Frequently Asked Questions
Every year you will have to submit at least one tax form. Tax forms must be completed (even if a tax treaty exempts you from paying any U.S. taxes) if you were in the United States during any part of 2018 on any visa other than a tourist visa.
If you didn't work in 2018, then you will need to complete form 8843 [PDF]. Form 8843 must be completed by everyone in your family, including your dependent children. If you did not work in 2018 then the form 8843 is due by June 15, 2019. If you did work in 2018, you must still submit the 8843 with your tax returns by April 15, 2019.
Yes, you will need to file a federal tax return and submit the form 8843 [PDF].
Suffolk University will be offering free tax preparation services during the months of February, March, and April for all students who worked in 2018 and earned less than $54,000. Site operating hours to be determined.
The first step with filing taxes is to figure out if you are a resident or nonresident for tax purposes. Generally if you were in the U.S. less than 5 months in 2018, you are a non-resident.
If you were present in the United States during any part of 2018 on a visa other than a B visa, there is at least one tax form you must complete. Federal tax forms are due to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 15, 2019. Massachusetts state tax forms (if necessary) are due to the Department of Revenue by April 15, 2019. Please note that if you had no U.S. based income, you have until June 15, 2019 to file your form 8843.