The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO)
tax season again and we are sure that many of you are
questioning whether you must file taxes, what paperwork you
must file and much more. While the staff of the International
Students and Scholars Office does not specialize in international
tax law and can not answer specific questions regarding your individual
tax filing requirements, we would like to provide you with some
information and resources that will help in filing your tax returns.
all international scholars as well as international students
in F-1 or J-1 status and F-2 and J-2 dependents who
were present in the U.S. during any portion of the 2006 calendar
year, must submit tax forms. Which forms you must complete
depend on whether you worked and were paid, received a scholarship
or did not receive any income at all. In addition,
there are two (2) different income taxes that must
be filed - federal (Internal Revenue Service - IRS ) and
state (Massachusetts State Department of Revenue). Please
visit the ISSO website at http://www.bu.edu/isso/taxes/2007/index.html
to read more about which forms you are required to
Second, if you
earned or received income in the U.S., you are required to
gather documentation from various sources in order to complete
the tax forms. Some examples of this documentation
are a Form W-2 from your employer, Form 1042-S from
your academic institution, Form
1099 from your bank or any other forms showing income.
and scholars who have worked at Boston University should
have received Form W-2 which shows your wages earned
and taxes withheld. This form was mailed by
the Office of Payroll at Boston University on January 31,
2007. If you have any questions regarding your Form W-2,
please contact the Office of Payroll directly.
who have received a scholarship from Boston University will
be sent a Form 1042-S which shows
the amounts paid to foreign students, trainees, teachers,
or researchers as scholarship or fellowship income.
In addition, students who
have claimed a tax treaty for their wages or
student stipend will also receive a Form 1042-S which
will show the federal wages covered by the tax treaty. These
forms will be mailed by the Office of Payroll at
Boston University on March 15, 2007 . If you expect
to receive a Form 1042-S, you will not be able to begin completing
your tax forms until after you have received this form.
If you have any questions regarding your Form 1042-S,
please contact the Office of Payroll directly.
in order to facilitate the filing of these forms, the ISSO has again
purchased CINTAX, a web-based tax return preparation system that
is designed exclusively for non-resident international students,
scholars and their dependents to assist them in preparing various
federal tax return forms. Please note that you will need to
obtain Massachusetts state tax forms on your own at the locations
listed on the ISSO website or use the software CINTAX links you
to when you complete your federal forms. With CINTAX, you
are required to have a login and password. Please read the
"CINTAX Login" and "Helpful Information in Using
CINTAX" information below to begin using CINTAX.
While CINTAX is not an option for all of our students and
scholars, it will assist the majority of our international community.
CINTAX login information, go to the following link: http://www.bu.edu/isso/taxes/2007/cintax.html
Helpful Information in Using CINTAX, go to the following link: http://www.bu.edu/isso/taxes/2007/cintax
we have made special arrangements with H&R Block, a tax service
company, to offer a special discount of $25 to BU international
students and scholars who present their BU ID card when contracting
them for their services. You will receive the discount
by presenting your BU ID card at one
of the following three H&R Block offices:
Square, 535 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 617-536-2048
177 Brighton Avenue, Allston, MA 617-254-6207
9 Henshaw Street, Brighton, MA 617-254-4969
you still have questions, we will hold one tax workshop
on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 6:30pm in Stone B50 at 675 Commonwealth
Avenue to give you more information and answer questions.
This tax workshop will be presented by a representative from H&R
Block who specializes in non-resident tax issues. No
advance reservation for this workshop is required.
be reminded if you have earned income, the deadline for federal
and Massachusetts state tax forms is Tuesday, April 17, 2007.
The forms must be post-marked on or before this date. If you
have not earned income, your forms must be postmarked on or
before Friday, June 15, 2007.
understand that taxes can be difficult to understand so we are offering
these services to you and hope that you will take advantage of them.