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Completing Form 8843

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U.S. tax regulations require all non-resident F-1 and J-1students and scholars to file a federal income tax return.

For those that did not receive income from a U.S. source in 2011 will only be required to file IRS Form 8843 (Non-Residents for Tax Purposes). This form can still be completed by following these simple instructions. 

Special Note for those that are not able to use GLACIER Tax Prep - you can print a copy (or complete online) IRS Form 8843 and follow the instructions below on how to complete the Non-Resident for Tax Purposes federal income tax from (form 8843).

Instructions to complete IRS Form 8843

  • Get IRS Form 8843
  • Name and Social Security Number/ITIN - complete in the spaces provided
    • Part I:
      • Complete Lines 1a - 4a as indicated
      • Line 4b - this should equal the number of days as 4a.
    • Part II: (This sections is only for those that entered as a J1 Scholar - leave blank if you are a student)
      • Line 5 - Write "Department of ..........., Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. 13699
      • Line 6 - Write the name, address, and phone of your Department Supervisor
      • Line 7 - Indicate your visa type that you used to enter the U.S. during the years requested
      • Line 8 - If you can answer yes to this question and you wish for some reason to continue to be considered a non-resident alient for U.S. Income purposes, please see IRS Publication 519.
        • Note - Scholars in the U.S. for more than two years should, in almost all cases, be considered residents for tax purposes only. Scholars who are considered resident tqax payers usually pay less in income tax but are subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes on most earned income.
    • Part III: (This section is for students only, leave blank if you are considered a J1 Scholar)
      • Line 9 - Write "Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. 13699"
      • Line 10 - Write the name, address and phone number of either your department chairperson or your school dean.
      • Line 11 - Indicate the type of visa you used to enter the U.S. during the years requested.
      • Line 12 -  If you can answer yes to this question and you wish for some reason to continue to be considered a non-resident alient for U.S. Income purposes, please see IRS Publication 519.
        • Note - Scholars in the U.S. for more than two years should, in almost all cases, be considered residents for tax purposes only. Scholars who are considered resident tqax payers usually pay less in income tax but are subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes on most earned income.
      • Line 13 - 14 - Provide the same answer that you provided on your 1040NR or 1040 NREZ, if applicable.
    • Page 2: Sign and date the form on page 2
  • Mail the form to:
    • IRS Service Center, Austin TX 73301-0215