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  • Breaking: Sprintax is Now LIVE For Nonresident Federal E-Filing!

    It has never been easier to file your nonresident US federal tax return.

    We are thrilled to announce that Sprintax – the only online solution for nonresident federal and state tax returns – is now live for Federal E-Filing.

    This means that, by completing the easy Sprintax questionnaire, you can file your federal return directly with the IRS online.

    What is E-Filing?

    Sprintax is now approved by the IRS to submit Federal tax returns electronically (E-Filing).

    In short, this means you no longer need to download, print and mail a physical copy of your tax return to the US tax office. Instead, you can now file your federal tax return without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.

    It’s also important to note that, by E-Filing your tax return, you will receive your US tax refund much faster than you would if you filed a paper tax return.

    E-File your tax return with Sprintax

    How does E-filing with Sprintax work?

    When you complete the Sprintax questionnaire and proceed through the order breakdown and payment stage, you will be ready to submit your 2020 US tax return.

    If you wish to E-File your taxes, you must firstly confirm that you have not previously E-Filed your 2020 tax return before.

    You can then click the ‘Proceed with E-File’ button to move to the next step.

    E-File Authentication

    To E-File your tax return you must first electronically sign your tax return using the information requested on the screen.

    Before you can sign your return, we must verify your identity. To do so, we will ask you to provide information from your previous federal tax return.

    If you filed a federal tax return last year, you can either provide your prior year adjusted gross income or your self-selected 5-digit pin.

    You can find your adjusted gross income on line 35 of your 2019 1040NR or on line 10 of your 1040NR-EZ. Please ensure the information you provide here is correct.

    If you did not file a tax return for tax year 2019, please enter ‘0’ as your prior year adjusted gross income.

    If you filed an amended tax return for tax year 2019, please enter the adjusted gross income listed on the return you filed originally.

    Electronically signing your tax return

    You will be required to select any 5-digit number (other than 00000) to electronically sign your tax return. Ensure you keep a record of this pin in a safe place.

    You will need to acknowledge that this pin is your signature and that and that you are now authorising transmission of your return.

    Final steps

    Next, you must read the disclaimer and consent statements and confirm your agreement and that you have reviewed the information that you have entered and examined your tax return.

    You will also need to confirm that the social security numbers of each person on the return are correct.

    You must then sign the above consent disclosure by entering your date of birth.

    Finally, simply click ‘E-File My Return’ to electronically send your tax return to the IRS.

    Can I E-File my state taxes with Sprintax?

    No. You can only E-File your federal tax return with Sprintax.

    However, if you are required to file a state tax return, Sprintax will help you to prepare the documents you need.

    When you complete our questionnaire, our software will provide you with your completed state tax return.

    To file your tax return, simply download, print and sign your documents and mail them to the tax office.

    Can everyone E-File their federal taxes?

    No.

    You will not be able to file online if:

    1. You have an ITIN
    2. Any names or SSN do not coincide with the information provided at the About You step of the Sprintax questionnaire
    3. Any of your payment documents do not have an EIN
    4. Any of your W2 forms do not have a control number
    5. Any of your 1042-S forms do not have a unique code identifier
    6. You allocated some of your income as ‘earned outside the USA’
    7. You have capital gains income
    8. You have form 1099-NEC
    9. You have form 1099-MISC with box 4 higher than box 0
    10. You have included one of the following documents – Final payslip, 1099-DIV, 1099-INT or 1099-B
    11. You have self-employment income

    If you are not eligible to E-File your taxes, don’t worry. You can still download your completed forms from Sprintax and mail them to the IRS.

    Do I have to E-File my tax return?

    No. If you would prefer not to file your taxes online, you can file by mail instead. Simply download your tax return, print it, sign it, and mail it to the IRS.

    What else is new with Sprintax?

    With our new OCR feature, you will save a lot of time when filing your tax return this year.

    In short, you will no longer be required to manually enter details from your income documents into the Sprintax questionnaire.

    Instead, you can simply upload your income documents and our software will populate the required information into your tax return.

    When is the tax filing deadline?

    It is important to file your tax return before the 17 May (the 2021 tax deadline has been extended from 15 April due to COVID-19).

    If you owe the IRS money and you don’t file your tax return by the deadline, you may incur late filing fines and penalties from the IRS. You may also jeopardize your future US visa applications.

    What’s more, 70% of Sprintax users receive a tax refund. By not filing, you risk missing out on your tax refund.

    The average federal refund is $1,126. Do you really want to leave that kind of money in the US? Of course not!

    File your US tax return with Sprintax.

    Who must file tax documents in the US?

    Every nonresident in the US has a tax filing requirement.

