Social Security Information
UofM - Nonresident Alien Tax Preparation Resource
If Nonresident Alien Students/ Employees are seeking a resource to assist them with
preparing their tax return, please follow the below instructions:
1. Go to: bf.memphis.edu/finance/
2. Click on Foreign National Tax Resource
3. Login (UofM ID and password)
4. Click on "please click here"...
* First time users, click on new users registration to sign up (right hand corner)
(Access code 7HMNQ62MRXF9)
* Returning user-enter username & password
Useful Tax Links
www.irs.gov (parent website for the U.S. Tax agency)
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040nre.pdf form - 1040NR-EZ is the most commonly used form for international students and scholars
with F-1 or J-1 visas
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf - the 8843, which must accompany the 1040 NR-EZ, and is filed alone if the student
or scholar has no income.
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p901.pdf - tax treaties
BOTH of these forms are needed to request a refund of social security and medicare
tax if withheld in error http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8316.pdf and http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f843.pdf
http://bf.memphis.edu/finance/- (university site for direct customer service regarding tax issues with students
that are non-resident aliens)
Tax Treaty Information For Nationals..
Other Tax Treaties
Tax Treaties Offering Benefits to Students
These Information Sheets Are No Replacement For Direct Data From The U.s. Internal
Revenue Service www.irs.gov
Information On These Handouts Is Not For Sale , And Is Intended Only as an introduction
to NonResident AlienTax Issues for International Students.
Please check with your local VITA site for more details on Free Taxpayer Assistance.
Social Security and Tax I.D. Numbers - Remember the Easy Steps:
1. Arrive prepared. Bring any and all documents that an agency could ask for. Students need to bring
their passport, I-20 or IAP-66, I-94 print out, and U of M I.D. card.
2. Plan your time carefully. Don’t expect to get your driver’s license or bank account on a 1 hour lunch break.
Be prepared for long lines and considerable waits. If you are rushed, it is easy
to become impatient and frustrated with the process.
3. Research the rules that protect you. Banks have a special form, called a W-8, that internationals use
in place of Social Security Cards. The Tennessee Department of Motor Vehicles has
an official memo to their employees listing all visa types that are not required to
show SS# for driver’s licenses. Your International Students Office has these forms
4. Remaincalm and polite. Usually, front desk staff are willing to work with customers as long as communications
remain civil. Losing your temper, yelling, or other displays of anger rarely achieve
progress. However, it is appropriate to ask to speak with a manager or supervisor if you believe it would
help the situation.
5. Bring all the required documents. Currently, the Social Security offices in Memphis require that F-1 and J-1 visa
holders bring their passport, I-20 or IAP-66, I-94 print out, and an official school
letter offering employment. They will NOT issue social security cards without ALL
of these documents!
6. Taxpayer I.D. Numbers. For F-2 and non-employed F-1, J-1 and J-2 visa holders, taxpayer I.D. numbers are available. Many businesses accept these numbers in place of social security
7. If first you don’t succeed,try try again. When all else fails, leave and come back later with re-enforcements. If no one can help you at the time you visit a business or agency, come back when
a higher-level authority is available. If the International Students Office can be
of assistance, ask for an official letter on your behalf. There are always other
paths to achieving your goal.
Note: – when you have an on-campus job, including GA’s and scholarships, be sure to visit
Ms. DuHart in the Finance Office (Administration Building). Ms. DuHart and her staff
in the Finance Office will make sure that you are not charged for unnecessary payroll
taxes. They are experts on all tax treaties that benefit F-1 visa International Students.