U.S. Tax Information for International Students
The following guidelines are for informational purposes only and should not be considered financial or legal advice.
Traditionally the tax filing deadline for the previous year is April 15th. However, this year the filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
You are responsible for understanding and complying with U.S. tax regulations in a timely manner. The Glavin Office staff CANNOT advise you on tax issues but we have made some tax resources available to you.
DO I NEED TO FILE MY TAXES?
Yes, this is even true non-U.S. citizens. At the very least, an individual will be required to report the number of days they have been present in the U.S. All individuals have a responsibility to report even if you did not earn income. Each year Babson College purchases a tax software.
HOW DO I FILE MY TAXES?
The Glavin Office has purchased a tax software, Sprintax, that may be used by Babson F-1 and J-1 students, scholars, individuals on OPT and recent graduates. The Glavin Office will email the link and login information for Sprintax.
WHAT FORMS ARE NEEDED TO FILE MY TAXES?
Between January and mid-March, individuals will begin to receive mail or emails containing valuable tax information. Do not throw away these docouments or delete the emails. Here are some examples of forms that may be sent to you:
- Form W-2
- Form 1095
- Form 1098
- Form 1099-MISC
*You may not receive all or any of these documents. You may recieve documents that do not appear on this list.
*Electronic forms are usually more convenient for individuals, especially if you plan on moving. We encourage individuals to request paperless documents when possible.I DIDN'T FILE MY TAXES LAST YEAR. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you missed the tax filing deadline or you did not file your taxes for the previous year, you can still file. If you don't owe the U.S. government money for that tax year you will likely not face any penatly for filing late. We do encourage all individuals to file their taxes on time to avoid possible issues.I RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE IRS TELLING ME I OWE THEM MONEY? (SCAM ALERT)
In the past Babson students have been targeted by scams where someone claims to be an IRS or other goverment official. Scams are more common during the tax season. It is common for the phone number to appear as though it is coming from the IRS and it is also common for the "officer" to threaten individuals with arrest and deportation.
The IRS will NOT contact you via phone and they will NOT ask you to send a gift card or to wire money. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, contact the Glavin Office and Babson's Public Safety.
STATE TAX FILING
Preparing a state tax return is an additional step AFTER you file your federal tax return. For help with your state income tax return, call the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at 617-887-6367 or visit www.mass.gov/dor. If you have resided in another state during the tax year, you may need to file your taxes with that state, along with Massachusetts.
Sprintax has tax professionals available 24 hours a day to assist Babson's international student and scholars. ALL TAX QUESTIONS should go through Sprintax. Glavin Office staff are not knowledgeable about U.S. tax law/regulations.
Note: If you prefer not to use Sprintax, you may wish to contact a non-immigrant tax specialist (pdf) » for guidance.