Filing U.S. Taxes

The Federal Tax filing deadline has been extended to May 17, 2021. Even if you are outside of the U.S. or did not earn money in tax year 2020, you are still required to submit your taxes.

All foreign nationals must file U.S. tax paperwork every year. Foreign nationals who did not earn income during the year may only need to file the IRS Form 8843.

Before filing taxes, foreign nationals must determine if they are considered a “nonresident alien for tax purposes.” It is important to note that tax status is different than immigration status. Foreign nationals in the U.S. will complete a substantial presence test to determine whether or not they will file their taxes as a nonresident alien or a resident for tax purposes. Both F-1 and J-1 visa holders should complete the substantial presence test if they were present in the US, even for just one day. Any part of the calendar year in which the person was present counts as a full year.

Juilliard F-1 and J-1 visa holders can create a free account on Sprintax and complete a substantial presence test. Juilliard foreign nationals who are considered a “nonresident alien for tax purposes” may obtain a free license to use the Sprintax tax program. Juilliard offers various resources every spring semester to assist foreign nationals with their tax requirements. Foreign nationals may also need to file state taxes. Please refer to your state of residency to determine if additional forms need to be submitted.

During Spring 2021, Sprintax is offering several free open tax webinars to help nonresidents understand their tax filing obligations. Sprintax offers a 24 hour/7 days a week live chat function to help with all your tax filing needs.

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
  • We cover 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

Register at the links below.

Last Updated Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021, 10:54AM