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  • Made an error on your tax return? Don’t worry, fixing it is not as difficult as you might think

    How to Amend your US tax return

    With Sprintax, you can now prepare amended tax returns for the 2017 and 2018 tax years easily online!

    US tax can be tricky – especially if you’re a nonresident who is not familiar with the American tax system.

    And it’s pretty easy to make a mistake on your tax return. In fact, there are a plethora of different reasons why a tax return can be viewed as ‘incorrect’ or ‘incomplete’ in the eyes of the IRS – from forgetting to sign a form to misreporting income or incorrectly calculating a deduction.

    While making a mistake on your return is not necessarily a big deal, it is important that you rectify the situation by filing an amended tax return, where appropriate.

    In this blog we’ll cover:

    • When you should amend your tax return
    • When’s there’s no need to
    • And how you can easily file an amended tax return

    Let’s get started.

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    When not to amend your tax return

    Firstly, it’s important to note that there are some instances where it is not necessary to amend your tax return.

    For example, if you make a math error on your return, the IRS will usually correct it themselves without the need for you to file further paperwork.

    Plus, if you forgot to include a particular form with your return, the IRS will write to you to request the missing item so that they can finish processing your tax return.

    In other words, when you receive a notice about an error, there will usually be other ways to correct errors besides an amended tax return.

    When you should file an amended tax return

    At this point it’s important to mention that, if you file an incorrect tax return, you should not file another original Form 1040NR tax return. This will only cause confusion and further problems for you.

    Instead, you should file an amended tax return form.

    While not every mistake on a tax return requires an amendment, you should amend your tax return if you need to:

    Correct your income and tax figures

    Filing your US tax return online

    If you didn’t include all your payment documents when preparing your return or if you receive additional tax documents for the tax year, (such as if a Form W-2 arrives after the tax deadline), you need to file an amended tax return to report the additional income and tax.

    Claim all of the allowable tax deductions or tax credits

    If you did not claim tax deductions or credits that you were entitled to, you should amend your tax return in order to avail of them.

    Correct your filing status

    For example, if your filed as a single individual but actually got married on the last day of the tax year, you will need to amend your return by filing your taxes under the appropriate status – married filing jointly or married filing separately (note: nonresidents can only file as ‘married filing separately’).

    Correct the number of dependents claimed for on your return

    An amended return will be required if you want to claim additional dependents, or you have claimed for ineligible dependents.

    The general IRS rule states that a nonresident alien, whether single or married, may claim only one personal exemption, as long as they are not claimed as a dependent on any other US tax return.

    There are some exceptions to the general rule which allow specific groups of taxpayers to claim dependent exemptions for their family members:

    • Residents of Canada or Mexico
    • Residents of the Republic of Korea
    • Residents of India

    You can check out if you qualify to claim an additional exemption for your dependent here.

    Need a hand filing your amended tax return? Contact Sprintax today!

    How to Amend a Tax Return That You Filed

    You should file a Form 1040X in order to amend the federal income tax return that you filed previously.

    The Form 1040X is two pages long and you are only required to include new or updated information. You will also find a space where you can write an explanation as to why you are amending your return.

    Once you complete the form, you’ll have to mail it to the IRS along with all of the required supporting documents. Amended returns are only filed on paper. The normal processing time for a Form 1040X, is between 8 and 12 weeks from the time the IRS receives your tax return.

    If you are amending for more than one tax year, you will need file Form 1040X for each tax year separately.

    Many people find the prospect of dealing with the IRS and amending their tax return to be quite daunting. But if you find US tax to be confusing, and you’d like a hand preparing your amended tax return, Sprintax can help you!

    By creating a Sprintax account, you can easily prepare amended tax returns for the 2017 and 2018 tax years online.

    Plus, if you’ve got any questions about US tax, our team are on hand 24/7 to help you.

    Amend your US tax return the easy way today!

    Here’s what our system looks like!

    Amending a tax return with Sprintax

    Amending tax returns and your tax refund

    If you are filing an amended tax return in order to claim an additional refund, you’ll have to wait until you have received your original tax refund before filing your Form 1040X.

    In order to receive an extra tax refund, you must generally file your amended tax return within three years (or within two years after the date you paid the tax – whichever is later).

    Amending tax return tax refund

    If your amended return shows you owe more tax than you reported on your original return, you’ll likely owe additional interest and penalties too. This is why you should file your amended tax return and pay the liability as soon as possible in order to minimise any penalties.

    In other words, the sooner you correct the error, the less interest you’ll pay!

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

    So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and never miss a thing!





  • Missed the US tax deadline? Here’s what to do

    Filing your tax return late Sprintax

    Tax season is over for another year (phew!).

    Every international student or J-1 participant in the US was obliged to file a tax return before the 15 April deadline.

    But what happens if you didn’t file your return? What should you do next?

    Filing late

    Firstly it’s important to note that, by not filing your tax return, you can severely jeopardise your chances of securing a US visa or Green Card in the future.

    The second point to keep in mind is that failure to file a tax return may result in you being hit with fines or penalties.

    There are two different types of penalties that you may be subjected to – late filing and late payment.

    The late filing fees are much more significant than the late payment costs. That’s why it’s a good idea to file your tax return as soon as you can, even if you’re not in a position to pay your tax bill.

    Simply put, the sooner you file, the less you’ll have to pay in penalties.

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    US tax late filing & payment penalties

    • A failure-to-file penalty may apply if you did not file by the deadline. Similarly a failure-to-pay penalty may also apply if you did not pay all of the taxes you owe by the tax filing deadline.
    • The failure-to-file penalty is generally more severe than the failure-to-pay penalty. This is why you should file your tax return on time each year, even if you’re not able to pay all the taxes you owe by the due date.
    • The penalty for filing late is normally 5% of the unpaid taxes for each month (or part month) that a tax return is late. That penalty starts accruing the day after the tax filing due date and will not exceed 25% of your unpaid taxes.
    • If you do not pay your taxes by the tax deadline, you will normally face a failure-to-pay penalty of 0.5% of your unpaid taxes. That penalty applies for each month or part of a month after the due date and starts accruing the day after the tax-filing due date.
    • If both the 5% failure-to-file penalty and the 0.5% failure-to-pay penalties apply in any month, the maximum penalty that you’ll pay for both is 5%.
    • If you file your return more than 60 days after the due date or extended due date, the minimum penalty is $135 or 100% of the unpaid tax (whichever is less).

    So what should you do if you can’t afford to pay your outstanding tax liability in full?

    Firstly, you should pay as much as you can when you’re filing your tax return. This way you can minimize any penalties and interest charges imposed.

    Next, you can contact the IRS and request a payment plan or installment agreement which will allow you to pay your tax bill in set amounts every month.

    To establish a payment plan, simply apply online with the IRS payment agreement.

    Avoid US tax penalties and fines

    Due a tax refund?

    If you’re entitled to a tax refund, you will not have to pay any penalties for filing your tax return late.

    You have until 14 April 2022 (15 October 2022 with an extension) to file a 2018 tax return if you are due a refund for that tax year.

    If you don’t file by then, the US Treasury will keep your hard earned money!

    Double check your State’s tax deadline

    Did you know that not every State has their tax deadline set for 15 April?

    If you’re obliged to submit a tax return for any of the following states, you’ll still have time to meet the deadline.

    • Iowa – April 30th 2019
    • Virginia – May 1st 2019
    • Louisiana – May 15th 2019

    How to tell if you owe money to the IRS or you’re due a tax refund

    Easy US tax filing

    Sprintax is the only online Federal and State self-prep tax software for nonresidents in the US.

    We take the stress out of US tax prep. Our system will assist you in preparing fully compliant Federal and State tax returns and also enable you to use any tax deduction and benefits you’re entitled to and maximize your legal tax refund.

    The average State tax refund that Sprintax customers received last year was $328.

    How Sprintax will help you?

    When you create your Sprintax account you’ll be asked a few easy questions. Once you complete the short form, you will then be able to download your fully completed and compliant 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ (nonresident tax return) based on the information you provided.

    Sprintax is also the ‘go-to’ tax preparation software for numerous major universities in the US including, Columbia University, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell University.  We’re also the nonresident partner of choice for TurboTax.

