You only need to file if you have income that is subject to tax, such as wages, tips, scholarships that exceed tuition and required fees, dividends, etc. The tax return you must file is Form 1040NR, the Federal Tax Return for Nonresidents. If you have any earned income, your tax return is due by April 15; otherwise the filing deadline is June 15. If you owe more tax than was withheld, you must pay it by the appropriate date. If more tax than you owe has been withheld, you should...
If you are a U.S. citizen Harvard will not withhold taxes from your taxable scholarship or stipend. If you are a foreign student, the taxable portion of your award will be taxed at a rate of 14%.
Some foreign students come from countries that have a tax treaty with the United States, and can claim exemption from U.S. taxes. International students receiving taxable scholarships from Harvard will receive an e-mail from the Student Accounts Office which will include information about your tax status and tax treaties. If you have questions about your eligibility, you can contact...
The taxable portion of your scholarship award is calculated as follows:
Total of all scholarships from Harvard University Less: Required tuition and fees charged to your student bill Equals: Taxable portion of your award
Since it is impossible for the University to determine what each student pays for books, fees, supplies and equipment required for courses of instruction, only the amount of tuition and fees charged to your student account will be included in this calculation.
U.S. tax law divides scholarships received into two parts. Scholarship that is used for tuition is not taxable, but scholarship that is used for living expenses is taxable. Expenses that are considered tuition include all tuition and fees required for enrollment, books, fees, supplies, and equipment for courses of instruction. Additional amounts, such as amounts provided for room and board or for travel expenses, are taxable.
If you are a U.S. citizen or a resident alien, Harvard will not withhold taxes on your scholarship or monthly graduate stipend. Part of your scholarship may be considered taxable income, however (please see below). Permanent residents are treated like U.S. citizens for tax purposes.
If you are a foreign student and your award is in excess of your tuition and required fees, then Harvard is required to report the amount of the excess and any withholding you were charged to the IRS on Form 1042-S. Harvard must make this report even if you have no withholdings and no tax liability because of a tax treaty.
Form 1042-S is issued to foreign students who have received scholarships that exceed tuition and mandatory fees. Form 1042-S is a report of tax withheld and is mailed in mid-March.
Graduate students who have questions about the information on this form can contact University Tax Services at (617) 495-8500 (option 5). Undergraduates with questions on the 1042-S can contact Student Accounts.
To access your 1098-T (2015-present) electronically, you must log in with your Harvard credentials at my.harvard.edu. After logging in, navigate to the 'Student Accounts' tab in the left-menu and then select the link under 'Paperless 1098-T'. A walkthrough is available here.
The 1098-T is a record of the financial information reported by Harvard to the IRS on a student's behalf. The information on form 1098T can be used to help you determine if you are eligible for education tax credits - American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Tax Credit- when filing a U.S. tax return*. The information includes the total amount paid for qualified tuition and related expenses in a calendar year (Box 1) and the total amount of scholarships or...