Tax Responsibilities

Income Tax Filing Requirement

This page has the objective of providing a general overview of the responsibilities that international students or scholars on F or J visas need to comply with during tax season in the United States. January 1 through April 15 is “Tax Season” in the U.S. During this period, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and many non-immigrants must file income tax returns and other tax forms. The ISSS Office cannot provide tax advice or assistance in the completion of the forms, but we want you to be informed and to be able to find the information in the right places.

By law, every individual in F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 status must file certain tax forms, even if they have not worked in the U.S. All international students, scholars and their dependents (F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 who have been in the United States the previous calendar year) who are non-residents for tax purposes MUST file tax Form 8843 (PDF).

For more information, visit the Foreign Student/Foreign Scholar Filing Requirements for U.S. Federal Income Tax Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ page.

If you worked and earned and income last year

Filing your Federal Income Tax

If you did NOT work at all

What is a Tax Treaty Country?

Obtaining your SSN or your ITIN

Additional Resources

Useful Videos

Filing US Taxes the simple way for international students.
A useful video with information on Filing a US Tax Return as an International Student

Tax Workshop - Want to know more about taxes in the U.S.? Come to our Tax Workshop sponsored by Tax Care Inc. They will provide a presentation and answer any questions you may have about filing taxes as an international student.Please see dates and times for the next Tax Workshops in the ISSS Calendar of Events.

Remember! ISSS advisors are NOT experts in income taxes and thus, cannot advise or assist you in filing your returns. The information on this webpage is provided as a service to enrolled international students at FIU. The information does not constitute tax advice and ISSS staff cannot assist with the preparation or completion of individual tax return forms.