MSU Resources for International Students Filing Tax in the U.S

Are you an international student in the U.S who are not sure if you need to do anything with your tax? Below are three sources to help you with tax questions.

First, determine if you are a Resident or NonResident for tax purpose. 

To help determine your residency status, please review this worksheet (PDF).

For both Resident & Non-Resident Aliens:

  • Tax Walk-in Clinics

Tax clinicians from the MSU College of Law Tax Clinic will be available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss tax-related issues. Please bring all your tax-related documents and all your visa-related documents. Check OISS website for tax clinic walk-in hours and locations. No need to make an appointment. Walk-in means you can just show up with your questions and documents.

  • MSU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides income tax return assistance and preparation at no cost to taxpayers! VITA is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and is organized by professionals and students across the United States. Click this link for appointment information: http://www.vita.msu.edu/international

For Non-Resident Aliens Only:

  • Instructional Tax Class for MSU International Students & Scholars

Are you a Resident for tax purposes? Register a tax seminar to receive step by step instructions on how to file your tax. You must register to attend a class. If you do not register prior to a class, you will not be allowed to attend that class.

Registration link: http://www.law.msu.edu/clinics/tax/seminars/ 

ALERT: Don’t Fall for Tax Scam!

It has been brought to our attention that some of our international students at MSU have been contacted in a telephone scam that involves individuals representing themselves as FBI agents or IRS (the government branch which handles all the tax issues) staff. The callers tell the students that they will take away their visas or deport them unless they pay due to their visa or tax issue. These are scam calls. They are people faking to be government agents to get your money illegally.

According to IRS official website:

“Note that the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.”

According to FBI website:

“The public is reminded that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. If citizens receive a call that seems suspicious, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement.”

If you receive a suspicious call from any government representative asking your personal information (your name, I-20 numbers, immigration status, passport number, etc):

  • Hang up immediately and call MSU police to report or clarify.
  • Contact OISS if you wonder about your visa status.
  • Do not give ANY personal information, even just your name.
  • Do not give any money or go to any place requested by the caller.

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