Tax Filing Information

March 29, 2022

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 2021, even if you had no U.S. income in 2021.

  • April 18, 2022 is the deadline for a tax return if you had US income. 
  • June 15, 2022 is the deadline if the 8843 is the only form you need to mail to the IRS because you had no income.

Log in to Sprintax nonresident tax software from our website 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, 8843, W-2 and 1042-S forms, what is taxable income, and NY State and NYC taxes.
  2. Go to our Filing Your Nonresident Forms with Sprintax webpage and log in with your UNI and password to complete your required tax forms. Sprintax is an easy-to-use nonresident tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, alumni and their dependents in the U.S. Use The first thing it does is 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. There is an individual fee for a state tax return.
  3. If Sprintax determines that you were a resident for federal tax purposes in 2021, refer to our page on Resources for Filing a Resident Tax Return
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Sprintax Tax Webinars

April 1, 2022 at 12 pm is the 4th and final Sprintax webinar for Columbia. Watch the recording here.

General Sprintax Student/Scholar Workshops
    *These workshops will refer to a code you need to get from your school, but Columbia doesn't use codes. You get the discount when you log in from our website with your UNI and password.