International students and scholars are required to file an annual federal tax return each year and may be required to file state and other tax forms as well. It is important to fulfill tax filing obligations and pay all required taxes – it is a condition of one’s non-immigrant status and failure to file tax returns could prevent future entry into the US, fines and penalties (including detention and deportation), garnishment of wages, and/or denial of a future visa applications.
When you first begin employment with NC State University, you must make an appointment with NC State Foreign National Tax Specialist to complete the paperwork necessary to set up your tax withholdings correctly. You can schedule an appointment for a Tax Assessment using your unity ID and password and choose an available and suitable date and time for you. Once you sign up, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with a list of documents you need to bring with you to the appointment. Generally, new international employees should take their passport, visa documents, and their offer letter to a scheduled appointment with the specialist. It is not necessary to have obtained a social security card at that time. After several forms are completed, the specialist will consider the applicability of any tax treaty benefits and enter a tax withholding rate in the HR system. Most international student and scholar employees are able to reduce their tax withholding rate from the standard 30% to 14% and some have lower withholdings than that.
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Student Legal Services is a non-profit corporation sponsored by the Student Government Association at NC State which is funded by student fees. The service is aimed at helping students resolve their legal problems with as little disruption as possible to their primary educational endeavors. The office focuses on preventative law, enabling the student to make educated choices.
The Student Legal Services office is located at 1107 Pullen Hall and they are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (appointment only). To schedule an appointment call 919-515-7091.
For a comprehensive list of local attorneys specialized in immigration matters, please visit the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) website.