Tax Filing Resources

The tax filing information supplied herein is being provided as a matter of convenience. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. It is not intended to be a complete representation of all the income tax regulations pertinent to the students, faculty, staff and other individuals with whom the University System may have a relationship. As the University does not provide tax advice, the University disclaims all liability from the misinterpretation or misuse of these materials.

The University of Wisconsin does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the provision of programs, services or employment. If you need this printed material in a different form, or if you need assistance in using these services, contact our department.

Year-End Tax Statements and Help Documents

W-2 | Explanation of the W-2
Individuals who receive reportable earned income will receive a W-2 from each employer.

1042-S | Explanation of the 1042-S
Foreign Nationals may receive a 1042-S if they received a scholarship/fellowship stipend, tax treaty benefit, or other payments under income codes 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, or 50.

Fellowship/Scholarship Information Letter | Explanation of the Fellowship/Scholarship Information Letter
Advanced Opportunity Fellow; Fellow; Grad Intern or Trainee; Post-Doc Fellow, Scholar or Trainee; Scholar; Trainee will receive an Information Letter. (Resident Aliens with tax treaty benefits and Nonresident Aliens receiving a stipend on income code 15 will receive a 1042-S). For more resources, visit the IRS's Student's Page.

Contact Information

Federal Tax

State Tax


Refer to the tax resources listed below under the heading that best describes your status. If you need help determining your status, please see IRS Topic 851 - Resident and Nonresident Aliens.

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders), and Resident Aliens for Tax Purposes

Federal Tax

You may be required to file an income tax return. Please carefully read the instructions to determine which forms and additional requirements apply to you.

Selected Resources

State Tax

You may be required to file state income tax return(s) for each state in which you resided and/or earned income. Please carefully read each state's instructions to determine which forms and additional requirements apply to you.

Wisconsin:

Selected Resources


Nonresident Aliens for Tax Purposes

Visit Tax Preparation Assistance for Nonresident Aliens for additional information and resources available for filing nonresident tax returns.

Federal Tax

You may be required to file an annual U.S. Nonresident Alien Income tax return. Please carefully read the instructions to determine whether you must file and which forms and additional requirements apply to you.

  • Form 8843: Statement for Exempt Individuals (and Individuals with a Medical Condition) - This statement must be submitted by Nonresident Aliens, their spouses, and dependents present in the U.S. under F, J, M, or Q immigration status even if they had no income from U.S. sources. This is not a tax return, but an informational statement required by the U.S. government. Nonresident Aliens who are required to file an income tax return should attach Form 8843 to their return. Individuals not required to file an income tax return should mail Form 8843 separately.

Selected Resources

State Tax

You may be required to file a state income tax return for each state in which you resided and/or earned income during the calendar year. Please carefully read the instructions on each state’s revenue website to determine whether you must file and which forms and additional requirements apply to you.

Wisconsin:

Selected Resources