International Student Services

May 14, 2017

Most Students Must Complete Tax Form 8843, Even if You Did Not Work in 2016

Every international student (F and J status) has an obligation to complete a tax form once per year for the first five calendar years that you are in the U.S.

Glacier Tax Prep, a tax compliance software program, will count how many days you have been in the U.S. and determine if you are a resident or non-resident for tax purposes. Please click on the above link, log in and complete STEP ONE. Glacier Tax Prep will determine your status and complete whatever form you need to submit, if any.

If Glacier Tax Prep determines that you are a non-resident, you will need to complete STEPS TWO-FOUR and Glacier Tax Prep will complete the required form 8843. If you received no U.S. source income in 2016 and you are a nonresident alien for tax purposes, you must file form 8843. If you are only submitting form 8843, you do not need to apply for a Social Security number or ITIN (individual tax identification number).

If Glacier Tax Prep determines that you are a resident for tax purposes, you do not need to file a tax return as long as you did not work in 2016.

ISS purchased 4,999 access codes for international students to use to meet this federal government requirement. We will continue to allow access to Glacier Tax Prep until all the access codes have been used. ISS advisers are immigration experts and are not allowed to give tax advice which is why we purchase Glacier Tax Prep to assist you with this process. If you have questions regarding how to use the software, please go to the 2016 GTP Tutorial Videos link on the welcome page of Glacier Tax Prep.