Taxes (for Calendar Year 2011, to be filed by April 17, 2012)

The Office of International Education specializes in immigration matters and is unable to assist with state and federal income taxes. If you require additional information or have specific questions, please attend one of the tax seminars or direct your inquires to a qualified tax professional with knowledge of international student tax matters.

A Note About Tax Preparation Software

International students should be careful about using Turbo Tax, or other similar tax preparation software to file taxes; they are often intended for U.S. citizens only and do not utilize the correct tax forms for non-residents. The Slutzker Center for International Services provides SU and ESF international students and scholars with free access to GLACIER Tax Prep Software.

Additional Notes:

Tax Filing Deadline:

Your tax returns must be POSTMARKED by Tuesday, April 17, 2012; they do not have to be received by the IRS or NY State Department of Taxation by this date, just mailed by it.

Where to Mail your Tax Forms:

Federal Tax Forms
If filing 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, or 8843:
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX

If filing other federal tax forms: consult form instructions, a tax professional, or access:

State Tax Forms

- If enclosing a payment (check or money order), mail your return to:
State Processing Center
PO Box 15555
Albany, NY 12212-5555

- If not enclosing a payment, mail your return to:
State Processing Center
PO Box 61000
Albany, NY 12261-0001

NOTE: If you are considered a resident for NYS income tax purposes, you must include your total earnings, as reported on your federal income tax return, regardless of where you earned the income. However, for those who have worked in other states and must pay taxes to the other state, NYS offers a resident tax credit for taxes paid to other states. In order to calculate the resident tax credit you must first complete the taxes for the other state and then complete NYS form IT-112R resident tax credit

Once you completed the resident tax credit, enter the amount on line 41 of the IT-201. Attach the IT-112R, to IT-2 and IT-201.

You cannot use the resident short form, IT-150.

Tax Helplines:

  • Federal Taxes - 1-(800)-829-1040
  • NY State Taxes - 1-(800)-225-5829

Local Tax Seminars :

The Slutzker Center for International Services holds a seminar for international students who are considered non-residents for tax filing purposes.


  • Federal and NY State Tax Seminar

    Friday, March 23, 2012
    12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Maxwell Auditorium

    Please be prompt as the federal tax representative cannot stay beyond 3pm

Non-Resident Alien Tax Presentations: For F-1 and J-1 students who have been in U.S. for 5 years or less in 2011, and J-1 scholars who have been in U.S. for 2 years or less in 2011.

Webcasts (SUNY Buffalo):

PowerPoint Presentations:

Resident Alien Tax Presentations: For F-1 and J-1 students who had been in U.S. for 5+ years in 2011, J-1 scholars who had been in U.S. for 2+ years in 2011 and H-1B employees.


PowerPoint Presentations:

Determining Residency Status: Resident Alien vs. Nonresident Alien

IRS Form 8843: Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition

All nonresident aliens must file the following Form 8843 regardless of whether or not they received income in the U.S. if they were:

  • In the U.S. during the 2011 calendar year, and
  • in F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2, Q-1, or Q-2 visa status

Nonresident students who have received income and also those who have not received any income are both required to file this form.

Filing the IRS Form 8843

  • Item 9: When asked to provide the Name, Address, and Telephone number of the academic institution that you attended during the 2011 academic year, please enter:

    Academic Institution:
    SUNY College of Environmental Science Forestry
    1 Forestry Drive
    Syracuse, NY 13210
    (315) 470-6500
  • Item 10: When asked to provide the Name, Address, and Telephone number of the Director of your academic program, you should enter information for the Associate Provost for Instruction and Dean of the Graduate School as indicated below.

    Director of Academic Program:
    Associate Provost for Instruction and Dean of the Graduate School
    Scott Shannon
    SUNY College of Environmental Science Forestry
    1 Forestry Drive
    227 Bray Hall
    Syracuse, NY 13210
    (315) 470-6599

Additional Tax Forms

Nonresident aliens who have earned or received income in the U.S. (e.g., payment for employment, scholarships, stipends) may be required to file additional income tax forms.

Federal Tax Forms:

New York State Tax Forms:

Filing Extension Forms:

GLACIER Tax Prep Software (FREE!)

The Slutzker Center for International Services provides free access to GLACIER Tax Prep software for the preparation of U.S. federal income tax returns for international students and scholars who are:

  • Considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes; and
  • Current SUNY ESF students and scholars; or
  • ESF students/alumni who were participating in post-completion OPT during the 2011 calendar year

GLACIER Tax Prep is an online system; it does not file the tax return electronically. You must print, sign, and mail the tax forms generated by the software to the appropriate tax filing office. GLACIER Tax Prep does not prepare State Tax Forms.

Obtaining a GLACIER Tax Prep Access Code:
Each person who uses GLACIER Tax Prep must have a valid access code. To request an access code, please complete the online access code request form. Since there is a limited number of access codes, please be sure to provide all of the requested information and submit the online form in a timely manner. Within 2-4 business days you will receive a GLACIER Tax Prep access code in order to log into the GLACIER Tax Prep website.

Information and Documents that are needed for completing GLACIER Tax Prep Software forms:

  • Visa/Immigration status information
  • Passport
  • Form I-20, if F status individual
  • Form DS-2019, if J status individual
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Address Information (ex: Current U.S. and Foreign Address).
  • Last U.S. Entry and Exit Dates for current and past visits to the U.S.
  • Academic Institution or Host Sponsor Information (Name/Address/Phone # for Academic Advisor/Director –see above).
  • Forms W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 (if you received any of them)
  • Scholarship or fellowship grant letter you may have received (if any)
  • A copy of your 2010 federal income tax return (Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ), if you filed a federal income tax return last year.

Tax Payer Identification Number (ITIN)

International students who are not eligible to apply for a U.S. social security number (SSN), or who do not meet the Social Security Administration's evidence requirements for an SSN, may apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) from the Internal Revenue Service if they have a valid tax reason for needing an ITIN, as explained in the Form W-7 instructions. If all you are required to file is the Form 8843, you would not qualify for an ITIN.

Income Tax Publications:

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