International Student Tax Assistance

Legal Services for Students (LSS) offers free income tax assistance and education to international students on nonresident tax issues. Tax returns will be prepared using 2020 income information. There have been changes so please carefully read the options available below. 

The deadline to file your tax return was Monday, May 17th, 2021. If you haven't prepared your taxes yet, contact LSS for help.  You can still file late.  If you filed an extension form, your new  deadline is October 15, 2021. 

PLEASE NOTE: 1042-S forms have now been mailed by the State of Kansas. You cannot file your income tax return without your 1042-S form.  If you are unsure if you are supposed to be receiving a 1042-S, contact legals@ku.edu.

Who Qualifies for LSS Tax Assistance?

  • KU international students (and their dependents)
  • KU international faculty and staff who file as nonresident aliens

Need Additional Help or Advice?

If you need additional help completing your tax returns or have tax questions, please reserve a spot in one of our tax workshops. Those who have left KU (both Nonresident Aliens and Resident Aliens) will need to contact a tax preparation service in their current area for any additional questions or assistance filing, such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or tax preparation company.

What You Need to Know: 

1. All international students MUST file tax paperwork if they were in the U.S. for any part of 2020. This is required by U.S. federal law. You must file even if you did not work or earn income in 2020. 

2. If you had no income in 2020, you will use GLACIER Tax Prep to complete form 8843 and mail it by June 15, 2021. You can create an account on the GLACIER Tax Prep site. Contact LSS at legals@ku.edu for an access code.  

3. Nonresident dependents living with you in the U.S. must also file tax paperwork. If they had no income, they will use GLACIER Tax Prep to complete form 8843. 

4. You need to gather all your tax documents before starting your tax return. Use the Tax Document Checklist to ensure you have all relevant documents. 

5. Please note that 1042-S forms are distributed by the State of Kansas. Those forms were mailed on March 15th. You cannot prepare your tax return until you have received ALL of your tax forms. If you are a 1042-S recipient, you must wait until you have received that form to prepare your tax return. If you are not sure whether you will be receiving a 1042-S form, contact LSS. 

 

FEDERAL TAX RETURN FIRST:

Federal returns should be done using GLACIER Tax Prep or SPRINTAX. 

  • If you use GLACIER Tax Prep, you must submit your paper tax return by mail. This may cause a delay in processing your return. You can log into GTP or create an account on the GLACIER Tax Prep site. Contact LSS at legals@ku.edu for an access code. 
  • If you use SPRINTAX, some people will be able to electronically file the federal tax return. You will need to contact LSS for a link and code to access SPRINTAX. 

 

KANSAS STATE TAX RETURN:

To prepare and submit your Kansas state tax return electronically, you will need to go to the Kansas WebFile site. 

  • You MUST prepare your federal return before you can file your state return.
  • If this is your FIRST year filing U.S. taxes, you must do your Kansas return on paper, and will not be able to use the WebFile program. 

 

OTHER STATES

If you have 2020 income from a state other than Kansas, you need to know that state's income tax requirements. you can find that information here.

If, after entering your date into GLACIER or SPRINTAX, the program gives you a message saying that you are a RESIDENT ALIEN, you are one of the few internationals who qualify to file your tax returns like U.S. citizens. Resident Aliens will then use the TaxSlayer software. The TaxSlayer link is available at the tax workshops or by emailing legals@ku.edu.  A few Resident Aliens may be able to claim tax treaty benefits. The tax workshops can assist you with claiming tax treaty benefits. 

 

 

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