The tax deadline to file your 2017 tax forms is April 17, 2018.

All international students, scholars, and their dependents present in the U.S. during any part of the 2017 calendar year are responsible for filing annual tax forms (often called "tax returns”). Filing tax forms is required whether you or your dependents worked or earned income in the U.S., or received a taxable scholarship or fellowship in 2017.


We HIGHLY recommends that you review our Income Tax Basics presentation in order to have a general understanding of how the tax process works in the U.S. Most of the tax questions received can be answered in this presentation which includes much useful information.

Your Tax Filing Status

Many (not all) of TAMIU’s international students are considered non-residents for tax purposes.

Determining Your Tax Filing Status

Under certain circumstances, an international student who has non-resident status for immigration purposes may be classified as a resident for tax purposes. It's important to know which is your tax filing status so you will complete the correct tax forms.

Resources to Determine Your Tax Filing Status


–Determines an individual’s tax residency status

–Determines an individual’s eligibility for tax treaty benefits

–Generates the tax forms (1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, 8843) that apply to nonresidents for tax purposes.

–Print the documents generated by Sprintax and mail them to the IRS to meet your tax filing requirement.

–You may contact Sprintax directly with any questions about the system.


GLACIER serves the following purposes:

–Confirm Nonresident Alien Tax Status

–Review ALL income Tax Treaties for Exemptions

–Review ALL eligible Deductions, Allowances, and Credits

–Calculate TAX refund (or tax due)

–Complete ALL Required Tax Documents, including ITIN Application

All international students and their dependents present in the U.S. under an F or J nonimmigrant status must file Form 8843 "Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition"even if they received NO income in 2014. Form 8843 is not a U.S. income tax return. It is an informational statement required by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for non-residents for tax purposes (including spouses or dependents of non-residents).

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Who Must File

Filing IS required by nonresident alien students and scholars who have:

  1. A taxable scholarship or fellowship, as described in Chapter 1 of Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education;
  2. Income partially or totally exempt from tax under the terms of a tax treaty; and/or
  3. Any other income, which is taxable under the Internal Revenue Code.

Filing IS NOT required by nonresident alien students and scholars who have income ONLY from:

    1. Foreign sources;
    2. Interest Income from: An investment, which generates Portfolio Interest (Described in Chapter 3 "Exclusions From Gross Income" - "Interest Income" – "Portfolio interest" of Publication 519 U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens):
      • U.S. bank
      • a U.S. savings & loan institution
      • a U.S. credit union
      • a U.S. insurance company
    3. A scholarship or fellowship, which is entirely a Tax Free Scholarship or Fellowship as described in Chapter 1 of Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education; and/or
    4. Any other income, which is nontaxable under the Internal Revenue Code. However, income, which is not taxable because of an income tax treaty must be reported on a U.S. income tax return even though no income tax is due on the U.S. income tax return.
For more information, visit International Revenue Service (IRS).

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