Center for International Studies

Income Tax Information for WIU International Students (UPDATED)

Every student that was enrolled in classes in the USA at any time in the year 2016 is required to submit some kind of income tax form. In addition, any dependent here (F-2 or J-2 visa holder) also needs to complete one form.

This page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute expertise in the subject matter of income tax law. The IRS Publication 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens is the official publication on taxes.

Please note that the Center for International Studies' personnel are not tax professionals. The Center for International Studies can take no responsibility for mistakes on any tax returns.   Western Illinois University, its affiliates, directors, officers or employees accept no liability for any errors or omissions relating to information available through its Internet sites .  If you have any problems or questions that cannot be resolved by the Center for International Studies staff members, you are advised to see a tax professional. You may retain a tax professional, at your expense, to perform this service.  

Do NOT file your taxes online unless you use specific international student tax software such as Glacier or Sprintax. 

The correct forms for international students are not available through online tax software such as TurboTax.

 

Tax Sessions 

There will be three sessions to help students complete their 2016 tax forms:

  • Thursday, April 6 - 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 12 - 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 13 - 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

 What do I need to file my taxes?

In order to successfully complete your tax forms, you will need the following:

  • your passport and I-20 or DS 2019
  • W-2 forms from any and all employers you earned wages from in 2016. Typically, in January, your W-2 forms are automatically mailed to you by your employers to the address they have for you on file. If you do not receive any W-2 forms by the end of January, you must contact your employer and request another W-2 form and make sure they have your correct address on file. If your W2 form is from WIU, email the Payroll office at payroll@wiu.edu to request a new one.
  • If you have received additional forms besides a W-2, please contact the Center for International Studies' staff.

 

Students who did NOT work

I did not work in 2016 but was enrolled in classes. What forms do I need to fill out?

If you were enrolled in classes in 2016 but did not work, you will need to complete the Federal 8843 form. Click the following links for the 8843 form and instructions: 

 

Students who DID work

I am from India and earned more than $4,050 in 2016.

Forms and Instructions

 

I am from India and earned less than $4,050 in 2016.

If this is the case, you did not make enough for the treaty to come into effect. Follow the same instructions described in the section "...I worked and earned money in the US in 2016 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

I am from Canada and earned less than $10,000 in 2016.

Forms and Instructions

 

I am from Canada and earned more than $10,000 in 2016.

If this is the case, you are ineligible for any tax treaty benefits. If you are from Canada and made over $10,000 follow the same instructions described in "...I worked and earned money in the US in 2016 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

I earned more than $4,050 in 2016 and I am from one of the following countries: China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Thailand or Venezuela.  You should be receiving a 1042S which will be mailed in February or March.  Please bring this with when you come to one of the tax sessions.

If you are from one of these countries, you are eligible to take advantage of a tax treaty the US signed with your country.  

Forms and Instructions:

 

I am from one of the following countries: China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Thailand or Venezuela - but I earned less than $4,050.

If you are from one of the listed countries, you did not make enough money to be covered by the tax treaty. If you are from one of the listed countries and made less than $4,050 follow the same instructions described in "...I worked and earned money in the US in 2016 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

I was employed and earned money in the US in 2016 and am from Jamaica, Hungary or Barbados. 

Students from Jamaica, Hungary and Barbados may be able to file as a resident.  Please contact a staff member from the Center for International Studies.

 

I was employed and earned money in the US in 2016 and none of the above questions relate to me.

If you were enrolled in classes in 2016 and worked part-time on campus, you will need to complete these forms: the Federal 8843 form, the Federal 1040 NR-EZ, and the Illinois 1040. (If you worked outside of Illinois in 2016, you will also have to complete the Illinois Schedule NR.) 

Forms and instructions: