Non-Resident (NR) Tax Information
Deadline: File 2015 Tax Forms and Returns by midnight on: Monday April 18th, 2016
ISSS will update this page early in 2016 with more details on this process and the Sprintax software that will be available. In 2016 by the deadline, you’ll report on your income in tax year 2015, which ends on Dec. 31st. 2015.
Which category are you?
- I DID NOT WORK at all in the U.S. and I had NO U.S. scholarship in 2014.
You had no income or taxable scholarship, so no tax return is needed. However, you must file free tax form 8843, which reports your physical presence in the U.S. to the IRS.
- I DID NOT WORK, but I DID RECEIVE U.S. scholarship income as shown on a Form 1042S.
You must file both federal and state tax return forms.
- I WORKED in the U.S. in 2015 (through CPT, OPT, or on campus employment).
- Federal Income Taxes: All international students who worked in the U.S. during 2015 must file a complete federal tax return. DO NOT use or purchase software such as TurboTax, H&R Block or pay an outside service to prepare your tax return. Those products were not designed for non-resident tax forms.
- State of Georgia Income Taxes: If you file a federal tax return, you may also be entitled to a refund of state income taxes.
Gather Your Documents:
- I-20 or DS-2019 form
- Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
- Dates of all U.S. arrivals and departures in the last year
- Form(s) W-2: This comes from your employer early in 2016. Contact your HR department if you haven’t received it by March 2016.
- 1042-S and/or 1099 (if applicable): This comes from Georgia State’s tax compliance office if your country has a tax treaty with the U.S.
- Always keep a complete copy of all U.S. tax returns or tax forms like 8843.
- If you have an unusual or complicated tax situation (ex: you own U.S. real estate, you have investments, stocks, bonds etc… in the U.S.), or if you are a resident for tax purposes (more than 5 years inside the U.S.), ISSS advises you to use a professional tax advisor who is knowledgeable about non-resident alien tax issues.