    With Sprintax you can:

    • Save time and stress!
    • Determine your residency status
    • Prepare a fully compliant US tax return
    • Maximize your State tax refund
    • Avail of our 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility

    Prepare your US tax return today!

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

    So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and never miss a thing!





  • Where’s My Tax Refund?

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    Filed your tax return and wondering where your refund is? Here’s how you can keep up to speed with your refund

    Phew! The tricky part is over.

    With your tax return safely filed, you’re probably wondering ‘how long will it be before I receive my tax refund?’

    Fortunately you can now get information about your tax refund online.

    Here’s what you need to know…

    Your Federal tax refund 

    Generally the IRS advises that you will have to wait 4 to 6 weeks after you mail your return before you receive your money.

    If you would like to keep updated with the status of your Federal tax refund, you can do so by using the IRS’ online “Where’s My Refund?” tool.

    The system will ask you for the following:

    • Your Social Security Number, or your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
    • Your filing status (Single or Married Filing Separate Return for non-residents)
    • The exact dollar refund amount shown on your tax return

    It’s a good idea to have a copy of your federal tax return on hand so you can easily enter the required information.

    You can also check the status of your refund over the phone by calling one of the following numbers:

    • The IRS Refund Hotline – 800-829-1954. This number, available 24/7, is specifically for calls regarding tax refunds.
    • The IRS TeleTax system – 800-829-4477. This provides general tax information as well as your current refund status. It is also available 24/7

    US tax refund

    Your State tax refund

    Firstly AlaskaFloridaNevadaSouth DakotaTexasWashington, and Wyoming don’t have income tax. If you received income such as wages, scholarship or any other earnings and/or income, you would not have been required to file a State tax return and you will therefore have no entitlement to a State tax refund.

    In addition, New Hampshire and Tennessee only tax interest and dividend income, not wages, scholarship, earnings, or other type of income.

    For all other States, you can check the status of your State tax refund by using the useful links listed below.

    Alabama (AL)

    The Alabama Department of Revenue advises that it usually takes 8-12 weeks for tax filers to receive a refund from the date a return is accepted.

    To check the status of your Alabama state tax refund, go to My Alabama Taxes and then click ‘Check on My Refund Status’.

    For more information, contact the Alabama Department of Revenue.

    Arizona (AZ)

    Arizona tax prep made easy

    The Arizona Department of Revenue advises that the processing of a paper filed tax return can take up to 12 weeks to process.  For a refund to be direct deposited or mailed, it may take up to an additional seven days from the date the tax return processing was completed.

    You can check the status of your Arizona state tax refund here.

    Or, for more information, contact the Arizona Department of Revenue.

    Arkansas (AR)

    It can take up to 6 weeks after the date your return was accepted to receive a refund from the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration.

    To check the status of your Arkansas State tax refund, simply follow this link (and click ‘Where’s My Refund?’)

    For more information, contact the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (see the ‘Individual Income Tax’ section).

    California (CA)

    The State of California Franchise Tax Board says that it can take approximately 4 weeks to receive a refund (for paper filed returns). Some tax returns need extra review for accuracy, completeness, and to protect taxpayers from fraud and identity theft and extra processing time may be necessary in these cases.

    To check the status of your California State tax refund, simply follow this link.

    For more information, contact the California Franchise Tax Board.

    Colorado (CO)

    Colarado State tax prep

    Follow this link to check the status of your Colorado state tax refund, and then click ‘Check the Status of Your Refund’.

    Or you can find more information about your refund here or by contacting the Colorado Department of Revenue.

    Connecticut (CT)

    According to the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, it can take 10 – 12 weeks to process a paper return.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Connecticut state tax refund (and then click ‘Check on the Status of Your Refund’).

    For more information, contact the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS).

    Delaware (DE)

    The Delaware Division of Revenue advises that has announced it can take approximately 6 weeks to receive a refund from the date a tax return is accepted.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Delaware state tax refund.

    Further information, can be found by contacting the Delaware Division of Revenue.

    District of Columbia (DC)

    The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue advises that it can take 2 to 3 weeks for processing and issuance of a refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your D.C. tax refund and click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button.

    For more information, contact the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue.

    Georgia (GA)

    Georgia tax refunds made easy

    The Georgia Income Tax Division has said that it can take 90 business days to process a return and issue a tax refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Georgia tax refund (click on the Where’s My Refund? button).

    For more information, contact the Georgia Department of Revenue.

    Hawaii (HI)

    Typically, it takes 9-10 weeks for the Hawaii Department of Taxation to process a tax refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Hawaii tax refund (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    For more information, contact the Hawaii Department of Taxation.

    Idaho (ID)

    The Idaho State Tax Commission advises that it can take 10-11 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    To check the status of your refund simply follow this link (and click the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    For more details you can contact the Idaho State Tax Commission.

    Illinois (IL)

    You can check the status of your Illinois tax refund here.

    For more information contact the Illinois Department of Revenue here.

    Indiana (IN)

    Indiana state tax refunds

    The Indiana Department of Revenue says that it can take approximately 10 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    You can check the status of your Indiana tax refund here, or alternatively, if you’d like further information, contact the Indiana Department of Revenue.

    Iowa (IA)

    According to the Iowa Income Tax Department of Revenue and Finance, it can take approximately 3 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    Check the status of your Iowa tax refund here.

    Or for more information, contact the Iowa Department of Revenue.

    Kansas (KS)

    The Kansas Department of Revenue has announced that the normal processing time for a paper tax return is 16 weeks.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Kansas tax refund.

    And more information, can be obtained by contacting the Kansas Division of Taxation for Individuals.

    Kentucky (KY)

    The Kentucky Revenue Cabinet advises that you will typically have to wait 8-12 weeks before you will receive your tax refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Kentucky tax refund and click on the ‘Check Refund Status online’ button.

    For more information, contact the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

    Louisiana (LA)

    Louisiana State tax refunds

    The Louisiana Department of Revenue says that processing time for paper returns is 12-16 weeks from the date the return was mailed.

    You can check the status of your Louisiana tax refund here.

    Or for more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue or call 1-855-307-3893.

    Maine (ME)

    The Maine Revenue Services advises that tax refunds can take up to 14 days to be processed.

    Check the status of your Maine tax refund here .

    For more information, you can contact the Maine Revenue Services Department directly here.

    Maryland (MD)

    The Maryland Controller of the Treasury has outlined announced that the processing of paper returns takes approximately 30 days.

    If you would like an update on your tax refund, you can check the status here.

    Need more info? Simply contact the Comptroller of Maryland.

    Massachusetts (MA)

    You can check the status of your Massachusetts tax refund here (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    And you can find more information, by contacting the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

    Michigan (MI)

    Michigan state tax refunds

    The Michigan Department of the Treasury says it can take approximately 8 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Michigan tax refund and click on the ‘Check my tax and refund information’ option.

    For more information, contact the Michigan Department of Treasury.

    Minnesota (MN)

    If you filed a Minnesota State tax return, you will probably have to wait 6 weeks for your tax refund.

    You can check the status of your refund here. And you can find any further information you require by contacting the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

    Mississippi (MS)

    Check the status of your Mississippi tax refund here.

    Or contact the Mississippi Department of Revenue for more information.

    Missouri (MO)

    The Missouri Department of Revenue advises that it can take 8-10 weeks to process a tax return and issue a refund.

    Check the status of your Missouri tax refund here.

    For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Revenue.

    Montana (MT)

    Montana State tax refunds

    The Montana Department of Revenue has detailed that it can take approximately 8 weeks to process a return and issue a tax refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your tax refund (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    Or for more information, contact the Montana Department of Revenue.

    Nebraska (NE)

    The Nebraska Department of Revenue has announced it can take 15-21 days to process a return and issue a refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your Nebraska tax refund.

    More details can be found by contacting the Nebraska Department of Revenue.

    New Jersey (NJ)

    According to the New Jersey State Department, it can take 12 weeks or longer to process a return and issue a refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your New Jersey tax refund.

    Or for more information, contact the New Jersey Division of Taxation.

