Dear International Students,
As an International Student or Scholar in the US, it’s very important that you comply with US tax law and understand the tax filing requirements of your visa. Don’t forget that if any of the following circumstances apply to you, you must file a US tax return:
You worked for pay in the US during 2016
You received a stipend or allowance in 2016
You received scholarship beyond the cost of tuition in 2016
You had no earnings but were in the US for any part of 2016- if you did not work or receive income in the US you’re still legally obliged file a tax document 8843.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN PLEASE READ THE BELOW INFORMATION CAREFULLY TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED TO FILE AND WHAT FORMS YOU NEED!
The Office of International Student Services staff is NOT able to answer any tax related questions, so it is very important that you read below. All tax questions should be discussed with a Tax Accountant or with the SPRINTAX program provided to you by ISS.
Please be aware that the tax filing deadline is April 18, 2017
If you were employed (for pay) in the United States during any part of the 2016 calendar year, you should have received a W-2 form in the mail showing your total earning for the 2016 year. If you have not received your W-2 form, please contact your employer’s Payroll Office.
The Office of International Student Services DOES NOT have these forms. If you worked on campus at FDU and have not received your W-2, please call the Payroll Office at (201) 692 – 2727.
Preparing your tax forms for filing
International Student Services is providing our enrolled international student as well as those on OPT with a promotional code that will deducted the cost of the Federal Tax forms, the 8843, and/or the ITIN during the check out process with SPRINTAX. This code must not be distributed and is only available for current FDU students or former students still on OPT. (see the below the instructions in completing the SPRINTAX process)
What is an ITIN? The ITIN is a Tax ID for international student athletes or students who have FDU scholarship that covers full tuition and on campus room and board and don't have a Social Security Number.
International Athletes must attend the TAX Workshop which will be held in the Rothman Center on Monday February 28th at 8:00pm in the Stratus Lounge. This workshop will explain your responsibilities for filing taxes with the US Internal Revenue Service.
***Please also note there are a limited number of promotional codes available with SPRINTAX. If the codes run out you must file your taxes on your own.***
Next Step in completing your Tax forms with SPRINTAX
***Please note that State Taxes and additional services will cost extra. The promotional code only covers the cost of Federal Tax Forms, 8843, and/pr ITIN.
Print tax forms
Follow mailing instructions
ISS recommendations on what documents to have available when completing SPRINTAX:
I-20 (if an F-1 student)
DS-2019 (if an J-1 student)
Social Security number or ITIN (if you have one)
Form W-2 (ONLY needed if you worked in the US during 2015. If you have not received your W-2 form, please contact your employer’s Payroll Office. The Office of International Student Services DOES NOT have these forms.)
Form 1042S (ONLY needed if you have a scholarship that covers expenses other than tuition – for example, room and board, books, etc… The 1042S form will be mailed from the Office of Human Resources at FDU.
***Please note : a Colonel Fairleigh Dickinson Scholarship covers tuition only. You will not receive a 1042S form.
Form 1098T (if you qualify – see qualifications below)
A copy of your 2015 federal tax return if you filed last year.
The 1098-T is a tuition statement that only US Tax residents may use in claiming tax credits. This form can be used by the student, parents, or sponsors for claiming an education tax credit on their federal income tax forms. International students who have been continuously in F-1 status for MORE than five years generally file income tax forms as residents for tax purposes. You may request this form from the Office of Enrollment Services by visiting the following website and following the instructions. For more information on this option please consult a tax accountant.
All the best,
Office of International Student Services