The Slutzker Center specializes in immigration matters, not taxes. If you require additional information or have specific questions, please direct your inquiries to an international tax professional or call the IRS International Customer Service at (267) 941-1000.
If you were physically present in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 and December 31, 2016, you are required to send a Form 8843 to the Internal Revenue Service (the U.S. tax agency), even if you had no income. Completion of Form 8843 is relatively simple and you do NOT need to use a tax preparation software program to complete it. You should be able to complete Form 8843 on your own and mail it to the IRS.
If you had income (salary, stipend, prize money, etc.) during the 2016 tax year (January 1-December 31, 2016) you are also required to file a tax return (Form 1040 NR or Form 1040NR-EZ) to reconcile your accounts with the IRS. Filing a tax return is how you will receive a refund of any taxes withheld above the amount you owe or determine if you owe any additional taxes.
The Slutzker Center has purchased access to an online tax preparation software program called Sprintax to make your U.S. tax filing obligation easier for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax filing process through a series of question about your situation. It will provide instructions about how and where to mail your tax forms.
Sprintax will help you determine if you are a nonresident for tax purposes. If you are a nonresident for tax purposes, Sprintax will prepare your federal tax forms for free by using the access code provided in the email sent to all registered students and students with approved OPT and STEM OPT. Additional services for state tax filings will be available to you for a small fee paid directly to Sprintax.
Students who are determined to be residents for tax purposes CANNOT use Sprintax. You may refer to Tax Preparation Resources.
If you earned income and received a Form W-2 reporting wages and had federal taxes withheld from your pay, April 18 is the deadline to submit your U.S. income tax return to the IRS.
If you did not receive a Form W-2 but only a Form 1042-S, June 15 is the deadline to submit your U.S. income tax return to the IRS.
What documents do you Need?
Getting Started with Sprintax
For Further Assistance
Watch the Sprintax online tutorial for more details
Use their online chat system
Call them toll free at 1-866-601-5695
Determine whether you are a resident or non-resident for tax purposes
I am a non-resident for tax purposes
You will receive form 1042-S to use to prepare your tax return. Syracuse University will mail this to you by March 15, 2017. If you are unsure if you need to wait for form 1042-S to prepare your tax return please contact the Payroll Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a resident for tax purposes
NY State Taxes - 1-(800)-225-5829