    New Mexico (NM)

    The New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department has said that it can take approximately 8-12 weeks to process a tax return and issue a refund.

    To check the status of your New Mexico tax refund, follow this link (and click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    For more information, contact the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

    New York (NY)

    Easy New York State Tax Return

    The New York State Processing Center usually issues refunds 8-12 weeks after they receive a tax return.

    You can check the status of your New York tax refund here (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’) button.

    Or for more information, contact the Department of Taxation and Finance.

    North Carolina (NC)

    The North Carolina Department of Revenue has announced it can take approximately 12 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    Follow this link to check the status of your North Carolina tax refund (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    For more information, contact the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

    North Dakota (ND)

    The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner says that it can take approximately 6 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    You can follow this link to check the status of your North Dakota tax refund (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    Or for more information, contact the North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner.

    Ohio (OH)

    The Ohio Department of Taxation advises that it can take a minimum of 30 days to process a return and issue a tax refund.

    You can check the status of your Ohio tax refund here and find more information by contacting the Ohio Department of Taxation directly.

    Oklahoma (OK)

    Easy Oklahoma tax return

    Follow this link to check the status of your Oklahoma tax refund.

    And for more information, you can contact the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

    Oregon (OR)

    You can check the status of your Oregon tax refund here.

    And for more information, you can contact the Oregon Department of Revenue.

    Pennsylvania (PA)

    According to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue it can take 3 to 4 weeks for a tax refund to be processed.

    Check the status of your Pennsylvania tax refund here (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    More information can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

    Rhode Island (RI)

    The Rhode Island Division of Taxation says it can take 5 to 7 weeks to process a tax return and issue a refund.

    Simply follow this link to check the status of your Rhode Island tax refund.

    For more information, contact the Rhode Island Division of Taxation directly.

    South Carolina (SC)

    Follow this link to check the status of your South Carolina tax refund.

    For more information, contact South Carolina Department of Revenue.

    Utah (UT)

    Easy Utah tax returns

    The Utah State Tax Commission says that it can take 90 days to process a return and issue a refund.

    If you would like to check the status of your Utah tax refund, you can do so here (click on the ‘Where’s My Refund?’ button).

    For more information, contact the Utah State Tax Commission.

    Vermont (VT)

    The Vermont Department of Taxes advises that it can take approximately 8 weeks to process a return and issue a refund.

    You can check the status of your Vermont tax refund here (click ‘Individuals’ and then ‘Check the status of my return’).

    For more information, contact Vermont Department of Taxes directly. 

    Virginia (VA)

    The Virginia Department of Taxation says it can take up to 8 weeks to process a tax return and issue a refund.

    Simply follow this link to check the status of your Virginia tax refund.

    For more information, contact the Virginia Department of Taxation.

    West Virginia (WV)

    Follow this link to check the status of your West Virginia state refund.

    Wisconsin (WI)

    You can check your Wisconsin refund status here and find more information by contacting the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

    Haven’t filed your tax return yet?

    Easy US tax prep

    Better late than never!

    The April 15 deadline may have passed but you can still claim your tax refund.

    Sprintax is the easiest way to prepare your Federal and State tax returns.

    So what are you waiting for?

    File your tax return and claim your cash today!

    Get started here.

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

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  • Is Sprintax Safe?

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    Spotting tax scams a mile off – How to securely file your tax return and retrieve your refund

     

    Every non-resident student and J-1 participant is legally obliged to file a tax return before the 15 April deadline.

    And for thousands of non-residents each year, the prospect of filing a tax return is incredibly daunting.

    Let’s face it. US tax can be pretty complicated, even for Americans!

    So it makes sense that so many non-residents seek help with completing their tax return.

    There are countless tax agents and accountants who offer tailored US tax services for international students and J-1 participants.

    But the fact is that not every tax agent acts in the best interests of their non-resident clients.

    With tax season 2019 well and truly in full flow, now seems like a pretty good opportunity to take a look at some of the pitfalls facing non-residents who want to enlist the services of a tax agent.

    Is Sprintax safe for US tax returns?

    Spotting Scammers

    Unfortunately, choosing a non-resident tax agent is not as straight-forward as it may seem for non-residents.

    For example, there are many dubious tax companies out there who boast about how much they save their customers on their tax bill or claim that they can retrieve inflated tax refunds.

    However, it’s important to ask yourself – are they really the best people to handle your tax affairs? After all, if you choose the wrong tax company, and incorrect information is submitted on your tax return, you will be seen as fraudulent by the IRS and you may have to pay fines and penalties.

     

    Inflated tax refunds

    Whoever said; ‘if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true’ was really on to something!

    The well-known idiom particularly rings true when it comes to US non-resident tax!

    One of the main reasons certain tax companies advertise inflated refund figures is because they are claiming expenses and reliefs that their non-resident clients are not entitled to claim.

    As a result, their clients file fraudulent tax returns and run a high risk of incurring penalties and interest payments.

    Take the ‘personal exemption’ for example.

    In previous years, every non-resident (such as international students and J-1 participants) who was working in the US was entitled to earn up to $4,050 without paying tax, through the personal exemption.

    However, following the introduction of the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’, the personal exemption was reduced from $4,050 to $0 in January 2018.

    Non-residents are no longer entitled to claim a personal exemption. If a tax agent is telling you that you can claim this deduction, they are not acting in compliance with the IRS.

    It doesn’t matter if you filed the return yourself, or a dishonest company filed the tax return on your behalf, it is you that will be held responsible should a fraudulent tax return be filed in your name.

    Who can I trust with my non-resident tax return?

    Tax agents for US residents

    Some US tax agents specialize only in returns for residents. If, as a J-1 participant or international student, you use one of these companies, you will prepare an incorrect tax return.

    Non-residents should file either Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.

     

    There is a way that you can get help with your tax return, ensure that you stay compliant with the IRS and claim your maximum legal tax refund.

    How?

    Trust Spritnax

    Choose Sprintax!

    Sprintax is the only online Federal and State self-prep tax software for non-residents in the US.

    When you create a Sprintax account, our software will guide you through the entire tax filing process from beginning to end and ensure that your tax return is prepared in full compliance with the IRS.

    We’ll first determine your tax residency status before identifying which forms you need to complete based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll be able to avail of any tax deductions or benefits you’re entitled to and claim your maximum legal tax refund.

    You’ll be asked a few easy questions and based on the information you provide, you will then be able to download your fully completed and compliant 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ (non-resident tax return).

    Sprintax is a fully transparent service.

    You can prepare your Federal tax return from $35.95 and your State tax return from $25.95. There are no hidden fees.

    And if you need a hand during the tax prep process, our tax team are available 24/7 to offer uncomplicated guidance in plain English.

     

    Security of your data

    Not only do we guarantee to keep you compliant with the IRS, we’re also dedicated to protecting your personal and financial information.

    You can have peace of mind that the quality management of our personal income tax filing and refund services is certified by the internationally recognized ISO 9001 quality mark!

    We conduct security tests on our site every day and use the most advanced security technology available. All security protection measures are overseen by a team who are dedicated to protecting your privacy.

     

    But don’t just take our word for it…

    We prepare more than 100,000 US tax returns every year. So it’s safe to say we know a little bit about US tax!

    Sprintax is the ‘go-to’ tax preparation software for numerous major universities in the US including, Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell. And we’re also the non-resident partner of choice for Turbo Tax.

    Through the years we have received countless positive responses from our customers.

    In fact, we have an 8.3 (/10) Trustscore on Trustpilot.com and you can see some of our reviews and testimonials here:

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    We value all customer feedback, as it provides an important way for us to review the quality of our service. So why not drop us a line and tell us how we’re doing!

    Can I file my tax return with Sprintax

    Prepare with Sprintax. File with confidence!

    With Sprintax you can:

    • Save time and stress!
    • Prepare a fully compliant US tax return
    • Determine your residency status
    • Maximize your State tax refund
    • Avail of our 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility
    • Enjoy a user friendly system

     

    Prepare your tax return the easy way here

     

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

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  • On a Sports Scholarship in the US? Here’s What You Need to Know!

