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Yes! Sprintax is offering a series of free, open tax webinars throughout the tax season for all of our non-resident students and scholars. Please feel welcome to attend one that is convenient for you:

It’s important to be aware that, as a non-resident student in the US, you’re legally required to file a tax form (8843) even if you didn’t work or receive income in the US if you were present in the US during the calendar year 2020.

And, if you earned income in the US in 2020, you must also file a Federal Tax Return and, in some cases, a State Tax Return.

A helpful summary of forms required for tax-filing can be found in the attached Sprintax instructions, and are explained in more detail in the Sprintax Webinar, however, there a few forms that would be helpful to familiarize yourself with before you start.

First, you will need a list of your travel dates to and from the US. A helpful summary that may contain most or all of your travel history can be found by downloading your I-94 Travel History Record.

Additionally, if you worked on campus during 2020, please be sure to download your Form W-2 from Tufts eServe: You will need it to file your tax return. If you worked off-campus in 2020, you will need to contact your employer if you have not yet received your Form W-2 from them.

IMPORTANT: If you have received a scholarship for room and board or a stipend for living expenses from Tufts University, or if you had income that was tax-exempt due to a tax treaty with your country of residence, you will receive an email with a link to download a Form 1042-S by March 15, 2021. If you received a scholarship for room/board or living expenses in 2020 and have not received an email to access your Form 1042-S, do not try to enter your scholarship information on your own! Please contact Tufts Support Services at tss@tufts.eduto check on the status of your Form 1042-S.

Sprintax can only prepare tax returns for students and scholars who are considered non-residents for tax purposes by the IRS. Generally, students are considered non-residents for their first five calendar years in the US, and scholars are considered non-residents for their first two calendar years in the US. If you are not sure if you are considered a resident or non-resident for tax purposes, do not worry! You can enter your information in Sprintax for free to determine your tax residency status. If you are found to be a resident for tax purposes, you may use any tax-filing software or accountant available to US residents:*

*Those determined to be non-residents should not use any software other than Sprintax, to avoid misfiling as a resident.**

The Tufts University code for Sprintax covers only the fee for filing a Federal Tax Return and/or Form 8843. Sprintax can determine if you must also file a State Tax Return and, if so, can prepare it for you for an additional fee. If you do not wish to use Sprintax for filing the State Tax Return, you may file separately on your own, while still using Sprintax for filing your Federal taxes for free.