Dear colleagues (especially international students),
Across the country, international students are running into major problems with their 2014 tax returns, thanks to the tax software their universities use. So far, cases have been documented at the University of Chicago, Columbia, Stanford and, of course, NYU. You can read about the Chicago cases here, here and here.
For a lot of international students who filed via NYU's tax compliance software, 2014 returns/refunds have not yet come through. Instead, these students are receiving worrying letters from the IRS telling them that they (often falsely) have not paid their 2014 taxes and that their deadline to pay is 7th or 15th of March (plus late fees and interest). This often ends up being a sizable sum, running into the thousands of dollars. In most cases, this is a mistake.
Here's what we know so far:
We think it's irresponsible of the university not to issue a notice to international graduate students explaining the situation. We're passing this message on, grad student to grad student, because you may need to know (taxes are stressful enough as it is!). We will be fiercely lobbying NYU to issue an official statement and provide more information about the scope of the problem in the coming days.
- This is a problem between NYU's third party tax software (GLACIER) and the IRS;
- Students who have been issued these notices are advised not to pay;
- NYU says they have no way of knowing, from their side, who is affected, but they have also chosen not to issue any information to students as a whole. They are simply waiting for people to contact them if they have an issue;
- If you received a strange notice from the IRS, you can reach out to Caitlin Pujdak in the Global Tax Compliance department at NYU (email@example.com) (212-998-2961) for help.
GSOC Communications Committee
(We're required by law to state that this is not tax advice and we are not tax professionals. We're just upset with those who are!)