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Tax Preparation for International Students

IMPORTANT: ISO cannot provide tax advice or assist you with tax filing. Please review the resources below or contact a qualified tax professional who specializes in taxes for “non-residents for tax purposes.”

An Introduction to Tax Preparation & Filing in the US

** U.S. Tax Day Deadline Extended to Wed. July 15! Don't wait though - file today and get any refund due NOW ** 

 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. government agency responsible for collecting taxes. Understanding and filing taxes can be challenging, even for most Americans and U.S. residents (including ISO staff!). Many rely on the work of tax specialists or use tax-preparation software to help prepare their tax forms.

To help you through this process, we have provided access to Sprintax, a specialized online software, to help prepare tax documents for international students and scholars. It is important that you understand that ALL international students are responsible for filing taxes each year of stay in the US, regardless of if you earned income or not. It is also important to understand that most tax software systems (like Turbotax) are set up for US residents; if you choose to use a different tax software system other than Sprintax, you must ensure that you are using one that is geared towards non-residents and that takes into account tax treaties across different countries. Similarly, if you hire a tax professional, it is important to make sure that the professional specializes in “non-residents for tax purposes” filings. Otherwise, you may accidentally use tax credits that you do not qualify for - this may lead to severe problems with immigration down the line so it is very important that you avoid this mistake! 

 

Spring 2020 Tax Resources

  • Sprintax Software Access - Goes Live on Monday, March 9
    • Access is available to current non-resident international students and students currently on OPT. All students may use the system to file a form 8843 for $14.95. If you worked in the US in 2019, you must also file federal taxes and may need to file state taxes. If you earned income in 2019, you may request a Sprintax Access Code Request Form (2019 Tax Year) to file Form 8843 and Federal taxes for just $20 (save $16). Your code will be issued within 3-5 business days after payment is received (see detailed instructions below). The last day to request a code is Wednesday, July 1 by 5 pm

     

  • Missed the Sprintax Tax Preparation Webinar on Thursday, March 5? Listen to it here!
    • This live webinar is highly recommended for all students who worked in the US in 2019. A Sprintax representative will explain the basics of the US tax system and how to maximize your return using Sprintax. There will be time at the end of the session to take your questions. Students on OPT will receive a link to join the live webinar.
What is Sprintax?
How to Use Sprintax
What Sprintax Can Do For You
Request a Sprintax Access Code
Where to Find Additional Sprintax Help
What Information Might You Need To Prepare Your Tax Return
Residents for Tax Purposes
Helpful Tax Links