Foreign Student Tax Filing Rules: Better, But an Urban Myth Persists
John A. Bogdanski
Lewis & Clark Law School
Tax Notes, Vol. 117, p. 1236, December 24, 2007
Lewis & Clark Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2008-3
In recent years, the tax filing burdens on international guests at U.S. institutions of higher learning have lessened, at least somewhat. Students and scholars whose only U.S.-source income is a small amount of wages (and interest on a U.S. bank account, if they have one) need not file an income tax return. However, there is some confusion about how much of a tax filing burden remains. One relatively obscure IRS publication asserts - and many schools' international student advisors repeat, on the internet and otherwise - that every nonresident student and scholar in the country must file a residency statement with the IRS each year, regardless of whether he or she has any income. The soundness of this assertion is open to serious question. Thus, a significant portion of the tax filing that is being churned out by international students and their host institutions across the country each year may not be legally required.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: income tax, international student, foreign student, tax return, tax form
JEL Classification: K34, H24, I28Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 26, 2008 ; Last revised: February 8, 2008
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