It is tax season! Every year, all people living in the United States must file taxes. We call this season "tax season" because the government allows from January 1st to April 15th to file taxes. There are penalties for filing late, so make sure to read the following information very carefully.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. agency responsible for the collection of income tax. Most people need to pay Federal income tax and state income tax. There may be a tax treaty between your country and the U.S. The treaty may exempt your income from taxation. The Payroll Office has information about tax treaties. Your employer will send you a W-2 form, showing the amount of money you have earned and the tax witheld. The W-2 form is used in the preparation of your tax return.
Please understand that the OISS staff are not tax specialists and cannot provide tax advice. In order to help you meet your tax filing requirements, OISS has purchased a license to an online tax software assistance program from Windstar Technologies.
All students and scholars must file taxes, even if you had no income! Even if you paid taxes on money you earned, these are only estimated amounts. Usually your employer over-estimates the amount of tax you will owe. In these cases, you may end up receiving money back from the government.
Generally you will be directed to file for federal and state taxes, since both the federal and state governments' estimated taxes are withheld from your paycheck. In some states, like Pennsylvania, you also must file local taxes with your town or borough.
The Office for International Students and Scholars has purchased a license to an easy-to-use web-based tax preparation system called Windstar Foreign National Tax Resource for our foreign nationals that would also help them understand their tax status, immigration questions, and filing responsibilities for themselves and family members residing in the U.S. This program is designed exclusively for international students and scholars and their dependents who are nonresident aliens. The program aids you in completing forms 1040NR and 1040NR-EZ. Please note that you will need to complete Form 8843 even if you had no U.S. income.
Disclaimer:The University of Delaware's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) does not offer advice on any personal income tax requirements or issues.Information presented on this site is for general information only and does not represent personal tax advice either express or implied. You are encouraged to seek professional tax advice for personal income tax questions and assistance. OISS disclaims all liability from the misinterpretation or misuse of the Windstar website and software.OISS makes no warranty on the accuracy or completeness of any information linked to on this site.We are offering this tax software as a convenience to our students and scholars.As such, the OISS staff is not able to provide tax advice, answer individual questions regarding your tax situation or assist with completing the forms.
First, you must register for the software. An access code will be required when you register. For the access code, please, click here. (Authentication is required. Please use your UDel Net ID and password)