Tax Responsibilities

All international students in F and J non-immigrant status are responsible for filing appropriate income tax forms each year, even if they have no U.S. income.

  • Non-residents who were present in the U.S. during the current tax season and earned taxable U.S. income must complete and file IRS Forms 8843 and 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by the April filing deadline, announced by the U.S. government each year.
  • Individuals who earned taxable income in Illinois will also need to file Illinois form IL-1040 by the April filing deadline, announced by the U.S. government each year.
  • Individuals who were present in 2016 but did not receive U.S. income need only file Form 8843 (Statement for Exempt Individuals) by mid-June. Filing Form 8843 documents your status as a non-resident alien who is exempt from counting days toward the substantial presence test.

Elmhurst University has partnered with Sprintax to assist you in meeting your tax filing obligations as an international student. All international students will receive a personal Sprintax Access Code in early February. Your code will be sent to your Elmhurst email address and will allow you to access the Sprintax Tax Filing Software.

It is advisable to make photocopies of all forms submitted to the IRS to be kept for your records. Tax forms and additional instructions can be found on the IRS website.

Tony Marotta ’05

Director of Global Engagement
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