Income tax requirements in the United States are quite complex. Review this section to learn more.
ISS advisors are not tax advisors. We can help you find information however we cannot answer tax questions or assist in completing tax forms.
Were you present in the United States for any period during the year 2018 (January 1-December 31)? Are you a non-resident for tax purposes? A yes answer to both questions means you must file a tax form 8843, even if you did not work.
All nonresident aliens present in the U.S. under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status must file Form 8843 "Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals With a Medical Condition" -- even if they received no income during a tax year. Depending on various factors, you also may need to file both a federal and state tax return.
Form 8843 must be filed if an individual is:
If an individual meets all three qualifications above, the Form 8843 must be filed for the tax year.
You may be eligible to use Sprintax for Form 8843. For further information on Form 8843 & Sprintax visit UB's International Employment Unit's website.
Employees in the U.S. are required to pay taxes on all or a portion of their income to the federal (U.S.) government and to the state government where they work. Employers therefore must withhold the correct tax amount from each employee’s wages and send that money to the federal and state tax departments.
In order for the employer to know how much money to withhold and send to the tax departments, each employee must complete certain tax forms at the time of hire. These forms are: W-4 (U.S. government) and IT-2104 (New York State)
UB F-1 and J-1 students who had been in the U.S. for five years or less can use Sprintax to prepare their federal (U.S. government) and New York State income tax returns. Sprintax is free for your federal income tax return. However, you will have to pay a fee to use it to prepare your New York State income tax return.
Although Sprintax is accessed online, it does not e-file income tax returns; it merely assists with the completion of the income tax forms. Therefore, it is fine for international students to use Sprintax.
You can receive the code to access Sprintax from International Student Services or online here.
In case you have any questions when using Sprintax, you can email Sprintax at Hello@sprintax.com or phone them at 866-601-5695. Sprintax also has an online Live Chat service.
Note: Sprintax is made available to UB international students and scholars by UB’s International Employment Unit.
If you are an F-1 or J-1 student who had been in the U.S. longer than five years, had U.S. income in the past fiscal year, and need assistance filing your income tax return, you have a few options:
Note: International Student Services staff cannot assist you since we are not trained tax preparers or advisors.