Tax Information


The tax deadline to file your 2016 tax forms is April 18. 2017


ISS understands that the tax filing process is confusing and we are here to help! Filing your taxes correctly is very important; failure to do so can impact your future visa and/or status requests in the U.S. International Student Services provides limited income tax assistance for international students and their dependents. This assistance includes workshops, tax filing software (SPRINTAX), tax appointments, and more. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and information.

ISS HIGHLY recommends that you review our Income Tax Basics presentation in order to have a general understanding of how the tax process works in the U.S. Most of the tax questions we receive are answered in this presentation. There is also a lot of helpful information provided on this webpage. Click the links listed below for details!
 
Income Tax Basics Presentation


ALL nonimmigrant international students in F-1 or J-1 status and their dependents who were present in the U.S. as nonresident aliens for tax purposes during any part of the calendar year are personally responsible for filing tax forms to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Filing tax forms is required whether or not you and your dependents worked in the U.S., gained income in the U.S., or received a taxable scholarship or fellowship during the tax year. Many, although not all, of our international students at Texas A&M University are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes. International Student Services (ISS) purchases tax software each tax year to assist with filing the correct forms for those students who are nonresidents for tax purposes.
 
If you are going to work and be paid by Texas A&M University (student employment or assistant-ship), TAMU will need to determine how much in federal taxes you should be paying on your salary. In order to do this, you need to be sure to process your employment, scholarship, and fellowship information through the GLACIER System. GLACIER will assist your payroll office in determining your tax residency, and properly applying any tax treaty benefits you may be eligible for.

Please do not confuse GLACIER through the payroll offices with SPRINTAX which is administered by ISS.
 
Very important!
 
  1. Most international students in F-1 and J-1 status and their F-2/J-2 dependents DO have to file a tax form with the U.S. government for each tax year they are in the U.S. regardless of whether they earned any income; and
  2. Most international students are NOT PERMITTED to submit their tax returns online;
  3. Most international students should NOT utilize outside tax preparation services found in the community.
  4. Each spring, ISS purchases tax software called SPRINTAX in order to help international students determine their tax residency status and to file their tax return. Sprintax is NOT the same as the Glacier Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance System (https://www.online-tax.net/glogin.asp) administered through Texas A&M’s Payroll Services. For details about the differences in these two systems, review the Income Tax Basics presentation linked above.

Helpful Tax Resources:
 
If you have additional questions or need further assistance please e-mail iss@tamu.edu or make an appointment by calling 979.845.1824 .