2018 Tax Information

Updated tax information, including the tax questionnaire, will be available on this website in early February 2019.

2017 Taxes

If you held F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status in 2017, you must file at least one tax form by April 17, 2018 - even if you did not receive any income in the United States. Before reading any further, please complete the Tax Questionnaire to determine required filing information and next steps.

Tax Questionnaire    Tax FAQs    Tax Handout (PDF) 

Resources: Where Can I Find the Answer to My Question?

Note: IS Advisors are not tax specialists and cannot advise on tax matters or assist with completion of forms. Please consult the resources below for answers to your questions:

Be Wary of Tax Scams!

Do not fall victim to scammers who call and impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials! Aggressive phone scams are common during tax season: Impersonators claim that required taxes have not been paid, and threaten individuals with police arrest or deportation.

Remember these tips:

  • The IRS will never call and demand immediate payment over the phone.
  • The IRS will never threaten or intimidate you, demand payment with a prepaid debit card, or demand your credit card or debit card number over the phone.
  • The IRS will never threaten to call the police or immigration agents if you do not pay.

If you do get a call, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) by calling 1-800-366-4484, report it to the Federal Trade Commission, and visit the TIGTA website.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Take the Tax Questionnaire, and you will receive instructions based on your circumstances.

Form W-2 reports wages and is generally issued by the end of January. If you have not yet received Form W-2 and you worked at: 

  • Georgetown University: Print a copy from GMS if you are a current employee, or contact the Payroll Office to request a duplicate copy. If you no longer have access to GMS, contact the Payroll Office. 
  • Outside Organization or Business: Contact your employer to request another Form W-2.

Note: Tax forms vary according to individual circumstances. All of your income might be reported on one form, or you might receive multiple forms.

Form 1042-S will be mailed by March 12, 2018. If you have not received your form by March 17, 2018, please contact the Georgetown Tax Department. Form 1042-S is issued only to those who received non-payroll payments or who had a tax treaty benefit in 2017. Non-payroll income includes:

  • Non-Payroll Stipend Payments
  • Financial Aid in excess of tuition and fee costs
  • Prizes and Awards
  • Honoraria

When contacting the Georgetown Tax Department about the Form 1042-S, please include the following in your email:

  • Subject Line: Missing Form 1042-S
  • Body of Email Message: (1) Full legal name as it appears on your passport and, (2) your current mailing address.

Note: Not everyone will receive Form 1042-S. You might receive either: (1) Form W-2 reporting all your income; (2) Form W-2 and Form 1042-S or; (3) Form 1042-S reporting all of your income. Look to see if all income is reported on the forms you receive.

Form 1098-T is issued to students for informational purposes only. It reports how much tuition you paid. Keep the form on file for reference.

Form 1095 (-A, -B or -C) determines whether individuals and employers have complied with the 2017 Affordable Care Act healthcare coverage requirement. Nonresidents for tax purposes do not have any obligations associated with Form 1095.

If you are a resident for tax purposes and were insured through the Georgetown University Student Health Insurance Premier Plan, you will need information from both your Form W-2 and your Form 1095-B to prepare your tax return.

All full-time employees who were eligible for medical insurance through Georgetown University in 2017 will receive Form 1095-C containing information about the healthcare coverage offered to GU employees and their dependents. Form 1095-C is submitted directly to the IRS by the employer. Individuals do not have to submit a copy to the IRS, but should indicate on their tax return whether or not they and/or their dependents were covered by employer-provided health insurance plan and, if so, for how many months. If you receive Form 1095-C, keep it for your records.
 
Visit the IRS website for more details.

Yes, please complete the Tax Questionnaire to determine if you are still a nonresident alien for tax purposes. If you are, complete the GLACIER Tax Prep Access Code Request Form to get a new access code for this year.

If you use GLACIER Tax Prep to complete your federal tax forms, it will determine whether you need to file a state tax return. Please review the instructions for more information.