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    Many athletes dream of having an opportunity to move to the US on a sports scholarship and study in one of their world famous universities. If you are good enough to have been offered a scholarship, here’s what you need to know about taxes!

    Studying in the US is expensive and while most universities offer scholarships and many accept applications from international students. Over 600 US universities offer $20,000 worth of scholarships to international students. If you’d like to read more about scholarships for international students in the US check out this short post from the Sprintax blog.

    If you are an international student, in the US on a sports or athletic scholarship you are most likely considered a nonresident and you’re legally obliged to file a federal tax return even if you have received even $1cent.

    You may also be obliged to file a state tax return, depending on your personal circumstances.

    That’s right! And you could get in a lot of trouble if you don’t file. This can affect your ability to return to the US or complete your studies. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve a sports scholarship. Why ruin it by failing to file your taxes?

    If you’re on a sports scholarship in the US, here are some tax tips from Sprintax:

     

    When should I start preparing my US tax return?

    It’s never a good idea to leave important things like tax filing until the last minute. Filing on time also means you can receive your tax refund sooner!

    Yes, the deadline for filing is the 15th of April but you should prepare your documents in advance so that everything runs smoothly.

     

    What forms must I file for my US tax return?

    To file a fully compliant tax return, you must make sure you are submitting the correct forms.

    Even if you have earned nothing during your time spent in the US, you must file a Form 8843 with the IRS.

    If you did receive money while in the US during the tax year, you will have to file a Federal Tax Return in addition to your Form 8843.

    Depending on your personal situation, you may also have to file a State Tax Return. Sprintax is the only online tax preparation software that covers both Federal and State tax prep for nonresidents in the US – so don’t worry, we can help you find out what forms you must file.

     

    How do I know what my residency status is?

    This is very important.

    It is not possible to file a fully compliant tax return without knowing your residency status.

    The two most common tax residency statuses are; nonresident and resident.

    If you are an international student in the US on an F, J, M or Q visa – you are most likely considered a nonresident alien for tax purposes.

    If you’re unsure of your residency status, Sprintax will help you figure that out too.

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    What will I need to file my US tax return as an international student?

    • Passport
    • Visa/immigration status information – this includes Form DS-2019 (for J visa holders) or a Form I-20 (for F visa holders)
    • Income forms – W2 Form, 1042-S and/or 1099
    • Social security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
    • If you filed a tax return with the IRS last year, you will need a copy of that tax return.

    If you don’t have an ITIN, Sprintax can help you apply for one.

    Not sure if you need it? Watch this short video and find out!

    Make sure you have all the right documents. The sooner you start preparing, the better – that way you can contact employers if you haven’t received your payment documents for example.

    Filing taxes is challenging but Sprintax offer a service that makes preparing your tax return easy! If you’re on a sports scholarship and you’d like help with getting your tax return ready for filing season, contact us today.

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

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  • 5 things every international student can do to be ready for tax season

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    It’s never too early to start thinking about tax season. This is especially true when you consider that the April 15 tax filing deadline is only a matter of weeks away!

    There’s no doubt that, whether you have filed a tax return before, or this is your first year with a filing requirement, tax season can be a real headache.

    In this blog we’ll look at 5 things every international student can do to ensure their tax season runs as smoothly as possible.

    (1) Don’t delay!

    Let’s face it, leaving important stuff until the last minute is never a good idea!

    So why leave filing your tax return until April 15?

    There is no reason why you can’t start prepping for tax season now. And, by doing so, you can ensure that you file on time and receive any tax refund you’re due sooner!

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    (2) Determine the right forms to file

    It doesn’t matter how much (or how little) you have earned, every non-resident international student in the US has a tax filing obligation.

    For example, if you didn’t earn any income during the tax year you must file a Form 8843 with the IRS.

    And if you have earned US sourced income during the year, you will also have to file a Federal tax return in addition to your 8843 form.

    Depending on your personal circumstances and a number of other factors, you may also have to file State tax return forms.

    Tip: Sprintax is the only online Federal and State self-prep tax software for non-residents in the US.  We will help you to figure out whether or not you have to file a State tax return.

    (3) Work out your residency status

    This is an important one.

    It’s impossible to file a compliant tax return without first determining your tax residency status.

    The most common tax residency statuses are ‘resident’ and ‘non-resident alien’. Most international students who are studying in the US on F, J, M or Q visas are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes.

    Tip: Not sure if you’re a resident or non-resident? When you create a Sprintax account, our system will automatically detect your tax residency status!

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    (4) Get organized

    The first thing you should do to ready yourself for tax season is to organize everything you’ll need to prepare your tax return.

    In order to complete your tax return in full you will need to have the below documents to hand:

    • Your passport
    • Your Visa/Immigration Status information, including Form DS-2019 (for J visa holders) or Form I-20 (for F visa holders)
    • All income forms: W2 forms, 1042-S and/or 1099
    • Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you do not have an ITIN, Sprintax can help you get one!
    • A copy of last year’s return (if you filed one with the US tax authorities)

    Tip: Make a note of any missing documents and then start to track them down. For example, if you haven’t received your payment documents, make sure to contact your employer to request them.

    (5) Get help!

     With so much complicated paperwork and so many confusing questions, filing a US tax return is not exactly the easiest of tasks.

    Fortunately, help is on hand!

    When you create a Sprintax account, our system will assist you in preparing fully compliant Federal and State tax returns and also enable you to use any tax deduction and benefits that will allow you to claim your maximum legal tax refund.

    Sprintax will guide you through the tax filing process, firstly determining your tax residency status and then identifying which forms you need to complete based on your own personal circumstances.

    You’ll be asked a few easy questions and based on the information you provide, you will then be able to download your fully completed and compliant 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ (non-resident tax return).

    Benefits of using Sprintax

    Sprintax is the ‘go-to’ tax preparation software for numerous major universities in the US including, Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell.  We’re also the non-resident partner of choice for Turbo Tax.

    With Sprintax you can:

    • Save time and stress!
    • Determine your residency status
    • Prepare a fully compliant US tax return
    • Maximize your State tax refund
    • Avail of our 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility

    Subscribe to the Sprintax Blog!

    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

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  • Forget fees! Here’s how you can secure a US college scholarship

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    Here’s two things most prospective international students know about studying in the US.

    1 – When you study in the United States you can secure a first class qualification that is recognised around the globe

    2 – The US is one of the most expensive countries in the world in which to study

    So how can you reconcile these two factors?

    You want a top quality education and the experience of living and studying in the US. Financing a US university degree is tricky even for most Americans. And as an international student, there is an onus on you to provide proof, in advance of commencing your course, that you can pay for your college studies before you can obtain a student visa to study in the United States.

    But what if you can’t afford the fees?

    Don’t give up hope! There are a number of opportunities you can pursue in order to secure funding for your studies.

    For example, most US universities offer scholarship programmes and many accept applications from international students. In fact, more than 600 American universities offer scholarships worth $20,000 or more to international students.

    Scholarships are generally assessed on either academic merit, financial need, or extracurricular contribution. And there are a number of hoops you will need to jump through in order to apply – this may include taking SAT or ACT tests.

    But when you consider the financial benefits to scholarships it’s definitely worth being determined, persistent and seeing the process through to the end.

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    Types of International Student Scholarship

    (1) University scholarships

    Most universities offer some kind of financial aid for international students. So if you’re considering applying for a scholarship, it’s a good idea to contact your institution of choice and enquire about the options that are available to you.

    (2) Financial scholarships

    While this type of scholarship is usually only available for US residents, some universities offer financial needs-based scholarships to international students.

    (3) Merit scholarships

    This type of scholarship is available to students who are either academically skilled, gifted at sports or who excelled in community or entrepreneurial work.

    (4) Government-funded scholarships

    The US Government offers many scholarship programmes for international students (a number of which are listed further below).

    (5) Privately-funded scholarships

    Numerous private businesses and donors offer scholarships for international students. Many of these programs are targeted at developing countries and minority groups, or in specific areas of study.

    University Scholarships

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    Here are some of the scholarship offerings available from some of the biggest universities in the US. While this is nowhere near a complete list of scholarships, it should help you to get a picture of the type of programs that are available for international students.

    American University in Washington D.C.

