International Student Tax Information
All international students who were in the U.S. the previous calendar year (not school year) MUST complete tax forms. Please read the following carefully so that you can fulfill your tax filing obligation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Taxes
- Who needs to file income tax forms?
- I didn’t have a job or scholarship last year. Do I still need to file tax forms?
- How can I file my taxes?
- What is the deadline to file my taxes?
- What if I think I will miss the tax deadline?
- How do I file an Amended Return?
- If I have questions about my tax return, whom should I call?
- What if I didn't file taxes last year (or any previous year)?
- FAQs about Sprintax
Who needs to file income tax forms?
Anyone who worked or had a scholarship that covered more than tuition in 2015 must file federal income tax forms by April 15, 2016 and Louisiana state income tax forms by May 15, 2016.
All international students must file Form 8843 even if they didn't work or have a scholarship by June 15, 2016.
I didn’t have a job or scholarship last year. Do I still need to file tax forms?
Yes, Internal Revenue Service regulations require all nonresident F and J visa holders who were present in the U.S. during 2015 to file tax forms even if you have not worked.
Students who have not received any U.S. income are required to file Form 8843 by June 15. You can fill out Form 8843 using Sprintax, which is a web-based software program.
In order to use this program you must obtain a password and instructions from CIE. CIE will email your password to you in February.
How can I file my taxes?
The Center for International Education has purchased Sprintax, a web-based software program, to assist you with filing your federal income taxes. This program is extremely user-friendly and only takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.
CIE will email you instructions and a password to you in February.
Although the program is web-based, you will still need to print, sign and mail your tax return to the IRS. In order to use this program you must obtain a password and instructions from CIE.
For an extra fee, you can complete your Louisiana state income tax form through Sprintax. If not, you will have to obtain a paperbased form to complete on yor own.
What is the deadline to file my taxes?
APRIL 15, 2016 for federal taxes and MAY 15, 2016 for state taxes.
If you have already mailed your tax forms to the IRS and you realize that your stated income on the forms was incorrect, you will need to file an amended return. Sprintax cannot be used to complete an amended tax return.
Sprintax does not complete Form 1040X, but you can complete the corrected Form 1040NR to attach to Form 1040X in Sprintaz. To do this, simply log back into Sprintax and include the new Form 1042-S information with the information already in Sprintax and re-print your tax return.
To amend your Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ, you need to complete Form 1040X and attach a copy of the amended (corrected) return to Form 1040X. You can download Form 1040X from the IRS website.
Follow the special instructions on page two of the Form 1040X instructions under the heading "Resident and nonresident aliens". Also please note the special filing instructions at the bottom of page one of Form 1040X instructions.
If Form 1040X includes a Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ, mail it to:
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215
Since members of the CIE Staff are not certified tax advisers, we cannot answer questions regarding your tax return. During the tax season (January to April), the Law School provides free tax assistance through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.
They are located at 501 Pine Street, Room 202. Their hours are Mondays & Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
If you visit, be sure to bring identification, Social Security card and tax documents, including the 1042-S form (if applicable) and W-2 form(s). The general contact number for the VITA program is 504-861-5668.
You can also email Sprintax at firstname.lastname@example.org
It depends on whether you had tax liability or not. Check with CIE to find out whether you need to file taxes from previous years.
- What is Sprintax?
- Will Sprintax file my taxes electronically?
- How long will it take to use Sprintax?
- How long will Sprintax keep my tax information?
- If I have problems with Sprintax, whom should I contact?
- Is my personal information secure on Sprintax?
- Is it OK to put my email address when prompted by the program?
- Can I prepare my state taxes with Sprintax?
- If I have questions about my tax return, whom should I call?
What is Sprintax?
CIE has purchased a computer software program to enable you to prepare your federal income tax return. You can also file your state income tax return for an additional fee. Sprtinax is web-based and can be used from any computer.
Will Sprintax Tax Prep file my taxes electronically?
NO! Sprintax is an online system, BUT IT DOES NOT file the tax return electronically. You must print, sign and mail your return and other forms generated by Sprintax.
How long will it take to use Sprintax Tax Prep?
Set aside approximately 30-45 minutes to complete the process. It is much easier to do it all at once than to have to start and stop.
How long wilSprintax keep my tax information?
You may choose for Sprintax to save your data until June 15th or delete your data after you have finished viewing and printing your tax return. If you choose to have Sprintax delete your data, you will still be able to login using your original login information; however, you will have to re-enter all of your data.
If I have problems with Sprintax, whom should I contact?
IF you have questions about your assigned Access Code, contact Miranda Stramel at 864-7550 or by email at email@example.com.
IF you need assistance with Sprintax, from the main menu, select FAQ or HELP from any screen to find an answer to your questions or send an email to the Sprintax Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. All support questions are handled via email. No phone calls regarding Sprintax are accepted.
Is my personal information secure on Sprintax?
All communication with Sprintax is encrypted and secured via SSL technology.
Is it OK to put my email address when prompted by the program?
Sprintax will NOT use your email address for any purpose other than to contact you if they find that an error has occurred and they need to contact you in connection with your tax return preparation.
Can I prepare my state taxes with Sprintax?
Yes, for and extra fee can help you prepare your state income taxes. You can also access the Louisiana Department of Revenue to file your state taxes electronically. These forms are also available from the Law School (see address in next question) or from http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov
If I have questions about my tax return, whom should I call?
If you have any questions about filing your Federal or Louisiana tax forms, we STRONGLY encourage you to visit the VITA program, which is a free tax assistance program provided by the Law School until April 10. The VITA office is located at Loyola University New Orleans' College of Law, Activities Center, 501 Pine Street, Room 202. Their hours are Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and Mondays and Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm.
If you visit, be sure to bring identification, Social Security card and tax documents, including the 1042-S form (if applicable) and W-2 form(s). The website for the VITA program is http://law.loyno.edu/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-program and the contact number is 504-861-5668.
Internal Revenue Service
519: U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens: Explanation of the difference between "Resident" and "Non-Resident Alien" status and other topics affecting international visitors.
U.S. Tax Treaties: Current tax treaty information.
4152: Electronic Tool-Kit for Non-Resident Alien VITA Sites: Comprehensive guide for those seeking more detail, including scenarios and frequently asked questions.
Tax Scams: IRS website identifying how to report and identify phishing, emails scams and bogus IRS websites.