Each April, Americans and visitors file tax returns to report total earned income from the previous year. If the IRS determines you have paid more taxes in the previous year than necessary, you can receive a full or partial tax refund.
Should you file a tax return?
Answer the following questions to determine your situation and see what kind of tax returns you must file.
Were you in the United States at any time in the previous calendar year?
No: You do not need to file income tax returns this year.
Yes: You must file a tax return this year, either income tax returns or non-income tax returns. Keep reading to learn more.
Did you receive U.S. income in the previous year (either through employment or a scholarship)?
No: All you need to file is Form 8843, due June 15. You do not need a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). You will also not receive a tax refund because you did not pay any income taxes in the previous year. If you need personal assistance in filing the Form 8843, see the Tax Workshop Schedule and register for a non-income session.
Yes: You will need to file the Form 8843 and the 1040NR, due April 15. Request an Access Code to SprintTax Prep software in February and March. International Engagement offers tax workshops for using SprintTax Prep software several times each spring. Register for a Tax Workshop and select an income tax session.
Was the U.S. income from a UCA scholarship?
No: You will not receive a 1042-S from Student Accounts.
Yes: You will receive a 1042-S from Student Accounts on March 15. Use this form to file your tax returns using SprintTax Prep. If you would like assistance, register for a Tax Workshop and select an income tax session.
Was the income from a U.S. employer?
No: You will not receive a W-2 from your employer.
Yes: You will receive a W-2 from your employer in January. If your employer was UCA, you can access your W-2 through myUCA. Use this form to file your tax returns using SprintTax Prep. If you would like assistance, register for a Tax Workshop and select an income tax session.
Note for Students with Scholarships and Employment
If your income was from both a scholarship and an employer, you will use both the Form 1042-S and the W-2. Do not file your tax returns without both of these documents.
Filing your Tax Return
If you received U.S. income in the previous year, you can use SprintTax Prep software to file your income tax returns. To use SprintTax Prep you must have an Access Code. Check your UCA email in March for an Access Code from SprintTax Prep and instructions on file your tax return. If you do not receive an access code, submit the Access Code Request Form. To complete your tax returns using SprintTax Prep, you will need the following documents:
- I-20 or DS-2019
- W-2 if you worked in the previous year
- Form 1042-S if you received a significant US scholarship in the previous year
Do not use a tax service other than SprintTax Prep. Many local services are not familiar with nonresident taxes and may file your forms incorrectly!
If you need assistance in filing your federal tax returns are offered in March and April of each year. International Engagement offers both income and non-income tax workshops.