Let's shape the newsletter together!
Do you have information you want to share with fellow international students? Any announcements, event that you would like people to know about? In case you do, feel free to submit material to be included in the Newsletter. It is envisioned as a common space for all international students, so let's shape it together.
The Office for International Students & Scholars holds seminars and workshops during the year. The office also advises the International Students Organization, and helps showcase their events. Please check periodically to see when the next event or workshop is scheduled.
IT'S TAX SEASON TIME!
If you had a job anytime in the 2015 calendar year, you likely just received a tax document in the mail!
This is a W-2, which documents your wages earned in the last year. You will receive one for every employer you've had (Smith College counts as one employer, regardless of the number of on-campus jobs you've had). For now, just hold onto that document! You can also access this document online through your Bannerweb account, under the Employee tab.
We're still waiting on one more tax document to be issued (1042-S, which documents scholarships and stipends), and then we will give you more information about tax returns.
This year we have hired a new tax assistance company, SPRINTAX, and we're excited to share that they have a 24-hour phone and chat help service. More information to come about accessing their services. Stay tuned!
If you submitted a tax return last year and STILL haven't received your return:
Worry not, you're not alone! During tax year 2014, there was a major glitch with the processing of 1042-S forms for foreign nationals. The IRS has sent out notifications about delays in your returns, and they just released yet another one. Here's the notification our office received:
CONTINUED DELAYS EXPECTED FOR REFUNDS AFTER FILING 2014 FORM 1040-NR WITH 1042-S
Nationwide there's been an issue that has been traced back to one particular field added to the 1042-S form in 2014, and that field has caused the IRS to believe that there was a discrepancy between their records and ours. Some students have now received letters from the IRS, either asking them to pay back-taxes and/or informing them of a decrease in their refund amount because of this discrepancy. As mentioned, we do believe this is a mistake on the part of the IRS, and we have been in touch with GlacierTax Prep (who helped to prepare your 2014 taxes) and our Controller's Office to help resolve the issue.
GTP has asked that anyone who has received such a letter from the IRS DOES NOT PAY the requested amount, and instead firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to alert them to the letter they've received.
We will keep you updated as we find out more information. For now, hold onto any tax documents that come in the mail to you!
2ND ANNUAL UMASS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Join the 5 College's International Organizations to celebrate and raise awareness amongst the Vally's students and residence alike!
Saturday, April 9th, 1:00-4:00pm, Amherst Town Commons
MOUNT HOLYOKE'S GLOBAL FEST
Mount Holyoke College's International Student Organizaing Commitee (ISOC) cordially invited you to participate in our biggest event of Spring 2016, Global Fest. We are currently looking for students groups that are interested in being a part of this exciting event! We are seeking as much representation as possible, so all varieties of performances are encouraged!
Saturday, April 23rd, 11:00am-4:00pm,
Skinner Green, Mount Holyoke College
Please contact email@example.com or mayan22r@mtholyoke@edu if you are interested in participating, or would like more information about the event.