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As an international student who has been in the United States during the 2019 calendar year, you will need to file one or more tax forms in the spring of 2020. It is important to note that tax laws that apply to internationals are not the same as those that apply to U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents. While the staff in ISS are not tax experts, we want to assist you with this responsibility.
ISS has purchased Sprintax, easy-to-use tax preparation software, for RIT international students to use to file their federal tax forms. Once the software is available, we will email all international students an ACCESS CODE and instructions for using Sprintax. The software is usually available by the end of February each year.
SPRINTAX vs. GLACIER
There are two websites that RIT international students may use related to tax filing:
GLACIER Nonresident Alien Tax Compliance is a system that allows RIT to collect information and make descisions regarding how much you should be paying in taxes based upon the information you input. You do not file your tax return through GLACIER. If you are employed on campus, the information you input into GLACIER determines how much of your paycheck is withheld for taxes.
Sprintax is an online service that ISS purchases for RIT international students to use. The software helps to prepare the tax forms that will need to be printed out, signed, and mailed to the U.S. government's Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
The deadline for filing tax forms for the 2019 tax year is April 15, 2020.
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.