Tax Season. June 15th Deadline!

Editor's note:

June 15th is the deadline for mailing the 8843 form to the IRS if you were a nonresident in 2019 and didn't have any US income.

June 13, 2019

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2018 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. Our first of 3 Tax Workshops is Monday, March 4th (see below).

First, become 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. You can begin using Sprintax on January 28, 2019 if you have all the tax documents you may need that are described on that webpage. Sprintax is an easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, alumni and their dependents in the United States. Some of your U.S friends may use TurboTax or other products like it, but they are only for residents for tax purposes and most international students are nonresidents.

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 2018. Sprintax is free for you to use for all your federal tax forms when you log in 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 state tax returns for most of the states in addition to New York.  Learn about state taxes at one of the 3 workshops below, or from last year's workshop. If you have a state tax liability and choose to use Sprintax, you will be charged an individual user fee of $29.95.

3 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 Center (also known as CEPSR).

March 4 from 12:00 to 1:15 PM

March 29 from 2:00 to 3:15 PM (change of date from March 27)

April 4 from 3:00 - 4:15 PM