e-Filing a Free Federal Extension
- Step 1: Estimate your tax liability. The TurboTax TaxCaster can help you with the calculation.
- Step 2: File a free federal extension with Intuit TurboTax.
Documents Needed to Prepare Tax Return
- Social Security number for yourself
- Social Security number for your spouse and dependents, if applicable
- Birthdates for every person to be claimed on your tax return
- W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2016
- Form-1099s reflecting other income you may have received (i.e. bank interest, social security, unemployment, etc.)
- Tax forms from educational institutions for tuition/education fees for yourself or for a child. Also, please be prepared to break down how much you spent in tuition and books, information on scholarships you received, etc.
- Childcare provider name, address, and tax identification number for any childcare expenses, if applicable
- End of the year retirement plan statements (401(k), IRA, etc.)
- Closing documents, if you purchased or refinanced your house in 2015
- Bank account and routing number, if you wish to have your refund automatically deposited
- Copy of last year’s return (necessary if you itemized the previous year)
- Copy of the tax return, or income documents for your dependents
- If you purchased health insurance through the exchange/marketplace, form 1095-A.
- If you lived in DC all of 2016, did not live in public housing, and the taxable income of you, your spouse and your dependents was under $40,000 ($60,000 if over age 65), bring the amount of rent or property taxes paid in 2016 and if you rent, your landlord’s name, address and phone number.
IRS Language Glossaries
The IRS has prepared the following glossaries to translate the federal tax terminology for non-English speaking taxpayers.
- IRS Spanish Glossary
- IRS Chinese (Simplified) Glossary
- IRS Chinese (Traditional) Glossary
- IRS Korean Glossary
- IRS Russian Glossary
- IRS Vietnamese Glossary
Earned Income Tax Credit Calculator
To determine whether or not you’re eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, use the IRS EITC tool.
Foreign Student Resources
- To determine your tax residency status, please review the IRS Publication 519 – U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens. If you are not a U.S. resident for tax purposes, you are unfortunately ineligible to file using these free software programs, as they do not support form 1040NR.
- For the 1040NR-EZ and 1040NR forms and instructions, please see below.
- Regardless of whether or not you earned U.S. income, you must complete form 8843 if you hold an F or J visa.
- Many universities also provide free access to the Glacier Tax Prep for international students. Please contact the international student services division at your university to inquire about this program.
- Note that online programs that provide tax preparation for the federal tax form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ do not provide assistance with state returns. You need to check with the tax agency for the state where you live and study in order to determine if you need to file resident or non-resident state returns.