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

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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?


You will not be able to file online if:

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

You will also be unable to E-File a tax return using an ITIN which was issued in the same tax year you are filing the tax return.

For example, if you apply for and receive an ITIN in 2020, you may not E-File any tax return using that ITIN (including prior-year returns) until 2021.

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!

E-File your 1040NR 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 with your US nonresident tax return 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!

Hey I'm Stacy! I'm dealing with US taxes and can't wait to help you prepare your tax return! I've been working with taxes for like forever, so you can totally trust my expertise. Sprintax can make things much easier for you. Check out my blog posts and feel free to ask me any questions.

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