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Tax Information

General Information
Documents Needed
How to Self-file
VITA Lab
Scholarships
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Who has to file taxes? All BYU international students!
  • If you did NOT work in 2020 but resided in the United States during 2020 for even one day, you are required to submit Form 8843 by June 15, 2021.
  • If you worked, received a stipend, grant/scholarship, or allowance in the United States during 2020, the deadline for taxes was May 17, 2021. The following options are still available for filing your taxes:
    • Sprintax — use the following code for a $5.00 discount: SpR20BYU251F5
    • Centro Hispano's Taxpayer Clinic — They welcome all international students.
    • TaxSlayer software available through the Vita Lab tab listed above.
      • Please be aware that the international vita lab is closed and the volunteers will no longer be able to assist in self-filing your taxes.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Sprintax — use the following code for a $5.00 discount: SpR20BYU251F5
    • Centro Hispano's Taxpayer Clinic — They welcome all international students.
    • TaxSlayer software available through the Vita Lab tab listed above.
      • Please be aware that the international vita lab is closed and the volunteers will no longer be able to assist in self-filing your taxes.
    • You may also search online for other tax services.
  • 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—2020.

    If you married a U.S. citizen or resident during the tax year (2020) 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 9, 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, 2021.

  • 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
  • Form W-2(s)
    • You need one from each employer you had in 2020.
    • 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 2020.
  • 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
  • Please note that our vita lab volunteers are no longer assisting students with self-filing. If you need additional help, we suggest looking into the other options listed under the "General Information" tab.
  • Pay special attention to slide 15! It is also helpful to present the PowerPoint so that you can see how to do each step one at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We will be holding appointments via Zoom. The 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.

  • Visit our booking website using the blue button above, or call us at (801)422-2695.

    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.