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Tax Information for 2012 Tax Year

    All international students and scholars on non-immigrant visas must file U.S. tax returns each year. To assist you with tax preparation, ISS will host a tax information session on campus. Representatives from Payroll Office and ISS will provide an overview of tax returns for 2012 and passwords for the Glacier Tax Prep software, free of charge. At the end of the session, the staff will distribute 1042S forms. Please join us with your Lehigh ID for both 1042S and the password. Please complete this sign-up form

    online. This form also can help you to determine what type of form you will need to fill out even though you may not be able to attend neither session.

    Determine your federal tax residency status.  Non-Resident vs. Resident   Go to: http://www.lehigh.edu/~intnl/documents/2012TaxResidency.pdf

    IRS publication 519, http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf, indicates that if you are a non-resident for tax purposes for 2012 and you had no U.S. source income in 2012, you need only to file form 8843 (found on IRS website www.irs.gov).  Due date:  April 15, 2013. Do not use Glacier Tax Prep to complete this form.

    If you are a non-resident for tax purposes for 2012 please check IRS publication 519 at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf .  This publication indicates that if you had U.S. source income less than $3,800 and no federal taxes have been withheld you are not required to file a tax return.  However, you must complete and file IRS form 8843.  Due date:  April15, 2013.

    If you are a non-residentfor tax purposes for 2012 please check IRS publication 519 at: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p519.pdf .  This publication indicates that if you had U.S. source income in 2012 greater than a certain tax level or federal taxes have been withheld you must file a tax return.  You are then eligible to obtain a Glacier Tax Prep password to use the software to complete your federal taxes. Due date:  April 15, 2013.

    If you are a resident for tax purposes for 2012 or a dual status year resident/non-resident, you cannot use Glacier Tax Prep to complete your taxes.  You are encouraged to seek assistance from a tax advisor (ISS and Controllers Office are not approved to assist U.S. residents prepare their tax forms).    Due date:  April 15, 2013.

    Per PA-40 instructions, if you had taxable income for you must file a PA-40 tax return by April 15, 2013.  Do not submit Form 1042-S with your PA-40 tax return.  If you had taxable income for another state, you may also need to file a return for that state.  Check with that state’s tax department for guidance.

    Per the Berkheimer Group website, if you had local tax income, you must file a Keystone local tax return by April 15, 2013.  If you had taxable income for another you may also need to file a return for that locality.  Check with the tax offices in that locality for more information.

    ISS and Controllers office are not VITA site approved.  This means we may not give specific advice to anyone about their tax filing forms. 

    Forms are available online:

    IRS Forms
    8843

    Pennsylvania PA-40 forms and instructions

    PA-40 Form

    Bethlehem Forms

    Local Tax Form(Bethlehem)

    US Tax Guide For Aliens (2011/2012)

  1. Click here (PDF) to see instructions on using Glacier Tax Prep.
  2. More Tax Information Resources

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