Form 8843 (for Tax Year 2017)

ALL F-1 and J-1s, and their dependents, must file form 8843 even if they earned no income in the U.S.

If you were in F-1 or J-1 student status during 2017 and had no U.S. income, complete the top of the form, and Parts I and III. J-1 Scholars and Visiting Faculty should complete Parts I and II.  F-2 and J-2 dependents complete Part I.  Sign the form on the back, and mail it to the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center, Austin, Texas 73301-0215.

If you have 8843 forms for your spouse and/or dependents, each form 8843 must be mailed separately in its own envelope.

If you earned income in the U.S., then the 8843 should be attached to your form 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR. Otherwise, it should be sent by itself.

Many people ask about questions 9 & 10 on Part III, which ask you to give the name, address and telephone number of your academic institution and the name, address and telephone number of the director of your academic program. Actually, it is not as complicated as it looks. If you were a student at UT Health Science Center during 2017, here is what you would write for question 9:

  • UT Health Science Center
  • 920 Madison Avenue
  • Memphis TN 38163
  • 901-448-5500

For question 10, you would write:

  • (Your Department's Name)
  • UT Health Science Center
  • (Your department's address)
  • Memphis TN 38163
  • (Your department's main phone number)

The same would be true for J-1 scholars and faculty completing questions 5 and 6.

Some of the information provided above created by International Student and Scholar Services Binghamton University (SUNY). The UT Office of International Affairs is neither qualified nor permitted to give individual tax advice. Students with complicated tax situations may wish to consult with a tax preparation service, professional tax accountant, or tax attorney who is knowledgeable about nonresident tax law.

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