Prepare and File a Nonresident U.S. Tax Return

Tax Filing

Due to the complex nature of U.S. tax laws, only authorized tax preparation professionals are eligible to advise on your specific individual tax return. Princeton University staff members, including those of the Davis International Center, Global Financial Services, or the Financial Service Center, are not tax professionals and cannot advise you on the details of how to complete your individual tax forms.

Please make copies of everything to keep in your records before mailing the original forms.

Tax Deadline - Income tax forms must be postmarked to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) no later than April 18, 2022.                                  

About Sprintax

Sprintax is a tax software program purchased by Princeton University to assist international students and scholars with nonresident tax filing responsibilities. As you answer the questions in Sprintax, the program prepares your appropriate federal tax filing forms for you. 

Complete Sprintax

Princeton University offers Sprintax, a free tax filing software for international students and scholars to make your tax filing obligations easier.

I Received Taxable Income

Collect Applicable Tax Documents

You may receive one or more of the following tax forms. Note: Not all international students and scholars will receive all of these documents, as the forms are based on the type of income you received in 2021.

Gather your Immigration Documents

Ensure you have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

Gather your Address and U.S. Residency Information

Set up your Sprintax Account

Princeton University has arranged access to Sprintax for you. The access code for Sprintax will be distributed by Global Finance on February 18, 2022.

If you have not received the Sprintax Access Code after February 18, 2022, please email Global Finance.

I Did Not Receive Taxable Income

Any individual in F, J, M, or Q visa status will need to complete and mail a Form 8843, Statement for Exempt Individuals and Individuals with a Medical Condition. Complete Form 8843 by using Sprintax. Sprintax will also advise you on where to mail this form.   

Gather your Address and U.S. Residency Information

Completing Form 8843 in Sprintax

Print, Sign, and Mail Tax Forms

After you have answered all of the questions in Sprintax and indicated that you did not earn income, the software program will prepare Form(s) 8843 for you.

Determine your Residency Status

  1. If Sprintax determines that you are a nonresident for tax purposes, please continue in the program.
  2. If Sprintax determines that you are a resident for tax purposes, please see Residents for Tax Purposes for next steps.

Add your Income Based on your Tax Forms

Add your "Academic Institution" Information

  1. Telephone Number: 609-258-5006
  2. Academic Institution Address: Princeton University, Davis International Center, Louis A. Simpson International Bldg. A45, Princeton, NJ 08544

Print, Sign, and Mail Tax Forms

After you have answered all of the questions in Sprintax, the software program will prepare the appropriate federal tax forms for your situation.  

I do not have an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN)

Sprintax will create a Form W-7 Application for an IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number along with your other tax filing forms.

You will need to apply in-person for an ITIN at the IRS Tax Office in Trenton, NJ. For additional details and instructions about applying for an ITIN, visit the Davis International Center website.  

Important Tax Notes

Although the deadline to file taxes is April 18, Sprintax will be available for you to use until December. 

Related Resources

To learn more about Nonresident Tax policies and procedures, please visit the Global Financial Services website.