Taxes for International Students
If you lived in the United States between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020, you must file a U.S. tax form.
Did you receive any U.S. Source Income (wages, taxable scholarships, housing stipends, cash awards, etc.) in 2020?
Yes, I received U.S. Source Income
You must file a U.S. tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). UT Dallas has arranged access to Sprintax Tax Preparation to assist with your Federal tax return. Sprintax is an online tax preparation software, specifically for nonresident alien students. To gain access to the software you will need to complete the online registration form. Upon completing the form, you will receive a unique code to enter when filing your Federal tax return via Sprintax. For questions regarding Sprintax software, please contact Sprintax at [email protected], or use their live chat function.
Please note this code only applies to your Federal tax return. If you reside in a state that requires state tax returns to be filed, you will be responsible for the costs associated with filing those returns. Approximate costs are listed below:
- State tax preparation: $25.95-$29.95
- Form 843 (FICA) preparation: $15.95
- ITIN preparation: $15.95
Notes about Sprintax questionnaire Step 5 – About your College/Program:
- University/college details: The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080, 972-883-2111.
- Program director details: Josephine Vitta, 800 W. Campbell Road, SSB34, Richardson, TX 75080, 972-883-4189
|Common Tax Forms|
|W-2||If you received wages (from any employment: on-campus, CPT, OPT, etc.) in the United States during 2020.||Sent by your employer. Contact your employer’s payroll department if you have not received this form after January. W-2 forms from UT Dallas will be uploaded to Galaxy – “Staff Tools” – “Payroll and Compensation” in late January.|
|1042-S||If you received a taxable scholarship/fellowship or claimed tax treaty benefits from a university during 2020. You may also receive this form if you receive interest income from a bank.||Sent by the payor (university, bank, etc.). 1042-S forms from UT Dallas will be uploaded to your Glacier account in late January. Email [email protected] if you are unsure whether or not you will receive this form from UT Dallas.|
|1099||If you received self-employment income, interest income, dividend income, or investment income during 2020.||Sent by the payor (bank, investment company, etc.). Have these forms on-hand when preparing your taxes. International students who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes may not be required to report interest income received from a bank. Follow instructions on IRS forms.|
|1098-T||If you enrolled at an eligible education institution and made a reportable transaction to that education institution during 2020.||
1098-T forms from UT Dallas will be issued to students who have a valid Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or Social Security Number (SSN) on file with the Office of the Registrar. More information can be found on the Bursar Office website.
WARNING: International students who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes are not eligible to claim the education credits associated with the 1098-T form, even if the form is issued to you.
Note: If your U.S source income comes from UT Dallas and you have never completed the foreign national tax compliance process, fill out the Foreign National Tax Compliance Process Form to complete your tax compliance process with the UT Dallas Tax Compliance Office as soon as possible. The foreign national tax compliance process helps UT Dallas determine foreign nationals’ tax residency status, tax withholding rate, eligibility for tax treaty benefits/FICA exemption, and generates necessary tax forms. More information about the foreign national tax compliance process is available on the Tax Compliance Office website.
No, I did not receive U.S. Source Income
You must complete and mail IRS form 8843. Form 8843 and instructions are found on the IRS website . If you would like guidance on this form, please view the video below:
Notes about form 8843:
- Item 9 = The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080, 972-883-2111.
- Item 10 = Josephine Vitta, 800 W. Campbell Road, SSB34, Richardson, TX 75080, 972-883-4189.
How to Mail Your Tax Return
Address mail to (see sample below):
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215
- If you need stamps, stamps are available at the UT Dallas Bookstore or Comet Card Office.
- A blue USPS mailbox is located in Lot A.
Who to Contact for More Information
If you have any additional questions about tax filing, contact the UT Dallas Tax Compliance Office:
You also may view the 2020 Tax Season FAQ Form for International Students.
During tax season, be aware of phone and email scams that target international students. These scams involve persons falsely representing themselves as a representative of the IRS, USCIS, or another government agency.
Here are some tips to protect yourself against scams:
- File your tax return as early as possible.
- Know the IRS will not contact you by email, text or social media.
- Do not give out any personal information (ex. Social Security Number, bank account number, credit card information, etc.) over the phone or via email.
- Shred paper copies of your tax returns and financial documents when no longer needed.
- If you receive a suspicious phone call or email, do not respond until you verify with the appropriate people that it is true. Scams can be reported to the: