Federal and State Tax Returns
WARNING: IRS urges public to stay alert for scam phone calls. Click here for tips to avoid becoming victim to scams.
"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warns taxpayers to stay vigilant against an increase of IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls and new tactics from scammers demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards. The IRS has seen an increase in "robo-calls" where scammers leave urgent callback requests through the phone telling taxpayers to call back to settle their "tax bill." These fake calls generally claim to be the last warning before legal action is taken. Once the victim calls back, the scammers may threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver's license of the victim if they don't agree to pay. "It used to be that most of these bogus calls would come from a live-person. Scammers are evolving and using more and more automated calls in an effort to reach the largest number of victims possible," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Taxpayers should remain alert for this summer surge of phone scams, and watch for clear warning signs as these scammers change tactics." In the latest trend, IRS impersonators are demanding payments on iTunes and other gift cards. The IRS reminds taxpayers that any request to settle a tax bill by putting money on any form of gift card is a clear indication of a scam."
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If you believe you have been a victim of an IRS Impersonation Scam, complete the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Form.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. federal agency in charge of taxes. All students and dependents in F-1 or J-1 status are required to file Federal Tax Returns with the IRS each year, even if they have not earned any income. It is your individual responsibility to understand and meet your tax obligations. Federal/State Tax Returns are based on earnings from the previous calendar year.
Filing forms with detailed instructions are available at most banks or the post office. Due to the complexity of income tax laws, it is advisable to have questions answered by the IRS or a reliable tax consultant.
The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) hosts an annual Tax Clinic in which tax advice is provided by a professional accountant for graduate students and postdocs. Tax preparation services can also be arranged privately with the accountant for a fee. Visit the GSO website for times and locations.
Federal Tax Forms & Other Resources:
- Form 1040NR + Instructions for 1040NR
- 1040NR-EZ + Instructions for 1040NR-EZ
- 1040 + Instructions for 1040 + Forms and Schedules for Form 1040
- Form 8843
- Departing Aliens and the Sailing Permit
- NYS/NYC Residency Definitions
- Do I need to file a NYS and/or NYC tax form?
- State Tax Forms
- IRS: Foreign Students & Scholars
- 10 Common Tax Return Errors Foreign National Should Avoid
- Taxation of Nonresident Aliens
- Which Form to File
- NAFSA Brochure
- Graduate Student Organization's Tax Clinic
- IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting Form
NOTE: Visa and Immigration Services staff cannot answer detailed questions pertaining to your Income Tax Return, nor has the material presented on this page been approved by the IRS or U.S. Treasury, and therefore we strongly recommend you consult the IRS or a reliable tax consultant directly.