    AU offers free tuition and board for one international student for a full four years undergraduate study. Some partial scholarships are also available from the college.

    Berea College

    This university, located in Kentucky, is the only school in the US that provides 100% funding to every international student for their first year of enrolment. This combination of financial aid and scholarships offsets the costs of tuition, room, board, and fees. In subsequent years, international students are expected to save $1,000 per year to contribute toward their expenses. All international students are provided with a paid, on-campus job through the College’s Work Program throughout the academic year. Students may use their wages (about US $2,000 the first year) to cover personal expenses

    Clark University

    Clark offers a range of merit-based grants to international applicants. International students can apply for scholarships valued at $20,000 to $25,000 per year.

    Dartmouth College

    Dartmouth College offers scholarships and loans to international students, which includes an allowance for travel to the US. International applicants must demonstrate financial need at the time of application. When not in class, many international financial aid recipients work for the College. Included in the aid award will be $2,450 estimated annual income from work during academic terms.

    Emory University

    This Atlanta-based college offers generous financial assistance for international students. These financial aid programs are linked to applications. In other words, it is impossible to get rejected for a scholarship but still be offered a place at the university.

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    Harvard University

    International students are eligible for the same amount of financial aid as US students.

    • 55% of Harvard undergraduates receive need-based scholarships
    • Parents of international students who earn less than $65,000 and are not expected to contribute any fees
    • Two-thirds of students work during the academic year

    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Illinois Wesleyan awards a small number of merit and need-based scholarships for international students in each first-year entering class.

    Merit-based scholarships

    These are offered to qualified international applicants with outstanding academic achievement and test scores on the required entrance exams. These awards range from $10,000 to $25,000 per year and are renewable for up to four years. In some instances, additional help is provided through student loans and campus employment.

    President’s International Student Scholarships

    This is a full-tuition scholarship (renewable for up to four years of study) awarded each year to two highly qualified international students in assessing their talents, interests and academic achievements.

    Need-based Scholarships

    You can also be considered for need-based financial aid. Using the information on your CSS Profile, the college can consider ways to further assist you with University funded scholarships, loans and campus-employment opportunities.

    Iowa State University

    Iowa State University offers scholarships (valued from $2,000 to $10,000 per year) to international students. Applicants are automatically considered for the merit-based award.

    Michigan State University

    MSU boasts a Global Spartan Leadership programme for international undergraduates. Recipients receive $8,000 upon completion of the programme requirements – attendance of various leadership training and cultural events. International students can also write an essay about their experience at the university in order to win a top prize of $1,000.

    University of Minnesota

    The University of Minnesota offers various grants and scholarships for international students including:

    Global Excellence Scholarship

    All international freshman and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. International freshman can receive scholarships of $10,000, $15,000 or $25,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students can receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the fall semester (transfer students entering in spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis). Awards are competitive and based on academic merit.

    #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

    This scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. The University awards two annual, renewable scholarships covering $15,000 per year.

    Undergraduate Research Scholarship

    New international freshman admitted to the University will also be considered for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Recipients receive $1,400 for participation in a faculty sponsored University of Minnesota research project and up to an additional $300 in support of supplies and expenses related to their research project. Undergraduate research at the University spans all academic disciplines and interests. The Undergraduate Research Scholarship allows students to pursue special research projects outside their regular courses.

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers tuition waivers to international students that have outstanding academic performance and contribute to extra-curricular activities.

    New York University

    NYU awards scholarships to international students submitting a first-year application

    University of Oregon

    Every year UO awards more than $2.5 million in financial aid and scholarships to international students. In fact, the college offers several sources of financial aid for international students including:

    Automatic Consideration

    UO Excellence Scholarship ($15,000 per year)

    Awarded to incoming freshmen with a 3.90 GPA or higher on a 4.00 scale and a qualifying test score (1450 SAT or 33 ACT).

    Summit Scholarship ($10,000 per year)

    This is awarded to incoming freshmen with a 3.80 GPA or higher on a 4.00 scale and a qualifying test score (1250 SAT or 26 ACT). The GPA requirement is waived for holders of an official International Baccalaureate diploma.

    Apex Scholarship ($7,500 per year)

    Awarded to incoming freshmen with a 3.60 GPA or higher on a 4.00 scale and a qualifying test score (1220 SAT or 25 ACT). The GPA requirement is waived for holders of an official International Baccalaureate diploma.

    Application-Based

    International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) Tuition Scholarships (partial to full tuition)

    The ICSP scholarship awards tuition-waiver scholarships ranging from partial to full tuition for up to 15 credits per term each year. Scholarships apply to tuition only and are based on financial need, academic merit, and the ability to make presentations to diverse groups of people. The ICSP scholarship has a cultural service component that requires students to give presentations about their home country to children, community organizations, and UO students, faculty, and staff.

    ICSP Nascence Scholarship

    This supplemental scholarship is awarded to a student from China or Hong Kong who is also a recipient of the International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) scholarship. No additional application is required.

    Wesleyan University’s Freeman Asian Scholars Programme

    This programme provides full tuition scholarships for a four-year course for 11 exceptionally able Asian students at undergraduate level. Additionally the university also offers assistance to about 30 international students.

    Government-funded and Private US scholarships

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    The United States Government and private business both offer many scholarship programmes for international students. A selection of these are listed below, though many more scholarship opportunities are available.

    Fulbright Foreign Student Program

    This is one of the most popular government-funded US scholarships for international students.

    Fulbright offers scholarships for graduate students, young professionals and artists to study in the US for one year or more. The program is open to international students who are studying in all fields (except medicine).

    Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

    Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

    This is a non-degree scholarship program for international, experienced professionals wishing to undertake 10 months of academic study in the US. Although the funding doesn’t support degree qualifications, students are able to study and develop their knowledge at academic institutions across the US.

    Participants in the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program can enroll in courses in a number of fields including Sustainable Development, Journalism and Communication, Law & Human Rights, Technology Policy and Management, Human Resources, Education, Public Health and more.

    In order to be eligible you’ll need:

    • An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
    • A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
    • Limited or no prior experience in the US
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities
    • A record of public service in the community
    • English language ability

    The NextGen Scholarship Fund

    The NextGen Scholarship Fund was created for international students who come to the US with the hopes of obtaining higher education. It’s a scholarship program for students in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. One annual award (in the amount of $1,000) will be given to a qualified and outstanding high school senior or a current college student at a two-year or four-year college. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be an international student enrolled in a US school. Applications are judged on merit and financial need.

    The P.E.O. International Peace scholarship

    The P.E.O. International Peace scholarship awards up to $12,500 to international students who want to study at a graduate level in America.

    The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship

    This programme provides a limited number of scholarships each year for outstanding students from selected developing countries to pursue postgraduate study. The scholarships are 50 per cent grant and 50 per cent loan.

    How to apply for your scholarship

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    Talk to your college of choice or scholarship awarding body

    Most colleges offer scholarship programs specifically for international students attending the institution. Visit the financial aid pages on the website of your school of choice. Alternatively you can call or email the school. By engaging with the institution, you can get a complete picture of what’s required for a particular scholarship application.

    Am I eligible?

    Eligibility for a scholarship depends entirely on the scholarship; there is no general rule of thumb on whether you are eligible for a financial award. For example, some scholarships require that you are from a certain country while others ask that you have a certain grade point average. You will need to do your own research to see if you are eligible for a scholarship. It is advisable to contact your college of choice directly, if you have any questions regarding eligibility.

    How do I apply?

    Similarly to eligibility criteria, there are no universally standardised rules or requirements for scholarship applications. While some just require you to complete an application form, others may require a specially written piece of work, or for you to be pursuing studies in a certain field. If you find a scholarship for which you think that you may be eligible, contact the award administrator for more details on how to apply.

    Are there taxable implications on my Scholarship?

    Yes there might be. If your scholarship only covers tuition there is generally no tax implication. However, if there are elements that cover areas that are not directly related to your tuition then these will generally have tax implications. Some examples of this include housing allowances, food allowances or travel allowances. If your scholarship is taxable, generally you will receive a 1042-S income document to reflect this taxable income earned.

    What should I do with my 1042-S document?

