If you received any income in the year 2011 you may be required by federal and/or state law to file your taxes. Please note that scholarships are sometimes counted as income.
Note: The Office of International Programs does not have a tax professional on staff. The information below is only a brief overview of taxes in the U.S. and Kentucky – it is not professional tax advice.
Do you need to file?
If your income is more than the personal exemption ($3,700 for 2011) you will need to file your federal taxes. Generally, if you file federal taxes you will also need to file your state return.
To determine your income:
- Use your W-2: look for “total wages, salaries, tips, etc.”
- Use your 1098-T: subtract box 5 from box 2
What you will need
- Any tax documents from your employer (frequently a W-2)
- If you work for Georgetown College your W-2 is available on the portal
- Form 1098-T from Georgetown College (also available on the portal)
- This reports the amount of scholarships you received
- Passport (including visa)
To file federal taxes you’ll need to complete the following forms:
Be sure to see the instructions for the 1040NR-EZ.
To file your state taxes you’ll need to complete the following:
- If your first semester in Kentucky was Fall of 2011: 740-NP
- If you have been in Kentucky for previous semesters: 740-EZ
How to file
The Office of International Programs is not qualified to answer tax questions. You may make an appointment for general questions; however, any advice given should not be considered professional tax advice.
We encourage you to find a local Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to file your taxes – you will need to pay for this service. The Office of International Programs can assist you in finding a local CPA.
If you can make it to Lexington, the University of Kentucky College of Law will do your taxes for free. You can set up an appointment here.
Note: Most online tax preparation websites are NOT meant to handle non-resident taxes. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to find a website that will do non-resident taxes for free. If you do choose to use a website to file your taxes, we suggest you make sure the correct forms are submitted.
Last updated 3.22.12