Don’t Forget to File Your U.S. Tax Forms!
All international students must file a Federal tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and a State tax return with the Missouri Department of Revenue regardless of whether they have worked during 2016 or not. U.S. Tax laws distinguish between residents and nonresidents for U.S. tax purposes. Most F visa holders are considered non-residents for their first 5 calendar years in the U.S.
Please note that the deadline for filing tax returns is April 18th, 2017, for the previous calendar year (January 1 – December 31, 2016). IRS website provides enriching information on filing your tax return forms as an international student under this link.
Please note that the staff of the Office of International Student Success are not trained in tax laws and cannot give tax advice. However we will assist with the filing of your return by providing a FREE code for an online tax solution software, SPRINTAX, and by holding tax workshops to help clear some of the confusing rules regarding U.S. tax filing on these following dates:
March 9, 2017 5pm – Walker 220
March 30, 2017 2pm – Walker 220
April 5, 2017 3pm – Walker 220
Please SIGN UP HERE to attend a workshop.
With SPRINTAX, you can:
• Prepare either your 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ
• Access previous tax returns
• Determine your tax residency status (resident/nonresident or dual status)
• Find out about tax treaty benefits
• Get answers to frequently asked questions and understand the various tax laws, regulations, and forms.
If you are employed in the United States, your employer will send you a statement of earnings, called a Form W-2, by the end of January that details your income and any taxes withheld during the previous year. If you receive benefits of a tax treaty for employment, scholarship or fellowship income, you will receive a Form 1042-S by mid March that details your income and treaty benefits. You will need these documents to complete your tax forms. Be sure to keep copies of all your tax documents.
STEP 1: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive login information and an access code for SPRINTAX.
STEP 2: Go to: https://www.sprintax.com
STEP 3: Complete the registration form and sign in with the username and password you created. Once you have your documents completed, you are ready to fill out the forms!
STEP 4: Use your code when prompted to pay for the Federal tax return. You will need to pay for the Missouri State tax return yourself.