U.S. Tax Obligations for International Students
International students in the U.S. are required to file a tax return each year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You must file at least one form with the IRS, even if you do not earn income in the U.S. The good news is that if you overpaid tax, you will get a refund!
How Are You Taxed?
If you do get a job in the U.S., you will be asked to fill out a W-4 Form so your employer knows what portion of your income should be withheld as taxes. These taxes are then paid to the U.S. Treasury (and/or the appropriate state agency) on your behalf. At the end of the tax year, you must prove that you paid the correct amount by filing your tax return! Even if you did not have a job, you must still file a Form 8843 each year.
Filing Your Tax Return
You can use a U.S. tax preparer for international students such as Sprintax to guide you through the process of preparing and completing your U.S. tax return. More information about tax obligations for international students can be found here.
The filing date for tax year 2018 is Monday, April 15, 2019.
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