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Filing Your Taxes

Tax Reporting for 2018

The International Services Office (ISO) helps our international population with annual tax reporting. We’ve also compiled useful information on:

Who Should File a Tax Return?

If you were NOT physically present in the United States during the 2018 calendar year, you do NOT have to file tax forms at this time. If you were physically present, even for one day, you will need to determine your tax reporting obligations. This will be based on your tax residency category and US earnings during the year.

If you earned US income during the 2018 calendar year, you should receive summary statements from the relevant employers, financial institutions, etc. Collect these documents to use when you prepare your return.

Where can I get help?

ISO has developed several resources to help students and scholars depending on their individual tax residency status. The Resources and Support page outlines various ways in which an individual can prepare and mail appropriate tax forms during tax season. 

What is the Deadline?

2018 Deadlines

  • All Forms 1040, 1040-NR, EZ versions must be postmarked by April 15th.
  • Form 8843 (when NOT required to file with tax return) must be postmarked by June 15th.
  • Extensions: If you need additional time to prepare and file your tax forms, you can file Form 4868 to request an automatic extension for 6 months.  To be eligible, this form must be filed by the April 15th deadline.  This extension does NOT apply to any tax payments that may be due.  Therefore, any tax payment due to IRS will be subject to interest charges.  Requests to extend state tax filings must be handled separately. Requesting an extension does not mean you have filed a tax return, an extension provides you with additional time to send in your tax forms to the US government. 

Have a Simple Tax Question?

For simple tax questions, email our GTP Assistant at tax@iso.rochester.edu.
Please Note: due to high volume of e-mails during tax season we anticipate longer response times than normal.