    You will need this document when you are preparing your tax return to outline the taxable income that you earned during the tax year. You can do this on Sprintax in the “Let’s Talk Money” section.

    And remember…

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    Every international student and scholar in the US has a tax filing requirement.

    Sprintax is the only online self-prep Federal and State tax software for international students in the US.

    Sprintax is also the ‘go-to’ tax preparation software for numerous major universities in the US including Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell. We’re also the non-resident partner of choice for Turbo Tax.

    Prepare with Sprintax! File with confidence!

    • Compliant US tax return
    • Save time and stress!
    • Avail of relevant international tax treaties
    • Avail of personal allowances, credits & tax deductions
    • 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility
    • Maximize your State tax refund
    • Over 500k people have used Sprintax to prepare their tax return and get their tax refund

    Prepare your US tax return today!

     

     

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    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

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  • US tax season survival guide – everything you need to know

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    15 US tax questions answered for international students

    Tax season is fast approaching and every international student in the US must file a tax return by the April 15 deadline.

    But which tax return should you file? Are you entitled to any tax credits or deductions? And what happens if you make a mistake on your tax return?

    Here’s everything you need to know to survive tax season!

    First off, do I have to pay tax in the US?

    Yes! As an international student in the US, you will likely have to pay tax on the following types of income:

    • Wages and compensation
    • Salaries
    • Tips
    • Interest
    • Dividends
    • Some scholarships/fellowship grants
    • Prizes/awards

    N.B. This will depend on your individual circumstances.

    Do I have to file tax forms?

    Yes! Non-resident international students studying in the US must at least file a Form 8843 with the IRS each year, even if you did not earn any income. It’s the law!

    If you’ve earned income during the year, it’s likely that you will also have to file a Federal tax return.

    When you file your tax return you must report all sources of your income to the government – including the tax you have already paid and what you still owe. It’s also an opportunity to claim any deductions that you may qualify for.

    At the end of the process, you calculate the total tax you should have paid. If you paid more than what you owe during the year, you will be entitled to a refund. On the other hand, if you didn’t pay enough, you must pay the difference.

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    I didn’t earn any income. Do I still have to file tax paperwork?

    Yes. Even if you have not earned any income, if you have spent time in the US as a non-resident alien on an F or J visa, you must complete a Form 8843 and send it to the IRS.

    Which tax form should I file?

    As an international student it’s likely you will fall into the ‘non-resident’ tax category which means that the tax return you need to file is a 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ. Alternatively, if you have not earned any US income, you must complete a Form 8843.

    When is the deadline to file my income tax returns?

    The filing deadline for individual US Federal income tax returns is Monday April 15.

    How can I determine my residency status?

    It’s vital to determine your residency status in order to file a compliant tax return. The most common tax residency statuses are ‘resident’ and ‘non-resident alien’. Most international students who are studying in the US on F, J, M or Q visas are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes. When you prepare your tax return with Sprintax, our software will determine your residency status based on the information that you provide.

    Will the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ affect me?

    The ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ has wide ranging effects for all US taxpayers – particularly non-residents such as international students and those in America on a J-1 programme.

    The primary change relates to the removal of what’s known as the ‘personal exemption’. This has lead to overall taxable income increasing for all non-residents.

    Prior to the bill’s introduction, every non-resident who was working in the US was entitled to earn up to $4,050 without paying tax, through the personal exemption. However, the personal exemption was reduced from $4,050 to $0 in January 2018.

    The removal of the personal exemption means that, for some non-residents, Federal tax refunds will be reduced. However, the US has tax treaties with over 65 other countries. International students and scholars can also potentially avail of these tax treaties when applying for their Federal tax refund.

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    Do I need to file a State tax return?

    Depending on your personal circumstances, you may also have to file a State tax return(s).

    The average State tax refund that Sprintax customers received last year was $328.

    Sprintax can also help you to figure out whether or not you have to file a State tax return. In order to claim your tax refund you will first need to file your tax return.

    What will I need in order to prepare my tax return?

    In order to prepare your US tax return you will need:

    (1) Your residency status

    (2) Your Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

    (3) Your income documents, of which there are 3 main types:

    • A W2 form (officially known as a Wage and Tax Statement) is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form used to report wages paid to employees and the taxes withheld. You should receive this from your employer at the end of January. It will state the previous year’s earnings and tax withheld
    • The 1042-S is typically sent if you received some form of taxable scholarship from your school or institution, such as, for example a stipend or housing allowance
    • The 1099 is less common, but you may have this if you received rental income, investment income or if you worked as an independent contractor

    What happens if I don’t file a tax return?

    If you don’t file a tax return, you may be subject to penalties and interest.

    The late filing penalty is 5% of the additional taxes owed for every month your return is late, (up to a maximum of 25%). If you file more than 60 days after the due date, the minimum penalty is $205 or 100% of your unpaid tax, whichever is less.

    Failure to comply with your tax obligations may also result in you being denied a US visa in the future.

    I filed an incorrect tax return last year. What can I do?

    If you discover that you have filed an incorrect tax return, you will need to correct it by filing an amended tax return (generally Form 1040-X). Sprintax can help you prepare your amended tax return.

    Amendments can currently be made for tax returns (1040X) for the 2017 tax year. Sprintax can help you make required amendments to your 2018 tax return from February 2019.

    I should have filed a tax return for last year. Can I file it now?

    Yes, you should file your tax return as soon as possible. Sprintax can help you prepare overdue tax returns.

    What is Sprintax?

    Sprintax is the only online Federal and State self-prep tax software for non-residents in the US.

    When you create a Sprintax account, our system will assist you in preparing fully compliant Federal and State tax returns and also enable you to use any tax deduction and benefits that will allow you to maximize your legal tax refund.

    Sprintax is also the ‘go-to’ tax preparation software for numerous major universities in the US including, Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell. 

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    How can Sprintax help me?

    When you create your Sprintax account you’ll be asked a few easy questions. Once you complete the short form, based on the information you provided, you will then be able to download your fully completed and compliant 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ (non-resident tax return).

    With Sprintax you can:

    • Save time and stress!
    • Determine your residency status
    • Prepare a fully compliant US tax return
    • Maximize your State tax refund
    • Avail of our 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility

    Can I file my tax return with Turbo Tax?

    Turbo Tax offer a service for US tax residents. Most international students are considered non-resident for tax purposes and so can’t file their tax return with Turbo Tax. Sprintax is the non-resident partner of choice for Turbo Tax.

    Join the more than 250,000 people who have prepared their US tax return with Sprintax!

    Subscribe to the Sprintax Blog!

    US tax can be confusing. Especially for nonresidents!

    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

    You’ll find tons of useful content for nonresidents. We cover tax, student life, acclimatizing to the US and much more.

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  • Her J-1 katılımcısının ABD vergileri hakkında bilmesi gereken 5 şey

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    • Başkan Trump’ın ‘Vergi Kesintileri ve İş Kanunu’ J-1 vize sahipleri için ne anlama gelmekte.
    • J-1 yükümlülük ve haklarını anlamak.
    • Sprintax – J-1 vergi iadesine başvuru yapmak için en kolay yol.

    Başkan Trump 2017 Kasım ayında ‘ Vergi Kesintileri ve İş Kanunu ‘ yasasını açıkladığında birçok J-1 vize sahibi ve uluslararası öğrenci ABD’yi kafası karışık bir şekilde terketti.

    ‘Bu beni nasıl etkileyecek ?’ ‘Vergi iadesi başvurusunda bulunmam gerekli mi?’ ‘Hala vergi iadesi alabilir miyim?

    Bir çok soru cevapsız kalmıştı.

    Bugün bu soruları cevaplamak için buradayız! Eğer bir J-1 seyahatiyle ABD’ye gidecekseniz bu rehberi takip edin, bu şekilde almaya hakkınız olan vergi iadelerini alırken ABD vergi dairesi IRS’i mutlu tutmayı başarabileceksiniz.

    Pekala, daha fazla uzatmadan işte her J-1 katılımcısının ABD vergisi hakkında bilmesi gereken 5 şey.

    Zamanınız kısıtlı mı ? Bunun yerne hazırladığımız videoya bir göz atın!

