Tax Returns & Form 8843
The money that you pay in state and federal income taxes is sometimes refunded to you in part from the government, depending on your situation. In order to see if you quality for a refund, you should file a tax return each year even if your income level is low enough that you do not legally need to file.
The deadline to file your taxes each year is April 15 of the following year. For example, 2019 taxes apply to income earned from January 2019 through December 2019, and your tax return would be due April 15, 2020.
Tax Deadline Update
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Friday March 20 that the tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 instead of April 15, 2020. All tax documents must be postmarked by the July 15, 2020 date.
The IRS has taken precautions to protect their staff during COVID-19. There will be significant delays in processing paper returns due to reduced staff at the processing centers. If you already mailed your return, you do not need to send another copy. The IRS process your return as safety precautions are updated.
All international students and scholars are required to fill out Form 8843 each year regardless of if they had income or not. This is a simple form and can be filled out without using the Glacier Tax Prep software.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website is a good source of information on your tax questions. The publications listed below are some of the most commonly used resources by foreign nationals.
Publication 901—US Tax Treaties(be aware there are different sections for scholars and students)