International Student and Scholar Services

Income Taxes

F-status and J-status students/scholars, and their dependents living with them, are required to file U.S. tax forms each year, regardless of whether they earned income.

Failure to do so could result in a violation of their immigration status.

For those who earned money while working in the U.S., filing a tax form could mean a refund.

Resident and nonresident filing

  • F-1 status individuals who have lived in the U.S. for more than any part of five calendar years file as a resident.
  • J-1 scholars who have lived in the U.S. for more than any part of two calendar years must file as a resident.
  • All others file as nonresidents.

Filing deadline

  • April 15 is the tax-filing deadline in United States. All forms must be postmarked on or before that date.
  • Federal forms 1040NR-EZ and 8843 must be mailed to:
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX  73301-0125
  • State form M1 and a copy of your Federal forms 1040NR-EZ and 8843 must be mailed to:
Minnesota Individual Income Tax
St. Paul, MN  55145-0010

Filing process

  • St. Cloud State has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation, which will guide you through the tax preparation process, prepare the necessary documents and even check if you are due a refund.

  • This software is available only to St. Cloud State F-1/J-1 students, F-1 students on OPT, J-1 scholars, and their dependents.
  • Attend a Tax Session during the Spring 2018 International Student Workshop Series to utilize the computer lab to prepare your taxes.
  • If you earned income or received a room and board scholarship, you also will need to file a Minnesota Form M1 for state income tax.

Social Security and Medicare refunds

Nonresident students, scholars, teachers, researchers and trainees who are temporarily present in the U.S. (in F, J, M or Q status) may be exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes. (IRS code section 3121(b)(19).)

  • If these taxes were deducted from your paycheck, and you are exempt, you must first try to get a refund from your employer.
  • If your employer is unable to provide a refund, you must complete an 843 Claim for Refund and 8316 and mail them to:
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX  73301-0125.

Filing terminology

  • W-2: A form from your employer(s) that lists the income you received the previous calendar year.

  • 1098-T: A general tuition statement indicating the amount of tuition you paid the previous year; nonresident aliens cannot deduct education credits and should ignore this form.

  • 1099INT: A form indicating any interest earned in the previous year on your checking or savings accounts; you do not need to report this on your taxes and can therefore ignore this form.

  • 1099-MISC: If you were listed by your employer(s) as a contractor or consultant, you may receive this form in place of a W-2; it serves the same function.