Tax Information


The regular tax deadline to file your 2020 tax forms is April 15, 2021

However, due to the recent severe winter storms, the IRS has extended the due date for those who affected by the storms.
  • If you reside in Texas, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the due date for individual returns from April 15, 2021 to June 15, 2021
  • If you reside outside of Texas, then your individual tax return may still be due April 15, 2021. Please check the IRS website below to see if you are covered by the extension for the winter storm.
  • If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, please consult Sprintax before trying to deduct property losses from the storm. 
www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-announces-tax-relief-for-texas-severe-winter-storm-victims


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


We 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 addressed in this presentation which includes much useful information. Click the links listed below for details!
 

Income Tax Basics Presentation

ALL nonimmigrant international F-1 or J-1 students and their dependents who were nonresident aliens for tax purposes and were present in the U.S. 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 even if you and your dependents did not work, gain income or receive a taxable scholarship or fellowship in the U.S. during the tax year. Many of our international students at Texas A&M University are considered nonresidents for tax purposes. International Student Services (ISS) purchases tax software each tax year to assist our students who are non-residents for tax purposes with filing the correct forms. Once again, we have purchased Sprintax for tax year 2020.
 
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 should be withheld from 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 in 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.
 

International Student Taxes and COVID-19

Last Spring (2020) ISS hosted a Webinar of updates to tax information due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar contained information regarding what had changed about the 2020 filing season, what had not changed, and the Economic Recovery Payments. Navigate to http://tx.ag/TaxWebinarRecording to view the recording of the International Student Taxes and COVID-19 webinar.
 

COVID-19 Second Stimulus Relief Payment

Please navigate to these pages for more information on the COVID-19 Second Stimulus Relief Payment as an international student:


International Taxpayer Service Call Center

If you are a taxpayer with specific individual or business account questions you should contact the International Taxpayer Service Call Center by phone or fax.
The International Taxpayer Call Center is operational Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Tel: 267-941-1000 (not toll-free)
Fax: 681-247-3101 (for international tax account issues only)
https://www.irs.gov/help/contact-my-local-office-internationally
 

IRS Impersonation Scam Alert

We received this message from the Texas A&M University Tax Compliance & Reporting Office about an IRS scam.

We want to alert you to an important warning that the IRS issued on March 31, 2021.
Apparently, there is an “IRS-impersonation” scam that is targeting individuals associated with educational institutions, specifically students and staff who have an “.edu” email address. The phishing emails seemingly come from “irs.gov”, display an impressive, yet fake IRS logo and use various subject lines, such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.”The email directs the individual to click on a link and submit personal information to claim their tax refund. Individuals who receive this scam email should NOT click on any link in the email. The IRS asks that individuals who receive such an email to please send it to them. For security reasons, they should not forward the email, rather they should save the email using “save as” and then send that as an attachment to phishing@irs.gov or forward the email as an attachment to phishing@irs.gov.

As a reminder, the IRS will NOT initiate email contact with a taxpayer without consent. The 2020 tax return is the first year that the IRS has included the option for the taxpayer to insert an email address. IF the taxpayer inserts an email address, the IRS may choose to send an email; however, any email from the IRS will NOT include links to claim a refund or ask for any secure information such as social security number, date of birth or bank account information. If you receive an email that appears to be “from the IRS”, do not click on any links or otherwise provide data.

For additional information regarding scams, visit https://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Safety-Information/Receiving-Scam-Calls www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts

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.