Posted in Taxes on Feb 18th, 2009
This message is intended for all international students and scholars who are either currently here with MIIS or were present in 2008 in F, J or H-1b status.
2008 Tax Information for International Students & Scholars
The Office of International Services at MIIS and the Tax Office at Middlebury College provide support and resources to all international students and scholars who were temporarily in the United States in F, J, or H-1b in 2008. Filing federal and state income tax forms is the personal responsibility of each international student and scholar. The staff of the Office of International Services (OIS) cannot provide individual tax preparation information but there are a number of resources available to you.
Federal Income Tax Information
This year MIIS and Middlebury are again making available the web-based tax preparation software program called CINTAX available free for all students and scholars who are considered nonresident for tax purposes. CINTAX allows you to easily prepare your federal income tax return from any computer connected to the internet. The program should only take you twenty to forty minutes to complete your federal income tax return. Once completed, CINTAX will produce (in PDF format) your completed federal income tax forms ready for printing, signature and mailing to the Internal Revenue Service.
To use CINTAX you will need a password. This password along with additional instruction will be mailed to you by Dr. Corinna Noelke from Middlebury College very shortly. In addition to the password, you will need at least one of the following documents:
1. 1042S: if you received any scholarship, fellowship or grants.
2. W-2: if you were employed and received wages.
3. 1099: for income other than wages, such as independent contractor.
The 1042S forms have not been mailed but you should receive notification of them shortly. If you did not work in 2008 or received any type of scholarship or wages then you most likely do not have an obligation to file a tax return.
California State Income Tax Workshop
The Office of International Services will hold a workshop on California State Tax Return Preparation on Monday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm in Irvine Auditorium. A representative from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) will present on CA state tax issues for nonresident students and scholars. Ms. Fedler has been with the Franchise Tax Board for 28 years and has a broad range of experience. She is currently FTB’s Education and Outreach Specialist responsible for education and outreach efforts. In preparation for the presentation, feel free to print the two Powerpoint presentations that were sent to you via email and which will be viewed in the workshop. I strongly recommend that you attend this workshop for assistance with your California State Income Tax.
For more information and links, visit the OIS website at http://www.miis.edu/ois/ois_social.html . You will be receiving additional information along with the password to CINTAX from Dr. Corinna Noelke at Middlebury very soon. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Kathy Sparaco, Manager
Office of International Services
Monterey Institute of International Studies
Skype name: Office of International Services
Please note that Kathy is out of the office on Thursday and Fridays, but is
available for phone appointments.