Center for International Studies

Income Tax Information for WIU International Students

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 available here.

The Center for International Studies' personnel are not tax professionals. 

You may retain a tax professional, at your expense, to perform this service.  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. 

Unless you use a specific international student tax software such as Glacier or Sprintax, do not file your taxes online.

The correct forms for international students are not available online using TurboTax.

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

  • Wednesday, April 6th - 9:00 a.m. -12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 12th - 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 14th - 12:15 p.m. - 5:00 pm

Every student that was enrolled in classes in the USA at any time in the year 2015 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.

 
Disclaimer: The Center for International Studies can take no responsibility for mistakes on any tax returns.  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.

 

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 2015. 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 2015 but was enrolled in classes. What forms do I need to fill out?

If you were enrolled in classes in 2015 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 $4,000 in 2015.

Forms and Instructions

 

I am from India and earned less than $4,000 in 2015.

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 2015 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

I am from Canada and earned less than $10,000 in 2015.

Forms and Instructions

 

I am from Canada and earned more than $10,000 in 2015.

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 2015 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

I earned more than $4,000 in 2015 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.

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 $4,000.

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 $4,000 follow the same instructions described in "...I worked and earned money in the US in 2015 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

I was employed and earned money in the US in 2015 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 2015 and none of the above questions relate to me.

If you were enrolled in classes in 2015 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 2015, you will also have to complete the Illinois Schedule NR.) 

Forms and instructions: