Income Tax Filing
International students and scholars who have been in the U.S. for any portion of a previous filing calendar year must file an annual "tax return" by the following year's tax filing deadline; generally April 15th of the next calendar year. Nonresidents, for tax purposes, are taxed only on their U.S. income.
Sources of U.S. income may include on-campus employment, scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships, practical or academic training, and any compensation received for any labor. The most common type of income is wages; the money withheld from each paycheck is an estimated payment of the federal and state income tax obligation. Taxable scholarship payments may have some amount withheld just like wages.
How to File for Taxes
The ISSS has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation. The services are for federal taxes only. However, you can make additional arrangements with Sprintax to complete your states taxes as well. You will receive an email from ISSS with a free access code in January each year.
All international student and scholars are required to file tax with the IRS each year, even if not employed. You can learn more about filing your taxes here.