It's Tax Time!
April 15, 2013 is the deadline for taxes in the United States.
International students and scholars must prepare tax returns if they earned any income while in the United States, and received a W-2 from an employer.
There are three types of taxes that you may have paid, FEDERAL, STATE and LOCAL - (most likely City of Pittsburgh). You must file a return to each if you received a W-2. In addition, even if you did not receive a W-2, you are required to complete an 8843 form and submit it to the federal government.
There are various methods for getting assistance with your Taxes:
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Glacier Tax Prep
If you know that you have to file taxes, the Office of International Programs has purchased, Glacier Tax Prep, a program that can assist you with the process. Many students took advantage of this service last year. Please be aware that Windstar is only for filing Federal Taxes, but it can provide guidance on State and Local filing as well.
For those of you who do not wish to use the Windstar system, please follow the instructions below:
Steps for submitting your taxes:
1. Please go to the IRS website and look under "Forms" for Federal tax forms.
2. Print out Form 8843
This should be completed by each international student and each dependent. If you did not earn any money in 2011 then you are done once you have completed that form.
Additional Tax Forms and Information
The IRS Web site is the easiest place to get forms and publications.
Please call 1-800-829-3676 to have forms, instructions and publications sent to you through the mail.
Forms are still being sent to many Post Offices and smaller libraries. The Oakland post office has forms.
These can be downloaded from http://www.revenue.state.pa.us under "Forms and Publications" followed by "Forms for Individuals" and the "Personal Income Tax." You will file for PA-40.
From the end of January through April you can pick up Pennsylvania state tax forms at the Hillman Library Reference/Information Desk in Oakland.
City forms can be obtained at the city's website: www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/finance. The form is PGH-40 Individual Tax form and the instructions.
How International Students Can Get Tax Treaties information:
How Can I Get Help Filling Out My Tax Forms?
The IRS has eliminated positions in their Pittsburgh office. You can check with your local public library to see if VITA volunteers will be available. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1.800.829.1040.
Local IRS offices do offer face-to-face tax assistance, including the office at the Federal Building downtown:
1000 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
You can also call the IRS for telephone tax assistance, Monday Friday, 7:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time). When calling, you may ask questions to help you prepare your tax return, or ask about a notice you have received.
Telephone Assistance for Individuals
Toll-Free, 1-800-829-1040 Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens.