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Taxes

Recent Updates:

  • Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the IRS has extended the federal tax filing and payment deadlines to July 15, 2020. New York State has extended its tax deadline as well.
    Get the latest here
     
  • If you filed your taxes as a resident for tax purposes by using a program such as TurboTax you may have received a stimulus check in error. This is a problem you need to correct. Find out how

The staff of International Student Services are not tax experts and cannot address any personal tax questions. However, we have purchased Sprintax, a tax-filing system made especially for international students, to make your tax filing easy. In late February we will send you a Sprintax access code which you may use to file your federal tax forms for free.

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Please Note:  The information provided by International Student Services is not a substitute for advice obtained from the Internal Revenue Service or a qualified tax professional.

No income in 2019/Form 8843

All international students, scholars and their dependents present in the U.S. under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status who are nonresidents for tax purposes must file Form 8843 even if they received NO income in 2019. This form must be filed by June 15, 2020.

 

 

Mail the form by June 15, 2020 to:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215

 

Tax documents

Some or all of the forms listed below may be issued to you. It is important to note that you may not receive the same forms received by your friends. Every person's tax situation is different. Please do not use Sprintax until you have received all of your tax forms.

You do not have to complete anything on these forms, but will enter information from them into Sprintax to complete your tax return. Copies of the forms are submitted to the IRS as part of your tax return.

  • W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement)
    Issued by your employer(s)
    Must be issued to you by January 31.
    Summarizes the total amount of wages earned during the year and the amount of money withheld for any taxes (federal, state, and local).
     
  • 1042-S (Foreign Person's U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding)
    Issued by RIT.
    If a 1042-S Form has been issued to you, you will receive an email from support@online-tax.net with instructions on how to retrieve it from http://www.online-tax.net
    Must be issued by March 15.
    Documents taxable scholarship income, or employment income that is exempt from tax withholding because of a tax treaty.
     
  • 1099-INE, 1099-DIV (Interest Income)
    Issued by your bank.
    Shows income from interest or dividends.
    Bank interest is not taxable for nonresident aliens, so you do not need to consider these forms when preparing your tax return.
     
  • 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous Income)
    Issued by an employer
    Used to show "independent contractor" income. Sometimes students who work in off-campus jobs for CPT, OPT, or Academic Training are given this form to document job income instead of the W-2. If the income shown on the 1099-MISC is very large, you may owe taxes when you file your return because taxes are not withheld from "independent contractor" income.
     
  • 1098-T (Tuition Statement)
    Issued by RIT.
    Shows educational expenses for each tax year.
    Nonresidents for tax purposes CANNOT use this form when filing a tax return.
    If you are issued this form, ISS recommends keeping it for your records.
Filing your nonresident tax forms for FREE using Sprintax

ISS has teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for nonresident students and scholars in the U.S. Sprintax will guide you through the tax filing process through a series of questions about your situation. It will complete and generate the forms you need to print, sign, and mail to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). You cannot file your tax return forms electronically.

An ISS email was sent to all RIT international students with Sprintax Tax Preparation Software in the subject line. The email includes an access code you may use to file your federal tax forms for free.

Step by Step Guide

  1. Gather the documents you may need for Sprintax
    Passport
    I-20 or DS-2019
    Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
    U.S. entry and exit dates for current and past visits to the United States (in addition to passport stamps you can review your travel history here)
    If you received wages, the W-2 form(s) you received from your employer(s)
    If you received a scholarship or fellowship grant and/or claimed tax treaty benefits, the 1042-S form you received. If you received such payments from RIT, your 1042-S form will be available to you through the GLACIER system.
  2. Create a Sprintax account
  3. Complete the questionnaire
  4. Use the access code you received from International Student Services when requested at the payment stage
  5. Sprintax will prepare your tax forms and determine if you are owed a refund or owe more in taxes
  6. Download and print the tax forms
  7. Sign the forms
  8. Make a copy of the forms or save to your computer
  9. Mail the forms to the relevant address as per the instructions

     

 

Need help with Sprintax?

Email Sprintax at hello@sprintax.com
Use the Sprintax 24/7 online chat system
Call Sprintax toll free at 1-866-601-5695

Sprintax FAQs

Sprintax Educational Videos and Blog

You also have access to the Sprintax YouTube account where there are a number of educational videos on nonresident taxes to provide further clarity on using Sprintax and nonresident taxes. There is also a Sprintax Blog which includes tax related topics which may be of interest to you.

Sprintax FAQ's

State income tax filing

After you have completed your federal tax forms in Sprintax you will have the opportunity to use the software to fill out your state tax forms. Sprintax will charge you $29.95 for this service. If you do not want to pay the fee you may download the forms and complete them yourself. Please note that you will not be able to complete your state forms until you have finished your federal forms.

State taxes vary by the state where the income was earned during the tax year and forms must be filed separately for each state. If you worked on campus and also did a co-op in a different state you may need to complete two state tax forms.

The following links are provided to help you if you wish to do your state taxes on your own:

Replacing a lost W-2 Form

If you haven't graduated, you may print a copy of your RIT W-2 form by logging into myinfo.rit.edu. If you have not set up your myinfo account, the process is easy:       

1. Go to https://myinfo.rit.edu

2. Enter username: SIS username

3. Enter password: SIS password

4. If this is your first time accessing this application, your account will be set up within an hour.

5. When you log back in, you can set up direct deposit, access your pay slip, and update Federal tax withholding. (State Tax withholding must be done via paper form submitted to payroll).                            

If you have graduated call the Payroll Office for help at 585-475-2381 or 585-475-2382

If you worked for another employer, you will need to contact the company for a copy of your W-2 form.

Residents for tax purposes

In general, students in F or J status are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes for the first five calendar years of their stay in the U.S. Non-student J-1 visa holders are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes for the first two calendar years of their stay. Please note that this is a general guideline only. Sprintax will accurately determine if you are a resident or nonresident for tax purposes.

If Sprintax determines that you are a resident for tax purposes, there are many resources you may use to file your taxes:

Residents for tax purposes may also find help through the free C.A.S.H. Income Tax Assistance Program. This program offers free income tax preparation by IRS certified volunteers. Hours and location information are available on the C.A.S.H. website.

Paying an outside vendor to complete your taxes for you

Some students decide to hire a professional tax preparer to file their taxes. This is often a good option for students who are unable to use Sprintax, students who have complicated tax issues, or those who would simply prefer to have a professional complete their tax forms for them.

The following are very reputable firms students may turn to for help in preparing both resident and nonresident tax forms:

Turbo Tax Warning

International students who are NONresidents for tax purposes should NOT file tax returns using Turbo Tax because it does not assist in completing the nonresident forms you need. Most of the tax software programs advertised online do not offer assistance in completing nonresident tax forms.


If you are a nonresident and you already filed resident forms, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Sprintax. Complete the forms correctly and print them. Contact the Help team at Sprintax if you have any questions.
  2. Download a 1040-X form from the IRS website
  3. Complete the 1040-X, including the final section explaining your mistake.
  4. Attach a copy fo the incorrect form and a copy of the correct form from Sprintax. Mail it to the address on the 1040-X instruction sheet.
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