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Filing Your Income Tax Forms

Alert! ATTENTION: The income tax filing deadline is April 18, 2022.


Tax Reporting for 2021 Income/Earnings

The International Services Office (ISO) offers helpful context and resources for our international population to navigate annual US tax reporting:


Who Should File a Tax Return?

If you were NOT physically present in the United States during the 2021 calendar year, you do NOT have to file tax forms related to last calendar year. If you were physically present, even for one day, you will need to determine your tax reporting obligations. This will be based on your tax residency category and any US earnings during the year.

If you earned US income during the 2021 calendar year, you should receive necessary summary statements from any relevant employers, financial institutions, etc. These could be Forms W-2, 1042-S, and/or 1099, etc. Collect these documents to use when you prepare your tax return(s).


What is the Deadline?

2022 Tax Reporting Deadlines

  • All versions of Form 1040 must be postmarked by April 18th, 2022.
  • Forms 1040NR must be postmarked by April 18th, 2022
    Note: If you did not receive wages as an employee subject to US income tax withholding, the deadline to file Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ is June 15th.
  • Form 8843 must be postmarked by June 15th IF NOT filed jointly with an income tax return.
  • Extensions: If you need additional time to prepare and file your tax forms, you can file Form 4868 to request an automatic extension for 6 months.  To be eligible, this form must be filed by the May 17th deadline.  This extension does NOT apply to any tax payments that may be due.  Therefore, any tax payment due to IRS will be subject to interest charges.  Requests to extend state tax filings may not be satisfied with the Federal extension; please check with the respective state tax authority for extension requirements as these may need to be handled separately. Requesting an extension does NOT mean you have filed a tax return, since an extension only provides you with additional time to send any required tax return forms to the US government. 


Where can I get help?

Sprintax - online US tax prep for international students & scholars

To support our international populations in navigating the Nonresident Alien Tax filing system, ISO is working with a company called Sprintax, which offers user-friendly software designed to help you file your taxes with the state and federal governments.

Sprintax offers technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7), so no matter where you are, you can contact a specialist who will assist you with answering your questions. 

Check out more details on our Tax Filing Resources & Support page!