Although cannot provide tax advice, we do want to help you navigate the US tax system. Below, we provide you with tips on where to look for relevant tax preparation information.
IRS Resources Online
The only reliable source of tax information is the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has its own YouTube Channel, where several informational videos for the international taxpayers are combined. If you would like to learn more, please visit the IRS Videos Playlist.
If you would rather read, than watch videos, we suggest you visit this section of the IRS website.
For a more in-depth look at the IRS regulations, Publication 519 will help you determine your status and give you information you will need to file your U.S. tax return. It is a very detailed text and can be overwhelming, but you could start with Commonly Asked Questions to get to the information you seek faster.
IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation for people making under $54,000 per year. There are several locations within 10 miles of Fermilab providing this free service and they operate on a first-come first-serve basis, so plan accordingly and set aside a few hours.
Another free IRS tool is the Interactive Tax Assistant, which covers many common questions.
Commercial Resources Online
We also want to share another resource with you – Tax Tips for Resident and Non-Resident Aliens which explains the IRS’ test to determine your resident vs non-resident status, as well as the difference between resident and non-resident taxes.
Please note, we are not endorsing this or any other tax preparers, but simply want to provide you with some information to help you prepare your tax returns this year.