Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Filing Requirements



This lesson is designed to teach tax preparers how to identify which foreign students and scholars must file a U.S. tax return.

The primary form referenced in this lesson is Form 1040-NR, U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return.

Additional references:

  • Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax Guide For Individuals
  • Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
  • Publication 4011, Foreign Student and Scholar Volunteer Resource Guide, for helpful tips on preparing tax returns for nonresident aliens
  • Link & Learn Taxes, Filing Status and Who Should File, for information on filing status and dependency status