Tax Season is Here!

March 01, 2017

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2016 you're required to send at least one form 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.  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

Sprintax  is free for you to use for your federal tax forms when you login from our web page using your Columbia UNI and password.

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. 

Please check our events page for details on location and time of three tax workshops on:

  • February 22
  • March 9
  • March 31

If you can't make it to one of the workshops or want to refresh your memory after attending one, you can watch the tax workshop webinar (split into short clips by topic).