Filing Your Non-Resident Tax Forms using Sprintax (F and J)
We've created a few resources to help you understand the tax filing process:
Attend the last of 3 in-person Sprintax tax workshops on Friday, March 31st, from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 301 Uris.
Before You File
We have teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for non-resident students, scholars, alumni and their dependents in the U.S. We (and and all other university staff) are not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice.
After you login to Sprintax, it will ask you a series of questions about the the time you have spent in the United States and in which immigration status, looking back over a period of years. Sprintax will then determine your tax status. If it determines that you are a "nonresident alien" (NRA) for federal tax purposes, you can continue to use it.
If it determines you are a resident for federal tax purposes, you won't be able to continue using it, but we have prepared a list of resources for filing a resident tax return.
After you continue to respond to a series of guided questions, Sprintax will complete and generate the forms you need to print, sign, and mail to IRS
If you had no U.S. Income: Just one requirement, form 8843
The 8843 is an informational statement IRS requires to show you were in the U.S. and are a NonResident Alien (NRA).
If you had U.S. Income: Federal Tax Return Documents
Sprintax will generate your tax return documents, a 1040NR-EZ or the 1040NR dependent upon your personal situation, as well as the 8843. A tax return is a reconciliation between tax that has been withheld and tax that is owed--sometimes you get a refund and other times you may owe the government money to make up for the shortfall.
If you had U.S. Income: April 18, 2017
If you had no U.S. Income (form 8843 only): June 15, 2017
We've created a video tutorial (as part of our Sprintax Tax Workshop) that explains what you can expect in Sprintax (below).
How to File Your Non-Resident Tax Forms (F and J)
Gather the documents you'll need for Sprintax
*You may receive or not receive this document depending on your personal situation.
Create a Sprintax account
Access Sprintax through the Columbia University Portal using your UNI and password. Open your new Sprintax account by creating a UserID and password.
Sprintax will save your information so you login and out.
Follow their instructions
When you're finished:
No U.S. Income: Sprintax will generate a completed Form 8843 for you and each of your dependents (if you have any).
With U.S. Income: Sprintax will generate your tax return documents. If you have any dependents, Sprintax will generate a completed Form 8843 for each of your dependents (if you have any).
(With U.S. income only) If required, complete your state tax return
After you finish your federal return, Sprintax will inform you if you need to complete a state tax return. If so, they will give you the option to use Sprintax for an individual fee. However, it is your choice to use them or do on your own.
Remember that each state has its own income tax regulations and forms. New York State residency rules are different than those of the Internal Revenue Service. You may be a nonresident alien for federal tax purposes but be considered a resident for state tax purposes.
If you use Sprintax for your state tax return, there will be separate mailing instructions.
Mail your completed federal forms to IRS
Remember to read the mailing instructions that Sprintax provides.
If you have dependents, each one must mail their 8843 in a separate envelope.