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 2015, you may be required to file a Federal Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return (Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ) and a State tax return for each state where you resided/earned income during 2015 (Form 1NPR for Wisconsin). Before preparing your income tax returns, please wait to receive reporting statements for all income you received in 2015. You must also have a valid social security number to file. Federal and state income tax returns must be postmarked by April 15, 2016.
Form W-2: This form is issued to you by your employer. It documents your salary, benefits, income that has been withheld from your wages in taxes, etc.
Form 1040-S: This form is issued to you by your university. It documents certain scholarships, grants, compensation for teaching, etc.
To determine whether you are required to file a state income tax return, review the 'Who Must File' information on the website of the states where you lived during 2015. Nonresidents living in Wisconsin during 2015 should review the instructions on Form 1NPR to determine if they need to file.
To determine whether you are required to file a federal income tax return, review the 'Who Must File' information in the instructions of the following forms.
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 attache Form 8843 to their tax return. Individuals not required to file an income tax return should mail Form 8843 separately.
Form 8843| Instructions included in form
Remember, the University os Wisconsin-Whitewater cannot provide tax advice or assistant with tax form completion. For information related to taxes please contact the Office of Human Resources and Diversity firstname.lastname@example.org.