Social Security & Medicare — Students with F1 or J1 visas are exempt from withholding Social Security and Medicare taxes if they have been in the U.S. in that status for 5 years or less.  See the ISSO for more information.

Property Tax – anyone residing in Charlotte or Mecklenburg County and owning property (car, house, etc.) is required to pay annual property tax. Students are responsible for registering cars and other major property and paying assessed taxes.

Filing taxes - F1 & J1 Students


Please click here to access the D-400 form. Use the guidelines for completing the D-400 that were issued by the ISSO

Note:  Fill in the  0’s if the number that you are entering is a negative number


All international students (F-1 & J-1) who resided in the U.S. during 2017 are required to complete federal tax forms. 

If you did not earn money in 2017 - If you were NOT employed in 2017, you must still file the form 8843 which can be found at the IRS. See also ISSO's 8843 Instructions.

If you earned money in 2017 - If you were employed in 2017, then you need to file additional tax forms.  ISSO has limited number of licenses for software (GLACIER Tax Prep) to help you "file" (complete) the tax forms.

Tax software to complete federal tax forms

The ISSO can provide you with access to Glacier Tax Prep software to help you "file" (complete) complicated federal tax forms.  See below for more information.

Date tax software is available: GLACIER Tax Prep code (GTP) will be available at the ISSO as of 02/12/2018  and until sold out.

You may collect the codes during the follow designated times: 

  • Mondays: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Friday:  3:00pm – 4:30pm  

Cost of tax software licenses:

  • Students: A  $5 fee will be applied to your student account by the end of April of this year.
  • Scholars and F-1 holders currently on OPT or STEM: A cash payment of $10 is required when you sign up for the code; exact change is required. Electronic payments are not accepted.


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.

Download Form 8843

(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

  • The answers to #1-4b is the total number of days you were present in the U.S. in last calendar year.

Part II: Teachers and Trainees (fill out only if you are a visiting professor, scholar of 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/Scholar Office followed by the remainder of the address in #9 above.

Omit or skip Parts IV and V

  • 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, 2018

Notes about 1098-T

If you received a form 1098-T, please disregard it unless you have been in F1 or J1 status for 5 years or more and have been employed.  Otherwise, you are not eligible to claim this benefit as part of your tax return.