Resources for Students with F-1 and J-1 visas Filing U.S. Federal and/or State Income Tax Returns
If you are a student with either an F-1 or J-1 visa (also known as a Nonresident Alien for tax purposes), and you received U.S.-sourced income during 2013, you may be required to file a federal Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return (Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ),and a state income tax return for each state where you resided/earned income during 2013 (use Form 1NPR for Wisconsin state income tax purposes).
To determine whether you are required to file a federal tax return, see the 'Who Must File' of the instructions for Form 1040NR:
To determine whether you are required to file state income tax returns, review the 'Who Must File' information on the revenue websites of the states where you lived during 2013. Nonresidents living in Wisconsin during 2013 should review the instructions for Form 1NPR: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/forms/2013/Form1NPR_inst.pdf
Whether or not you are required to file income tax returns, all international students must file the IRS Form 8843 if they were a Nonresident Alien present in the U.S. on F, J, M or Q immigration status.
This is not a tax return, but an informational statement required by the U.S. government. Individuals required to file an income tax return should attach Form 8843 to their tax return. Individuals not required to file an income tax return should mail Form 8843 separately. A link to Form 8843 and other tax information is available at: http://uwservice.wisc.edu/tax/filing-resources.php
Before preparing your income tax returns, please wait to receive reporting statements for all income you received in 2013 (i.e., Forms W-2, 1042-S, 1099, etc).
Remember, the University of Wisconsin cannot provide tax advice or assistance with tax form completion. For private, possibly fee-based consultations, consult the phone book yellow pages under 'Tax Preparation.' For information related to taxes please contact the Office of Human Resources and diversity firstname.lastname@example.org