-2 form.
You should put the following:
Director, International Student Service
Rochester Institute of Technology
42 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Also called Social Security and Medicare taxes, F.I.C.A. stands for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act which is taxation on income earned where the funds are used for federal programs that provide benefits for U.S. citizens and permanent residents when they retire, are disabled, or are the children of deceased workers. Funds withheld for F.I.C.A. are reflected on paycheck stubs and also in boxes 4 and 6 of your W-2.
F-1 and J-1 student visa holders are typically exempt from paying F.I.C.A. taxes for their first 5 years in the United States and these taxes should not be deducted from paychecks. J-1 scholars and researchers are typically only exempt for 2 years. The mechanism for the exemptions are found under Internal Revenue Code 3121 (b)(19) and is available to persons in F-1, J-1, M-1 and Q immigration status.
If your employer has mistakenly withheld F.I.C.A. taxes, you must work with him or her directly to request a reimbursement. If they will not assist you, you would file Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms 843 AND supplemental form 8316 to request reimbursement. Please note that J-2s with work authorization are not exempt from FICA taxes.
Filing tax forms is not optional; it is required by law. One of the conditions of your visa is to comply with US law. If you never plan to enter the U.S again in your life, nothing will happen.
In addition to filing a federal tax form, many individuals need to complete a state tax form. Tax forms and regulations vary by the state where the income was earned. Depending on where you have earned income, you may need to file several different forms. For example, if you worked on campus at RIT and did a summer co-op in California, you may need to file:
The GLACIER Tax Prep software will determine if you need to file state tax forms and will provide a link to the appropriate state tax website.
ISS recommends RIT international students consider using Sprintax for filing their state tax forms. The cost to use Sprintax to file New York State taxes is $25.95.
See "New York State Tax Forms" on our Taxes webpage.
If you are enclosing a payment (check or money order), use the following address:
STATE PROCESSING CENTER
PO BOX 15555
ALBANY, NY 12212-5555
If you are not enclosing payment, use this address:
STATE PROCESSING CENTER
PO BOX 61000
ALBANY, NY 12261-0001
Yes! 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.
Please see Paying an Outside Vendor to Have Your Tax Forms Completed in the Taxes section of our website.
A copy of your W-2 form is available online at myinfo.rit.edu. If you have not set up your myinfo account, registration is fast and easy:
The 8863 education credit refers to the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Unfortunately a student cannot claim the credit if he or she was a nonresident alien for any part of 2016 and did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. If, after taking the Substantial Presence Test, you determine that you are a resident for tax purposes, please read the information on the IRS website about the education tax credit.