Tax Information

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) encourages all students and scholars to file taxes in compliance with federal and state tax regulations. ISSS staff members are unable to give individual tax advice.

Filing Deadlines

  • Federal Taxes: April 15, 2015
  • Iowa State Taxes: April 30, 2015
  • Form 8843 only (no income earned): June 15, 2015

Please note that all non-residents (for tax purposes) who were present in the U.S. in F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, M-1, or M-2 status during 2014 must file Form 8843, even if they received no income during 2014. This form does not require a social security number or ITIN. For assistance with filing Form 8843, please plan to attend a VITA workshop.

Tax Return Preparation Software

ISSS provides free access to federal tax preparation software for current nonimmigrant students and scholars and those who were present at the University of Iowa during the 2014 tax year. For more information, please visit the Tax Software webpage.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Workshops for Non-Residents

ISSS sponsors Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) workshops for UI international students and scholars. Workshop volunteers are certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to assist University of Iowa international students and scholars in preparing non-resident tax returns. Volunteers can also answer questions about Iowa State tax returns and Form 8843.  VITA workshops are open to current University of iowa nonimmigrant international students and scholars and those who were present at the University of Iowa during the 2013 tax year. Please view the Tax Workshop webpage for more information.  

Warning about Tax Scams and Fraudulent Emails

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not discuss tax account information with taxpayers via e-mail or use e-mail to solicit sensitive financial and personal information from taxpayers. For more information, view the following webpages provided by the IRS.
Online Scams that Impersonate the IRS
Suspicious Emails
Information about Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts

More Resources

VITA for residents (sponsored by UI College of Business)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
State of Iowa Department of Revenue