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International Student Affairs

Filing U.S. Taxes

Please be advised that International Student Affairs cannot provide tax advice or help you to file your taxes. You must prepare and file the appropriate IRS forms yourself, or seek the assistance of a professional tax consultant if you cannot complete the forms on your own. Everyone's tax filing requirements depend on their unique situation. Therefore, please do not rely on information given to you by anyone other than a professional tax consultant.

It is important that you determine your personal U.S. tax liability. Most F-1 and J-1 international students are required to file IRS Form 8843, regardless of whether they earned income in the U.S. Students who earned income or have other special circumstances may be required to file additional IRS forms and tax returns. For detailed tax information, please call the Internal Revenue Service or visit their web site.

You can also locate and make an appointment at a Taxpayer Assistance Center or other tax clinic in your local area. When making an appointment, be sure to request staff who are knowledgeable about non-U.S. citizen tax filing requirements.

The Tax Law Society at Hofstra Law usually hosts a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic in the spring semester. The VITA program prepares tax returns for free for low-income individuals. For more information, please call 516-463-6401 or email vita{at}hofstra.edu.

Information to bring to a tax appointment:

  • Passport/visa/I-94 for yourself and all dependents
  • DS-2019 or I-20
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or International Taxpayer Identification Number for yourself and all dependents
  • Address Information (both U.S. and foreign)
  • U.S. entry and exit dates and prior visit information
  • Academic institution or host sponsor information
  • All tax forms (if any): W-2, 1098, 1042-S, 1099 
  • Any scholarship or fellowship grant letters
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if any)
  • Information on all deductions/credits, e.g. childcare provider's name, address, SSN or Tax ID number
  • Bank account number for direct deposit