Students are responsible for completing their tax documents. Not completing tax documents may delay future visa applications to the U.S. All IRS forms, form instructions, and publications are available for download at www.irs.gov. Students are free to hire tax consultants on their own. Bellevue College (BC) CANNOT give any tax advice due to liability issues.
BC has an International Student Tax Workshop in February or March. Attending this workshop is optional and students are e-mailed the time and location of this workshop. Also, BC purchases a license to use online software, called GLACIER TAX PREP (www.glaciertax.com), to assist students. This software is only for students who earned money. Students who have been in the U.S. for five years or longer should not use this software, rather these students should complete tax documents as if they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
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If a student wants to purchase GLACIER TAX PREP, which will help them complete these forms, students can do this at the International Student Programs (ISP) Office. Students are e-mailed when GLACIER TAX PREP is available. The cost of GLACIER TAX PREP is usually $10-$12. (BC is not allowed to profit from offering GLACIER TAX PREP.)
(Students who earned money last year should receive W-2 Forms from their employer. W-2 forms show how much money was earned during a tax year. W-2 Forms are needed to complete tax forms. Contact your school's Payroll or Finance department to receive your W-2 form if you did not receive it by mail.)
IF STUDENTS DO NOT PURCHASE GLACIER TAX PREP, then students can complete their tax documents on their own or with a tax professional. BC CANNOT give any tax assistance due to liability issues. Not completing income tax documents may negatively affect future visa applications to the U.S.
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