Tax filing is a legal requirement. International students, scholars and all dependents who held F-1/F-2 or J-1/J-2 status in 2019 must file at least tax form, even if they did not receive any U.S. source income.
Use the resources below to determine the tax forms you must file to complete your annual U.S. tax filing obligations.
CARES Act Stimulus Payment
Did you receive a $1200 stimulus payment from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? Unsure whether you are eligible to receive the $1200 stimulus payment? Please visit the OGS Tax Frequently Asked Question CARES Act section for more information.
Tax Filing Deadlines
Individuals with U.S. Source Income:
- Federal Tax Return – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- State Tax Return
- DC – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- MD – Wednesday, July 15, 2020
- VA – Friday, May 1, 2020
Individuals with No Income:
- Form 8843 – Monday, June 15, 2020
Tax Filing Instructions
IS Advisors are not tax specialists and cannot advise on tax matters or help complete tax forms. Please consult the resources below for answers to your questions.
International Tax Workshops
- Sprintax Tax Webinar with Updated COVID-19 Information: Presented on May 28, 2020, 1-2pm. Recording found in the link here (new window).
- Sprintax Tax Webinar for International Students and Scholars: Presented on March 19, 2020, 5-6pm. Recording below.
- Common $ense Tax Workshop for International Students and Scholars: Presented on February 19, 2020, 5-6:30pm. Presentation slides can be found in Box.
Use the following resources to learn about your annual U.S. tax filing obligations:
- Office of Global Services (OGS)
Need More Support? Contact a Tax Specialist:
Be Wary of Tax Scams!
Do not fall victim to scammers who call and impersonate Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) officials! Aggressive phone and email scams are common throughout the year and during tax season. Impersonators claim that required taxes have not been paid or that there is a problem with your social security number, and demand immediate payment by threatening arrest or deportation.
Remember these tips:
- The IRS and SSA will never call or send an email to demand immediate payment.
- The IRS and SSA will never threaten or intimidate people, demand payment with a prepaid debit card, or demand a credit card or debit card number over the phone or by email.
- The IRS and SSA will never threaten to call the police or immigration agents for those who do not pay.
Report suspected scams to both the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
A sample of the latest SSA scam can be found in the FTC article “Social Security is Not Trying to Take Your Benefits”.
Below is a FTC short video on how to identify and avoid IRS imposter scams.
You can find more information on different kinds of scams you may encounter in the U.S. on our Resources on Scams page.