Tax Season is Here!

January 24, 2018

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2017 you're required to send at least one form, the 8843, to the U.S. tax agency IRS (Internal Revenue Service), even if you had no income. We provide resources for you to comply with your federal and state tax obligations. 

U.S. income tax regulations are complex, but we make it as easy for you as possible in the Taxes portion of our website.

Get familiar with U.S.Income Tax Basics for Fs and Js, Once you have some background, go to our page on completing your nonresident tax forms using Sprintax.  This page informs you of the tax documents you may receive and what you need to gather in preparation. Sprintax is an easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, alumni and their dependents in the United States.

Federal Tax Form 8843 and Nonresident Tax Return

Form 8843 is required by the IRS of all Fs and Js (including F-2 and J-2 dependents) who are "nonresident aliens" for federal tax purposes--even if you had no U.S. income in 2017. Sprintax is free for you to use for all your federal tax forms when you login from our web page using your Columbia UNI and password---whether it's just the 8843 or a complete multi-page tax return if you had U.S. income.

State Tax Returns

Sprintax can also generate tax returns for most of the states in addition to New York.  If you have a state tax liability and choose to use Sprintax, you will be charged an individual user fee of $25.95.

Tax Workshops

You don't have to attend a workshop to use Sprintax, but it does give you an opportunity to get a thorough overview and to ask questions of the Sprintax representative. 

All workshops take place in Davis Auditorium, 412 Schapiro Hall (also known as CEPSR).

February 22, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

March 29, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Learn more with our 2017 tax workshop webinar (split into short clips by topic).