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2020 Tax Filing Information

Non-US individuals who were present in the US in 2020 on an F, M, J or Q visa have an IRS filing obligation whether or not income was earned.  Please see the information below regarding Form 8843. 

**Please note that effective Tax Year 2018, non-US citizens living, studying and/or working in the US now have the ability to file their federal and state taxes online. TurboTax has partnered with to provide this secure, easy-to-use online service to help you file your 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR tax return.  Please visit for more information.

If you need help completing your tax return, VCU has partnered with metroCASH international tax preparation service. Please email for an appointment as they are only doing Zoom appointments this year due to Covid-19.


Wage & Income Statements

Individuals who earned income in the US will receive wage and income statement(s) from the payer of the income.   These documents are considered "receipts" and list the income earned, taxes paid and whether or not a tax treaty was granted. Use these documents to complete the approprate tax return (1040NR EZ or 1040NR).

Most Common Documents:

  • W-2: Taxable employment income
  • 1042-S:  Tax exempt income (employment, scholarship, grant, prize, etc.)  AND  taxable non-employment income (scholarship, grant, prize, etc.)
  • 1099:  Miscellaneous income

The 2020 W-2 has been mailed by the Payroll Office and 1042-S forms issued by UR will be mailed by March 15th.  If you did not receive a form you can obtain one through the appropriate UR office.  Current UR students and employees can obtain a W-2 through Banner Web.  Former students and employees can request a W-2 through the Payroll Office. 1042-S forms will be mailed out no later than March 15th.  Requests for a copy of a 1042-S should be sent to Devon Slough in the Office of International Taxation. 

2020 Federal Statement Regarding Presence in the US


IRS Form Required For All Non-Resident Aliens (NRA) Who Were Present In The US On An F-1, J-1, M-1 Or Q-1 Visa For One Or More Days (Substantial Presence Test).

♦♦  NOTE:  This form is required for all NRAs in the US on the visas listed above, even those who did not earn any income.  ♦♦

2020 Federal Income Tax Return Forms

Compete the 1040 NR tax return.

(Effective 2020, the 1040-NR-EZ tax form is no longer in use. Complete the 1040-NR in it's place.)


2020 Federal Income Tax Return Form for Non-Resident Aliens (NRA) with "Complicated"  Income (Honorarium / Investment / Other Income as well as Employment / Scholarship / Grant / Prize)

Tax Preparation Help
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review the FAQ section which should answer many of your questions.  If your questions are not answered by reading over the FAQ section, contact Devon Slough in the Office of International Taxation.  Please remember that OIT legally cannot help you complete your tax forms.

Virginia & Other States

Virginia:  Individuals whose total 2020 US income (wages, scholarship, grants, prizes, etc.) totals more than $11,950 are required to file a Virginia tax return

Other US States:  Individuals who earned income in 2020 in another US state must look to the laws of that state to determine whether they must file a state income tax return. 

Tax Filing Deadlines

  • 1040-NR with 8843 -- For 2021 ONLY, the tax filing deadline has been extended to May 17, 2021
  • 8843 (Filing Without a Tax Return) -- June 15, 2021
  • Virginia State Income Tax Return -- May 1, 2021

Contact Us

Devon Slough, International Taxation Officer
(804) 287-6007
Maryland Hall, Room G-15
Monday–Friday, 8:45 a.m.–2:45 p.m.