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Please note that International Education & Engagement does not advise on taxes or tax law. The information below is intended only as introductory information.  If you need help with your taxes, you should contact a professional.

As an international student or scholar in the US, it's very important that you comply with US tax law and understand the tax filing requirements of your visa. Don't forget that if any of the following circumstances apply to you, you must file a US tax return: 

  • You worked in the US
  • You received a stipend, grant or allowance in 2016
  • You had no earnings

If you were working, you would've been subject to Federal and State taxes and therefore must file a tax return each year.  If you did not work or receive income in the US you're still legally obliged to file a tax return (Form 8843) to declare no earnings.

Sprintax

The University of Wisconsin La Crosse has partnered with Sprintax for all our international students & scholars to use an online tax preparation software tool to guide you through the tax filing process and avoid IRS penalties and fines. 

Sprintax  will help you file a timely and accurate return, meet the tax obligations of your academic visa, and maximize your tax refund. 

Sprintax is an easy-to-use, step-by-step tool that helps you prepare your tax return online. Just follow the simple instructions, answer a few questions, and Sprintax will do the rest.

Enter the code UWLAX2016F5 on the ‘Review your order’ page to avail of your $5 discount

Which forms do I need to file?

  • I am an international student who did not earn income during the calendar year.
    • Form 8843 only
  • I am an international student who earned income (on campus job, internship, Sodexo, etc.) during the calendar year and who has dependents.
    • Form 8843
    • 1040NR (Federal Form)
    • 1NPR (State Form)
  • I am an international student who earned income (on campus job, internship, Sodexo, etc.) during the calendar year and who has no dependents.
    • Form 8843
    • 1040NR-EZ (Federal Form)
    • 1NPR (State Form)

 Do I have dependents or not?

With no dependents – it means that you have no children, spouse, relatives, or other individuals for whom you pay expenses.

Where can I get these forms?

Where do I send the form(s) once completed?

  • Forms 8843, 1040NR-EZ, And 1040NR:
    Department of the Treasury
    Internal Revenue Service Center
    Austin, TX 73301-0215
  • Form 1NPR:
    • If you owe taxes, send to:
      Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue
      P.O. Box 268
      Madison, WI 53790-0001
    • If you expect a refund, or do not owe taxes, send to:
      Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue
      P.O. Box 59
      Madison, WI 53785-0001

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