Are you ready to file your 2016 Taxes – 1040NR for International Students
|Internship/Trainee and Work & Travel|
|Short-term scholars and Research scholars|
|Multiple W-2 / Consultant|
|Professionals – specialty and non-specialty occupations|
|Business visitors, Intercompany transferee|
|Other non-working and non-studying visitors, tourists|
|Family members of students, scholars and research scholars|
|Family members of other visa holders|
|US income recipient without US entry visa|
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Should International Students and Scholars file taxes?
Here’s the what IRS.gov website quotes for International Students and Scholars about filing taxes here in the U.S.
Filing IS required by nonresident alien students and scholars who have:
- A taxable scholarship or fellowship, as described in Chapter 1 of Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education;
- Income partially or totally exempt from tax under the terms of a tax treaty, and
- Any other income, which is taxable under the Internal Revenue Code.
Resident Alien vs. Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purpose
According to IRS, word Alien means “An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national”. And, they have two more sub-categories within Alien for Tax Purposes.
- Resident Alien for Tax Purpose
- Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purpose
Don’t confuse the terms with Permanent Resident Alien, used by USCIS to describe people with Green Card.
How to find if you are a Non-Resident Aline for Tax Purpose?
You can do that by doing a test called as Substantial Presence Test or Green Card Test ( Green Card Holders). If you are considered as Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purpose, then you can’t use 1040 to file your taxes. I don’t know what will be the impact of filing incorrect tax forms in future, but you have the option to file an Amended Return to fix your wrong tax form in previous years.
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