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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Tax Information

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/international/tax.html

Tax Sessions

Information provided is only to guide you through the forms and procedures- Disclaimer: we are not tax preparer professionals so for individual assistance with complex tax issues, you may need to seek professional tax help. We do not provide tax or legal advice.

What forms should I complete as an International Student?

  1. For students that did NOT work during 2013 and were in the United States for at least 1 day, you only are required to file form 8843.
  2. Instructions:

    1. Link to 8843 Form: [PDF] http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf (98 KiB)
    2. Save form on your Desktop
    3. Click [PDF] here (267 KiB)for instruction on how to complete form.
    4. Send form to :

    Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
    Austin, TX 73301-0215, U.S.A

    Form 1098 T Form does NOT apply to you.

  3. For students who DID have an income during 2013 and the year 2013 was your  first, second, third, fourth or fifth year in the US (Example: If you arrived to the US on December 31, 2009; 2009 would be your first year in the US, even though you were here one day. So 2013 would be you your 5th year in the US), you re considered a NON- RESIDENT for tax purposes and generally should complete the following forms from the IRS:

-8843 Form

-1040NR

-State tax forms

o   Please follow instructions on point 4 for assistance on completing the previous forms. Sprintax.com will help you complete all forms.

o   All forms must be sent by April 15, 2014.

o   Form 1098 T Form does NOT apply to you.

o   For information about renters refund refer to point 3.

·         If you arrived in 2008 or before, then you have been in the US longer than five years. For tax purposes ONLY, you are considered a resident alien. You can then complete standard federal and state tax forms. DO NOT complete 1040NR forms. This Tax Workshop focuses on taxes for non-residents. If you need assistance with taxes you can use any online service or tax accountant. Non-residents do not have this option.

o   For information about renters refund refer to point 3.

 

3.       Renters Refund: Did you rent an apartment or house during 2013?  

·         If you answered YES, click on the following link and read the Eligibility Requirements section in page 2.

[PDF] http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/Forms_and_Instructions/m1pr_inst_13.pdf (788 KiB)

·         Link to the form :

[PDF] http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/Forms_and_Instructions/m1pr_13.pdf (191 KiB)

·         If you have any questions about this form, please contact Minnesota Department of Revenue. Below is the link with the information:

Please note that if you have little in earned wages, the state of MN may consider you a dependent and not eligible to receive the Renter Property Tax refund.  Please follow their instructions.

 

4.       TAX FILING INSTRUCTIONS FOR NON RESIDENTS

1.       Go to sprintax.com

2.       Write down information on blue box in the front page

3.       Click on get started

4.       Answer questions

a.       If you have any questions on the right side of the page, click on expert help. You will be able to chat with a tax representative.

5.       Step 1 Residency: You will need your passport to answer some questions

6.       Step 2 Getting to know you: You will need your Social Security Number and passport  #

7.       Step 3 Lets talk money: You will need your W-2 or 1042 –S

a.       Copy the information in your W-2 or 1042-S into the corresponding boxes

8.       Step 4 Offset your expenses: Answer questions

9.       Step 5 About your College: Answer questions about school

a.       For Academic Advisor write: Thomas Gjersvig CSU 250

10.   Step 6 State Taxes

11.   Step 7 Review: Review the information

a.       Refund: You can decide to get a refund by:

                                                                i.      check in mail

                                                                  ii.      direct deposit to bank account: you will need your banks account and routing #

                                                                  iii.      credit to next tax year

12.   Step 8: Finish

a.       Click do not proceed with Refund to complete Form 8843 and state forms

b.      At the bottom include Code provided by International Center to NOT pay the $35.95

                                                                                       i.      You will be required to pay $14.95 for the state forms.

c.       Print your tax forms

                                                                                       i.      The document will have forms for you to send and copies for your record. Only print once.

d.      Your are done

13.   Send Federal forms (8843, 1040NR and copy of W-2) to:

a.       Department of Treasury

Internal Revenue Service

Austin, TX 73301

14.   Send State forms (copy of 1040NR, MN1, MN W and copy of W-2) to:

a.       Minnesota Individual Income Tax

St.Paul, MN 55145

Why do you file Taxes?

  • You may receive an income tax refund
    Most international students filling a non-resident tax return receive a tax refund.
  • Take advantage of Tax Treaty benefits
    Tax treaties reduce tax liability of international students working in the United States. Using tax treaties you can save money and increase your tax refund.
  • Meet your requirements for U.S. visa
    International students and scholars are required to file your taxes to maintain immigration status. Failing to do so can result in violation of your immigration status.

Tax Filing Resources