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. in 2016 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.
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.