If you were a nonresident alien student, teacher, or trainee who was temporarily present in the United States on an "F” visa, you are considered engaged in a trade or business in the United States. You must file Form 1040NR (or Form 1040NR-EZ) only if you have income that is subject to tax, such as wages, tips, scholarship and fellowship grants, dividends, etc. Additionally, if you are required to file the federal 1040NR, you will have to file the state income tax, as well. As an international student or scholar, you must file a paper copy of your tax returns. You should not file electronically.
International students may follow the step-by-step guidelines in the link below to file for Federal and State Tax. The information on our website is intended as a guide. Students with specific questions should consult a tax professional. The International Student Services Office does not provide tax advice.
Employers will be sending your tax forms to you either electronically or via US Postal System by January 31, 2018. Please do not attempt to file your taxes prior to receiving your tax forms from your employer.
BGSU International Student Services has licensed Sprintax Non-Resident Tax Preparation to assist you in this process. If you are a registered BGSU student, you will receive your access code to the Sprintax tax software via email. Please watch the weekly ISS announcement for details when the access codes will be provided. Our agreement with Sprintax is for BGSU INTERNATIONAL and EXCHANGE STUDENTS only, non-students, including faculty, staff, and visiting scholars, will not receive access to this software.
REMINDER: The original deadline to file your taxes was April 15, 2020, however due to the Coronavirus Situation the deadline to file deadline to submit your 2019 income taxes has been extended until Wednesday, July 15, 2020. However, our advice remains that students should still file as soon as they can.
Registered BGSU students should have their tax codes were emailed to them directly from firstname.lastname@example.org on, or before 3/15/20. If you do not have an access code by this date, email email@example.com with your full name and student id number. Recent graduates may receive tax codes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, email address, student id number, and graduation date. See the link here for instruction about how to use the software.
Sprintax Tax Filing Assistance Webinar
We partnered with Sprintax to offer international students assistance in filing their taxes. In March, Sprintax hosted a webinar to provide information sessions and answer your questions. While these sessions have ended, we have recorded one of them and it is available here for your reference.