The U.S. government views the filing income tax forms important because it is proof of "good intention" on your part to follow their rules and regulations. It also complies with the legal process of full disclosure of information that can be checked if you apply for an "alien registration" (green) card in the future.
As an international student, you will need to file income tax forms each year. The type of form(s) you file depends on whether or not you earned income in the U.S. last year.
The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) policy requires international students who earned an income (money) in the U.S. last year to file both the Form 1040NR-EZ and Form 540NR-EZ. Use the following links to print your tax forms or pay on-line. US taxes are filed in April each year.
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The IRS requires international students who have not earned any income in the year prior to file Form 8843 and mail it to IRS Center, Philadelphia, PA 19255. The Form 8843, "Statement for Exempt Individuals Form," qualifies the F-1 visa student to be exempt from filing tax forms when not earning any income in the United States. Use the following link to print the form:
Questions about filing your income tax forms can be directed to the following agencies:
1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747 (310) 243-3696