Tax Filing for International Students
Who is required to file taxes?
If you were present in the United States between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 on a student (F-1) or scholar (J-1) visa, you are required to file US taxes by Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 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?
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. Using GTP is much easier than manually filing a return.
Please note: If you worked on campus in 2018, you will receive a W2 earnings statement in your ADP account 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.
Students should plan ahead and begin preparing their tax forms in GTP between mid-March and April 17th.
All workshops are located in the Emerson Library, eClassroom, Room 110.
Monday, March 11th 2-3 pm
Wednesday, March 27th 10-11 am
Friday, April 5th 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, April 16th 1 – 2:00 pm
To Sign up for a Tax Workshop, please complete the TAX CODE REQUEST FORM
What Documents Do I Need to Prepare My Taxes?
- 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)
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 17th
- Send all tax forms by mail to the Internal Revenue Service post marked no later than April 17th.
- 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 email@example.com if you have not received your W2 form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-246-7649 directly.