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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: F-1 tax return guide

F-1 tax return guide

I'm an international student. Do I have to file a tax return?

Yes. All international students are REQUIRED to file a return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year they are in the United States regardless of whether they earned any income.

What forms should I use?

If depends on whether you had any income in the last year. 

  • If you earn an income in 2020, you need to file
  • If you didn't earn any income in 2020, you need to file 

*If you were in the U.S for 5 years cumulative, you may be categorized as resident for tax purpose, you may need to file different forms. Please contact a tax professional for advise. 

Where to file those forms?

  • If you file form 1040NR and form 8843

1040-NR Tax Returns may be submitted to the IRS via e-file or mail. If you are e-filing, please review https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040nr.pdf(PDF)

If you are not enclosing a payment, mail 1040-NR to:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215
U.S.A.

If you are enclosing a payment, mail 1040-NR to:

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1303
Charlotte, NC 28201-1303
U.S.A.

You can attach form 8843 to form 1040NR

  • If you file only form 8843, send your form to:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215
U.S.A.

Do you need help doing your taxes? Or, are you unsure which forms to submit?

MCC cannot provide tax advice, but we encourage you to see a tax specialist or take advantage of the free tax preparation resources in Chicago.

Type your zip code into this IRS website to see the locations that offer free tax prep help for taxpayers who qualify.

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