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文章最後更新於 2020年6月7日

International students study in US will face the annual US tax reporting season. The deadline for filing tax returns is usually in April (4/15) of each year. It is recommended that you check the Internet and strongly recommend that you file your taxes in February.

The most common way for US students to file taxes is to use the Free File system. Usually, schools provide Glacier Tax Prep (available from NYU ) for US students . For federal and state taxes, you can consider Turbo Tax or Sprintax (NYU students). There are discounts). If you are not a U.S. citizen or Resident Alien, you must mail the documents generated by the system to the IRS (Internal Revenu Service) !!

Most of the work will be based on W4 you fill out, withholding tax ( Tax Withholding ) in advance, so the usually received income is called Net Pay ( Take Home Pay ).

Although there are many steps to file a tax return, as long as you follow the steps step by step, you can successfully generate tax refund documents. This article will mention 5 common problems for foreign students to report tax and will take the federal tax refund process once. The state tax process goes through once to help you get started with your first US tax return.

Let’s make the tax reporting process smoother! Jack takes your tax return

8 Common Questions for US Students to File a Tax:

1. When should I file a tax return?

Before 4/15, if you had any income from the United States that year. It is generally recommended to file your tax return in mid-February. If you don’t have time to file your tax return before 4/15, you must submit an Automatic Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return to the IRS. 

2. Federal and State Tax Rebates

Federal and state taxes are handled in two systems:

Federal Return1. 1040NR-EZ
2. 8843
Glacier Tax Prep
State Return1. 1040
2. 8843 (if you have a spouse or a child)

Fill in step by step according to Glacier Tax Prep, TurboTax, and the form will be automatically generated.

3. Don’t US citizens pay taxes?

Yes, you need to pay taxes ( taxpayers living outside the United States ). Regardless of your status, you need to report taxes as long as you have legal income in the United States, but usually the income of American students is not too high (RA, TA or scholarship), and the most important thing is Is to confirm your identity:

Apply for tax refund onlineDiscount
Resident foreignerresident Aliencan
Non-resident alienNon-Resident AlienNo! To mail the form to the IRS1. Income from outside the United States does not need to be taxed
2. Bank deposit interest is exempt (W8 required)
3. FICA tax is not required

4. What documents do international students need to prepare for tax filing?

  • Passport, Visa
  • I-94 Record (Immigration time will be required when determining NRA)
  • SSN Social Security Code (if not, Individual Tax Identification Number is required)
  • Current residential address
  • I20
  • Tax-related forms:
    • W2
    • 1042-S (if you receive a full scholarship)
    • 1099 : This refers to interest income from bank deposits, NRA does not

5. What counts as income?

  • Wages (includes income from teaching assistants in schools)
  • Scholarships are given by the school
  • Interest on bank account opening bonus
  • Money earned from investing in stocks (Capital Gain, Dividend… ..)
  • Rental income

6. What forms will American students receive?

Form codeAnnual summary sourceIssuer
W-2incomeCompany or employer
1042-SScholarship or small salaryschool
1099-MISCSelf-employed wage incomeCompany or employer
1099-INTInterest incomeDeposit bank

7. When should I receive Form W2?

8. 7 steps for foreign students to file tax returns

STEP1. Prepare the documents mentioned above

Federal tax refund
STEP2. Enter Glacier tax prep system, a question a question to answer questions in accordance with the flow of the system.
STEP3. Produce 1040NR-EZ and 8843 forms
STEP4. Enter TurboTax system in accordance with the flow of the system a question a question to answer questions.
STEP5. Produced 1040 Form
STEP6. Print out documents generated by Glacier tax prep and send to
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

State Tax Refund
STEP7. Print out the documents generated by Sprintax and send it to each state, where the state tax is refunded

Useful resource

  • IRS Tax Assistance Center (TAC) : You need to make an appointment in advance. This is the IRS’s office in each local government. There will be professional staff to answer your questions.
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) : IRS certified volunteers provide free basic tax reporting services. NYU Stern’s Accounting Fraternity,  Beta Alpha Psi , i provides this service.
  • Turbotax : Online tax reporting software, there are free and paid versions, the free version is suitable for users without complex tax refunds, the paid version is suitable for people who run their own business or have income from multiple sources.

