What are taxes?

For a break down of what taxes are and how they affect college students, please refer to the Tax Guide for College Students.

For international students filing taxes as a nonresident alien, please visit Understanding U.S. Taxes and Your Responsibilities | International Affairs for information specific to your tax filing status. 


How can I file my taxes?

  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
  • For individuals with an income below $66,000, the IRS provides the option to utilize free and user-friendly Free File software; whereas, those with an income above $66,000 can access free file fillable forms.

Where can I find help with my taxes?

Budget, Plan, & Pay