Office of International Affairs
- Study Abroad
- International Students
- English as a Second Language Program (ESLP)
- International Studies Minor
- Connecting with International Students
All F and J visa students and scholars are responsible for filing a tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (the United States tax collection agency) typically by April 15 each year. Tax years begin on January 1 and end on December 31. Your employer deducts money for taxes which you may be eligible to reclaim by a tax refund. Tax laws in the U.S. are very complex and it is recommended that you meet with an accountant or professional tax advising service before you file your tax return, but you may also file the tax return yourself. We also suggest that you visit the Internal Revenue Website (IRS) for international students and scholars. The Office of International Affairs can offer resources to help with you filing your taxes, but we are not tax professionals, and cannot give tax advice.
All F and J visa students and scholars (and their dependents) must file Form 8843, even if you have received no income for the current year. This is an informational form that is not a tax return, but is required for non-immigrants to complete. This form must be filed by June 15 for the previous year.
Before you begin the filing process for your tax return make sure you have all the necessary information. You will need the following forms:
A copy of last year's federal income tax return, if filed
You may file a tax return yourself using the forms on the IRS and State of Virginia (if applicable) websites and file by mail, or you may use an accountant or professional tax service. There are several tax preparation services in the Farmville area.