Tax Year 2020: Information for
As an international student studying at Arkansas Tech University, it is important for you to know that it is the responsibility of each person in the US to fill out the correct income tax return forms and to report those forms to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These forms tell the IRS what income was earned and how much tax should be paid. You will commonly hear this process being referred to as "filing your taxes."
Income tax forms must be filled out and sent to the IRS on/before May 17, 2021. Students who earned income must also report their earnings to the State of Arkansas using form AR 1000NR. International students who did not receive wages as an employee must only file tax form 8843. It is important to note that ALL students must complete a tax form, whether you worked or earned a scholarship/fellowship or not.
Tech has purchased a license agreement so that you can use GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), tax preparation software designed especially for international students, to prepare your US income tax return. The information provided in this page is intended to serve as a guide for you. Please do not substitute the information below for legal tax advice. It is only meant to assist you in the process of completing your tax forms correctly.
What if I DID NOT work in 2020?
If you DID NOT work OR earn any money (other than bank interest) in 2020, you will need to complete:
FEDERAL FORMS: Forms and instructions are available from the link below or in the International Student Services
- Form 8843 - Complete the form, make a copy for your records and mail it to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215
STATE FORMS: No state forms are required to be filed
What if I DID work in 2020?
If you DID work in 2020 OR if you were taxed on a scholarship or fellowship awarded by Arkansas Tech University or other US entities and received a W-2 or 1042-S form, you will need to complete:
- Form 1040NR Can be completed via GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP)
- Form 8843 Can be completed via GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP)
After creating the forms with the help of GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), print the forms, attach a copy of your W-2, and mail them to:
- Form AR 1000NR* Not available via GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP). Must complete separately, see links below:
After filling out the AR 1000NR, print the forms, attach a copy of your W-2, and mail them.
If you owe tax, include a check for the amount and mail to:
If you are going to get a tax refund, mail the form to:
Glacier Tax Prep Support:
The International Student Services Office staff will be available to assist you virtually with using GLACIER Tax Prep. Please take advantage of Webex walk-in advising time or make an appointment.