The next step is to take you to complete the Federal & State Return


[Federal Tax Refund] Introduction to Glacier Tax Prep: Federal Return

Four stages of federal tax refund

  • Step 1: Determine identity (NRA or RA)
  • Step 2: Fill in tax return form W2, 1099
  • Step 3: Fill out the additional information
  • Step 4: Confirm the content is correct and prepare to print the form

1. Click NYU https://www.nyu.edu/ogs/gtp/ will lead to this page, click the button to enter nyu net id and password.

Note: If you are a student from a different school, please check the Tax Prep page of each school

US students filing taxes
NYU Tax Filing page

2. Glacier Tax Prep login page: create a new account or login

US students filing taxes

Phase 1: Determining immigration status

3. Step 1: Determine immigration status

glacier tax prep

4. Fill in personally identifiable information

Documents Required: Passport and Passport Number

5. Fill in US immigration records from past to present:

If you used to travel to the United States, it is B-1 Vistor status, now it is international student status (F-1) Last Arrival in time Check the Still in US option!

Required documents:

6. STEP One Summary

7. Phase 1: Identification of RA, non-resident alien RA or non-resident NRA

Phase 2: Fill in the source of income

8. Fill in the income status

Required documents:

  • W2
  • 1099
  • 1042-S (if there is a full scholarship)

9. Fill in W2

Just fill in the order of 1, 2, 3 ….. Be sure to check it carefully once you have completed it.

10. After completing the form, the Summary of Total Income Form will appear

Phase 3: Fill in the additional information

11. Phase 3: Fill in the US residential address

12. Fill in Taiwan Home Address

13. Fill in the SSN and if not, ITIN

14. Marital status

15. Information about the institution that sponsored your immigration status
: New York university

Need documents

  • I-20

16. Is there a loan from a U.S. bank?

17. [Additional Information]

18. Congratulations! Tax refund is finally available!

Can choose to return to the bank or check

19. Fill in bank information

20. If you have a marriage partner, you need to complete Form 8843

Stage Four: Generate Forms

21. Print the form and send it

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Complete the federal tax, the entire process is more than half! GO GO GO


[State Tax Refund] Introduction Sprintax: State Return

Website and Document Preparation

1.Enter the Sprintax website: https://www.sprintax.com/

2. Prepare 7 files on hand

  • Previous and current Federal Tax Return
  • passport
  • I-94 (Immigration Information)
  • W2, 1042-S or 1099
  • Visa Information, I-20
  • SSN or ITIN
  • If you only want to use Stateprint Return for Sprintax, you need to set aside the information we just used Glacier Tax Prep

3. Select the year you want to file your tax return

Six steps to Sprintax tax return (State Tax Return)

  1. Federal Tax Information (State Only)
  2. Fill in tax return form
  3. School Information
  4. State Tax Filling
  5. an examination
  6. carry out

Because we have just completed the federal tax return form with Glacier Tax Prep, we only need the State Tax Return part in Sprintax!

Federal tax information filling (documents generated by Glacier Tax Prep)

4. Fill in personal information and Visa status

5. Fill in US address and home address

Pay special attention here, you need to choose the address of the tax return.

6. Fill out the state tax form and state

Since Glacier just showed that my form is 1040NR, select 1040NR here .

Fill in tax return form

7. Select the form to fill

8. Fill in the order according to the W2 at hand

Fill in the order of 1, 2, 3… ..

Pay special attention here. For the drop-down form on the left, select Employee Type.

