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Tax Information

**Update - The 2019 tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 due to COVID-19.**

What does it mean to file taxes?


To “file your taxes," you complete the required tax forms and mail them to the appropriate address. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself!

What forms do I need to file?

1. If you (and your F-2 dependents) were in the US for at least one day during the tax year, you need to file Form 8843. If you were not in the US in that tax year, you do not need to file this form.

Form 8843 - All F-1 students and their F-2 dependents (any age) must file Form 8843 even if you didn’t earn income in the US. This is an information form. Mail each Form 8843 in a separate envelope for each family member. If you did not earn income in the US in the tax year, you only need to file Form 8843.

Send your federal Form 8843 to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

2. If you earned income in the US in the tax year, you need to file both Form 8843 and Form 1040NR-EZ (or Form 1040 NR). You need to file Form M-1 as well.

Form 8843 - Mail together with your Form 1040NR(EZ).
File Form 1040NR(EZ) - U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return. You must file this form to claim a refund of taxes paid.
Form M-1 or M1-PR - Minnesota Tax Return - See page 6 for who should file. 

We recommend you use a tax preparation service such as Sprintax if you have questions about any of the above forms. (See FAQs for more information on Sprintax.)

Send your federal Form 1040NR(EZ) to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Send your Minnesota Form M-1 to:
Minnesota Individual Income Tax 
Mail Station 0010 
St. Paul, MN 55145-0010

Send your Minnesota Form M1-PR to:
Minnesota Property Tax Refund
St. Paul, MN 55145-0020
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is the deadline for filing taxes?
In the United States, "Tax Day" is the day on which individual income tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. This is usually on or around April 15th each year. **Update - The 2019 tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 due to COVID-19.**‚Äč

Can ISS help me with my tax forms?
No. Tax law in the US is complex, and ISS staff are not tax experts. We cannot help you with your tax forms.  

Who can help me prepare and file my tax forms?
You may use Sprintax Non-resident Tax Preparation. This is an online tax preparation service for international students. Sprintax can help you complete the Form 8843, 1040NR(EZ), and MN state tax forms. Visit https://www.sprintax.com/ 

If you have been in the US for 5 years or more, you may be a "resident for tax purposes." See below in the FAQ for more information.

What tax documents will I need to complete these forms?
Depending on your situation, you may receive a Form W-2, 1099INT, 1099DIV, 1099MISC, or 1095. 

What about Form 1098-T and 1042-S? 
Form 1098-T will be issued to all students with a social security number. Students can view this form in CSP Connect. Form 1042-S is not issued by CSP as it is only for scholarships that provide living expenses. CSP only awards tuition scholarships.

Please contact Student Financial Services (finaid@csp.edu or 651-603-6300) with questions.

Do I really have to file these tax forms?
There is no monetary penalty for not filing the Form 8843.
However, F-1 visa laws say students must follow all US laws. Tax laws are US laws.
Applicants for H-1B work visas and permanent residency (“green cards”) are frequently asked to show proof of tax filing for previous years in the U.S.

If I file, will I have to pay taxes?
It depends on your individual situation. Not everyone will pay taxes to the US government, but all F-1 visa holders are required to file the appropriate paperwork (Form 8843, Form 1040NR, etc.)
International students may be entitled to a number of benefits and exemptions. In fact, if you paid too much tax throughout the year, you may be entitled to a refund check.

What does it mean to be a “resident” for tax purposes?
If you entered the US more than five years ago, you may be treated as a US resident for filing your taxes. You will not be able to use Sprintax or the Form 1040NR. In this case, you can use another online tax prep service or go to a tax preparation store front like H&R Block. Ex. You entered the US any time (even one day) in 2015 = 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. You will be a tax resident for first time in tax year 2019. You should verify your individual situation with the tax software you use or your tax preparer.

What about FICA (Social Security and Medicare) withholdings?
This information applies to individuals in F-1 status who are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes. 

You are NOT subject to Social Security and Medicare tax withholding on your wages if you have on-campus employment, CPT, OPT, or approved Economic Hardship.

If your employer has withheld these taxes in error, follow these steps:
1. You must first request a refund of these taxes from your employer. If your employer is able to refund the Social Security and Medicare taxes, then no further action is necessary.
2. If your employer is unable to refund these taxes, request a statement outlining their denial of your refund, then you may then file Form 843 and Form 8316 to request a refund from IRS.

Can I get a tax refund from the MN Certificate of Rent Paid by filing Form M-1PR?
You may qualify if you meet the following requirements. You must be a resident of MN for 183 days or more and must rent/own/maintain an abode upon which property taxes were paid. You must not have both: Gross income of less than $4,250 and received more than 50% of your support by outside sources (family, etc.) Note: Any money that goes towards tuition is considered income (aid, loans, money from parents, scholarship, etc.). 

What are my requirements if I have a different visa status than F-1?
Please contact a tax professional to talk about your individual requirements.

The information contained in this web site is not intended as, and does not serve as, legal advice. It is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional tax advice. Content is subject to change, and students are advised to consult an experienced tax professional for advice and further information. Neither Concordia University, St. Paul nor the Office of International Student Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.