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Taxes

All F-1 international students who were present in the U.S. during any portion of the past calendar year are required to determine what tax forms they must file with the United States federal and state governments as a condition of your visa. This is true whether or not you worked in the U.S., gained income in the U.S., or received a scholarship during the past calendar year.

Please note: your DSOs are not permitted to help you complete your tax forms but they will host a seminar for all F-1 students early in the Spring semester. Look for an e-mail invitation in January.

The first step is to determine if you have lived in the United States long enough to file your tax forms as a "resident for tax purposes." If you have lived in the United States for "any part of more than 5 calendar years" you are considered a "resident for tax purposes."
 
If you received taxable scholarships or income in the previous year, and are filing as a “resident for tax purposes,” you will need to complete the following forms: Federal 1040 (instructions here) and State IL-1040 (instructions here).
 
If you are considered a resident for tax purposes BUT did not receive taxable scholarships or income in the previous year you do not have to file anything this tax season.
 
Most F-1 visa students are not considered residents for tax purposes.

Tax filing instructions for Non Resident F-1 Visa students
All F-1 Visa students not considered "residents for tax purposes" (see above) must complete and submit the Form 8843. If you did not receive taxable scholarships or income in the previous year, this will be the only tax form you need to file.

For students with dependents, the Form 8843 needs to also be completed for each dependent and mailed individually.
 
For students who did receive taxable scholarships and/or income in the previous year, you will complete Form 8843 and send it with your other tax filing documents (see Federal and Tax state return forms below). 

Here are some of the forms you may or will receive for use when filing your taxes: 
W-2 (Wage and tax statement):  If you worked, you should have received a W-2 that provides information on how much you were paid and any tax that was withheld. You will need to submit a copy of this with your tax returns.

1042-S (Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding):  This form will be provided by the College to report any scholarship you have received that may be taxable (e.g. payments for room/housing expenses, textbooks, etc.).  These are sent out by March 15th. You will need to submit a copy of this with your tax returns.

1098-T (Tuition Statement):  This form provides information on how much tuition you paid to attend Wheaton College.  You received an email from Student Financial Services (sfs@wheaton.edu) with instructions for how to access this document. Keep this for your records.

If you received any other forms with tax information, please keep these for your records and only submit a copy with your tax return if the instructions on the form require you to do so.
 

How to file a Federal Tax Return
  • Use Sprintax Online Tax Preparation Tool (Recommended)
    • Purchase a Sprintax code for $10 from your DSO. This code ($35 value) covers the cost of 1) determining your residency status and 2) completing your federal tax return.
    • If you use Sprintax to complete your Federal Tax Return, it will prepare your Form 8843 for free!
  • College of DuPage 
    • Schedule your FREE tax preparation appointment here or leave a voicemail at 630-942-3450 and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
  • Do it Yourself
  • Visit a VITA site  for a free tax preparation appointment
  • ​Consult with a tax professional
 
How to file a State Tax Return  
What if I don’t have a Social Security Number? (needed if you are filing Federal or State Taxes)
  • Apply for a ITIN number (Individual Tax Identification Number)
                        (note—different than federal tax return address) 
                                    Internal Revenue Service
                                    Austin Service Center
                                    ITIN Operation
                                    P.O. Box 149342
                                   Austin, TX 78714-9342
  • Sprintax can also help you with this at a cost (approx. $36)