Did you earn income in the US during the calendar year 2012? If so, you are required to file income tax statements no later than April 15, 2013. You will soon receive (or may have already received) W-2 income statements from your employer to use during the tax filing process.
Filing taxes is not the same as paying taxes; you may even receive money back from the government when you file taxes. The tax forms simply describe your income and the tax you have already paid on that income. The goal is to determine if you have paid the correct amount of tax.
The MSU College of Law Tax Clinic will hold an interactive seminar for International Students and Scholars to assist you in preparing your federal and Michigan income tax returns using CINTAX, a web-based tax return preparation system. Each participant will be given an Access Code, at the course, to log on. At the end of the instructional course, participants will have prepared their own returns and they will be ready for filing.
These seminars will be held on Saturdays at the MSU ENGINEERING BLDG, Room 1345 on the following dates only:
- February 9, 9:00am
- February 16, 9:00am
- February 16, 1:00pm
- March 16, 9:00am
- March 23, 9:00am
- March 23, 1:00pm
- February 9, 1:00pm
- March 16, 1:00pm
Please check the MSU College of Law Tax Clinic website at http://www.law.msu.edu/clinics/tax/seminars for help in determining your tax filing status (i.e. whether you should attend a NONRESIDENT or RESIDENT session), detailed registration instructions, and a list of documents required to complete your 2012 tax filings.
DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, THE TAX LAW CLINIC CANNOT ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS VIA EMAIL OR PHONE AT THIS TIME. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE BEGINNING February 1, 2013.
Filing federal income tax forms is the personal responsibility of each international student and scholar. Each year, staff members of the MSU College of Law Clinic program provide assistance through seminars and scheduled appointments.
Your tax return or an extension should be filed by 15 April, every year. Please be aware that each student/scholar is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of his/her income tax returns and any resulting penalties or interest.
Payroll Information for International Visitors
Tax Resource Website
If you want to do your taxes on your own, we found this web site from the University of Texas at Austin to be an outstanding tax resource. The site is for both international students and scholars. http://www.utexas.edu/international/taxes/
PLEASE NOTE: Most of the information is general and can be used by anyone at any school, however please note that some of the contact numbers and walk in hours only refer to the University of Texas. If you have further questions you can't answer, please contact one of the services/workshops listed above.