Life University International Student Handbook - Page 12

International Students’ Tax Obligations The information printed in this section is intended as general guidance on your obligations as an F-1 student to file certain tax forms each year you are in the U.S. It should not be construed as tax advice. Specific instructions are available at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website (www.irs.gov). All tax forms must be filed by April 15 of every year. The forms are available on the IRS website, under “Forms and Publications.” If you are an F-1 student who has been in the U.S for five years or less and had no earned income (interest from a bank account is earned income) or scholarships, then you need to file Form 8843 by April 15. If you had any U.S-source of earned income or scholarship, you will need to file: • Form 8843 • IRS Form 104NR-EZ of Form 1040NR Each employer for whom you worked during the past calendar year is required to issue you a W-2 before the end of January. If you are filing Form 1040, you need to attach copies of the W-2 when you file these tax forms. If your employer withheld Social Security and Medicare (FICA) taxes from your salary, as a non-citizen, you are entitled to a refund of these taxes. You may request the refund from your employer. If the employer is unable to refund these taxes, you may file IRS Form 843 and Form 8316 for a refund from the IRS. If you have any questions or need federal non-resident tax forms, visit www.irs. gov/taxlaw. To download tax forms and publications, go to the IRS website www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html. The Office of International Programs along with the Finance Office hosts MANDATORY international student tax workshops in the spring. Please check your email for information regarding these workshops. Deadline for filing taxes is APRIL 15th. General Emergencies 911 is an emergency phone number which can be used for any type of emergency. Remember it is for emergency use only. An emergency could include health, crime and fire emergencies. A health emergency includes cases such as severe pain or bleeding, unconsciousness, or when someone is in danger or dying. If you call 911 for an emergency, here are some guidelines for getting emergency help without delay. • Promptly state your location, with major cross streets if possible, and your phone number in case the response team needs to call back. • Describe the situation clearly in five words or less. Example: “The house is on fire,” or “My baby is not breathing.” • Stay on the line to listen to any first-aid instructions or receive other advice from the trained medical dispatchers. • Remain calm in order to respond clearly to directions and questions from the dispatcher. The Police The police are expected to both enforce the law and assist the public. It is always appropriate to ask the police to help with all kinds of matters such as lost or stolen property and emergency situations. • EMERGENCY............... 911 • Cobb County Police....... (770) 499-3900 • LIFE Campus Safety...... (770) 426-2911 Emergency .................................. (770) 426-2681 Non-Emergency • Cobb County Sheriff...... (770) 345-3300 • City of Marietta Police... (770) 794-5300 • Poison Control.............. 1-800-282-5846 .................................. (404) 616-9000 There can be immigration consequences for failing to file tax forms. For example, applicants for a change from F-1 to H-1B (the professional worker visa) can be asked by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Service to submit copies of previous years’ income tax forms as part of the H-1B application. Applicants for permanent residency (green cards) can be asked to show copies of tax forms filed for previous years. A person who appears at a U.S. consulate abroad for consular processing of a permanent residency visa application may be asked to produce U.S. income tax forms from their previous years in the U.S. — 10 —