F-1 students living in the U.S. who have earned an income must file income taxes by "tax day" in April annually. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers taxable income for international students to be any money received through:
- A taxable U.S. scholarship or fellowship
- Nonwage income such as money received through stock options and lottery or gambling winnings
- For additional information please visit Study in the States.
- For fee-based filing assistance, visit Sprintax or Glacier Tax Prep, or other tax experts specializing in non-resident federal and state taxes.
- You may also qualify to receive free tax return preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
- Visit the IRS website.
Avoid Tax Scams
Individuals claiming to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may sometimes try to scam or take advantage of international students. If you receive a phone call or message from someone claiming to be a government or law enforcement official, check this Study in the States resource, guard your personal and financial information, and please contact International Student Services.