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Sprintax Tax Service

NU international students and scholars can use Sprintax to complete, sign, and mail their required federal tax forms. Some students may be eligible to e-file their federal return. If this applies to you Sprintax will advise you on the final step. 

All F-1 and J-1 students and scholars who are nonresident tax filers will receive an email from OISS with information about how to access the tax preparation software Sprintax. We anticipate sending the email with Sprintax instructions and each student's unique code on or before February 28, 2022.  This software will help you prepare your federal tax return. For an additional fee, Sprintax can assist you in preparing your state income tax form.

After you receive your access code login to Sprintax, you will be asked a series of questions about the time          you have spent in the US over recent years. Sprintax will then determine your tax status. If it determines that you are a “nonresident alien” (NRA) for federal tax purposes, you can continue to use the software and respond to a series of guided  questions. Sprintax will then complete and generate the tax forms you need to send to the tax authorities.

Please note: This tax preparation software is provided as a helpful service to students, but OISS is not qualified to answer any tax-related questions. OISS staff are not tax experts and therefore cannot help you prepare your return. 

About Sprintax

What will Sprintax help me with?

Sprintax will help you… 

  • determine which tax forms you need to complete. 
  • determine your “residency for tax purposes.” 
  • determine if are eligible for tax treaty benefits or a standard deduction. 
  • assist with completion of the 1040NR form. 
  • prepare a completed federal tax form for you to print, sign, and mail in and what documents to attach to it. 

How do I get started?

After you receive your Sprintax access code from OISS and have gathered the required documents (see next question below), go to Sprintax, create an account, and complete the online questionnaire. You will need to enter your access code in the box on the ‘Review your order’ page at the end.

NOTE:  The OISS sent Sprintax instructions and access codes via email to F-1/ J-1 students and scholars on February 28, 2022.

What documents do I need in order to use Sprintax?

 You will need the following… 

  • your access code available from OISS  
  • Passport 
  • I-20 or DS-2019 
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or ITIN if you had any US sources of income
    (Note: a SSN or ITIN is not needed if you had not income and the Form 8843 is the only form you have to file.)
  • US entry and exit dates found stamped in your passport or accessed in the travel history portion of your I-94 record on the CBP website 
  • foreign and US addresses 
  • Tax forms that have been mailed to you or that you have accessed from the University (including, but not limited to W-2, 1042-S, and 1099). Be aware that you may not have any of these, or you may have more than one. For example, the W-2 is used by an employer to report how much salary they paid to an employee during a year, and what taxes were withheld, and a copy of the W-2 is sent to the employee. If you did not work as an employee, you will not receive a W-2. If you worked for 3 different employers in the same tax year, you should receive a W-2 from each of them. 
  • Academic institution (name, address, phone) 

What are the steps to file my non-resident tax forms using Sprintax?

  1. Gather documents you will need:  see list above.
  2. Create a Sprintax Account: 

    You will receive an email from the OISS (we anticipate by mid-March)  providing you with a link  to Sprintax to set up your account as well as your unique code to use on Sprintax. This unique code will cover the costs of the federal tax return and 8843 at no cost to you.

    Open your new Sprintax account by creating a User ID and password or if you have an existing account on Sprintax you can login using your existing credentials.

  3. Follow the Sprintax Instructions: 

    If you did not earn any US Income: Sprintax will generate a completed Form 8843 for you and each of your dependents (if you have any).

    If you did earn US Income: Sprintax will generate your “tax return documents”, including form 1040NR, depending on your circumstances.

  4. If required, complete your state tax return: 

    After you finish your federal return, Sprintax will inform you if you need to complete a state tax return. If so, you will have the option to use Sprintax for an additional fee. However, it is your choice to use them or to do the state tax return on your own.

  5. Read the Instructions for filing/mailing your return: 

    Remember to read the instructions that Sprintax provides.

    You will be required to download, print and sign your federal tax return and mail it  to the IRS. Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to E-file your Federal tax return. However, this will depend on certain eligibility criteria. You can learn more about eligibility in this Sprintax blog - https://blog.sprintax.com/nonresident-federal-tax-efiling-live/

    If you have a state filing requirement, you must also mail this to the tax authorities.

    Finally, if you only need to file Form 8843, this will also need to be mailed to the IRS.

Need Sprintax support? 

If you need help while using Sprintax, you can contact their support team using the options below 

  • Email hello@sprintax.com 
  • 24/7 Live Chat Help is available. You will need to log-in (or create your account with the unique access code sent via email from OISS) to access the chat help service.