University of Iowa

ALERT!  The Tax Workshops below have been temporarily suspended. They are tentatively scheduled to resume in May in a face-to-face (partial-remote) format if conditions permit. however, the FSA Workshop Coordinators are currently developing an online fully-remote format where students receive directions to fill out most of the software beforehand and then sign up for a Zoom Meeting to meet virtually with a Volunteer before proceeding to complete the e-file section. the federal filing deadline has been moved from April 15 to july 15 so please be patient as we develop the remote(directions&zoom-meeting) format and the partial-remove format (directions&meeting). The Iowa state tax deadline has also been extended (to July 31). Once the new format is complete all students will receive informational emails about the new workshop format.  Please email with questions.  

Spring 2020 Non-Resident Tax Workshops (Tax Year 2019)                                                                                           


Things to Bring to the Workshops

Information from the items below is necessary to complete the tax software so please arrange to have access to this information:

  • Passport and Visa
  • Your "Travel History" from the digital record from the I-94 Government Website. To complete the tax software you must calculate the number of days you were present in the US during 2019 and prior years and the dates from this site, as well as the ink entry stamps in your passport, can be used with any Online Date Calculator to establish this. 
  • Form I-20 (if an F status individual) or Form DS-2019 (if a J status individual)
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you have no SSN or  ITIN yet, email prior to visiting the workshop. 
  • All Forms W-2 and 1042-S that were mailed to you or available on the UI Self Service site. These forms are not available until the end of January every year. Please see the paragraphs directly below this bullet point list for more information on the W-2 and 1042-S. 
  • Your bank routing number and checking account number for direct deposit of your refund. These numbers are located on your personal checks from your bank.
  • A copy of your 2019 (TY2018) federal income tax form (Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ) if you filed a federal income tax return last year. The most important information needed from these documents is the amount of the Adjusted Gross Income(AGI) from the past 1040NR-EZ (line 10) or 1040NR (line 35). If you did not retain any copies of your last year's 1040NR(-EZ) or follow the directions to download your past 1040NR-EZ from Windstar prior to December 31st 2019 as directed in an email to all past Windstar users this past December, then the only option is to request an AGI transcript directly from the government. The online option may not work for many students so they must request a paper AGI transcript to be sent to them using their prior year's mailing address (which is the only way to verify your identity, and is problematic if you have a new address).
  • Address Information (Current U.S. Address if you are still living in the U.S. and Permanent Foreign Address)
  • Academic Institution or Host Sponsor Information
  • Scholarship or fellowship grant letters (if you received one from your academic institution or host sponsor)


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 international students and scholars in preparing non-resident tax returns. Volunteers can also answer questions about how to fill out and send Iowa tax returns and the Federal Form 8843.

UI Human Resources Payroll Office collects and maintains data to determine nonresident alien vs. resident alien status for tax purposes. W-2 forms are made available in mid-to-late January through MyUI or through the UI Employee Self-Service website. Students can view their W-2 and other tax information by going to the “Student Records” tab in MyUI and in the “Finances and Billing” section click on the “HRIS Self Service and Earnings Statements” link. That link will bring you to the Employee Self Service site and under the “Payroll” section you can select “View Year End Tax Information” to get a PDF of your W-2.

International students or scholars may or may not have a 1042-S form depending on different circumstances.  For details, please go to the Employee Self Service , and in the “Time and Pay” select the “Year End Tax Information” link in the "Taxes" section to find the then “1042-S Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding.”          

 If you have any inquiry about your form W-2, 1042-S, tax treaties, payroll and withholding of taxes, please call or visit the UI Payroll Office or email

VITA workshops are open during March and April of every year to current nonimmigrant international students and scholars and those who were present at the University of Iowa during the 2019 tax year. If you no longer reside in the U.S. but were present for any length of time in 2019, you are required to fill out tax forms. To learn about how to access this software, go to our Tax Software Website.

For questions about VITA workshops only, please send an email to


    A Warning About Other Tax Services

    If you are classified as a non-resident, you may NOT file a resident return. Residency, for tax purposes, is determined by the “Substantial Presence Test.”

    Only those who are determined to have "resident" filing status may complete a resident return. Most students and scholars will be classified as non-residents for tax purposes. Some tax assistance sites have erroneously filed resident returns for non-residents, who were promised larger refunds by this method. This could result in a charge of tax fraud against you, which may jeopardize your legal status. The fact that your preparer erred will not excuse you from liability. The UI Payroll Office is the resource for determining your residency and tax liability so please consult the non-resident portion of their tax information page and contact with any questions. During tax season volunteers at the workshops can also help clarify your filing status and they can also be contacted at ISSS urges you to protect yourself in this matter or you may have to file an amended return and pay back any fraudulently refunded monies.