Who Needs to File
YOU MUST FILE AN 8843 FORM IF:
- You were present in the United States during 2016 (EVEN IF YOU HAD NO INCOME)
- You were classified as an international student.
- There are 2 ways you can file this document. See below for instructions.
You must file a Federal and State US tax return if any of the following apply:
- You worked in the US
- You received a stipend, grant or allowance in 2016
- **Please note: Sprintax will also fill out the 8843 for you, so you do not have to worry about filling out a seperate form.
CHECK OUT THESE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TAXES!
Tax Information for International Students
TAX FORMS ARE DUE ON APRIL 15TH
DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO FILE:
USE THIS LINK TO ACCESS SPRINTAX FOR KSU:
- Go to Sprintax link above. On the homepage, there will be a "Create an 'Account" section. Please fill out this information. Then, click "Get Started." (If you created an account last year, you can sign in without having to create a new account.)
- You will fill out a series of questions related to your taxes. Review this Sprintax document to see what documents you need to fill your taxes.
- YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TO FILE YOUR FEDERAL TAXES OR THE 8843! Kennesaw State University has purchased codes to pay for these filings.
- You will have to pay to file state taxes (it's about $25.00). For students with income, if you file federal taxes, you must file state taxes.
- When you have finished answering all of the questions, download and print your tax forms. These forms will need to be mailed into the tax agencies. Sprintax will give you the address to mail out the forms.
Check your email for the code that needs to be inputted before you check out on the "Review Your Order" page. This will remove the charge for filing Federal Taxes.
If SPRINTAX Tells You to File as a Resident
This means you have been in the United States long enough to file as a resident. You cannot use Sprintax, but you can use any other tax filing system that residents can use.
- You can check out these filing sites:
- H&R Block
- Liberty Tax Services
- Tax Act
- any many more!
Just be sure to check on the business to make sure it is legitimate.
FILING AN 8843
This is for individuals with NO income. If you had income (either from working or stipend), use the Sprintax software, and it will automatically fill it out for you. You can also see a tax professional if you do not want to use the Sprintax Software (tax professionals will cost approximately $100 or more).
Option 1: Use the Software
- Use the Sprintax software. It will ask you a series of questions and put the information in the appropriate box.
- You will have to print out the form and mail it to address listed in the instructions that also print.
- Be sure to save a copy for your records.
Option 2: Fill Out the 8843 on Your Own
- You can find an example of the 8843 here.
- Blank 8843
- You can also use THIS VIDEO to help guide you.
- Be sure to fill out the top name portion, Part I, Part III, and sign the form. You will not fill out any other parts.
- Print the form and mail it to:
Department of the Treasury,
Internal Revenue Service Center,
Austin, TX 73301-0215
Upcoming Tax Workshops
Tuesday, February 21st - Taxes 101 - Room 3025, Social Science Building, Kennesaw Campus - 4:00PM–5:30PM
Tuesday, February 28th - Taxes 101 - Room J211, Atrium Building, Marietta Campus - 12:30PM–2:00PM
SIGN UP FOR THE SPRINTAX AND TRY TO COMPLETE YOUR TAXES BEFORE THE WORKSHOP. The workshop is designed to answer questions you have, but it is your responsibility to ensure your taxes are filed correctly.
What to bring to the workshop:
- All tax documents you received (W-2, 1042s, etc.)
- Your passport.
- Your I-20 or DS-2019
- Any questions you may have.
The Internal Revenue Services is the Agency in charge of taxes. Click the above for a link to their website.
You will find helpful information on their site, especially if you have any different tax situations.
Common Tax Documents
- You will receive this document if you were employed during 2015.
- This form is used to report how much you made and what taxes were deducted from your paycheck.
- This form is mailed to you, or you can find an electronic copy on your ADP (where you clock in/out).
- This form documents what you paid for school and any scholarship you received.
- If you need this form, you can request it from the Bursar's Office.
- If you have been in the United States for a certain amount of time, you may be eligible for an education tax credit. Sprintax will determine if you are eligible.
- You will receive this form if you receive a stipend (usually from Student Organization such as SGA, KAB, ISA or some other on campus organizations)
- This form will be mailed out to you by Kennesaw's Business Services department.
I-20 (F-1 Students)
- Make sure you have a copy of your I-20 from the SEVIS office before you file. You will need information from this document.
DS-2019 (J-1 Students)
- Make sure you have a copy from the Student Abroad office before your file. You will need information from this document.
YOU WILL NEED INFORMATION FROM YOUR PASSPORT TO FILE
IF YOU CHOOSE NOT TO USE SPRINTAX, READ THIS FIRST!
Kennesaw State recommends that you use Sprintax because it is a reliable source, and cheaper than many alternatives. However, you can use a tax profession.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT USE TURBOTAX! (or any other resident filing system) This is a filing system for residents. If you file using TurboTax, your taxes will be incorrect and you are subject to auditing from the IRS.
- Of course, the exception here is if Sprintax tells you that you have been in the US long enough to file as a resident.
- If you decide not to use Sprintax here are a few items you must look out for:
- You are filing a 1040-NR
- Be sure the profession you are using understands that you are a non-resident.