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International Student Taxes

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 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, 1040.com 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 Sprintax Tax Prep Software.

Additional Notes:

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: http://www.irs.gov/

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 http://www.tax.ny.gov

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

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 previous 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 previous 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:

Spintax Tax Prep Software (FREE!)

The Slutzker Center for International Services provides free access to Sprintax 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 previous calendar year

Obtaining a Sprintax Tax Prep Access Code:
Each person who uses Sprintax Tax Prep must have a valid access code. To request an access code, please stop in at SU's Slutzker Center. 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.

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:

Additional Resources