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Did you earn income in the US during the calendar year 2013? If so, the US government requires you to file income tax statements no later than April 15, 2014. 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 interactive seminars for International Students and Scholars to assist you in preparing your federal and Michigan income tax returns using GLACIER, a web-based tax return preparation system. At the end of the instructional course, participants will have prepared their own returns and they will be ready for filing.

YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE in order to attend a tax seminar. Only registered attendees will be allowed to enter the seminar rooms.

YOU MUST BRING A LAPTOP in order to attend a tax seminar. Attendees without a laptop will not be allowed to enter seminar rooms. Please note that tablets and smart phones are insufficient.

REGISTER FOR A SEMINAR ON OR AFTER FEBRUARY 1ST. To register, visit the MSU College of Law Tax Clinic website at http://www.law.msu.edu/clinics/tax/seminars. You will first determine your tax filing status (i.e. whether you should attend a NONRESIDENT or RESIDENT session). You will then choose a session and obtain a list of documents required to complete your 2013 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, 2014.

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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.

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