Tax Season 2016 Information (please click here for additional information pertaining to tax-preparation)
(for students present in the U.S. in any part of the 2016 calendar year)
Overview: Taxes and the IRS
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the U.S. government agency that collects taxes. As an F-1 or J-1 student or scholar, you may need to file forms with the IRS, even if you did not work and do not owe any taxes. It is your individual responsibility to understand and meet your tax obligations. We would advise you to review the information from the IRS specifically addressed to foreign students and scholars (see link below). The information contained on this website is to introduce Claremont Colleges international students and scholars to their tax filing obligations, as well as provide them with tools to do so.
Who needs to file taxes?
All F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars who were present in the U.S. during any portion of the past calendar year are required to file tax forms with the IRS. This is true whether or not you worked in the U.S., gained income in the U.S., or received a scholarship during the past calendar year. Tax forms are filed with both the U.S. Government (federal) through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the state in which income was earned.
Tax Preparation Software (Sprintax)
International Place provides a web-based tax filing system called Sprintax. In addition to tax filing preparation for U.S. federal taxes, Sprintax is also a comprehensive online resource with extensive, searchable content, to help you understand your tax obligations.
International Place is offering access to this software at no charge*. There is no obligation to use Sprintax.
*If Sprintax determines that you must also file state taxes, you may do so using Sprintax, for a fee. Not all students who file federal taxes will be required to file state taxes. There is no charge to use Sprintax to file federal taxes.
To request a Sprintax Access Code (for the 2016 tax season) click here. The deadline to request an access code is March 31, 2017.
*Note: International Place will only be sending out access codes Monday-Friday, in accordance with business hours. You will receive additional instructions from I-Place along with your access code.
Who can use Sprintax?
Sprintax can be used by international students and scholars at The Claremont Colleges who were enrolled in the previous calendar year, including recent graduates on OPT and the OPT STEM Extension, who are “non-residents for tax purposes”. By logging on to Sprintax and answering questions regarding the time you have spent in the U.S., Sprintax will be able to determine your status (as a resident or a non-resident for tax purposes). If you are a “resident for tax purposes”, you will not be able to use Sprintax and should see the Internal Revenue Service website to learn more about your tax filing requirements. Most F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents are considered non-residents for tax purposes during the first five years they spend in the United States. Please use Sprintax to determine your status.
How does the tax software, Sprintax, work?
Sprintax is a web-based tax return preparation system designed exclusively for international students, scholars, teachers, researchers, trainees, and their dependents, to aid in preparing U.S. federal and state income tax forms. Users will answer a series of questions; responses are used to populate tax forms that students will submit to the Internal Revenue Service.
Scholarships and Fellowships
If you received a scholarship or fellowship from a U.S. source (such as one of The Claremont Colleges), you should receive Form 1042-S from the institution that provided you with that scholarship or fellowship. The deadline for institutions to send Form 1042-S to students/scholars is March 15. You should not file your taxes until you receive your 1042-S since you will need information from that form in order to complete your tax filing correctly.
Did you earn income?
Form W-2 is your official Wage and Tax Statement. You will receive the W-2 from your employer no later than early February. Note that if you had an on-campus job in Claremont, your W-2 is available online through Ultipro (many other employers also provide online access). If you have not received your Form W-2, you may want to contact either your employer’s Payroll or Human Resources Department.
- The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.
- Never share your Social Security Number (SSN) or bank account information with anyone via email.
- Our office does not employ tax experts and therefore cannot, by law, answer specific tax questions or assist you in preparing your tax forms. The information contained on the International Place website is not a substitute for guidance by the Internal Revenue Service or a qualified tax professional.
Request an Access Code to Sprintax: Non-Resident Tax Preparation
The deadline to request an access code is March 31, 2017.
International Place will only be sending out access codes Monday-Friday, in accordance with business hours. You will receive additional instructions from International Place along with your access code.
Sprintax website: once you have received an access code from International Place for Non-Resident Tax Preparation.