Tax Basics


You did NOT earn U.S.-source income in 2013

You DID earn U.S.-source income in 2013

What do I do with my tax documents?

Filing MA State Taxes

How do I File My Tax Return?


If you are an international student/scholar who did NOT earn U.S.-source income in 2013:


You are only required to file the Federal Income Tax Form 8843, "Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition." The purpose of this form is to confirm your non-resident tax status in the U.S. You will see that it is a very short form asking for your basic information.  It should not take very long to complete.  You need to complete the form online, print it out, sign it and then mail it to the Internal Revenue Service at the address provided in the form instructions. 

This form is not sent electronically or e-filed.  Be sure to file the Form 8843 by April 15, 2014.


If you are an international student/scholar who DID earn U.S.-source income in 2013:


You will need:

  • Form W-2 AND/OR Form 1042-S AND/OR Form 1099

You may receive a Form W-2 from your employer(s), including Brandeis University, if you worked on-campus. This form provides a summary of the income you earned from your employer and the taxes withheld or already paid to the government. If you do not receive a W-2, you should receive a Form 1042-S AND/OR Form 1099 confirming your earnings. 

If you did receive a W-2, in addition you may also receive a Form 1042-S AND/OR Form 1099 IF you claimed a tax treaty OR received additional funding from Brandeis that is not taxable.

Please wait to receive these forms in the mail by early-March 2014. 

If you worked for Brandeis University, and you have questions about the tax documents above, you can contact Brandeis Payroll Office.


What do I do with my tax documents?


Keep them. These documents will assist you in being able to complete your Federal Tax forms. Since you earned U.S.-sourced income in 2013, you are required to file additional tax forms, depending on your tax residency status:


Filing MA State Taxes


Please note that depending on your earnings, you may be required to file a Massachusetts State Income Tax Return.

NOTE: If you lived, or attended school, in another State(s) in the U.S. at any point during the 2013 calendar year, you may be required to file a State Income Tax Return in the State(s) you resided or attended school. Please consult the department of revenue or other appropriate State Government office/agency to confirm State Income Tax Return filing requirements for that State.


How do I File My Tax Return?


There are different ways you can file your taxes:

  • Complete the forms on your own (download and complete online versions of the income tax return forms) and mail them to the appropriate government agency (mailing addresses are included in the instructions for all tax forms).   NOTE:  The Federal Income Tax Return and the Massachusetts State Income Tax Returns go to different addresses.
  • Hire a tax accountant to complete your taxes for you (you can do this if you are a non-resident or resident for tax purposes). Please note that there is a cost to hiring someone to complete your income tax returns on your behalf. If you would like a referral for a tax attorney, email isso@brandeis.edu
  • Use Windstar Non-Resident Tax Software, which assists you to file both Federal Tax Returns and Massachusetts State Tax Returns, available for $5 from the ISSO (if you are a non-resident for tax purposes).