Tax Resources

Tax ImageTax Filing for International Students

Spring is tax season in the United States. International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to file US taxes every year you are present in the United States, even if you did not work or earn any wages during the tax year.

Who is required to file taxes?

If you were present in the United States between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 on a student (F-1) or scholar (J-1) visa, you are required to file US taxes by April 15, 2015. Please note: International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to file US taxes every year you are present in the United States, even if you did not work or earn any wages during the tax year.

How can I prepare my tax forms? 

The MCISA purchased Glacier Tax Preparation (GTP) software to help international students prepare their US tax forms. GTP access should be available in mid-February.
To request an access code for GTP, please contact Bethany Keller at bethanys@webster.edu and she will email you the code and instructions as soon as they are available.
In addition, the MCISA hosts a few tax workshops in March and April to assist international students at the St. Louis, Missouri campus. These workshops have limited seating available so registration is required.

Webster University purchased Glacier Tax Preparation (GTP) software for you to use in preparing your U.S. federal income tax return. You will need an access code to use GTP. You may request an access code by emailing Bethany Keller at bethanys@webster.edu. Using GTP is much easier than manually filing a return.

Please note: If you worked on campus in 2014, you will receive a W2 earnings statement by mail from Webster University Payroll office sometime after January 31st.

Student employees who receive tax treaty benefits should wait to file US taxes until after receiving the Form 1042S from the Payroll office.

Workshop Schedule

Students should plan ahead and begin preparing their tax forms in GTP between mid-March and April 15th.

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

Thu March 26, 2015, 10am – noon
Fri April 3, 2015, 10am – noon
Tue April 7, 2015, 2pm – 4pm

To Sign up for a Tax Workshop, please use our online form at 

https://webster.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cu2qdrEzFZKt6x7

What Documents Do I Need to Prepare My 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) (NOTE: Print your I-94 card online at www.cbp.gov/I94)
  • 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. (Please complete the Travel Dates Worksheet before using GTP to prepare your taxes.)
  • Academic Institution or Host Sponsor Information
  • Forms W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 (if you received any)
  • A copy of your past 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)
Important Notes
  • You cannot complete tax filing without ALL of the documents and information listed above. 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 IN ADVANCE  compiling a list of your travel dates using this Travel Dates Worksheet
Tax Filing Deadline – April 15th
  • Send all tax forms by mail to the Internal Revenue Service post marked no later than April 15th.
  • Purchase postage stamps at any of the following locations: on campus at Mail and Copy Center, lower level of Loretto Hall (cash or check payment only), at US Post Offices in the local area, or at most grocery stores.
  • Make copies (for your own records) of ALL documents you mail to the IRS and on what date the documents were sent.
On Campus Student Employees and
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 – a secure online system used by Payroll to ensure appropriate taxation of employees).
You should receive notice from Student Employment and the Payroll Office to submit your immigration records online in FNIS. 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.
Please note:If you worked on campus last year, you will receive a W2 earnings statement by mail from Webster University Payroll office sometime after January 31st.  You may contact Payroll at payroll@webster.edu if you have not received your W2 form.

Tax Links

The following links are not part of Webster University, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA). When you click on the links below, you will be leaving the MCISA Web site and opening a different website. These links are provided for informational purposes only. If you have any question related to your specific tax issues, please contact Bethany Keller at bethanys@webster.edu or 314-246-7649 directly.