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 Overview of U.S. Taxes


The United States has several different sets of tax laws, such as federal tax law and individual state tax laws, which are very complex. As an international student/scholar, it is important for you to comply with all federal and state tax laws that apply to you.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the government agency that collects taxes at the national level. As an international student or scholar, you are required to file forms each year with the IRS, even if you earned no income during the tax year. If you were present in the U.S. during 2016 and hold a non-immigrant visa other than B-1/B-2, you must file at least one U.S. federal tax form. F-2 and J-2 dependents must also file certain tax forms. If you were not in the U.S. at any time in 2016, you do not need to file a form. It is your individual responsibility to understand and meet your tax obligations. This year the deadline for filing tax return is April 18, 2017.

The Office of International Education has purchased a special U.S. federal income tax filing program, GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), to assist you in preparing your nonresident U.S. federal tax return. It is a web-based U.S. federal income tax filing system specifically formulated for international students and scholars. 

To further understand tax forms and issues related to international students, we encourage you to visit the following webpages:

Please note: Wichita State University is not able to provide tax advice to individuals. No information on this website may be considered tax advice.