    If you earned income in the US, you will be required to file a federal tax return. You may also have a state tax filing requirement.

    Nonresident aliens who are in the US on a J or F visa must file a Form 8843 “Statement of Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition” even if they received no income in the US.

    No matter what nonresident tax document you need to file, Sprintax can help you. Get started here.

    Why choose Sprintax?

    Sprintax will cater to all of your nonresident tax filing requirements.

    • We help more than 215,000 nonresidents (from over 200 nationalities) with their taxes every year
    • We are now live for Federal Tax Return E-Filing
    • Automatic generation of completed tax documents including federal, state and FICA tax returns, form 8843, tax return amendments and more
    • Your maximum US tax refund guaranteed – our average federal refund is $1,126
    • 24/7 Live Chat tax support

    How to get started

    To file your US federal tax return online with Sprintax, simply create your account or login here.

    Next, we will ask you a couple of easy questions about your time in the US and the income you earned.

    Our software will then automatically apply any treaty benefits or tax relief you are entitled to – minimizing your tax bill!

    You will then have the opportunity to either E-File or download your completed documents.

    It’s that easy! E-File your US taxes today!

  • I have received a 1095 form. Should I include this on my tax return?

    Do you need a form 1095 to file your taxes?

    Which details from your 1095 and 1098 forms should you include on your tax return?

    In March 2010, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, three new forms were introduced into the US tax system – 1095 A, B, and C.

    The primary focus of these forms is to account for the healthcare coverage you purchased during the tax year.

    However, if you are a nonresident in the US, you may be wondering why you received a 1095 form (especially when you consider that purchasing healthcare coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is not mandatory for nonresidents) and whether or not you can claim any benefits on your tax return.

    The answer to this question very much depends on your personal circumstances and the type of form you received.

    In this guide, we will cover everything you need to know about 1095 forms and how to file a compliant tax return. Continue reading “I have received a 1095 form. Should I include this on my tax return?” »

  • How to apply for your ITIN from outside the US

    When sitting down to file taxes, one of the first items every taxpayer requires is your TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number).

    This will either be your Social Security Number (SSN) or your ITIN if you are not eligible for a SSN.

    If you have a social security number you won’t need an ITIN.

    If you just need to file Form 8843 (had no taxable US income) then you likely will not need an ITIN either.

    However, some nonresidents that have earned taxable US income but are not eligible for a SSN will likely need to apply for what is known as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Continue reading “How to apply for your ITIN from outside the US” »

  • Did you leave the US due to Covid-19? You could be due a tax refund!

    Covid-19 called a halt to countless peoples plans in 2020!

    Many nonresidents had to leave their adventures in foreign lands and travel home.

    If you were one of the people who had to leave the US due to the pandemic…we feel your pain!

    However, you should know that you still have tax filing obligations in the US!

    Lucky for you, you could be due a big tax refund! Continue reading “Did you leave the US due to Covid-19? You could be due a tax refund!” »

  • US Tax Deadline Extended to 17 May 2021

    U.S. federal tax deadline extension 2021

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the US tax deadline has been extended from 15 April until 17 May 2021.

    The decision has been made in order to give taxpayers who may be under financial pressure more time to file their taxes, the tax agency have said.

    It comes after last year’s deadline was also pushed forward from 15 April 2020 to 15 July 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
    Continue reading “US Tax Deadline Extended to 17 May 2021” »

  • Everything nonresidents need to know about the W-2 and 1099 forms

    W-2 form

    Have you just received a W-2 form from your employer for the 2020 tax season?

    If so, you may be asking yourself what it is and what you need to do with it.

    Every year, nonresidents and international students who have earned an income in the US will receive a W-2 form from their employer – outlining wage and salary information. In addition, you may also receive a form 1099 detailing different types of income received during the year e.g., self-employed income, interest on bank accounts, stocks bonds or dividends.

    In this guide, we will outline how to use these forms when filing your tax return.

    Continue reading “Everything nonresidents need to know about the W-2 and 1099 forms” »

  • Making a profit from Robinhood? Here’s everything a nonresident needs to know about their trading tax requirements

    Robinhood investment income tax for nonresidents in the US

    Over recent weeks, stock trading apps, such as Robinhood and Etrade, have featured prominently in news headlines – dominating the public psyche more than ever before.

    Gone are the days when investing in stocks and shares was limited to Wall Street traders.

    In January 2021, when a large group of Reddit users banded together to invest in the video game retailer GameStop, we saw a clear demonstration of just how easy it has become to invest your money and make a profit.

    In fact, nowadays, anyone can invest from their phone while on the go.

