Tax Filing Assistance for International Students and Scholars -- 2012 Tax Year
Who Must File a Tax Return?
All non-immigrant international students and scholars who were present in the U.S. during any part of the calendar year 2012 are responsible for filing a tax report to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by Tuesday, April 15, 2013.
Filing a tax report (usually referred to as filing a 'tax return') is required whether or not you worked in the U.S., gained income in the U.S., or received a scholarship in 2012. The good news is that if you earned income in the U.S., you may be eligible for a tax refund if you overpaid, or a complete reimbursement based on tax treaties.
Finding resources to help you file your tax return can be complicated. Unless a person has received training from the IRS to give tax advice, it is against the law to do so. Staff at SISS are not allowed to advise on tax matters.
Foreign National Tax Resource (FNTR)
To assist international students and scholars with tax concerns, SISS is providing Foreign National Tax Resource (FNTR) -- a web-based non-resident alien tax library and tax return preparation software program designed exclusively for international students, scholars, and their dependents who had non-resident status in the U.S. in the calendar year 2012.
The FNTR program
Documents You Will Need
When completing your tax return, you will need to have certain forms as listed below. These forms will either be mailed to you from your sources of U.S. income (such as your employer, bank, etc.) or posted in an electronic format in your personal employee account. For example, if you are a UC Davis employee, you may find an electronic copy of your W-2 in your At Your Service account. If you have a Glacier account, you may find your 1042-S form posted in Glacier.
Before using FNTR, make sure you have all W-2 or 1042-S forms from institutions where you worked or were awarded honorarium, stipends, or fellowships in 2012.
To get to the FNTR program you will need a Login ID and Kerberos password. This is your UC Davis Login and password. If you have a UC Davis email account, you have a Login ID. For more information see Login ID and Kerberos Password FAQ. If you are currently affiliated with UC Davis and do not have a UC Davis Login ID and Kerberos password please contact your host department. If you are no longer at UC Davis, your Login ID and password may still be valid.
To log into FNTR you will also need an access code. Your access code was emailed to you by SISS. When you have your access code and are ready to start using the FNTR program, click on the red bar below.
If you have questions about logging in or your access code, please contact SISS at email@example.com.
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The following individuals are eligible to use the FNTR program sponsored by SISS:
Preparing for Tax Filing
To get started, it is recommended that you read the IRS Publication 519 entitled, The U.S.Tax Guide for Aliens. This is not required reading for tax filing or for using FNTR, but it will help you to become familiar with some of the terminology and concepts related to your tax responsibility.
SISS Workshop: California State Taxes
On March 14, 2013 a representative for the California Franchise Tax Board will give a presentation from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the International House at 10 College Avenue in Davis.
Tax Preparers and Tax Accountants
SISS staff does NOT have the required expertise to assist with filing taxes. Many Americans pay for an accountant or use computer-based tax programs. For a list of accountants and tax support services, please see our "Tax Support Services" handout.
Other Tax Filing Resources
Internal Revenue Service Contact Information
Tel 215-516-2000 or Toll free 1-800-829-4477
Non-resident aliens for tax purposes 1-215-516-2000
Resident aliens for tax purposes 1-800-829-1040
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