All posts tagged 1040NR

  • Why Are My Federal Wages Different From My State Wages?

    Sprintax W2 - Federal income higher or less than State income

    How to complete Step 3 of the Sprintax tax prep process?

    When preparing your tax return you will need to include some details from your income documents about the money you earned and tax you paid in the US.

    While it is not unusual for there to be differences between the taxation of federal and state income, it can be tricky for nonresidents to file their taxes in such cases.
    The easiest way to prepare your tax documents online is by using Sprintax.

    In this guide, we’re going to outline how you can enter your payment and tax details by completing Step 3 of the Sprintax tax prep process and what to do if you receive an error alert relating to your federal and state income. Continue reading “Why Are My Federal Wages Different From My State Wages?” »

  • The top 5 mistakes nonresidents make on their tax returns and how to avoid them

    US tax is tricky and it is easy to make a mistake when filing your tax return.

    Such mistakes can be frustrating and lead to delays in both processing your tax return and retrieving your tax refund.

    In this guide, we’ll highlight the five most common mistakes made by nonresidents while filing their tax return and provide top tips on how to avoid them!

    1. Filing as a ‘resident’ instead of a ‘nonresident tax alien’

    This is easily one of the most common tax errors.

    Every year thousands of nonresident aliens mistakenly file resident tax documents.

    In short, a resident should file a Form 1040 and a nonresident should file with a Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.

    Even if you are living full time in the US and working or going to school, this does not necessarily qualify you as a resident according to the IRS.

    Before you file your tax documents, it’s a good idea to double check your tax residency status by completing the substantial presence test. You can work out your residency status for free using Sprintax!

    What happens if I file a Form 1040 instead of a 1040NR?

    Filing the wrong form can lead to complications when applying for a future US visa or for a Green Card.  If an amended tax return is not filed in this case it can lead to problems with the IRS later in the year and you could be hit with fines and penalties. If you’re confused about your tax residency, don’t hesitate to contact our Live Chat team with your questions anytime 24/7.

    2. Failing to include all income on your return

    What if you forgot to include something on your taxes?

    Failure to include all your income or entering the incorrect income figure on your tax return is another common mistake made by tax filers. It is essential to declare all of the income you earned from US sources on your tax return.

    When you sit down to prepare your tax documents, be sure to have your income forms – such as your W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 – at hand.

    3. Students on F of J visas forgetting to file a Form 8843

    Every nonresident in the US has a tax filing requirement.

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

    Form 8843 is used to support your claim and to exclude your days of presence in the US for the substantial presence test.  The Form is not an income tax return.

     4. Not claiming a tax treaty benefit

    Unsure of their tax entitlements, many nonresidents miss out on claiming their tax treaty benefits.

    The US has income tax treaties with 65 countries. For nonresident aliens, these treaties can often reduce or eliminate US tax on various types of personal services and other income, such as pensions, interest, dividends, royalties, and capital gains.

    5. Filing under an incorrect marital status

    This is a common mistake made by filers. For example if you filed as a single person but got married on the last day of the tax year, you will be required to amend your tax return by filing your taxes under the appropriate status of married filing jointly or married filing separately.

    How to amend your tax return with Sprintax

    If you realize that you made an error on a tax return you already filed or you have come across new information, you should file an amended tax return.

    For more on this and a step-by-step guide to amending your tax return, check out our guide here.

     

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    Got questions about US tax?

    At Sprintax, we know tax can be confusing.

    That’s why we developed our tax preparation software to help nonresidents prepare their tax documents easily online.

    By using Sprintax you can:

    • Prepare your nonresident federal & state tax documents and form 8843 easily online
    • Claim your maximum US tax refund
    • Determine your residency status for free
    • Discuss your US tax questions with our Live Chat team anytime 24/7

    Simply create a Sprintax account to get started

     

     

     

  • I filed an incorrect tax return. Should I file an amended return to fix it and how?

    How to amend your US tax return - Sprintax

    “Don’t worry if you made a mistake on your tax return or forgot to claim a tax credit or deduction. You can fix it by filing an amended return.” – The IRS

    Made an error on nonresident alien income tax return? Don’t worry, fixing it is not as difficult as you might think!

    US tax can be tricky – especially if you’re a nonresident who is not familiar with the American tax system. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) knows the tax code is complex, and that people make mistakes.

    A tax return can be considered ‘incorrect’ or ‘incomplete’ for a variety of different reasons. Simple things like forgetting to sign a form to big issues like misreporting income or incorrectly calculating a deduction can all affect the validity of a tax return. 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.

    If you realize that you made an error on a tax return you already filed or you have come across new information (for example you received an additional W-2 or 1042-S), simply file an amended tax return to make a correction.

    Continue reading “I filed an incorrect tax return. Should I file an amended return to fix it and how?” »

  • What documents do I need to file my US Tax Return?

    US non-resident alien tax return

    If you want to file a tax return as a non-resident in the US, you’ll need a few important documents and some vital information. We’ve listed them below so you can prepare for tax time in the US!
    Continue reading “What documents do I need to file my US Tax Return?” »

  • FAQs that Sprintax Online Chat Experts Answer

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    Do you have a question? Our online chat experts will answer right away!

    Tax laws that apply to internationals are not the same as those that apply to U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents. Filing the tax forms for the first time often is a very confusing process. We receive thousands of such questions. We do want to assist you with this responsibility with answering your tax related questions! So we have live chat where you can talk directly with a tax pro 24/7. Don’t hesitate to ask!

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