This Is Auburn Office of International Programs Service to the World

The Office of International Programs provides tax assistance software for all international students and scholars. This service is provided through Sprintax. Please see the instructions for accessing the Sprintax software below.

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Sprintax is an easy-to-use system that will guide you through each part of the tax preparation process.

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How do I get started with Sprintax?

STEP 1

Create a Sprintax account or log in into your existing account (if you already have one)

STEP 2

Answer some simple questions

STEP 3

If you have received a school access code or Sprintax discount code, enter it in the “review your order” section

STEP 4

Most State Tax return(s) are available for download immediately but some are processed by the team. Please allow 3 days.

STEP 5

Download and print your tax form(s)

STEP 6

Sign and send the forms to the relevant tax department as per the instructions provided in the return pack

What documents and information might I need to have available when preparing my tax forms?
  • Passport
  • US Entry and Exit Dates for current and all past visits to the US
  • All income forms: Final payslips, W2 forms, 1042-S and/or 1099
  • Visa/Immigration Status information, including Form DS-2019 (for J visa holders) or Form I-20 (for F visa holders)
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you do not have an ITIN, Sprintax can help you get one!
  • If you are using Sprintax for State Tax Return(s) preparation only, you will need a copy of your already prepared Federal Tax Return (for the current and previous years, if you filed any)
Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I access my Sprintax online account for?

You can access your online account any time you like and if you choose to use our service in subsequent tax years, you can still access the same account.

Where I can enter my access code (discount code)?

Simply enter the code on the Sprintax ‘Review Your Order’ page to get your discount. You must have a different access code for each tax year and each code can only be used once.

How can I get help?

The Sprintax team is always here to help! Ask us anything via:

email us at hello@sprintax.com

Who must file tax forms for 2020 tax season?

Even if you did not earn any income, if you were physically in the US on F or J status anytime between 1 January – 31 December 2020, you're obligated to file a Form 8843 with the IRS (the Internal Revenue Service, or ‘IRS’, are the US tax authorities).

Meanwhile, if you earned more than $0 of taxable US source income, you may need to file a federal tax return with the IRS. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return(s).

What is the 2021 tax filing deadline?

15 April 2021 is the last day for residents and nonresidents who earned US income to file Federal tax returns for the 2020 tax year.

Who is considered resident or ronresident for federal tax purposes?

Generally, most international students and scholars who are on F, J, M or Q visas are considered nonresidents for tax purposes. International students on J-1 and F-1 visas are automatically considered nonresident for their first five calendar years in the US, whilst Scholars/Researchers on J visas are automatically considered nonresidents for two out of the last six calendar years in the US. If you’ve been in the US for longer than the five or two year periods, the Substantial Presence Test will determine your tax residency.

How do I file my taxes?

We have teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with an easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for nonresident students and scholars in the US. We (and all other university staff) are not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice.

After you 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 to respond to a series of guided questions. Sprintax will then complete and generate the tax forms you need to send to the tax authorities.

However, if Sprintax determines that you are a resident alien for federal tax purposes, you won't be able to continue using the software.

Step by step guide on how to file your nonresident tax forms (F and J)

TOP TAX TIPS

  • Forgot your password? Reset it by clicking “Forgot your password” and follow the instructions.
  • Make sure you use a valid and current email address. If you forget your password, a reset password email will be sent to the email address you gave us, so if you can’t access it, confirm what address you used to register on Sprintax.
  • Make sure that you have all income documents for the tax year you’re applying for.
  • If you need to reprint or modify your tax return, simply access your online account at sprintax.com.

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* We do not sell or share your email address or any of your information with any third party.

* Disclaimer: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the school are NOT permitted to assist any student/scholar with any IRS tax form preparation or tax related questions. The information provided is intended for your benefit. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Sprintax, a certified tax preparer or a local IRS field office.

Last Updated: February 12, 2021