Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Returning Member

I used tax treaty for two years and thought that I will not exceed my four year limit. What do I have to do?

I came to the US from Germany on an F-1 visa beginning of January 2017. Back in the days, I expected to return to Germany within four years (the limit of my tax treaty). However, today it seems like I will finish my study program in 4.5 years, therefore staying over the tax treaty limit. The problem is, I have claimed the tax treaty benefit (9,000 USD exemption) for the years 2017 and 2018. I will not claim it for 2019 due to the above-mentioned reasons. What do I have to do about the claimed benefits from those earlier years?

1 Reply
Expert Alumni

I used tax treaty for two years and thought that I will not exceed my four year limit. What do I have to do?

To claim the benefits from the treaty you will need to attach Form 8833 to your returns. 


Form 8833 is not supported by the TurboTax software. To be able to use the treaty exemption you will need to download and complete the form from the IRS for each of the tax years.


If you have not already filed your 2017 or 2018 returns you are unable to electronically file the returns at this time and must mail in your returns. You will can use the TurboTax desktop software. To download the software packages to your computer you can go to 2017 & 2018 TurboTax software.


When preparing your returns you would enter the amount of wages, you are exempting, as a negative amount in the Miscellaneous Income section of the return. You should use the description "Exemption per Treaty". After you print the returns attach Form 8833 to the return before you mail in the returns.


If you have already filed the returns for 2017 and 2018 you will need to amend your returns and enter the entry in the Miscellaneous Income section. You would attach Form 8833 to the Amended Return when you mail it in.


If you prepared your 2017 or 2018 returns in TurboTax please go to How to Amend 2017 and How to Amend 2018.








**Say "Thanks" by clicking the thumb icon in a post
**Mark the post that answers your question by clicking on "Mark as Best Answer"