Yes everyone has to file taxes!

If you were studying or working in the US in 2019 and whether you earned money or not, you need to file taxes.

If you have not yet filed your taxes, here is where you start and how you do it:

  •  If you did NOT earn any money in 2019

+ Watch this short virtual tax workshop

+ download the 8843 form

  •  If you earned money or scholarship in 2019:

+ Watch this short virtual tax workshop

+ download the Additional Tax Handout 

Answers to a few important questions:

  • What if I have lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years? 

You will not be able to use the Sprintax software, however you will find some comparable Free File Software Offers found on the IRS website.

  • Am I eligible for the stimulus payment? 

No. Non-resident aliens (for tax purposes) are not eligible and may receive it in error. Refer to this article to ensure eligibility and for information on how to return a payment received in error.

  • When do I need to mail my tax forms?

Federal taxes must be received by or before July 15, 2020, and if you are filing VA taxes, they must be received by or before June 1, 2020.


Tax workshops

To help JMU’s F-1 visa international students and J-1 visa exchange visitors with completing and sending tax forms, the International Student & Scholar Services office hosts a number of tax workshops.

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