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Tax Season

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.

Federal and State Tax Information

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.

Do I have to file taxes?

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.

To whom do I need to file taxes?

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.

How do I file my taxes?

Windstar Technologies Tax Assistance (New version for 2013 is now available)

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.

User registration and Access Guide

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)

  1. Go to the Windstar login page
  2. Click the Registration link for new users
  3. Complete the registration form using the access code (see link above)
  4. Sign in using the username and password you created in step 3


1040NR/1040NR-EZ Preparation
  1. Log in to the Tax Return Resource page (See registration instructions above)
  2. Access the tax preparation software from within the Tax Return Resource by clicking on either:
      • The 'Tax Return Preparation' button on the far left of the top menu bar; or
      • The 'Prepare and Print your 1040NR/1040NR-EZ' box in the upper right of the screen
  3. Complete the activation form
  4. Choose a security question and provide an answer
  5. Accept the Terms of Use by clicking I Accept
  6. Click the Continue button
Once you complete step 6 you will have immediate access to the software


What if I need more help?

  • A Tax workshop will be held on March 17, 2014 at Smith Hall Room 200, from 3:00-4:00pm
  • There are many resources on the government websites:
  • Remember, OISS advisors are not tax experts! We can refer you to resources who can help, and encourage you to take advantage of the software and workshop provided.