When to Submit Taxes
The tax season ranges from January 1 through April 15. All individuals residing in the U.S. for any portion of the previous year must submit a tax return regardless of whether they earned or received any money, as mandated by U.S. law.
International Student Tax Assistance
Students from the UIU Accounting Department are providing free income tax preparation to international students as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Appointments are available on Tuesdays from February 9 – April 5 (excluding March 8) at 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. each day on the 2nd floor of ACBE. During the appointments, the IRS-certified students will prepare and electronically file state and federal income taxes. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call UIU VITA site coordinator Chris Fuller at 563-425-5180.
Also, students can file online with the assistance of Sprintax. This is an online IRS Federal and State tax preparation service.
Information for International Students Regarding the 1098-T
It is important to note that a 1098-T is only created for an international student, or any student, if UIU has a Social Security Number on file for them. If UIU does not have one on file, then this fax form was not created for them.
For students to access an electronic copy of their 1098-T statement on the Heartland ECSI portal, they will need to visit the Heartland ECSI 1098-T Information Page (http://www.ecsi.net/taxinfo.html ). If they have consented to receive the 1098-T electronically they should have received an email notification that the document is ready (unless otherwise agreed upon).
If they did not consented to receive the 1098-T electronically they would have a paper 1098-T statement mailed around January 20, 2016. Please allow for one week delivery and if they have not received this, they will need to contact ECSI.
To access your 1098-T statement online, you will need:
- School code: A1
- Account number: Social Security Number
Heartland ECSI PIN (emailed to students w/ electronic consent, mailed to students w/o electronic consent). If they do not know their Heartland ECSI PIN, please click the following ‘Retrieve Credential Page’ (https://cgi.ecsi.net/cgi-bin/bcgi.exe?bcgiu4 ).
Once logged in, under ‘My Account’ select Tax Information and retrieve the 1098-T.
Below is the ECSI contact information if they need to contact them directly with any additional questions:
Also, another very common question is why payments are not reflected. The 1098-T does not reflect payments. The IRS gives colleges and universities the choice to either report Box #1 Payments Received or Box #2 Amounts Billed. Upper Iowa has chosen to supply information for Box #2 Amounts Billed, which refers to tuition and related expense amounts billed on the student’s account during the associated tax year (January 1 through December 31). Therefore, Box 1 will be blank.
U.S. Federal Tax
All individuals must submit the following documents. It may be necessary to submit additional forms depending your personal situation.
If you worked in the previous year: Submit
If you did not work: Submit Form 8843.
Iowa State Tax
Individuals who earn any money from sources located in Iowa must pay income tax on that income to the Iowa state government. For more information on Iowa state taxes, please visit the Iowa Department of Revenue.