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Tax Assistance for International Students and Scholars

As an international student or scholar in the United States, it’s important that you understand the tax requirements of your visa and your filing obligations with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). During 2017, if you did not work or receive any income in the US, you are legally obliged to file the Form 8843.  If you worked or received a stipend, grant or allowance in the USA (over a certain amount) you may also need to file the Form 1040NR.

The Center for International Education has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation, which will guide you through the tax preparation process, prepare the necessary documents and even check if you are due a refund.

Sprintax was used by over 94,000 international students and scholars last year, and the average Federal refund received (by those eligible) was over $1,000.

All you need to do is:

  1. Register and follow the simple instructions
  2. Complete the online questionnaire
  3. Enter the unique code UNCO2017B in the box on the ‘Review your order’ page
  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return.
  5. Print, sign, and mail the required documents

Sprintax Link

If you have any questions, please use the live chat function on Sprintax and their team will be happy to help.