While you’re here in the U.S., you’re required to complete tax forms, even if you didn’t earn any income during 2016. ALL students need to complete the form 8843, even if you have not been employed in any way during 2016 in the U.S.
You must file a US Federal Tax Return if any of the following apply:
- You worked in the US (on campus employment, in a paid internship (CPT), on OPT paid employment, etc.
- You received a stipend, grant or allowance in 2016
- If you had no earnings – you must file the form 8843 (see above)
Please see instructions HERE for how to complete the Form 8843.