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Tax Filing for J1ers

Who must file tax forms for 2023 tax season?

If you were physically in the U.S. in F status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2023 you're obligated to send one form, Form 8843, to the U.S. tax agency IRS (Internal Revenue Service), even if you had no income. For the 2019 tax season, if you earn any US income, you will need to file a federal tax return with the IRS by law. Failure to file a Federal tax return will breach IRS regulations and may inhibit you from returning to the US on any future visas. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return(s).

Tax Filing Deadline:

April 15th 2024 is the tax filing deadline day for residents and non-residents who earned US income to file Federal tax returns for 2023.

Resident or Non-Resident for Federal Tax Purposes:

Generally, most J-1 Intern/Trainees, Summer Work and Travel, Au Pairs, Teachers and Camp Counsellors are considered nonresidents for tax purposes. The above J visas are automatically considered non-residents for 2 out of the last 6 calendar years in the US. If you’ve been in the US for longer than 2 years for the last 6 years period, the Substantial Presence Test will determine your tax residency. Sprintax will confirm your tax residency for you.

How to File:

We have teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for non-residents in the U.S. After you login to Sprintax, it will ask you a series of questions about the time you have spent in the United States and in which immigration status, looking back over a period of years. Sprintax will then determine your tax status. If it determines that you are a "nonresident alien" (NRA) for federal tax purposes, you can continue to use it to respond to a series of guided questions. Sprintax will complete and generate the forms you need to print, sign, and mail to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). If it determines you are a resident alien for federal tax purposes, you won't be able to continue using the software.

Step by Step guide on How to File Your Non-Resident Tax Forms (F and J):





















2. Create a Sprintax Account:

You can create a user account by visiting the Sprintax website and creating a UserID and password or if you have an existing account on Sprintax you can log in using your existing credentials.


3. Follow the Sprintax instructions

If you had No U.S. Income: Sprintax will generate a completed Form 8843 for you and each of your dependents (if you have any).

With U.S. Income: Sprintax will generate your "tax return documents", including either a 1040NR-EZ or a longer form 1040NR, depending on your circumstances.


4. (With U.S. income only) If required, complete your state tax return

After you finish your federal return, Sprintax will inform you if you need to complete a state tax return. If so, they will give you the option to use Sprintax for an individual fee. However, it is your choice to use them or to do the state tax return on your own.

5. Mail your completed federal and/or state forms to IRS and/or state tax authorities

Remember to read the mailing instructions that Sprintax provides. If you have dependents, each one must mail their 8843 in a separate envelope. This filing season you may be able to e-file your Federal tax return directly to the IRS through Sprintax if you are eligible to do so. You will still need to print, sign and mail your state tax return if applicable.

$10 off Federal return fees, discount code to enter at the checkout at the end of the process on Sprintax Returns : 10ST50F23

Need Sprintax Support?

If you need help while using Sprintax, contact them:

24/7 Live Chat Help

Refer to their FAQs

email at hello@sprintax.com


Sprintax Educational Tax Videos, Blog and webinars:

You also have access to the Sprintax YouTube account where there are a number of educational videos on non-resident taxes to provide further clarity on the subject of using Sprintax and non-resident tax. There is also a Sprintax J-1 Tax Guide as well as a Blog which go through tax related topics and can be of use to you.

The list of upcoming Sprintax informational tax webinars can be found below if you wish to join to learn more about your US tax filing obligations as a J1 visa holder: ·


DISCLAIMER: Our institution are NOT permitted to assist nonresidents with any IRS tax form preparation or tax related questions. The information provided is intended for your benefit. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Sprintax, a certified tax preparer or a local IRS field office.

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