To determine if you are a resident or non-resident for taxes, first take the Substantial Presence Test. Then, if you are a non-resident for taxes, see the information below.
Students and scholars who earned no U.S. income in 2016
If you are a non-resident tax alien, and you earned no U.S. income during 2016, complete Form 8843. It's easy and only takes 10 minutes!
Federal tax forms must be mailed by April 18, 2017.
Virginia state tax forms must be mailed by May 1, 2017. If you also lived or worked in other states, their deadlines may vary.
- Blank Form 8843 (pdf)
- 8843 advice for W&M international students (pdf)
- 8843 advice for W&M international scholars (pdf)
- Complete the 8843 and mail it. Save a copy for at least 7 years (for audit purposes).
Students and Scholars who earned U.S. income in 2016If you are a non-resident for tax purposes and you earned income during 2016, you will need to file federal and state taxes. We suggest you use the online tax program from the Reves Center to complete your forms.
Documents to get started
- Passport, I-94 record, and DS-2019 or I-20
- W-2, a tax statement sent by your employer that states how much you earned and how much tax you paid.
- 1042-S, a tax statement for students who received assistantships.
- 1099, a tax statement for miscellaneous income.
- Last year's U.S. tax return (if you have one)
- List of dates of trips outside the U.S. since you arrived to the U.S. Check the stamps in your passport if you do not remember these.
- Information about any scholarships, assistantships, or stipends you received.
The Reves Center has purchased discount codes for Sprintax for international students, scholars, and OPT alums to help prepare federal tax forms. You can only use one code, so if you use the Reves code, you can't use another.
Sprintax availability will be advertised through the international student list serv. State tax preparation must be purchased separately; free Virginia tax appointments are also available through the Reves Center by appointment.
- 760 (and instructions): if you were a resident of Virginia more than half of 2016
- 760PY (and instructions): if you lived in Virginia for less than half of 2016
- The VITA Tax-Aide Program is a free service of volunteers trained by the IRS who help older and low to moderate income earners file federal and state taxes. However, may have limited experience with non-resident (international) taxes.
- There is a Williamsburg location: Colonial Williamsburg Bruton Heights Education Center (see schedule).
- In Gloucester, AARP tax resources are available, though they may have limited experience with non-resident (international) taxes.
Virginia tax appointments are held at the Reves Center (Reves Room, 1st floor) for assistance with your state taxes, particularly for part-year Virginia residents, as Sprintax cannot do part year returns. During these appointments, the Commissioner of Revenue for James City County, Richard Bradshaw will help you with filing part year resident taxes.
- State tax appointments will take place March 27 - 31, 2017. Appointments are not yet open, but will be posted here and announced on the international list servs when signups begin.
Taxes for other States
If you resided in another state during part of 2016, you may have to file state taxes for that state.
The Reves Center for International Studies cannot assist with tax filing or tax advising. For liability reasons, we cannot help you prepare your forms nor answer specific tax questions.