All international students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to file an individual income tax form whether or not they earned any income. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the government agency responsible for collecting taxes in the country. The tax returns are usually due every year on April 15th.
Generally, employers deduct taxes from the paycheck through the year; however, it may not match the exact amount owed at the end of the year. International students who did not work and do not owe taxes may need to submit Tax Form 8843 to the IRS. All tax forms are available at the post office, local library or on the IRS webpage.
It is our understanding that the State Government of Indiana also requires internationals employed during all or part of the calendar year to file an Indiana State Income Tax Form. This form is also available at the post office, local library or online at the Indiana Department of Revenue webpage.
If you need income tax advice, you can call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800-829-1040. You may also wish to consider contacting a tax service that will be listed in the yellow pages of the local phone book.
A general information Tax workshop is usually offered with general guidance after January 31 each year to assist international students. However, our office is not authorized to advise you on taxes. A certified public account is recommended.