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Who has to file taxes? All BYU international students!

Did you work in 2021?

  • If you did NOT work in 2021 but resided in the United States during 2021 for even one day, you are required to submit Form 8843 by June 15, 2022.
  • If you worked, received a stipend, grant/scholarship (that exceeded tuition, books & fees), or allowance in the United States during 2021, you will need to file Form 1040NR. The deadline for taxes is April 18, 2022. We will be holding tax workshops to help you (nonresidents) self-file your taxes.

Workshops:

  • Feb. 15, 2—4 pm, 3211 WSC
  • Feb. 16, 9—11 am, 3211 WSC
  • Feb. 24, 10 am—12 pm, 3223 WSC
  • Feb. 25, 2—4 pm, 3380 WSC (Little Theater)
  • April 11, 3-5 pm, 3223 WSC

Documents/Items To Bring:

  • Laptop
  • Completed Form 13614NR
  • Social Security Card (or copy)
  • Passport
  • Prior year tax forms (federal and state forms)
  • All Form W-2s or income forms from each employer you had in 2021
  • Form 1042-S if you received a scholarship that exceeded tuition, books and fees. BYU will make these forms available March 15 in your My Financial Center.
  • Any other tax forms you have received (tithing forms, dividend, capital gains or losses forms, etc.)
  • Form 1095-A if you have Marketplace insurance
    • note: we cannot help you if you have joint Marketplace insurance with your spouse. Please call Centro Hispano so they may help you file your taxes: 801-655-0258

Tax Appointments:

  • Schedule a one-on-one appointment with our tax volunteers to assist you file your taxes. The earliest that you may schedule an appointment is February 22 and our volunteers will be available from Feb. 28th—April 8th.
  • Be sure to begin filling out your tax forms before you schedule an appointment. You may find a step-by-step instruction to help you fill out your tax forms by going to our PPT slides found on the How to Self-File tab. The link to the IRS website is included in the slides.
  • Appointments are only 30 minutes and your time with the volunteer should be used for assistance if you have run into problems, or need someone to double check your forms.

Self-Help Resources & Community Assistance:

  • If you cannot come to the workshops or appointments, the following other options are still available for filing your taxes:
    • Self-file by viewing our PPT for instructions. The new link to the IRS free software is included in the current PPT (please click on the How to Self-File tab to find the PPT).
    • Sprintax — use the following code for a $5.00 discount: 21BYU250F5

    Frequently Asked Questions

      • Attend our tax workshops.
      • Schedule an individual tax appointment beginning Feb. 22.
      • Centro Hispano's Taxpayer Clinic — They welcome all international students.
      • Sprintax — use the following code for a $5.00 discount: 21BYU250F5
    • F & J Students

      • A student who has been in the U.S. for 5 years or less on a student visa.
        • Note: If the student’s 5th year was the tax year (2020), he/she is considered a nonresident.
      • One day in the country counts as that entire year.
      • The years do not need to be consecutive (i.e. before mission and after).
      • Even if the student held an F-1 or J-2 dependent (student) visa, the years on these visas can be counted.

      J Scholars

      • A faculty, researcher, scholar, etc., who has been in the U.S. for 2 years or less.
        • Note: If the scholar’s 2nd year was the tax year, he is considered a nonresident.
      • One day in the country counts as that entire year.
      • The years do not need to be consecutive (i.e. before mission and after).
      • Even if the student held a J-2 dependent (scholar) visa, the years on these visas can be counted.

      None of the above?

      If you have been in the U.S. for 6 years or more on a student visa (F or J visa) or 3 years or more on a scholar visa (J visa), you are considered a resident for tax purposes.

      • Note: Only count up to the tax year—2021.

      If you married a U.S. citizen or resident during the tax year (2021) or any prior year, you may file with your U.S. citizen/resident spouse as a resident if you file jointly.

      If you are not sure if you are resident or nonresident, please call our office and we can help you.

    • If you are considered a resident for tax purposes. You may schedule an appointment with the Marriott School VITA lab at vita.byu.edu.

    • You are still legally obliged to file Form 8843, but we will not help with that form until after April 8, 2021. You are welcome to file this form yourself and reference these courtesy templates provided by our office.

      The deadline for this form to be filed is June 15, 2022.

    • Nonresidents do not qualify to receive the stimulus payment.

      If you received the payment as a paper check and cashed it, or if you received the payment as a direct deposit:

    • We can help you! Please view the slides first on the "how to self-file" tab, and if you have any further questions, schedule an appointment with one of our tax volunteers.

    • Completed Form 13614NR
    • Social Security Number (Do not need card, but you will need number)
    • Passport (or other government ID)
    • Bank information that has your account information where any tax refund will be deposited
    • Prior year tax forms (1040NR)
    • Form W-2(s)
      • You need one from each employer you had in 2021.
      • If you worked on campus, this is available through My Financial Center. Search W-2 in the search bar and click on the first result. You will need the W-2(s) from 2021.
    • Any other tax forms you have received (such as scholarship forms – these are issued after March 15th; or tithing forms, issued from your local ward unit or online).
    • If you have Marketplace insurance, your will need Form 1095-A.
      • Note, we will not be able to help anyone who has a joint Marketplace insurance plan with their spouse. If you have a joint plan, we ask that you schedule an appointment with the Low Income Tax Lab by calling (801) 655-0258.
    • Form 8843 will be automatically filed if you use our self-filing service. If you are not using our office's program, you will need to make sure you have all of the documents required.
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    The button below contains the URL to the program used for your taxes and instructions on how to self-file using the TaxSlayer software
    • Feel free to self-file your 2021 taxes by viewing our PPT instructions found below. The new link to the IRS tax website is included in the PPT.
    • Please note that our vita lab volunteers are still training and will not take appointments until February 28. If you need additional help, we suggest looking into the other options listed under the "General Information" tab.

    Appointments (Individual Assistance)

    Beginning Tuesday, February22nd , we will be able to take individual appointments. We cannot take appointments before then. Remember that we will be holding tax workshops beginning February 15th if you would like to do your taxes before our appointments begin.

    Tax Workshops (Group Assistance)

    We will be holding tax workshops to help you self-file taxes:

    • Feb. 15, 2—4 pm, 3220 WSC
    • Feb. 16, 9—11 am, 3220 WSC
    • Feb. 24, 10 am—12 pm, 3228 WSC
    • Feb. 25, 2—4 pm, Varsity Theater

    Additional Help?

    If you would like to file your taxes before our workshops begin or before we take individual appointments, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Centro Hispano (801-655-0258). They provide free tax assistance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • We will be holding appointments via Zoom and in-person. If your appointment is in-person, please check in with our office, 1351 WSC. The zoom link will be provided to you shortly after you schedule an appointment.

    • Our VITA volunteers can still help you! Try self-filing first and if additional help is needed, schedule an appointment using the button above.

    • We will be taking appointments February 22. Visit our booking website using the blue button above, or call us at (801)422-2695.

      Remember that you may attend our tax workshops if you would like to file your taxes before we take appointments.

      Reminder: Please do not schedule an appointment until after you have tried to self-file using our step-by-step PowerPoint.

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    Reporting Form 1042-S

    If you received scholarships that exceeded tuition, you should have received a 1042-S from BYU. You can find this form in My Financial Center by searching "1042-S" in the search bar. Click on the first result and follow the links under 1042-S to get this form. If you do not have a form there, then you did not receive more scholarships than tuition and do not need to file for them.

    • This form will be important for filling out the information provided in the PowerPoint slides below or for using a different software/service. Click on the button to see these instructions.