See warning at bottom of page about "phishing."
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 2016 Income Tax Form Help Sessions (dates and room locations updated 2/24)
#2: Tuesday, 03/29/2016, 1:30 to 5:30 PM, Smith 236
#3: Tuesday, 04/05/2016, 1:30 to 5:30 PM, Smith 236
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.
The current Tax Help Web Site is updated for the 2015 tax year for tax returns due April 18, 2016.
Information Sheets: Summary and Extended overview of some of the tax-related issues affecting international students and scholars.
Which Forms Should I File?: Use this document to help determine which forms you may need to file.
Visit our Income Tax Form Help Web Site - http://isstax.elpidzo.com
There you will find information to help you complete your non-resident tax forms.
F or J Visa Students
If you are an F or J visa student and as of December 31, 2015 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 18, 2016. (If you had no income during 2015, then Form 8843 is not due until June 15, 2016.) Any family members on your F or J visa must also complete IRS Form 8843. You will complete parts 1 and 3; family members only complete part 1.
J Visa Visiting Scholars, Teachers, Researchers
If you are a J visa visiting scholar, teacher, or researcher and as of December 31, 2015 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 18, 2016. (If you had no income during 2015, then Form 8843 is not due until June 15, 2016.) Any family members on your J visa must also complete IRS Form 8843. You will complete parts 1 and 2; family members only complete part 1.
Did you work in the United States for wages during 2015?
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
Tax returns for income earned during the 2015 are due on April 15. 2016.
If you worked during 2015
If you worked in Oregon during 2014, you may be eligible for an extra refund on your 2015 form:
Other Documents You may Receive
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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