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Taxes for International Students

WHO MUST FILE TAXES IN THE USA?

All F1 and J1 students (and their F2 or J2 spouses) are required to file income taxes for every year they are present in the USA.  This is required even if you did not work in the USA.

Income taxes are due on April 15 in the following year; some years this may be 1-2 days later if this day is a weekend or holiday.  For example, if you lived in the USA for any part of 2014, you are responsible for filing 2014 income tax forms by April 15, 2015. 

INCOME TAX WORKSHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Columbia College will host a tax workshop. Please attend to learn what you need to know about completing the tax forms. Representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be there to help answer your questions.
Location:    Columbia College
                    623 S. Wabash
                    Hokin Lecture Hall (1st floor) - Room 109
Date:           Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Time:          5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Please bring the documents listed below to the workshop.  If you are unable to attend the workshop, you may stop by International Programs for more information about where you can get tax assistance. Please stop by after the scheduled workshop, we will have more information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at that time. 

ALL STUDENTS WHO WERE IN THE USA FOR ANY PART OF THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR (2014)

You must file the Tax Form 8843.  You must file this form even if you did not work during the year. This form is now available on the IRS homepage. This must be submitted by no later than April 15, 2015.

FOR ALL STUDENTS WHO WORKED DURING ANY PART OF THE PREVIOUS CALENDAR YEAR (2014)

All international students who worked for any part of 2014 must file the Tax Form 8843 AND U.S. Federal Income Tax Forms (either the 1040NR Form or 1040NR-EZ).  You must also file Illinois State Tax Forms (IL-1040 Schedule NR). All state and federal income tax forms must be completed and sent to the IRS no later than April 15, 2015.

Tax Form 8843

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms  State of Illinois Revenue Forms 

WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE MY TAXES?

Please bring any of the following documents that you have been issued. You may not have all of these documents.

You should have received these documents by mail or electronically from your employer and/or the university 

  • Form W-2
    • This is a statement prepared by your employer(s), showing the amount earned and the taxes withheld.
  • Form 1099
    • You may receive this form if you were "self-employed" or worked as a contractor.
  • Form 1042-S
    • You may receive this form if you received a scholarship.
  • Form 1098-T
    • This form shows the tuition that you have paid; visit Student Accounts for more information on this form.
  • Copy of last year’s return or tax forms (if you filed taxes in 2013)
  • Passport, I-94, & visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Record of dates you entered and left the US during 2014.

TAX TREATIES

As international students and citizens of other countries, your country may have a tax treaty with the USA. You may or may not owe taxes and can often receive substantial refunds of withheld taxes if you file an income tax return. You can find more information on Tax Treaties on the IRS homepage.