Using Sprintax to Prepare Tax Returns for International Students and Scholars

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If you were affiliated with UB and a Nonresident Alien, you must file a U.S. tax return even if you did not have U.S. income.

Eligibility to Use the Sprintax Application

Sprintax is a Web-based tax preparation system designed primarily for nonresident alien students and scholars to aid in preparing their 2020 Federal and State income tax returns and Form 8843

This is required even if you have no U.S. income

You are a nonresident alien for tax purposes if the following applies to you :

  • Student (J-1/F-1) who arrived in 2016 or later
  • Non-Student (J-1) who arrived in 2019 or later
  • H1-B visitor here less than 183 days in 2020

If you are a nonresident alien you can get the access code by using your UBITName and password.

You can use Sprintax Tax Preparation software to help you file both your federal and state income tax returns and Form 8843

  • Federal Tax: The federal return will be free with the access code that you fill in at the end of your Sprintax session, this includes Form 8843 if you have no income.
  • State Tax: There will be a small fee for the NY state return that you will pay prior to completing the state form. If you worked or lived in another state, you may need to file a return in that state also. 

Who Must File Tax Returns

International students and scholars who were here at UB in 2020. This includes individuals with no U.S. income as well as those who received payments such as wages or scholarships. Special U.S. tax forms must be completed for Nonresident Aliens.


Nonresident Alien employees should not use software or tax services meant for Residents such as TurboTax or H&R Block.

Using the Sprintax Application

1.      Use your UBITName and password to request the access code for Sprintax.

2.      Create a Sprintax  account.

3.      Gather applicable tax documents that should be sent to you by mail which may include:
            ° Form W-2
            ° Form 1042-S (Mailed out in the middle of March)
            ° Form 1099-T

  • If you had no income you will not receive any of the above            

4.      Gather your visa/immigration status documents:
            ° Passport
            ° Arrival/Departure History (
            ° I-20 or DS 2019
            ° EAD card or I-797 Approval Notices if applicable

5.      Have a copy of last year’s tax return if available.

6.      Plan on spending up to 60 minutes to complete your Federal tax return on Sprintax.

7.      Although Sprintax is an online system, you CANNOT file your tax return electronically. You will have to print, sign and mail the tax return generated by Sprintax once you have completed it. Sprintax will provide you with instructions about the address to which you must mail your tax return.

8.      You should keep copies of all forms you submit.

Getting Tax Help

Sprintax Assistance and Questions

Send email to Sprintax

Please remember that any assistance received is appropriate to your tax status as a nonresident alien.

Contact an Expert

  • Carlos Gallardo.

    Carlos Gallardo

    International HR Services

    Phone: 716-645-4430