If you received U.S.-source income, you are required to file an annual tax return (such as 1040NR,1040NR-EZ, 1040, 1040EZ, etc.) with:
- the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (in some cases)
If you were in the U.S. last year on anything other than a B visa or visa waiver, and did not receive any U.S. sourced income, you may only need to file a simple tax statement (8843) with the U.S. federal tax authority (IRS). For more information, see IRS Publication 519 and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (MassDOR) website, respectively for additional information.
The HIO has contacts to professionals tax preparers that may be available to further assist you, for a fee. Please visit their website if you’re unsure of how to proceed http://www.hio.harvard.edu/tax-filing-information. Additional guidance might also be available through an IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, such as the one offered through Harvard Law School https://orgs.law.harvard.edu/taxhelp/for-clients/.
The Harvard International Office (HIO) does offer free access to a tax filing software, Windstar, which can provide general tax filing information to individuals on Harvard sponsored visas. Unfortunately, the HIO nor our office can provide tax filing advice.