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International Tax Filing

Filing US Taxes

Spring is tax season in the United States. International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to file US taxes every year you are present in the United States, even if you did not work or earn any wages during the tax year.

Who is required to file taxes?

If you were present in the United States between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year on a student (F-1) or scholar (J-1) visa, you are required to file US taxes by April 15th of the current year.

Please note: International students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to file US taxes every year you are present in the United States, even if you did not work or earn any wages during the tax year.

How can I prepare my tax forms?

The MCISA recommends Glacier Tax Preparation (GTP) software to help international students prepare their US tax forms. GTP access should be available each year in mid-February.

To request an access code for GTP, please complete our request form and we will email you the code and instructions as soon as they are available. Using GTP is much easier than manually filing a return.

Tax Filing Workshops Cancelled

What Documents Do I Need to Prepare My Taxes?

Tax Prep Checklist 1
Tax Prep Checklist 2

Important Notes

You cannot complete tax filing without ALL of the documents and information listed above. You must know all of the dates you have entered and exited the United States for all current and past visits to the U.S.

We strongly recommend that you spend time IN ADVANCE compiling a list of your travel dates using this Travel Dates Worksheet.

Tax Filing Deadline – April 15

  • Send all tax forms by mail to the Internal Revenue Service post marked no later than April 15.
  • Purchase postage stamps at any of the following locations: at the Webster Groves campus at Mail and Copy Center, lower level of Loretto Hall (cash or check payment only), at US Post Offices in your local area, or at most grocery stores.
  • Make copies (for your own records) of ALL documents you mail to the IRS and on what date the documents were sent. Retain copies of your records for seven years. 

On Campus Student Employees and Foreign National Information System (FNIS)

All on campus student employees who are non-US citizens are required to submit immigration information and documentation through the Foreign National Information System (FNIS – a secure online system used by Payroll to ensure appropriate taxation of employees).

You should receive notice from Student Employment and the Payroll Office to submit your immigration records online in FNIS. Please complete these requirements in a timely manner to ensure your tax withholding is on file properly. Students eligible for tax treaty benefits should have an 8233 Form on file with Payroll each year.

Please note:If you worked on campus last year, you will receive a W2 earnings statement by mail from Webster University Payroll office sometime after January 31st.  You may contact Payroll at payroll@webster.edu if you have not received your W2 form.

Tax Links

The following links are not part of Webster University, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA). When you click on the links below, you will be leaving the MCISA Web site and opening a different website.

These links are provided for informational purposes only.

If you have any question related to your specific tax issues, please contact Bethany Keller at bethanys@webster.edu or 314-246-7649 directly.