Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Foreign National Tax Resource Program (FNTR)?

2. How do I access the Foreign National Tax Resource program (FNTR)?

3. Why is my residency status for federal income tax purposes important?

4. How do I know if I am considered a resident or non-resident for federal income tax purposes?

5. Can I use the FNTR program if I am a resident for federal income tax purposes?

6. What if I can’t find the access code referred in the FNTR instructions?

7. I have graduated and am no longer at Emory. I tried using my old Emory Net ID, but I still can’t access FNTR. How am I supposed to log in?

8. If I am considered a non-resident for income tax purposes, can I use another tax program to complete my federal and state income tax forms?

9. Do I have to file a tax return?

10. I did not earn any income in 2012. Do I still have to file a tax return?

11. My dependents did not earn any income in 2012. Do they have to file a tax return?

12. I did not receive my W-2. How do I get a copy of my W-2?

13. How do I know whether I should be receiving a 1042S?

14. I did not receive my 1042S. How do I get a copy of my 1042S?

15. Can I use FNTR to file Georgia tax forms?

16. I completed Form 1040NR using FNTR.  Will the Georgia Tax Help Sessions instructions assist me in the completion of the Georgia Form 500?

17. I am a resident for tax filing purposes. Can the Georgia tax help sessions assist me in completing the Georgia income tax form 500?

18. I have completed my 1040NR-EZ using FNTR and have used the resources provided, but I’m still having trouble completing my Georgia form 500. Is there anyone who can assist me?


Residency Status

1. What is the Foreign National Tax Resource Program (FNTR)?

FNTR is a software program that assists foreign nationals in determining their residency status for tax purposes.


2. How do I access the Foreign National Tax Resource program (FNTR)?

Please review this information about FNTR before signing in here with your Emory network ID. After logging in and completing the information requested, FNTR will tell you whether you are a resident or a non-resident for tax purposes.


3. 
Why is my residency status for federal income tax purposes important?

For tax purposes, U.S. residents and non-U.S. residents are taxed differently, so it is important for you to determine your residency status. Non-U.S. residents are only taxed for income acquired during their stay in the U.S.


4. 
How do I know if I am considered a resident or non-resident for federal income tax purposes?

You may use FNTR to determine your residency status.


5. 
Can I use the FNTR program if I am a resident for federal income tax purposes?

No. However, there are several other resources available to you.

If you earned less than $49,000, the Atlanta Prosperity Project has free resources available to assist you in completing your federal and state tax forms.


6. 
What if I can’t find the access code referred in the FNTR instructions?

After signing in to FNTR, you will be directed to the FNTR Gateway page (within the Finance Division’s website). At the top of this page you will find the access code. The code will be capitalized and in bold. Please make note of this number or be prepared to copy and paste it on the registration page.

After you have read all the instructions on the FNTR Gateway page, click on the Windstar logo located on the FNTR Gateway page.

Once on the Windstar page, click on the icon that reads “New Users? Click Registration to Sign Up”, if you are a new user. This icon is located on the top right of the page. Use the access code you were provided to register.


7. 
I have graduated and am no longer at Emory. I tried using my old Emory Net ID, but I still can’t access FNTR. How am I supposed to log in? 

Emory alumni need to contact Mary Chenault to request access to FNTR. She will give you a direct link to FNTR and a special access code.


8. 
If I am considered a non-resident for income tax purposes, can I use another tax program to complete my federal and state income tax forms?

Yes. Please refer to these non-resident income tax preparation resources.

Tax Returns

9. Do I have to file a tax return?

If you earned income in the United States between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, you must file a 2012 federal income tax return and a Georgia income tax return.

Your return must be completed and postmarked by April 15, 2013. If you are currently abroad or received no U.S. income in 2012, the deadline for you is (postmarked by) June 15, 2013.


10. I did not earn any income in 2012. Do I still have to file a tax return?

Non-residents for tax purposes do not have to complete an actual tax return (1040 NR, etc.), but you must complete form 8843.

If you are using FNTR, it will ask if you want to also print out an 8843 for each F-2 or J-2 family member. Alternatively, you and/or your dependents may complete form 8843 on your own.

For tax filing purposes, your dependents are your spouse and children in dependent status (F-2 or J-2). If you are in J-2 status and were employed in 2012, you should use FNTR to prepare your federal tax return if you are a non-resident for tax purposes.


11. My dependents did not earn any income in 2012. Do they have to file a tax return?

Dependents must also complete form 8843. For tax filing purposes, your dependents are your spouse and children in dependent status (F-2 or J-2). If you are in J-2 status and were employed in 2012, you should use FNTR to prepare your federal tax return if you are a non-resident for tax purposes.

Tax Reporting Documents

12. I did not receive my W-2. How do I get a copy of my W-2?

If you did not receive your W-2, contact the payroll office at 404.727.6100.


13. How do I know whether I should be receiving a 1042S?

If you had treaty benefits or taxable non-work financial income in 2012, then you should receive a 1042S. If you still are uncertain whether or not you should receive a 1042S, please email Mary Chenault, Emory’s non-resident alien tax specialist.


14. I did not receive my 1042S. How do I get a copy of my 1042S?

If you know that you should have received form 1042S but have not, please email Mary Chenault, Emory’s non-resident alien tax specialist.


15. Can I use FNTR to file Georgia tax forms?

No. If you are a non-resident for tax filing purposes AND completed the form 1040NR-EZ, the Office of the Controller has created guidelines to assist you in completing the Georgia income tax forms.


16. I completed Form 1040NR using FNTR.  Will the Georgia Tax Help Sessions instructions assist me in the completion of the Georgia Form 500?

No. You must seek assistance off campus. Please refer to these non-resident income tax preparation resources, which include both free and fee-based services that can assist you in completing your Georgia form 500.


17. I am a resident for tax filing purposes. Can the Georgia tax help sessions assist me in completing the Georgia income tax form 500?

No. You must seek assistance off campus. Please refer to these resident income tax preparation resources, which include both free and fee-based services that can assist you in completing your Georgia form 500.


18. I have completed my 1040NR-EZ using FNTR and have used the resources provided, but I’m still having trouble completing my Georgia form 500. Is there anyone who can assist me?

Yes. The Office of the Controller is offering 15-minute one-on-one appointments for those who need additional assistance. When you sign up for an appointment, remember to provide not only your name and contact information, but also the details of your question or problem.