    But if you’re making a profit from stock trading apps, there is one important factor to keep in mind: if you are investing in a share or other property which is located in the US, it’s likely that you will have to pay tax to the IRS on your profits. Continue reading “Making a profit from Robinhood? Here’s everything a nonresident needs to know about their trading tax requirements” »

  • Everything a nonresident in the US needs to know about the second COVID stimulus payment

    Can nonresidents claim the second pandemic stimulus payment

    Did you receive $600 from the IRS? Here’s what you should know

    In late December, the US government passed an act which authorized the IRS to begin delivering a new round of pandemic Economic Impact Payments to taxpayers – via direct debit and paper checks.

    The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act provides a one-time payment of up to $600 per eligible person.
    Continue reading “Everything a nonresident in the US needs to know about the second COVID stimulus payment” »

  • Tax guide for summer camp counselors on J-1 visa

    Tax return from summer camp on J-1 visa

    The camp counselor program allows you to share your culture and ideas while working in a camp setting in the US.

    To take part in the camp counselor program, you need a J-1 cultural exchange visa. This visa allows non-immigrant aliens to temporarily live in the US to participate in the summer camp.

    Generally, J-1 camp counselors are considered nonresidents for tax purposes. You must fill out important tax documents when you arrive at the camp, and your camp director can help you with this. Continue reading “Tax guide for summer camp counselors on J-1 visa” »

  • Налоговый гид для участников программы Camp Counselors по визе J-1

    Вожатые лагерей США по визе J-1 - Налоговый гид

    Программа Camp Counselors (Вожатые лагеря) позволяет вам делиться своей культурой и идеями, работая в летнем лагере в США.

    Чтобы принять участие в программе Camp Counselors, вам нужна виза культурного обмена J-1. Эта виза позволяет иностранцам, не являющимся иммигрантами, временно проживать в США для работы в летнем лагере.

    Как правило, участники J-1 программы Camp Counselors считаются нерезидентами для целей налогообложения. По прибытии в лагерь вы должны заполнить важные налоговые документы, и директор вашего лагеря может помочь вам в этом.
    Continue reading “Налоговый гид для участников программы Camp Counselors по визе J-1” »

  • Which tax form should I use: Form 1040, 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ?

    Important: As of 2020, the 1040-NR-EZ had been made obsolete. The IRS has simplified the 1040-NR, which will be used instead.

    Coming to the US from a foreign country presents both thrills and challenges to every nonresident.

    One of the more common difficulties nonresidents face is filing their tax return.

    In this blog, we’ll be discussing Forms 1040, 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, and how they apply to each person’s situation.

    Form 1040 (NR & NR-EZ) figures out the total taxable income of the taxpayer and determines how much of a refund the person may be due.

    So, without further ado, let’s examine how to find out which form applies to you! Continue reading “Which tax form should I use: Form 1040, 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ?” »

  • A complete state-by-state guide to US taxes for international students

    Form 1040, 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ

    In the US, there are different tax rules and laws in each individual state, as well as at a federal level.

    Depending on where you live, you may be required to file a state tax return. In this article we will outline what you need to know about each state’s tax filing requirement.

    So, let’s start with the easy part.
    Continue reading “A complete state-by-state guide to US taxes for international students” »

  • Keep your tax records when Tax season is over. Here’s why

    How long to keep tax return documents after tax season ends

    Here are the tax records you need to keep and how long you should keep them

    When tax season ends it can feel like a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders – an opportunity to exhale and relax (until it all starts again next year that is!) But before you expel all tax topics completely from your mind, there is one final task you must complete.
    Continue reading “Keep your tax records when Tax season is over. Here’s why” »

  • Ведите налоговый учет по окончании налогового сезона. Вот почему

    Как долго хранить налоговую отчетность США

    Hалоговая отчетность, которую вам нужно хранить и как долго вы должны ее хранить

    Когда налоговый сезон заканчивается, может казаться, что с ваших плеч сняли большой груз – возможность выдохнуть и расслабиться (пока все не начнется снова в следующем году!). Но прежде чем вы полностью выбросите из головы все налоговые вопросы, вы должны выполнить последнее задание.
    Continue reading “Ведите налоговый учет по окончании налогового сезона. Вот почему” »

  • How you can participate in the #SaveJ1 Campaign

    On 22 June, the US government suspended a number of non-immigrant visa programs until the end of 2020.

    The government’s proclamation affects a range of different visa programs including the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

    J-1 participants who were hoping to travel as an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program participant will now not be able to enter the US before the end of the year.

    The government has stated that the intention behind the visa suspensions is to boost jobs for Americans during the economic crisis.

    However, as the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is an important cultural exchange program – and not a work program – a new #SaveJ1 Campaign has been established with the aim of lifting the suspension of J-1 visas.
    Continue reading “How you can participate in the #SaveJ1 Campaign” »