  • Academic research institutions
  • school
  • Private business
  • Non-academic research institute
  • Non-profit organizations
  • US Government Department
  • other

9. Have you completed the additional income from W2?

10. Other taxes and status declarations of previous years

Fill in school information

11. Fill in school information (I-20 on hand)

Note: Phone numbers can only be filled with digits!

State Tax Filling

12. Transfer the information we filled out to the state tax form

At this step, the system transfers the portion of the Federal Information we just filled into the state tax form.

13. Fill in the 2019 immigration information

This step can refer to our step 1 in Glacier Tax Prep, which requires Form I-94 .

Here’s a special note: Because I have an F1 student visa, I will choose Temporary for Type of visit .

14. Fill in federal tax refund information

Documents Required: 1040NR

According to the 1040NR on hand, follow the line8, line11,… .. written in the form, fill in the form, fill it out, please check again carefully.

  • Income
  • Adjustments to Income
  • Federal adjusted gross income (FAGI)
  • Itemized deductions
  • Schedule A
  • Your Tax
  • Taxes paid

15. Resident status determination

  • domicile : the place you intend to have as your permanent home or where your permanent home is located or the place you intend to return to after being away (as on vacation, business assignments, educational leave, or military assignment)
  • permanent place of abode : In general, a permanent place of abode is a residence (a building or structure where a person can live) you permanently maintain, whether you own it or not, and usually includes a residence your husband or wife owns or leases .

The above is attached with the definition of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. This option may choose different combinations depending on the definition of state and state. Please check the definition of your tax state!

16. Select a State to Report State Taxes

The system will display the states you can check based on the information you just filled in

Progress has reached 95%! Almost fast!


17. Residence problems in each state (already 95%!)

 school district: That is the official list provided by New York Department of Taxation and Finance. If your town / village / hamlet is not in the list, please select the nearest one. If you do not know the name of your school district, contact your nearest public school. If you lived in NY City select one of the following: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island.

Income and tax summary table

18. Tax and income summary table

Congratulations! After filling it for so long, it finally came out ( I ended up paying Orz for tax )

19. Choosing how to collect and refund tax and how to pay tax arrears

20. (optional) Services for patches

If IRS, according to this form, additional information is needed. You can add money here, and Springtax will help you to contact the Tax office for further processing.

21. pay

If there is an access code provided by the school, you can add discounts, but if you are a NYU alumni , when you set up an account with email @ nyu.edu, you will enjoy the discount!

In either case, use your @nyu.edu email address to get a special discounted rate. Stern and Law School students must use their @nyu.edu email address for the discounted rate as the system will not recognize your @stern.nyu.edu or @law.nyu.edu email address.

Review steps & check & send Fedaral Tax Return, State Return forms separately

Step review

STEP1. Prepare the documents mentioned above

Federal tax refund
STEP2. Enter Glacier tax prep system, a question a question to answer questions in accordance with the flow of the system.
STEP3. Produce 1040NR-EZ and 8843 forms
STEP4. Enter TurboTax system in accordance with the flow of the system a question a question to answer questions.
STEP5. Produced 1040 Form

STEP6. Print out documents generated by Glacier tax prep and send to
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

State Tax Refund
STEP7. Print out the documents generated by Sprintax and send it to each state, where the state tax is refunded

an examination

Be sure to check and check again! What time is it? If the F1 visa is for a U.S. student who filed a tax return and was judged NRA (Non-ResidentAlien):

  • No E file Tax, which means mailing! To post! Forms we prepare
  • Federal Tax Return & State Tax Return
  • Be sure to check your address for State Tax Return
  • It must be completed before 4/15 , if you need to extend the time, you must submit the Automatic Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return to the IRS 

Congratulations! Finished the tax reporting process!

U.S. Student Tax Return Misson Complete

I have finally completed the long steps. I hope the above questions are answered. Filling out the form with the system will make your tax reporting process smoother! If you have any tax declaration problems, please leave a message below. No matter if you are studying or working abroad, I hope this blog will make your life, travel and play more smooth!

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