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FOCUS Income Tax Form Help Sessions

Each year, FOCUS volunteers have income tax form review sessions to help international students and scholars with their tax documents. Before coming to the workshop, you need to visit the Tax Help Web Site to print out your forms and fill them out.  Then bring your completed forms to the help session where we can help you review them and answer questions. 

The 2014 Income Tax Form Help Sessions 
 
Tuesday, Mar 25, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Smith 327-328
Tuesday, Apr  1, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Smith 294

Tuesday, Apr 8, 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM, East Hall 109


The hours listed above are the hours that we will be available.  You do not have to be present the whole time.  Because we do not take appointments, you may find it very busy when you come and may need to wait or come back later.

In-Person tax form help will only be available during those hours. At other times, please use the on-line help found below.

Getting Help On-line

Visit our Income Tax Form Help Web Site - http://isstax.elpidzo.com

Feb 15, 2014: The Tax Help Web Site is now updated for the 2013 tax year for tax returns due April 15, 2014.   

There you will find information to help you complete your non-resident tax forms.

In addition to the information you will find on the above web site, there are two documents that give you a summary and extended overview of some of the tax-related issues affecting international students and scholars.

Basic Issues

F or J Visa Students

If you are an F or J visa student and as of December 31, 2013 have been present in the United States during five or fewer calendar years (since 1985) on an F or J visa, then you are a non-resident alien and you must complete IRS Form 8843 by April 15, 2014. (If you had no income during 2013, then Form 8843 is not due until June 15, 2014.) Any family members on your F or J visa must also complete IRS Form 8843.

J Visa Visiting Scholars, Teachers, Researchers

If you are a J visa visiting scholar, teacher, or researcher and as of December 31, 2013 have been present in the United States during two or fewer calendar years in the past six years on an F or J visa, then you are a non-resident alien and you must complete IRS Form 8843 by April 15, 2014. (If you had no income during 2013, then Form 8843 is not due until June 15, 2014.) Any family members on your J visa must also complete IRS Form 8843.

Did you work in the United States for wages during 2013?

That is, did you have an on-campus job or other employment (RA, TA, OPT, CPT, or any other work, authorized or not) for which you were paid?  Wages (pay) may be a paycheck, other check, cash, or other forms of payment given directly to you or electronically deposited  into your bank account. If you received something for services you performed,  then you must report that income to both the Federal and State government on tax return forms.

Basic steps involved in completing your tax returns
  • Collect your tax documents (see below).
  • Determine your tax status - resident alien or non-resident alien.
  • Complete your tax forms based upon tax status and other factors.
  • Bring your tax forms to the FOCUS tax form review workshops for review.
  • Make copies of your completed tax forms for your records and mail the originals. 
Tax returns for income earned during the 2013 are due on April 15. 2014.

Tax Documents that you may receive

  • You may have received the following tax documents during the month of January. 
  • Employers and other institutions are required to mail them to recipients (you) by January 31.
  • These are important documents; please keep them together in a file folder.
If you worked during 2013
  • W-2 Wage and Tax Statement - if you worked as an employee
  • 1042-S - if you claimed treaty benefits or had scholarship income greater than your tuition.
  • 1099-Misc - if you worked as an independent contractor

Other Documents You may Receive

  • 1098-T Tuition Statement - If you were a student during 2013, this will show how much you paid in tuition and received in scholarships
  • 1099-INT - You will receive this if you had interest from a bank during 2013.

Information to help you prepare your tax forms

Please visit our tax help website at http://isstax.elpidzo.com where you will find help in preparing your tax documents. 

In addition to the information on the tax help website, you should also consult IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue Publications to ensure accuracy of information and completion of forms.  You will find links to these agencies on the tax help web site.

FOCUS volunteers will help you to review your completed tax forms at the FOCUS Income Tax Form Help sessions.  


Caution: Sometimes dishonest people will try to trick you into revealing your personal information (for example, family member names, your birthdate, your Tax ID number, bank account number). 

It is call "phishing" and it may result in the electronic theft of your money. For more information see the IRS information page.

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and other government agencies will never ask for this information via email. 

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