    (1) Evet, vergi iadesine başvurmak zorundasınız!

    Her bir ABD J-1 vize sahibi vergi yılı sonunda vergi iadesi için başvuruda bulunmak zorunda. Yasa bu şekilde!

    Başkan Trump’ın yasasından önce J-1 sahiplerinin vergi iade başvurusu yapmasını gerektirmeyen bazı durumlar vardı.

    Ancak artık durum böyle değil ve J-1 vizesinin şartlarından biride vize sahibinin vergi beyannamesi vermesidir.

     

    Başvuruda bulunmak

    Başvuruda bulunmanın birkaç farklı yolu bulunmakta.

    Yeni başlayanlar, başvurunuzu direkt olarak IRS ile gerçekleştirebilirsiniz.

    Ancak, birçok J-1 öğrencisi için vergi beyannamesi doldurmak son derece kafa karıştırıcı, karmaşık ve açıkça sıkıcı bir iştir!

    ABD vergi beyannamenizi hazırlamanın en hızlı, en kolay ve en iyi yolu Sprintax’ı seçmektir. Bu konuda daha fazlası aşağıda!

     

    Başvuruda bulunmamak

    J-1 programınızdan sonra vergi beyannamesi vermezseniz, cezalara ve faizlere tabi olabilirsiniz.

    Geç dosyalama cezası, geri dönüşünüzün geç kaldığı her ay için ödenen ek vergi borcunun% 5’i kadardır (en fazla% 25’e kadar). Son ödeme tarihinden 60 günden fazla bir süre sonra başvuru yaparsanız, asgari ceza 205$ veya ödenmemiş verginizin % 100’ü kadardır,  hangisi daha düşükse.

    Vergi yükümlülüklerinize uymamanız, gelecekte ABD vizesinin reddedilmesine de neden olabilir.

     

    Vergi ikamet durumu nedir ?

    Sağlıklı bir vergi iadesi başvurusunda bulunmak için ikamet durumunuzu belirlemek çok önemlidir.

    J-1 vize sahiplerinin çoğunluğu, IRS tarafından vergi amaçlı ikamet etmeyen yabancılar olarak kabul edilir.

    Vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırladığınızda, yazılımımız verdiğiniz bilgilere dayanarak ikamet durumunuzu belirleyecektir.

    Vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırlayın

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    (2) Trump’ın yaptığı değişiklikler öğrenciler için ne anlama gelmekte

    ‘Vergi Kesintileri ve İşler Yasası’nın tüm ABD vergi mükellefleri için etkileri mevcut – ancak özellikle ABD’de eğitim, staj yapmak veya WaT için bulunanlar için daha geniş kapsamlı etkileri vardır.

    Bu değişikliklerin çoğu Ocak 2018’de yürülüğe girdiğinden, ikamet etmeyen kişilerin ABD vergi yükümlülüklerini ve haklarını anlamaları çok önemlidir.

    İkamet etmeyen kişileri etkileyen en büyük değişim ‘kişisel muafiyet’ konusundadır.

    Yasa değişikliğinden önce ABD’de ikamet etmeden çalışan her bir birey $4,050lık bir kişisel muafiyete sahipti. Bir başka değişle 2017 tılında J1 vizesiyle ABD’de öalıyor olsaydınız $4,050 a kadar vergi ödemeden gelir elde edebilirdiniz.

    Bununla birlikte, 1 Ocak 2018 itibariyle (ve 2025 yılına kadar) kişisel muafiyet 4.050 Dolardan 0 Dolara düşürülmüştür. Kişisel muafiyetin kaldırılması, ikamet etmeyen herkes için vergilendirilebilir toplam gelirin arttığı anlamına gelir.

    Unutmamakta fayda var, bu değişiklikler 2017 ve öncesi yıllara etki etmemekte. Yani eğer 2017 yılında J1 vizesiyle ABD’de çalıştıysanız hala kişisel muafiyet yasasından yaralanabilirsiniz.

    Vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırlayın

     

    (3) Hala vergi iadesi alma hakkınız olabilir

    Kişisel muafiyetin kaldırılması, ikamet etmeyen kişilerin çoğu için Federal vergi iadelerinin azaltılacağı anlamına geliyor.

    2018 vergi yılından itibaren, ikamet etmeyen bir kişinin Federal vergi iadesi almaya hak kazanmasının tek nedeni, gelirlerinden çok fazla vergi kesilmesidir.

    Yinede, Federal vergi iadesi almaya hakkınız olmasa bile Eyalet vergi iadesi alma şansınız bir hayli yüksek.

    Ortalama Eyalet vergilerimiz $175

    Ancak unutmayın; Eyalet vergi iadenizi alabilmek için beyannamede bulunmalısınız. Eyalet vergi beyannamesinde bulunabilmek için öncesinde Federal vergi beyannamesini yapmış olmak zorundasınız !

    Son olarak? Yasal olarak vergi beyannamesinde bulunmanız gerekli. Eyalet vergilerinizi alabilmek için harika bir fırsatınız var. O halde başvurunuzu yapın ve paranızı alın!

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    (4) Ne kadar vergi ödeyeceksiniz?

    2018 yılının başından itibaren tüm ikamet etmeyen kişiler elde ettikleri ilk 9,525$ a kadar %10 gelir vergisi ödemeli. Eğer bu rakamdan fazla bir gelir elde ettiyseniz 9,525$ ile 38,700$ arasındaki gelirler için %12 gelir vergisi ödemeniz gerekli.

    Örnekler

    (1) Fred, yaz aylarında bir restoranda çalışmak için J-1 vizesiyle Boston’a gider. ABD’de bulunduğu süre boyunca 4.000 $ kazanır.

    Eğer Fred 2017’de Boston’da çalışsaydı, kazancı üzerinden vergi ödemek zorunda kalmayacaktı, çünkü geliri 4.050 dolarlık kişisel muafiyet tutarını geçmemiş olacaktı.

    Ancak eğer Fred 2018’de Boston’da çalışmışsa, kişisel muafiyetten faydalanamayacak ve gelir vergisi olarak 400$ (% 10) ödemek zorunda kalacak.

    (2) Fiona J-1 vizesiyle Miami’ye gider ve kendisine yazın çalışabileceği bir ofis işi bulur. ABD’de kaldığı süre içerisinde 9,000$ kazanır (tüm WaT katılımcılarının %50sinin ortalama kazancı).

    Fiona bu geliri 2017 yılında elde etseydi ödemesi gereken vergi $495 olacaktı. ($9,000 – $4,050 = $4,950. 10% of $4,950 = $495).

    Ancak, bu geliri 2018 yılında kazanırsa, toplam vergi tutarı 900$ olacaktır.

    tam vergi oranları listesi ve aralıkları aşağıdaki gibidir:

     

    Aralık                             Vergi oranı

    $0 – $9,525

    Vergiye tabi gelirin %10u

    $9,526 – $38,700            +   $9,526 nın üzerindeki kısmın %12si

     

    $38,701 – $82,501           +   $38,701 in üzerindeki kısmın % 22si

     

    $82,501 – $157,500         +  $82,501 in üzerindeki kısmın % 24ü

     

    $157,501 – $200,000       +  $157,501 in üzerindeki kısmın % 32si

     

    İadenizi Sprintax ile buradan talep edin!

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    (5) Sprintax vergi beyannamenizi hazırlamanın en kolay yoludur

    Sprintax, J-1 programında bulunan ve ABD’de ikamet etmeyenlerin beyannameleri için tek bireysel olarak çevrimiçi hazırlama yazılımıdır. ADB vergi beyannamenizi dakikalar içinde hazırlamanıza yardım edecek!

    Bir Sprintax hesabı oluşturduğunuzda, sistemimiz tam uyumlu Federal ve Eyalet vergi beyannamelerini hazırlamanıza yardımcı olacaktır.

    Yazılımımız ayrıca yasal olarak almaya hakkınız olan maksimum vergi iadenizi almanızı da sağlayacaktır.

    Sprintax aynı zamanda ABD’deki NYU, Columbia, Arizona Eyalet Üniversitesi, Illinois Teknoloji Enstitüsü ve Cornell gibi birçok büyük üniversiteye yönelik “vergi iadesi” yazılımıdır.

