International Student Tax Filing Workshops

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Feb
4

Its tax season again in the United States! Sign up for international student tax filing workshops in  March and April hosted by the MCISA. Don’t be late! The tax filing deadline is April 15, 2013!

Its tax season in the United States! You should begin receiving tax forms by mail in late January/early February of each year. MCISA is hosting several tax workshops in the spring to assist international students at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri campus to file their income taxes in order to be in compliance with U.S. tax laws. However, filing federal income tax forms is the personal responsibility of each international student.

How is Webster University going to help me file taxes?

Webster University purchased Foreign National Tax Resource (FNTR) for you to use in preparing your U.S. federal income tax return and your Missouri State tax return. You will need an access code to use the Foreign National Tax Resource. We will be giving these codes out at the tax workshop to assist you in filing your tax returns.

If you have filed taxes before and think you can do it on your own, please email Bethany Keller at bethanys@webster.edu and we will email you your access code. Using FNTR is much easier than manually filling a return.

Workshop Schedule

All workshops are located in the Emerson Library, eClassroom, Room 110.

Friday, March 8, 10am

Monday, March 11, 2pm

Thursday, March 21, 2 pm

Monday, March 25, 10am

Thursday, March 28, 10am

Monday, April 1, 10am

Thursday, April 4, 10am

Friday, April5, 10am

Monday, April 8, 2pm

Thursday, April 11, 10am

Monday, April 15, 10am

Monday, April 15, 2pm

To Sign up for a Tax Workshop, please use our online form to sign up for a workshop date and time at http://tinyurl.com/ajpspm2

You will receive a confirmation email with reminder list of what documents to bring.

What do I Need to Bring to File Taxes?

  • Passport
  • Visa/Immigration Status information, including Form DS-2019 (if J status) or Form I-20 (if F status) and I-94 card (and all prior I-20s or DS2019s for past years)
  • Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (if you have been assigned one)
  • Address Information (BOTH your current U.S. Address and Foreign Address)
  • U.S. Entry and Exit Dates for current and all past visits to the U.S.
  • Academic Institution or Host Sponsor Information
  • Forms W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 (if you received any)
  • A copy of last year’s federal income tax return (Form 1040NRor 1040NR-EZ), if you filed one
  • Your personal checks (if you are able to get a refund, it is best that you get it sent to you by direct deposit to your bank account instead of waiting for a check)
You cannot complete tax filing without ALL of the documents and information listed above. In particular, you must know all of the dates you have entered and exited the United States for all current and past visits to the US.We strongly recommend that you spend time BEFORE the workshop compiling a list of your travel dates in the following format. For example, for a student who started studies on an F-1 visa in 2010, their travel record might look something like this:
Visa Status               Date of Arrival                      Date of Exit
F-1                           August 10, 2010                  December 17, 2010
F-1                           January 16, 2011                 March 10, 2011
F-1                           March 22, 2011                   May 16, 2011
F-1                           August 12, 2011                  May 20, 2012
F-1                           August 6, 2012                    (still in the US)

You will need to send your tax forms by mail to the Internal Revenue Service by no later than April 15, 2013. You can purchase postage stamps at Mail and Copy, lower level of Loretto Hall (cash or check payment only), at US Post Offices in the local area, or at most grocery stores. We recommend sending your tax forms through Mail and Copy or the US Post Office through a method called “Return Receipt.” This costs more to send, but will provide you with a receipt back when the IRS receives your tax forms.

Current rates for standard, first class postal mail:
46 cents – First Class Postage
Certified Mail – $3.10
Return Receipt – $2.55
Total cost to send via Return Receipt: $6.11
Total cost to send without receipt: $0.46

All tax forms must be post marked no later than Monday, April 15th.

Student Employees and the Foreign National Information System (FNIS)

All on campus student employees who are non-US citizens are required to submit immigration information and documentation through the Foreign National Information System (FNIS). You should receive notice from Student Employment and the Payroll Office to submit your immigration records online in FNIS (a secure online system). Please complete these requirements in a timely manner to ensure your tax withholding is on file properly. Students eligible for tax treaty benefits should have an 8233 Form on file with Payroll each year.

This information is meant to help Webster University international students grasp some basics of U.S. tax laws. For further information on U.S. tax system, please check out the Internal Revenue Service.

If you have any further questions, please see Bethany Keller at your scheduled tax workshop or stop by the MCISA House.

Bethany Keller, Assistant Director

Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs(MCISA)

314-246-7649 (phone)

bethanys@webster.edu (email)

536 Garden Avenue


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