**The tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020**
The ISSS Office cannot provide advice on income tax filing. International students may prepare and submit tax forms on their own. However, if you are unsure how to file tax forms, we suggest that you seek professional advice from a tax specialist or hire an online non-resident tax preparation company. We have partnered with Sprintax to provide free tax filing assistance for the first 500 SJSU international students who sign up. Other tax assistance resources are listed below.
Tax Resources from Sprintax
- Sprintax Webinar on Tax Filing
- Sprintax Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Sprintax 2020 Tax Workshop (presented at SJSU in February 2020)
- NEW: Navigating CARES Act Stimulus Payments (Are you eligible for a stimulus check?)
- NEW: How to amend your tax return (Made an error on your non-resident tax return?)
- NEW: Tax Webinar on May 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT). Register today.
*First 500 Students Receive FREE Tax Filing Assistance from Sprintax!!--SJSU and Sprintax are partnering up once again this tax season to provide FREE tax filing assistance for the first 500 SJSU students that sign up! First come, first served! Please click on the following link; set up an account; and then enter SpTx2019SJSU501F in the "Review my Order" section.
Who is required to file?
All F-1 students are required to file taxes each year, regardless of whether or not you were employed during that time. This does not necessarily mean you will owe money. The due date for submission of tax forms is normally on the 15th of April.
If you did not work or receive taxable payments during the reporting year, you are required to complete and file Federal Form 8843.
If you worked or received taxable payments during the reporting year, you are required to complete and file:
- Federal Form 8843
- Form 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ
- Form 540-NR or 540-NR-EZ for California taxes
These forms can be downloaded from the following sources:
- Federal Income Tax Forms 8843 and 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ
*Refer to page 15 for 1040-NR or 1040-NR-EZ and page 69 for Form 8843
- California State Income Tax Form 540-NR or 540-NR-EZ
Other Tax Assistance Resources
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) are programs which offer free help for taxpayers who qualify. You can learn more about these services on the IRS website. If you plan to seek volunteer tax assistance, you must call in advance to confirm whether or not you qualify for their services, and if the volunteers can assist you with questions regarding non-resident taxes.
For additional information, see What International Students & Scholars Should Know About U.S. Tax Laws & Tax Filing