International Student's Income Tax Requirements


International Student's Income Tax Requirements

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Government Tax Authority Agency, has issued strict regulations regarding the taxation and reporting of payments made to non-U.S. citizens (including F-1 visa students).  As a result, The City University of New York (CUNY) may be required to withhold U.S. income tax and file reports with the IRS in connection with payments made by CUNY to F-1 visa students, who received payment for services, such as wages/salary as an employee, stipends, or scholarship/fellowship grant. In addition, CUNY is required to report such payments to IRS.

How to file your U.S. Federal Income Taxes

First, make sure that you have the following documents and information before you log into the following free service, GLACIER:

  • Queensborough C. C.’s information (name/address/phone for Center for International Education 718-631-6611)
  • The GLACIER Tax Prep Access Code (visit the QCC Center for International Education for the Access Code)
  • Forms W-2, 1042-S, and/or 1099 (if you received any of this forms)
  • Scholarship/fellowship grant letter you may have received (if any)
  • A copy of your last year Federal Income Tax return (Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ), if you filed a Federal Income Tax return last year.

If you have a GLACIER Tax Prep account:

  • Go to
  • Click on “Login Now” and enter your user ID and Password
  • If you have forgotten your login information, click on “Forgot Login Information?“

If you do not have a GLACIER Tax Prep account:

  • Go to
  • Click on “Create New Account“
  • Enter the Access Code (visit the Center for International Education for the Access Code).
  • Create your User ID and Password.
  • Continue until the page “What Would You like to Do Today?”

If you received wages/salary as an employee, file your taxes on/before April 15, 2020.
If you did not receive wages/salary as an employee, file your taxes on/before June 15, 2020.

*Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, the tax filing deadline was extended to July 15, 2020.

U.S. Federal Income Tax forms
The following are the forms that have to be filed for the year 2019. You can download these forms and instructions from the IRS website.

How to file your New York State and New York City Income Taxes

In New York State, international students must file State and City of New York taxes if they have worked during the year 2019. If you need help filling out these forms, please visit a tax professional.

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