All international students (F-1 & J-1) who resided in the U.S. during 2020 are required to complete federal tax forms. This page is meant to be a general introduction. 

Please note: ISSO Advisors are not trained tax professionals and therefore unable to provide individual advising. However, please see the helpful information and resources below.

Who Should File Tax Forms

  • If you did not earn U.S. sourced income in 2020, you must only file the form 8843 (see section below).

  • If you did earn U.S. sourced income in 2020, then you must file additional tax forms. This includes those who received U.S. sourced scholarships. 

Glacier Tax Preparation Software

As a service to the international community at UNC Charlotte, the ISSO has purchased a license to a specialized software program called Glacier Tax Prep. This program assists international students and scholars with filing their federal income taxes.

How to purchase the GTP Tax code:

  1. Visit the sign-up sheet to signup to receive the code. Sign-up sheet will close when codes are sold out.

  2. See payment instructions below.

  3. An ISSO staff member will review your request for a code, process your payment and email you the tax code within 3 to 5 business days.

Payment method: 

  • Currently enrolled students: 

    • A $3 charge will be added to your student account. 

  • Students on OPT/STEM OPT and visiting international faculty and scholars must visit the ISSO Marketplace store to make a $3 payment to purchase the code.

    • Visiting international faculty and scholars who DID NOT earn an income through UNC Charlotte in 2020 do not need to purchase the code.

North Carolina State Tax

The GTP software assists only with federal tax forms. However, the software will alert you at the end of filing if you need to file a state tax return

  • Please click HERE to access the D-400 North Carolina tax form and instructions. 

8843 Instructions:

All foreign students, teachers or trainees admitted to the United States on an F, J or M visa, even if he/she had no U.S. earned income for the previous tax year, and their spouses and dependents must file Form 8843.

Exception: If you determine that you are a "resident for tax purposes", (this means you’ve been in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for more than 5 calendar years) it is not necessary to complete Form 8843 and you should instead file Form 1040 (not ‘NR’).

General Tips

  • Download Form 8843 and instructions (Note: this .pdf file can be completed on your computer and printed or printed out and completed by hand.)

  • Fill in "First name", "Last name", and "Social Security number" (if you have one)

  • Fill in the "Address in country of residence" box with your home country address

  • Fill in the "Address in the United States" box with your local Charlotte address

Part I: General Information

Part II: Teachers and Trainees (fill out only if you are a visiting professor, scholar or researcher)

Part III: Students (fill out if you are an F-1 or J-1 student or exchange student)

  • For #9, enter UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd.  Charlotte, NC  28223, 704‑687‑7781

  • For #10, write Tarek Elshayeb, Director, International Student and Scholar Office followed by the remainder of the address in #9 above

  • Sign and date the form at the bottom

  • Make a photocopy of your completed Form 8843 to keep for your records.

Where to file form 8843

Send completed form 8843 to: Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center Austin TX 73301-0215.

The deadline for filing is April 15, 2021

Avoid Scams

✓ File your tax return as early as possible.

✓ Mail your tax return directly from the post office.

✓ Visit Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts page for more information on tax scams