    Aynı zamanda Turbo Tax’in ikamet etmeyen kişiler için önerdiği iş ortağı konumundayız.

    “Kendin yap” ne anlama gelir?

    Sprintax J-1 vize sahiplerine kolayca ve tam uyumlu bir şekilde vergi beyannameleri hazırlama imkanı sunun bir “kendin-yap” yazılımdır.

    Hesabınızı oluşturduğunuzda, yazılıma bazı ilgili bilgileri girmeniz istenecektir. Ardından tamamlanmış ve tamamen uyumlu 1040NR (ikamet etmeyen kişiler için vergi beyannamesi) belgenizi indirebileceksiniz.

    Sprintax aracılığıyla başvurduğunuzda güvenle başvurusunuz!

    • Tamamen uyumlu ABD vergi iadesi
    • Zaman ve stresten tasarruf edin!
    • İkamet durumunuzu öğrenin
    • İlgili uluslarası vergi anlaşmaları hakkında faydalı.
    • Kişisel muafiyet, krediler ve vergi kesintileri konusunda faydalı
    • 24/7 Vita belgeli Canlı Yardım servisi
    • En yüksek  seviyede Eyaler vergi iadesi

    500 binden fazla kişi Sprintax’ı vergi beyannamelerini hazırlamak ve vergi iadelerini almak için kullandı.

    Maliyeti ne kadar olacak ?

    Sprintax vergi beyannamesi hazırlama ücretleri:

    $35,95 – Federal

    $25,95 – Eyalet

    Ancak unutmayın, çoğu J-1 vizesi sahibi Eyalet Vergi İadesi hakkına sahiptir!

    Nasıl başlayabilirim  ?

    Çok Kolay!

    Hemen bir Sprintax hesabı oluşturun!

    Özetle:

    • J-1 vize sahiplerinin çok büyük kısmı ABD devleti tarafından vergi işlemlerinde ikamet etmeyen statüsünde kabul edilir.
    • ABD’de ikamet etmeyen her bir birey, yasal olarak vergi beyannamesi yapmak zorundadır.
    • Bu işlemin yapılmaması cezalara, yaptırımlara ve gelecek yıllarda ABD’ye girişlerinize izin verilmemesine yol açabilir.
    • 1 Ocak 2018 itibariyle ikamet etmeyen kişilerin artık $4,050 Dolarlık kişisel muafiyete tabi tutulmayı talep etme hakları yoktur.
    • Sprintax ABD vergi iade başvurularınızı daha kolay hale getirmekte!
    • Vergi iade başvurunuzu Sprintax ile gerçekleştirmeniz durumunda yasal olarak almaya hakkınız olan en yüksek vergi iade miktarını elde edeceksiniz.

    ABD vergi beyannamenizi Sprintax ile hazırlamak inanılmaz ucuz ve kolaydır. Şimdi başlayın!

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  • It’s time to talk about Community College

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    5 reasons why the two year route could be right for you

     

    You’ve made up your mind.

    You want to study in the US.

    But what’s your next step?

    Well many students in your position will research available courses in the many prestigious American Universities.

    But getting into these Universities can be tricky. And the tuition fees can be astronomical.

    So what can you do?

    There is one option you should consider before you make the final decision on where you’re going to study.

    Community College.

    Roughly one in five of all international undergraduate students in the US study at a Community College. That adds up to almost 100,000 students.

    International students find that there are numerous benefits to enrolling at a Community College such as reduced fees, smaller class sizes and one-on-one assistance.

    Additionally, studying at a Community College doesn’t mean limited options (as some might lead you to believe). On the contrary.

    Students can study diverse topics and find virtually limitless opportunities to learn and further their education at four year Universities if desired.

    5 reasons why you should consider enrolling in a Community College

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    A Community College is a higher education institution that primarily serves its surrounding community.

    There are over a thousand Community Colleges in the United States and most offer a variety of degrees or certificates that prepare both domestic and international students for the working world.

    There are many differences between Community Colleges and Universities. Perhaps the most obvious is the duration of degrees offered.

    Typically Courses at Community Colleges take two years to complete, while the duration is often four years at Universities.

    While many Community Colleges do not carry the prestige of their four-year counterparts, there are still many advantages to choosing the two year route.

    Here are just five reasons every international student should consider enrolling in a US Community College.

    (1) Tuition fees

    Community College is certainly a good option for students who are budget conscious.

    One of the main advantages of enrolling in a Community College is the reduced tuition fees.

    Fees for international students at traditional four-year Universities can cost upwards of $40,000 per year. But at Community Colleges, fees are often closer to $10,000 per College year.

    Many students aim to use Community College as a stepping-stone before finishing their degree at a University. Since Community College tuition is more affordable than a traditional four-year University, spending the first two years of a course at a Community College is a great way to save money.

    (2) Options

    As outlined above, international students who enroll in Community Colleges have lots of options.

    Firstly, you could choose to complete your course before seeking out opportunities in the working world.

    Or you could use the course as a springboard toward further education.

    At traditional four year Universities, students usually spend their first two years taking general education requirements such as math or history.

    This means that during the first two years of University, regardless of what you study, you’ll be required to take the same general education requirements.

    It will not be until your third and fourth year that you will focus on the requirements which are more specific to your chosen degree program.

    This is why many international students choose to do the two years of general educational requirements at a Community College before transferring to a traditional University to complete their degree.

    What’s more, Community Colleges and Universities often develop special agreements for the transfer of credits and degrees between the institutions.  Some Community Colleges even have programs that guarantee students’ admission to a four-year institution.

    (3) Campus size

    Another big difference between Community Colleges and Universities is campus size.

    Universities are usually much larger than Community Colleges. In fact, some Universities have over a hundred thousand students. Normally Community Colleges do not come near that level of student population.

    Catching your bearings and finding your way around is much easier on a smaller campus. And with a reduced student population, it will be easier to get to know fellow students and make friends!

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    (4) Student faculty ratio

    The ratio of students to faculty members is also smaller at Community Colleges.

    Why is this a positive?

    Class sizes tend to be small. During the course of your studies you may require some face time with a teacher or professor. You are much more likely to get it at a Community College.

    This will enable you to ask more questions and get the support you need.

    (5) Cutting edge fields

    Smaller class sizes can be highly beneficial for international students as they adjust to the pace of US academic life and practice their English-language skills.

    They can also be advantageous when you are studying subjects in certain cutting-edge fields such as biomedical technology, robotics and internet and computer technologies etc.

    10 of the best Community Colleges for international students

    Half of international students in US Community Colleges choose an institution in either California, Texas, Florida, Washington state or New York state.

    Below are the top 10 Community Colleges for international students (based on foreign student populations).

    1Houston Community College

    Where – Houston, Texas

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 5,982

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    2Santa Monica College

    Where – Santa Monica, California

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 3,532

    3Lone Star College

    Where – The Woodlands, Texas

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 3,025

    4De Anza College

    Where – Cupertino, California

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 2,792

    5Northern Virginia Community College

    Where – Annadale, Virginia

    Number of international students in 2016-2017 – 2,027

    6Miami Dade College

    Where – Miami, Florida

    Number of international students in 2016-2017 – 1,995

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    7Montgomery College

    Where – Rockville, Maryland

    Number of international students in 2016-2017 – 1,933

    8 Green River College

    Where – Auburn, Washington

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 1,789

    9Valencia College

    Where – Orlando, Florida

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 1,764

    10Diablo Valley

    Where – Pleasant Hill, California

    Number of international students in 2016/17 – 1,641

    Sprintax can help Community College students

    Regardless of where you choose to study, every international in the US is legally obliged to file a tax return each year.

    Sprintax is the only online self-prep tax software for international students in the US. It will help you prepare your fully compliant US tax return in minutes!

    Sprintax is the ‘go-to’ tax filing software for numerous major universities in the US including NYU, Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell. We’re also the non-resident partner of choice for Turbo Tax.

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    That’s why, if you’re an International Student or J-1 participant in the US, or you work in a University International Student Office, you should subscribe to the Sprintax blog.

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