If you need assistance filing a state tax return, Sprintax has a software program to help nonresidents for tax purposes with state tax returns. You can purchase it starting at $25.95. Please note that OGS does not sponsor or pay for Sprintax.

Visit the IRS website for information about tax treaties and terms.

Use GLACIER Tax Prep to complete your tax return and follow their instructions for requesting a refund.

The IRS often experiences delays in issuing refunds for nonresident tax returns. Expect to receive your refund within 4-8 months.

1040-NR tax returns may be e-filed, but 1040NR-EZ tax returns (which most students and scholars will complete) may not be e-filed.  If you use GLACIER Tax Prep to prepare your return, you will need to print and mail your return(s) to the IRS. Keep a copy for your records.

Mail your tax return by April 17, 2018 (it must be postmarked by that date).  

Keep a copy for your records. If you are filing only Form 8843 or you are currently outside the U.S., the deadline is June 15, 2018.

Yes, everyone must file something! Please complete the Tax Questionnaire.

IS Advisors are not tax specialists and cannot advise you on tax matters. Please use the below resources:

SSN: If you have received wages for employment, you should have an SSN. If you hold J-1 status, you are eligible for an SSN, even without having been employed. Check with your IS Advisor for more information.

An SSN or an ITIN is required to file a tax return. Only students filing Form 8843 require neither an SSN nor an ITIN.

ITIN: If you are not eligible for an SSN and need to file a federal income tax return, you will need to apply for an ITIN (e.g., you are an F-1 student whose only income was fellowship benefits reported on a Form 1042-S). There are two ways to apply for an ITIN:

  • Use GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) to complete your tax return and the W-7 ITIN application. (You must first complete the Tax Questionnaire and confirm that you are a nonresident alien for tax purposes before receiving access to GTP.) Obtain a certified copy of your passport from your Embassy. Follow the GTP instructions for submitting the ITIN application with your tax return. If GTP tells you that you need a No Employment Letter, contact Darius Ngo.
     
  • If you are unable to obtain a certified copy of your passport to support the W-7 application, you must file the W-7 application first, wait for the ITIN to be issued (about 8 weeks), then file your tax return. In this case, the W-7 application must be submitted by Darius Ngo. Follow these procedures:
  1. Schedule an appointment with Darius Ngo to certify your documents.
  2. Bring your completed and signed W-7, passport, I-94 record and Form I-20 to the appointment
  3. Darius will submit the application to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Once you receive the ITIN you can then file your tax return. Please also report the ITIN to the Georgetown Tax Department.

ITIN questions should be directed to the Help Link within GTP or to Darius Ngo.

Contact Darius Ngo to request the letter.

The IRS will never call or e-mail you. Be aware of tax scams, and never provide any bank account, SSN or any personal information to any person who calls or e-mails you.

Do not fall victim to scammers who call and impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials! Aggressive phone scams are common during tax season: Impersonators claim that required taxes have not been paid, and threaten individuals with police arrest or deportation.

Remember these tips:

  • The IRS will never call and demand immediate payment over the phone.
  • The IRS will never try to threaten or intimidate you, demand payment with a prepaid debit card, or ask for your credit card or debit card number over the phone.
  • The IRS will never threaten to call the police or immigration agents if you don’t pay.

If you do get a call, report it to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration by calling 1-800-366-4484, report it to the Federal Trade Commission, and visit the TIGTA website.

You may file retroactively for previous years. While the complementary nonresident tax software we offer only serves your 2017 tax purposes, you can purchase an individual license for GLACIER Tax Prep for $39 to help with retroactive filing. You can also find tax forms from prior years on the IRS website.

No, if you use GTP to complete your tax forms, it will help you complete the Form 8843 for F-2 or J-2 dependents. If your J-2 dependent received income, contact your IS Advisor

This calculation will help determine whether you are a nonresident or resident for tax purposes. Please see the IRS website for details.