IRS Form 8843 Must be Mailed by June 15

May 24, 2018

The 8843 is a federal tax form required by most students and scholars--and their dependents--in F or J status. If you were in the United States for any part of 2017 in F or J student status -- even one day -- and are considered a “nonresident aliens” (NRA) for federal tax purposes, you and all your F2/J2 dependents must mail federal tax form 8843 to the IRS, even if you had no US income in 2017.

Generally students are considered to be an NRA for federal tax purposes if they have been in the U.S. in F or J status for up to any part of 5 year calendar years. For 2017 tax obligations, this generally means you arrived in the U.S. in 2013 or later, up through December 31, 2017.

June 15, 2018:  Due Date for 8843 if you had no U.S. income in 2017.  Log in to Sprintax from the ISSO webpage to answer questions about your presence in the U.S. going back a number of years. This will generate a completed 8843 for you to print and sign, along with mailing instructions. It is not an electronic form and must be postmarked by June 15th.

April 17, 2018:  Due Date for your tax return if you had U.S. income in 2017
This was the deadline for your federal and state tax returns if you had income.

Did You Miss the Deadline?  If you send your tax return after the April 17th deadline, and you are due a refund, there is no penalty for filing late. If you file a late return and you owe taxes, you will have late filing penalties based on the amount of tax that is due. If you owe taxes, it's best to complete your tax return as soon as possible to limit additional interest fees and penalties.