This information is not a substitute for the advice of a qualified tax professional. The staff of Ohio Wesleyan University are prohibited from assisting with your taxes returns, answering your tax questions or reviewing tax paperwork.  

We provide all F-1 students access codes for GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) by Arctic International. GTP is an online tax compliance system designed to allow institutions to efficiently and effectively collect information, make tax residency and income tax treaty determinations, manage paperwork, maintain data, and file reporting statements with the IRS.

GTP also provides information sessions and other resources, including optional access to Sprintax for the completion of state income tax forms (there is a charge for this additional service).

Tax documents often refer to F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars as “non-residents" or "NR", and we use that term below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I owe taxes?

You could owe taxes and have to make a payment to the US Government and/or to the State of Ohio. This depends on a number of factors, including how much has been withheld (deducted from your pay check) and paid in advance on your behalf by your employer. If you get a scholarship/grant from OWU that exceeds tuition and fees for the year, you could have income (reported on a 1042-S form) that is taxable--this type of income is taxed at 30%.

Do I need to file taxes?
Yes. All non-residents must file one or more tax forms for every year they are present in the United States regardless of whether or not they had any income. The deadline to file a tax "return" for a calendar year is in April of the following year.

Do I need to pay taxes?

Yes. If, after having done your Federal and State tax returns, you see that you owe money to both or either, you must pay the tax. If you do not have the money to pay, there are things that you can do. See IRS website on this issue.  Contact the IOCP if you would like further direction.

Which tax forms do I need to file?

All non-residents need to file form 8843, which is available through via the IRS website or paper copies can be picked up at the IOCP office in Merrick Hall.  Instructions for the 8843 can be found here.

All non-residents at the university who earned U.S. source income (either via on-campus employment in the previous calendar year (January 1 to December 31) need to file one or more of the following forms:

The 1040NR (federal) and IT 1040 (state) are for non-residents who earned income in the previous calendar year. The Internal Revenue Service provides information for non-residents . If you earned income in a different state in the previous calendar year, be certain to check the filing requirements for that state.

Even if your employer deducted taxes from your paycheck, you generally are still required to file an income tax return. You may owe additional taxes or be eligible for a refund.

When is my tax return due?

Federal tax forms and Ohio tax forms must be postmarked no later than April 18, 2022.

How do I file my taxes?

In previous years, students have found it quite helpful to use GTP to complete their federal and state returns. This web-based application, approved by the IRS simplifies the process. This software is provided to you by Ohio Wesleyan University for your convenience. You are not required to use it if you do not wish to do so. You are free to file your taxes by yourself, or hire professional for assistance. GTP also gives users access to Sprintax software for the preparation of state income tax forms. Students who wish to use Sprintax will be charged for it.

Special note for students who attended high school in the USA: Students maintaining F-1 visa status are generally exempt from filing as residents for the the first five years in the USA. After being present in the USA for more than 5, students must file as a "resident alien" for tax purposes.  See here  under Resident or Non-Resident for Tax Purposes for more information.

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