Tax Filing Resources for Int'l Students - Now Available!

February 27, 2019

Dear MIT International Students,

Our Federal tax filing resources are now available at no cost to all MIT international students through a generous donation by the Kailath International Student Fund.  All MIT ISO tax resources, including Q&A, can be found here:  http://iso.mit.edu/students/taxes.shtml

Remember that ALL F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 holders (including dependents) MUST file U.S. income tax return forms whether or not they received income in 2018.  All tax return forms are generally due by April 15th every tax season.

If you are unfamiliar with the U.S. Tax system, the ISO highly recommends that you attend one of our tax workshops.  More information can be found in the middle of this email.

Please check that you have received all of your tax forms (some possible forms include W-2 forms, Form 1042-S, 1099 forms) before filing a federal income tax return.  MIT fellowship, scholarship, and grant recipients should have received the Form 1042-S form this week from MIT.  If you need replacement forms or are unsure if you should receive a form from MIT, please contact MIT Payroll (payroll@mit.edu) for more information.  Please note that students who received no US source income in 2018 may not receive any forms.

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GLACIER Tax Prep ("GTP") software is an Internet-based tax return preparation system that will help F or J visa holders prepare their 2018 U.S. Federal income tax return forms.  After going through GLACIER Tax Prep, the program will prepare the appropriate tax forms for you to print out and an instruction sheet that will tell you where to send the forms.  This software can be used by your F-2 or J-2 dependents as well. 

Tip: For GTP, please note that the Designated School Official for MIT is the ISO advisor who signed your last I-20 or DS-2019 form. 

State Tax form filing – Please note that GLACIER Tax Prep does not assist you with your State income tax form filing.  However, students will have the option to pay a separate fee to directly go to Sprintax, another tax preparation website, for Sprintax’s self-prep option to prepare your STATE tax return.  As always, students can also go directly to a state’s tax website and use the information on your Federal forms to fill out state tax forms manually at no cost.

GLACIER Tax Prep can be found at the following URL:   http://iso.mit.edu/resources/tax.shtml

Students must log in with their Kerberos ID and Password using Touchstone to access GLACIER Tax Prep.   If you need help using Touchstone, please call the MIT Computing Help Desk at 3-1101 or consult the IS&T website (https://ist.mit.edu/touchstone).

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Tax Information Workshops for International and US Students

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Bldg 10-250
Who: Int’l Students (< 5 years in the US)
Tax Status: Non-Resident Aliens for tax purposes

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Bldg 10-250
Who: US & Int’l Students (> 4 years in the US)
Tax Status: Resident tax filers

Monday, April 1, 2019

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Bldg 10-250
Who: Int’l Students (< 5 years in the US)
Tax Status: Non-Resident Aliens for tax purposes

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Bldg 10-250
Who: US & Int’l Students (> 4 years in the US)
Tax Status: Resident tax filers

Price Waterhouse Coopers will provide only general information about federal (U.S.) and Massachusetts tax filing requirements, residency status, scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and tax treaties.

Presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and MIT Int’l Students Office & MIT VPF

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Helpful Tax Resource Links:

Internal Revenue Servicehttp://www.irs.gov/ - Use this link for general information about US Federal income tax returns.  However, the vast majority of our international students should be able to use GLACIER Tax Prep to file their 2018 Federal tax forms. 

IRS information for Foreign Students and Scholars: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Foreign-Students-and-Scholars

Massachusetts Department of Revenuehttps://www.mass.gov/personal-income-tax - Use this link for general information about filing Massachusetts State income tax returns.  If you received income in 2018, you will likely have to file a State tax return in addition to the Federal tax return.  Glacier Tax Prep will NOT help you file the State tax return, but you can use the information on your Glacier Tax Prep federal tax return in your MA State tax return.  You may choose to manually file through the state tax website or pay a separate fee for Sprintax’s self-prep state option to file state tax forms.

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Unfortunately, the ISO advisors are not trained to give tax advice.  We hope that all your questions will be answered by use of these resources.  Remember, the majority of international students will need to file tax forms by April 15th.  ALL F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 visa holders are required to file Federal income tax return forms regardless of income.  Good luck with this year's tax season!

**Special Note: If you were not physically present in the United States at any time during the 2018 calendar year, you are not required to file tax forms for the 2019 tax season.

Best, 
The International Students Office