In year of 2015 between mid February and April 15, persons who have income in the U.S. (including international students and researchers) are required to file income tax returns. Tax returns provide an opportunity to apply for money that was withheld in amounts greater than the actual tax liability to be refunded to the applicant. 

All employees who have taxable income from employment in the United States will receive a Form W-2, which is a statement of earnings. This form will arrive at the home address of the employee in mid-January. The Form W-2 is essential for filing a tax return. All non-resident aliens (NRA) who have taxable scholarship income or tax treaty exemptions will receive a Form 1042-S, which is a statement of that income received during the year. Persons with the above types of income may not file a tax return until AFTER the Form 1042-S has been received.  Individuals with income in the U.S. will be filing either an IRS Form 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ. 

Additionally, all F and J students must file an IRS Form 8843 for each of their first 5 calendar years in the U.S. even if they have no income in the U.S.  All J non-students (scholars, researchers, etc) must file an IRS Form 8843 for the first 2 calendar years even if they have no income in the U.S.

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a program to help with tax preparation. This is called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and will be available at UMSL each spring. Please inquire in the International Student and Scholar Services office about this important tax return preparation service.

Spring 2015 Tax Return Preparation Workshops
Workshops for nonresident alien students and scholars have been scheduled for Spring 2014. Please note that the workshop is only for nonresident alien students and scholars. Resident Aliens or Lawful Permanent Residents should visit or for locations providing help with U.S. resident tax return preparation.  April 15, 2015 is the deadline for submitting your 2014 tax return.

Workshops will be held on the following dates and locations:




Friday, March 6

10 am to 2 pm

SSB 134

Friday, March 13

10 am to 2 pm

SSB 134
Friday, March 20 10 am to 2 pm SSB 134
Friday, April 3 10 am to 2 pm SSB 134
Friday, April 10 10 am to 2 pm SSB 134

Please bring the following items with you when attending the workshops:

Jim Webb
Nonresident Alien Tax Specialist

Office Location:
302 Social Sciences & Business Building
Office Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Mailing Address:
261 Millenium Student Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
Phone: 314-516-7298
Fax 314-516-5636

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