Center for International Studies

Income Tax Information for WIU International Students

Every student that was enrolled in classes in the USA at any time in the year 2013 is required to submit some kind of income tax form. The type of forms you are required to fill out depends on many different things.  This page is designed to help you figure out which forms you need to fill out and how to do so. 
 
 
Spring 2014 Tax Sessions will be held :

Friday, April 4th: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm - Stipes 331

Tuesday, April 8th: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Stipes 331

Thursday, April 10th: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Stipes 331

 
 
Please keep in mind, this page only gives you suggestions and information on how to fill out your tax forms.  We are fairly knowledgeable about filing requirements; however, THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES STAFF MEMBERS ARE NOT TAX PROFESSIONALS.   There are many locations to have your taxes completed by tax professionals for a fee.
 
THE CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES CAN TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISTAKES ON YOUR TAX RETURNS. 
IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS THAT CANNOT BE RESOLVED BY CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES STAFF MEMBERS, YOU ARE ADVISED TO SEE A TAX PROFESSIONAL. 
 

Links to Tax Forms

 

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 2013.  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.

 

I did not work in 2013 but was enrolled in classes.  What forms do I need to fill out?

If you were enrolled in classes in 2013 but did not work, you will need to complete the Federal 8843 form. Click the following links for the 8843 form and instructions on how to fill it out: 

 

...I am from India or Jamaica and I earned more than $3,900 in 2013?

Indian students enjoy special benefits due to a US/India tax treaty.  If you are an Indian student who was enrolled in classes in 2013 and worked part-time on campus and made over $3,900, you will need to complete these forms: the Federal 8843 form, the Federal 1040 NR-EZ, and the Illinois State 1040. (If you earned money outside of Illinois in 2013, you will also need to complete the Illinois Schedule NR).  Click on the following links to access the necessary forms and instructions on how to complete them:

 

...I am from India or Jamaica and earned less than $3,900 in 2013?

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 2013 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 
...I worked and I am from Canada and I earned less than $10,000 in 2013?

Like India, Canada has a special tax treaty with the US that allows Canadian students who earn less than $10,000 to pay no federal taxes.  If you are from Canada and made less than $10,000, you will need to file these forms: the Federal 8843 form, the Federal 1040 NR-EZ, and the Illinois 1040.  (If you earned money outside of Illinois in 2013, you will also have to complete the Illinois Schedule NR.)  Click on the following links to access the necessary forms and instructions on how to complete them:

 
...I am from Canada and I earned more than $10,000 in 2013?

If this is the case, you are ineligible for any tax treaty benefits.  The treaty is only for Canadian students who made less than $10,000.  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 2013 and none of the above questions relate to me."

 

...I earned more than $3,900 in 2013 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.  To take advantage of the treaty, you will need to file these forms: the Federal 8843 form, the Federal 1040 NR-EZ, and the Illinois State 1040.  (If you worked outside of Illinois in 2013, you will also have to complete Illinois Schedule NR.)   Click on the following links to access the necessary forms and instructions on how to complete them:
 
...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 $3,900?
 
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 $3,900 follow the same instructions described in "...I worked and earned money in the US in 2013 and none of the above questions relate to me."

... I was employed and earned money in the US in 2013 and none of the above questions relate to me?

If you were enrolled in classes in 2013 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 2013, you will also have to complete the Illinois Schedule NR.)  Click on the following links to access the necessary forms and instructions on how to complete them: