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Income Tax Filing Responsibilities

What is a Tax Report?

Every year the US government (Federal) and the individual state governments (in most cases for everyone at UC this would be Ohio), require that we file what is known as a Tax Return (Report) to each government. A tax “return” is type of “report” that you will send to each government (Federal and State) that states how much you earned, were taxed, and should have been taxed during the year 2013. So you are “returning a report” on your taxes for 2013. Most of you will have until April 15, 2014 to file this tax report for 2013. Some of you may get a Refund (because you paid too much in taxes), some of you may Owe money (because you did not pay enough taxes).

Penalties for NOT Filing

Denied visas at US Embassies, denied immigration benefits (such as H-1B’s and Permanent Residence), and tax fines are all possible penalties for not filing a report

Who needs to file an Income Tax Return (Report)?

Everyone who was physically present in the United States on a F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2, H-1B, TN, or O immigration status for any time between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 (even if it was for one day) must file a 2013 Federal Income Tax Report. This includes dependents (F-2s, J-2s) regardless of their age. 2013 Federal Income Tax Reports are to be completed and mailed (postmarked) by April 15, 2014. If you are currently overseas or received no U.S. income during 2013 the deadline for you is (postmarked by) June 15, 2014.