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    Tax Preparation Resources for International Students and Scholars at The New School

    DISCLAIMER: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) cannot assist any student or scholar with IRS or CT state tax form preparation or answer tax-related questions.

    As an international student in the United States, you need to understand the tax requirements of your visa and your filing obligations with the International Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years that you are here in the United States. A tax year is the same as a calendar year (January 1-December 31). The type of paperwork you must complete and the taxes you must pay depend on whether you have income and whether you are considered a nonresident or resident for tax purposes.

    If I don’t have any U.S. income, do I need to file only a Form 8843?

    If you have been in the United States during 2017 and did not receive any income, please file Form 8843 ( see the instructions). Filing this form does not mean that you will pay tax. This is a filing requirement. Basically, you need to fill out the form and mail it to the IRS.

    I have income and need to file my tax return. How can I do this?

    International students may prepare their own tax returns or seek their own methods of filing tax returns. The IRS webpage lists options for filing tax returns.

    However, ISSS at The New School allows you to file federal tax for free through Sprintax, a software program that helps you file necessary documents.

    What form do I need to file if I received a stipend, grant, or income?

    If you worked or received a stipend, grant, or allowance in the United States (over a certain amount), you may also need to file Form 1040NR.

    How do I file my tax return?

    International students and scholars can prepare their federal tax returns and 8843 forms online using Sprintax. This service is free for current New School students and scholars, as well as recent graduates who are on post-completion OPT, or Academic Training. You will need to request an access code from ISSS to complete your tax return preparation.

    All you need to do is:

    1. Register and follow the simple instructions.

    2. Complete the online questionnaire.

    3. Enter the code* in the box on the Review your order page.

    4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return.

    *Please be aware that this code covers the cost of filing federal taxes and Form 8843. It does not cover the cost of New York State filing. Email iss@newschool.edu if you would like to request an access code and a link to the Sprintax portal.

    Sprintax prepares tax forms for individuals who are non-residents for tax purposes. The software will have you complete a short questionnaire to determine whether you qualify. If you are considered resident for tax purposes, the link will take you to the TurboTax app.

    As a reminder, you have to print, sign, and mail your documents once you complete the preparation process in Sprintax. This process can be completed outside the United States. The filing deadline is April 17.

    If you have any questions, please use the live chat function on Sprintax; their team will be happy to help. Please watch the video here to understand how it works. Sprintax offers more videos to address further questions.

    What is the Social Security number/ITIN requirement?

    International students and scholars must have either a Social Security number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) when filing a tax return. If you have authorized employment, you must apply for an SSN. Students who receive scholarships that cover living expenses but do not work must apply for an ITIN in order to file their tax return. International students and scholars who are eligible to claim dependents on their tax returns may also need to apply for an ITIN for their dependents.

    For more questions, please check our FAQs (PDF).

    Please note that International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) cannot assist any student or scholar with IRS or NY State tax form preparation or answer tax-related questions.

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    DISCLAIMER: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) cannot assist any student or scholar with IRS or CT state tax form preparation or answer tax-related questions.

     

    As an international student in the United States, you need to understand the tax requirements of your visa and your filing obligations with the International Revenue Service (IRS) for tax years in which you are here in the United States. A tax year is the same as a calendar year (January 1-December 31). The type of paperwork you must complete and the taxes you must pay depend on whether you have income and whether you are considered a nonresident or resident for tax purposes.

     

    If I don’t have any U.S. income, do I need to file only a Form 8843?

     

    If you have been in the United States during 2017 and did not receive any income, please file Form 8843 (see the instructions). Filing this form does not mean that you will pay tax. This is a filing requirement. Basically, you need to fill out the form and mail it to the IRS.

     

    I have income and need to file my tax return. How can I do this?

     

    International students may prepare their own tax returns or seek their own methods of filing tax returns. The IRS webpage lists options for filing tax returns.

     

    However, ISSS at The New School allows you to file federal tax for free through Sprintax, a software program that helps you file necessary documents.

     

    What form do I need to file if I received a stipend, grant, or income?

     

    If you worked or received a stipend, grant, or allowance in the United States (over a certain amount), you may also need to file Form 1040NR.

     

    How do I file my tax return?

     

    International students and scholars can prepare their federal tax returns and 8843 forms online using Sprintax. This service is free for current New School students and scholars, as well as recent graduates who are on post-completion OPT, or Academic Training. You will need to request an access code from ISSS to complete your tax return preparation.

     

    All you need to do is:

     

    1. Register and follow the simple instructions.

    2. Complete the online questionnaire.

    3. Enter the code* in the box on the Review your order page.

    4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return.

     

    *Please be aware that this code covers the cost of filing federal taxes and Form 8843. It does not cover the cost of New York State filing. Email iss@newschool.edu if you would like to request an access code and a link to the Sprintax portal.

     

    Sprintax prepares tax forms for individuals who are non-residents for tax purposes. The software will have you complete a short questionnaire to determine whether you qualify. If you are considered resident for tax purposes, the link will take you to the TurboTax app.

     

    As a reminder, you have to print, sign, and mail your documents once you complete the preparation process in Sprintax. This process can be completed outside of the United States. The filing deadline is April 17.

     

    If you have any questions, please use the live chat function on Sprintax; their team will be happy to help. Please watch the video here to understand how it works. Sprintax offers more videos to address further questions.

     

    What is the Social Security number/ITIN requirement?

     

    International students and scholars must have either a Social Security number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) when filing a tax return. If you have authorized employment, you must apply for an SSN. Students who receive scholarships that cover living expenses but do not work must apply for an ITIN in order to file their tax return. International students and scholars who are eligible to claim dependents on their tax returns may also need to apply for an ITIN for their dependents.

     

    For more questions, please check our FAQs (PDF).

     

    Please note that International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) cannot assist any student or scholar with IRS or NY State tax form preparation or answer tax-related questions.

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