Sprintax Information

An Introduction to Sprintax: Non-Resident Tax Preparation

Each year International Place provides software to help our international students navigate the challenges and intricacies of tax preparation. Sprintax Non-Resident Tax Preparation is software designed specifically for international students, scholars, teachers, and researchers in the U.S. on F, J, M, and Q visas, to make tax preparation easy and to ensure they are fully compliant with the IRS tax rules.

We encourage all international students and scholars at The Claremont Colleges to take advantage of Sprintax to prepare their taxes. Please note that each person is unique, and Sprintax may not be suitable for a small number of our international students who have been in the United States for longer than 5 years. All international students and scholars should log-on to Sprintax to determine eligibility.  

Eligible Claremont Colleges international students and scholars may request an access code to file their 2020 taxes from International Place starting in February 2021. Click here for the request form for Sprintax Access Code.


How Sprintax Works: Introductory Video

The video below provides a quick overview of how Sprintax works. It lasts only a few minutes and demonstrates how easy it is to use Sprintax.


How To Use Sprintax

Using Sprintax is easy! For a general overview of how to use Sprintax, please click here. The first step will be to request a Sprintax Access Code from International Place (starting in mid-February).  Next, you will be required to create an account (if you are a new user) or log into your existing Sprintax account. If you are having trouble accessing an existing Sprintax account or creating a new Sprintax account, please contact Sprintax directly for assistance.

Once you have logged-on to Sprintax, the software will ask you a number of questions to customize your experience and to help accurately populate the documents that may be produced for you.  It will also determine if you are eligible to use Sprintax to prepare your taxes or if you need to use a different type of software (for those considered “residents-for-tax-purposes”).

International Place provides complimentary access to Sprintax Non-Resident Federal Tax Preparation and Form 8843 only.

A note on State Taxes: Sprintax will help determine whether or not you are responsible for preparing and filing state taxes.  If you are directed to prepare state taxes, you may choose to pay Sprintax to prepare your state taxes on your behalf. Please note that International Place only provides access to Sprintax Non-Resident Federal Tax and Form 8843 Preparation.

A note on the “Credit Card” payment to Sprintax: For students simply preparing their Federal Taxes and/or Form 8843, there will be a field to enter the Sprintax Access Code, which you will receive from International Place. No additional fee will be charged.


What Sprintax Can Do For You

All Claremont Colleges international students and scholars may access Sprintax for the following:

  • Determine your “residency for tax purposes.”
  • Non-resident federal tax preparation
  • Built-in knowledge of over 350 different types of tax deductions
  • 65 international tax treaty agreements and exemptions covered
  • Maximum legal tax refund for federal, state & medicare (*Please see note regarding state taxes below).
  • US tax compliance guaranteed.

State Tax Preparation: Sprintax can also conduct non-resident state tax preparation for an additional fee paid by the student.  The majority of Claremont Colleges’ international students are not obliged to file state taxes.  Please use Sprintax to determine your State Tax Filing obligation.

ITIN Application Information: For students who are not eligible for a Social Security Number, Sprintax can help prepare the ITIN application for an additional fee paid by the student.


Sprintax Webinar Information

Given the current challenges of remote students trying to access tax information this season, the Sprintax team will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars once again to provide helpful information around non-resident tax filing obligations. Sprintax has set up a series of tax webinars across the season and you can find the details and registration links below for each.

      • The informational webinars will cover the same topics on each occasion:
        • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
        • Who must file a 2020 US tax return
        • What income forms students/scholars may receive
        • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
        • Terms like FICA, ITIN, and Form 1098-T
        • What happens if students don’t file, or misfile
        • State tax returns
        • IRS stimulus payments
        • Sprintax overview

Where to Find Additional Sprintax Help

  • Sprintax provides extensive, easy to access support*:
  • Live Chat
  • Email to hello@sprintax.com
  • FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions page, addressing Sprintax questions, as well as general tax questions)
  • Sprintax Blog (searchable by keyword)

*Please note that it is far easier to contact Sprintax in the early part of tax season, when fewer people may be doing the same.  The closer to Tax Day, the more congested their Live Chat and telephone lines.  We recommend preparing your taxes as soon as you are able.


Helpful Sprintax Links