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International Students Taxes

All International students are expected to file a statement with the US Government regarding their tax status every year they are a student.

It is your responsibility to file your taxes and form 8843. The Global Education Office does not prepare US Income tax forms, however there is usually free tax help available in Chestertown. Our office will make every effort to alert you to tax counseling in the local area. PLEASE NOTE:

  • ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS should file “Form 8843” even if they are not working?
  • If you are working and Social Security taxes were withheld from your paycheck, you will need to file “Form 1040NR-EZ?”
  • The deadline to file your taxes is April 15?
If you use a tax service you should bring the following materials to your appointment:
  • Form 8843 (and 1040NR-EZ if you have worked and received income)
  • pencil, pen
  • passport
  • I-20
  • I-94 or DS-2019
  • Social Security Number

If you did not file taxes/8843 for past years, please call 1-800-829-1040 to request forms from past years. You may also access tax forms and information at www.irs.gov and searching for forms by number where it says “Forms and Publications.

There are online tax programs for non-residents available to help you with your tax returns.   
If you need additional help, please contact a tax professional. The GEO is not legally allowed to assist you with your taxes.  
Local tax professionals: 
Anthony Judge & Ware - (410) 778-0164
Radcliffe Corporate Service, Inc. - (410) 778-1099
 
Ask to speak with a CPA.  Do not go to a “tax preparer” who is not a CPA.   
 
Do not go to HR Block.  They are trained to help U.S. Citizens and permanent residents with their taxes.  As a non-resident, you have a different tax form than U.S. Citizens and permanent residents.
Fees
There is a fee for the online tax prep software (Glacier Tax Prep - $34.00, Sprintax - $35.95).  Getting assistance from a local tax professional will also cost money.  You can call to make an appointment and ask for rates.  You should only need a tax professional if there is an issue with your taxes.  Most of you should be able to do the forms yourself or with the help of the tax software.  
Form 8843

On Form 8843, you need to complete part I and part III.  

  • Exchange Students (J-1) - under question 10, use the Global Education Office and list Kathryn McCleary as the Director
  • Matriculating Students (F-1) - under question 10, use your academic major department and list the Chair of that department as the Director
You are responsible for completing the tax forms and mailing them in.  Please read the instructions and mail the tax forms to the location listed on the instructions.