* All international student are required to file some tax forms, even if you did not work
* Tax forms are reports about your earnings and activities during the previous year.
o If you were not in the United States during the previous year, you do not have to file tax forms.
o If you were here even one day in the previous year, you may need to file forms.
* Tax forms are due each year on April 15th
Tax Resources for International Students
If you did NOT work or receive a taxable scholarship in the year 2012:
You only need to fill out Form 8843
You need to fill out Part 1, Part 3, and sign the bottom of the second page
For Part 3 question #9: enter the following:
University of North Dakota
264 Centennial Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Mail your form to:
Department of the Treasury
International Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215
If you did work or received a taxable scholarship in the year 2012:
You should have received an email from Kevin Kuntz in the Payroll office:
There is software that will help you with your Federal taxes (you will need to complete your Federal taxes before doing your North Dakota taxes)
You should have received an access code from Pat Hanson for the software.
If you did not receive your access code, please contact Kevin Kuntz in the Payroll Office at (701)777-4227.
North Dakota taxes
Instructions are available online for your North Dakota taxes from UND Payroll:
To figure out if your country has a tax treaty, check the list of countries the US has treaties with
Forms that you may need:
Note: Not everyone has to fill out the ND-1NR
If you have any questions regarding North Dakota Income Tax or completing your North Dakota Tax return, please contact the North Dakota Tax Department by calling (701) 328-1260.
Additional Tax Help-If Needed
If after reading the above information and logging into the Foreign National Tax Resource Software, you still have questions or need additional help, the following free tax help is available to you. Please make sure that you bring your Social Security Card or ITIN Card, Visa, Passport, I-94, I-20, W-2 (If you received one), 1098T (Student Account Services), 1042(If you received one), receipts for any educational expenses, and any other documents that may apply.
The Public Interest Law Students Association (PILSA) is pleased to announce the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for 2013 (2012 tax year). The VITA program offers free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their individual income tax return. IRS-certified volunteers provide basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing at no cost. Volunteers are IRS certified to prepare U.S. citizen, resident, and non-resident returns (international students).
No appointment is necessary, first come, first served. There is no cost to have a VITA volunteer prepare your return.
LOCATION: Memorial Union Room 1B (lower level computer lab)
Tuesdays - 5:00 – 7:00 pm (February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5, 19, 26; April 2, 9)
Saturdays - 9:00 – 11:00 am (February 9, 23; March 23; April 6)
Any questions can be directed to co-chairs:
Adrian Escalona - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Kuntz - email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about International Students Filing Taxes
Do I have to file tax forms?
Yes. All International Students in F-1 and J-1 status need to file at least one form: Form 8843 regardless of whether or not they earned income. Students who earned income (other than bank interest) may have to report that on other forms.
Where can I get my tax forms?
All tax forms are available online. There are links are provided at the top of this page. You may also find them by going directly to the IRS website and the North Dakota State Tax Department website.
Can I file electronically (e-file)?
You should not use Turbo Tax or similar software. They are not set up for the nonresident tax forms. It is unlikely that you will be able to file electronically using the standard software or the free e-file services. You will be able to e-file through the sessions listed abobe.
Can the OIP staff help me with my taxes?
No. The Office of International Programs staff is not trained to assist students with filing their taxes. You will need to seek assistance from one of the resources listed above or from a private preparer (who you pay). The Office of International Programs can answer questions about the 8843 form.