All international students are required to file tax forms, even if you did not work.
- Tax forms are reports about your earnings and activities during the previous year.
- If you were not in the United States during the previous year, you do not have to file tax forms.
- 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 15.
If you did work or received a taxable scholarship in the previous year, you should have received an email from Kevin Kuntz in the UND Payroll Office.
If you did NOT work or receive a taxable scholarship in the previous year:
- 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
You will need to complete your Federal taxes before doing your North Dakota taxes.
There is software that will help you with your federal taxes. You should have received an access code from UND Payroll for the software. If you did not receive your access code, please contact the Payroll Office at 701.777.4227.
North Dakota Taxes
To figure out if your country has a tax treaty, check the list of countries the U.S. has treaties with.
Forms that you may need:
- North Dakota Form ND-1
- North Dakota Schedule ND-1NR (Not everyone has to fill out the ND-1NR)
- North Dakota Booklet (tax tables on page 20)
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, you can use the free tax services provided by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Please make sure that you bring the following:
- Social Security Card or ITIN Card
- W-2 (if you received one)
- 1098T (Student Account Services)
- 1042 (if you received one)
- Receipts for any educational expenses
- Any other documents that may apply
No appointment is necessary, first come, first served. There is no cost to have a VITA volunteer prepare your return.
Direct VITA questions to:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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.
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. The software made available to UND international students through Payroll will enable you to complete your federal tax forms electronically, but you will still need to submit the forms by mail.
No. The International Center 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).