Tax Information for International Students
Information below is for Tax Year 2012. Income tax returns need to be filed by April 15, 2013.
A tax packet will be available on March 1, 2013, in the Institute for International Studies, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Workshops (dates and times) to provide you an overview of how to file taxes will be provided in the packet.
If you did earn any U.S. income (received a paycheck, including teaching assistants, graduate assistants, on-campus work, or authorized off-campus work) during the 2012 calendar year, there are three types of income tax returns international students must file: federal, state, and local taxes. F-1 students who have been present in the U.S. for five years or more need to file taxes as a resident for tax purposes. Residents for tax purposes need to file IRS 1040, PA-40, and local taxes. Free online filing is available at the sites listed below. Do not use GLACIER—this is only for all F and J students and scholars who are non-residents for tax purposes.
The Institute for International Studies will not be able to answer specific tax questions other than to review basic filing instructions. Please read the following information carefully and contact the numbers provided. Students can also contact an accountant or tax agency, like H&R Block, to complete tax forms.
Our workshops give an overview of how to file all three types of taxes and resources available for international students. GLACIER is an online program to assist international students with filing their federal income tax returns. A password is available in the Institute for International Studies or at each workshop. Please attend workshops if at all possible. If not, please refer to the phone numbers and websites given.
If you did not earn U.S. income during the 2012 calendar year:
- You must file Form 8843 only by April 15, 2013.
- Instructions and mailing address are included on this form.
If you did earn U.S. income during the 2012 calendar year (see forms and instructions below):
- File IRS Form 8843 and IRS Form 1040NR-EZ or Form 1040NR by April 15, 2013. Use GLACIER software: See Institute for International Studies for password information.
- File IRS Form PA-40 online or paper application by April 15, 2013.
- File local taxes with Keystone Central School District Tax Office. Bring W-2 to local office by April 15, 2013. See address below.
Federal Tax Forms and Instructions:
Pennsylvania Tax Forms and Instructions:
- File Online
- PA-40 form
- PA-40 instructions
- File by telephone
- Help: Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website
The Institute for International Studies recommends all students use GLACIER, a software program that assists F-1 and J-1 students with filing their tax returns.
Local Tax Information:
- If you worked outside of Lock Haven, PA: make sure to Google your local tax office or look at your State Tax website for a list of local tax offices.
- If you worked in Lock Haven, PA—follow these instructions: You should have received a form in the mail from the Keystone Central School District Tax Office. You need to fill the form out with information from your W-2. You should note on the form that you are a non-resident alien and list your home (country where you live) as the address. If you received NO forms in the mail, bring your W2 to the Keystone Central School District Tax Office. This office is very helpful & you can go in person with questions.
- Questions about Local Taxes:
Keystone Central School District Tax Office
Flemington Building at 301 Frederick St, Lock Haven, PA 17745
Phone: 570-893-4913 Fax: 570-893-4635
Due Date: April 15, 2013