General Tax Information

Update: US Federal and Indiana State tax return filing and payment deadlines extended to July 15, 2020 

Both the U.S. Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Indiana Department of Revenue (INDOR) have extended their original deadline of April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, for filing 2019 federal and state tax returns and paying any taxes owed. If you worked in a state other than Indiana in 2019, you should verify that individual state's current deadline for filing tax returns and paying taxes owed. 

Do I have to pay taxes?

All international persons living in the U.S. are required to comply with the U.S. requirement to file federal and state tax “returns” and pay any required taxes by July 15, 2020, for any U.S. income received in 2019.  If you paid any taxes in error, filing a U.S. and Indiana State tax return is the only way to receive a refund of these taxes.

I made no U.S. income. Do I have to do anything?

If you made no U.S. income in 2019, you still must complete form 8843 if you were in the U.S. in 2019 and are still here. The instructions for completing form 8843 can be found here.

Do I need any forms to complete my tax return?

You cannot complete your tax forms until you have received a report of your 2019 income.  This is generally reported on form W-2 or 1042-S.  IU employees received the W-2 in late January.  The 1042-S was prepared and sent by IU’s tax office in February. If you received additional income—say as an independent contractor—you may receive a 1099MISC.

If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you will be able to use Sprintax to prepare your federal tax return. Sprintax will help you complete form 1040NR or 1040NREZ and the 8843. Sprintax  also will enable you to compile all forms of U.S. income regardless of the type of form the income was reported on.  You can prepare your federal tax return with Sprintax for free by entering a discount code (found in the Insurance and Finances menu in Atlas) in the "Review your order" page in Sprintax.

State tax resources

Sprintax - You can use Sprintax to complete your state tax forms for a fee of $25.  

INDOR online resources - Alternately, the Indiana Department of Revenue (INDOR) makes Indiana state tax forms and instructions available online.  You can use these resources if you would like to complete your Indiana State tax return at no cost. Below are additional Indiana state tax resources: 

  • Download Form IT-40PNR from this page (scroll down to the IT-40PNR section). You will complete all schedules but B and G
  • Call INDOR Customer Service at 317-232-2240 from 8am-5pm. We recommend you call early to avoid long wait times.
  • Call one of 12 INDOR District Offices across the state for assistance with state tax questions.
  • Email your questions using the INDOR Customer Service webform

If you believe that you should have received a W-2 or a 1042-S and haven’t, you can request a Form W-2 from this website or you can request Form 1042-S from here.  You can also request either of the forms in paper from this link.

You may receive a form 1098-T or a form 1095. These are not needed if you are a non-resident for tax purposes.

The Office of International Affairs also has Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) acceptance agents on staff who can assist you in applying for an ITIN so that you can file your federal tax return if you or your dependents are not eligible for a social security number.

You must report your personal information using IU’s secure system called Foreign National Information System (FNIS).