**All international students who were present in the U.S. in 2020 are required to file taxes. This includes students who did not earn U.S. income and scholarships.**

*F-1 students should not use software such as TurboTax, H&R Block, etc. These are for residents. If you use these to file your taxes, you will be filing incorrectly and could be subject to penalties from the IRS as well as jeopardize your legal status*

COVID-19 Update: Federal and Minnesota State Tax Filing Deadlines have been extended this year, and were due on May 17th, 2021.   If you lived in a state other than MN, be sure to check the filing deadlines for that state.  If you missed the filing deadlines you should still file your taxes.


Tax Filing Instructions

 ISS staff are not tax experts, and we are not qualified or allowed to give tax advice.  However, each year we provide access to software that can help students prepare your taxes.  Sign up here to receive this information. 


MN Property Tax Refund Returns

You are not required to submit a property tax refund return. However, you may be eligible for a refund (you never owe money for this type of return).

MN Property Tax Return 

Eligibility for Property Tax Refund

  • You must have been in Minnesota for 183 days or more in 2020 (approximately 6 months)
  • You must NOT receive 50% or more of your financial support from your family
  • Your gross income was less than $4,300 in 2020.
  • Must have lived off-campus in an apartment or house with cooking and bathing facilities. You must have a Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP) from your landlord.

Missing your W-2 or 1042-S?

If you have U.S.-based income or scholarships, you should have received a W-2 and/or a 1042-S (fellowship earnings or regular wages covered under a tax treaty). You cannot complete your taxes without these documents if you have U.S.-based income or scholarships.

If you are employed by UMD:

If you are employed outside of UMD and have not received these documents, you should tell your employer and ask them to help you get a replacement.