Tax Filing Information

May 10, 2021

IRS Requires Form 8843 Even if You Had No Income

IRS Requires Form 8843 from all Fs and Js (including their F-2 and J-2 dependent spouses and children) who are nonresident aliens for federal tax purposes and were physically in the U.S. at any time in 2020, even if you had no U.S. income in 2020.

  • June 15, 2021 is the deadline if the 8843 is the only form you need to mail to the IRS because you had no income.
  • May 17, 2021 (extended by IRS from April 15, 2021) is the deadline for a tax return if you had US income. 

Use Sprintax to complete the forms you need. 

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What to Do

  1. Review U.S. Income Tax Basics for Fs and Js. The overview includes information on nonresident and resident alien tax status, W-2 and 1042-S forms, and NY State and NYC taxes.
  2. Go to our Filing Your Nonresident Forms with Sprintax webpage. Sprintax is an easy-to-use nonresident tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, alumni and their dependents in the United States. Use Sprintax to determine whether you are a nonresident or resident for federal tax purposes. Sprintax is free for all your federal nonresident tax forms when you log in from our web page to create a Sprintax account. 
    NEW! As of 3/31/21, Sprintax is live for e-filing the 1040NR nonresident tax return with certain restrictions.
  3. If Sprintax determines that you are a resident for federal tax purposes, refer to our page on Resources for Filing a Resident Tax Return
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Sprintax Tax Webinars

Watch a recording of the April 2nd webinar which was specific to Columbia students and scholars and included some information on NY/NJ taxes.

General Sprintax Student/Scholar Workshops
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COVID-19 Stimulus Payments 

“Nonresident alien” tax filers are not eligible for stimulus payments. Find out if you were eligible to receive a payment, or if you received one in error what to do about it. Check out the Sprintax blog post for an overview of the second stimulus payment provided by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. This topic will also be covered in the 3 tax webinars.