Tax Reporting Requirements
All international students and scholars who were present in the United States for any duration of time in the previous calendar year are required to file tax returns, regardless of whether they worked or not. The deadline to file tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is April 18 (postmarked) every year.
Using Sprintax for your Student Tax Return
Understanding the US tax system and filing a tax return is an overwhelming and confusing experience for any student. That’s why, to make things easier for you, University of Missouri-Kansas City has teamed up with Sprintax – an online tool specifically designed for international students and scholars.
Why file a Tax return?
- Stay tax compliant- Failing to file may impact the status of your current visa and make future US visa applications difficult.
- Avoid penalties – If you miss the April 18th deadline you may face late filing penalties. Filing prior to this date prevents this, so the earlier you file, the better.
- You may be owed a tax refund – most international students filing a tax return are due a tax refund for overpaid tax.
GET STARTED WITH SPRINTAX!
- Register HERE
- Complete the online questionnaire
- Enter the code [you must get this from ISAO] in the box on the “Review your order” page
- Please note: We provide free Federal & 8843 filing but if you are obligated to file a State tax return, you will be notified in the system and you can choose to pay $25.95 to file your State tax return (similar to TurboTax)
- Sprintax will prepare your tax return and even check if you are due a refund. You will then have to print, sign and mail your documents once you complete the preparation process.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Passport or other valid photo ID
- US Entry and Exit Dates for current and all past visits to the US
- All tax forms, if you received them, which may include:
- W-2 (if you worked on-campus or for a U.S. employer than you will have one of these. The W-2 reports your annual wages and amount of taxes withheld from your paycheck)
- 1042-S and/or 1099 (if you received a scholarship, fellowship grant, etc. you may have this form. It typically comes from the University payroll department)
- Visa/immigration status information including DS-2019 (J-visa holders) or I-20 (for F-visa holders)
- Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
- If you are using Sprintax for State Tax Return(s) preparation only, you will need the Federal Tax return you already prepared.
- Sprintax Instructions
- For questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions: 1-866-601-5695
- For questions: https://www.sprintax.com/meet-stacy.html
Please note that there are several other tax preparation services available for international students to use to file taxes, below are links to other popular tax preparation websites and resources: