In the United States, everyone files "tax returns" between February and mid-April for the previous calendar year. 2017 tax returns are due on April 17, 2018. ISSO provides tax software for internationals every year (called SPRINTAX) to enable you to do your U.S. federal tax filing for free! Read the information below before you access the SPRINTAX software.
You will need to file a U.S. federal tax return if:
You may use the tax software that ISSO provides to Cornell international students and employees for filing your federal tax return as long as you continue to be a non-resident for U.S. federal tax purposes.
U.S. employers issue anyone who works during any calendar year a W-2, mailed to you in January after the end of the calendar year. While you are a non-resident for federal tax purposes, if you receive non-wage income, or if you have any type of income (including wages) that is tax exempt because your country has a tax treaty with the U.S., then you should receive a 1042-S in March.
Please contact the Cornell payroll office (call 607-255-5194 for W-2 questions; call 607-255-9465 or email email@example.com for 1042-S questions) or your other employer if you have not yet received the W-2 or 1042-S or if you have any questions about these forms.
After you have filled out the federal forms using the SPRINTAX software, you will have an option to use the software to fill out the state forms if you need to. The software will charge you a $26 fee. If you do not want to pay the fee, you can get the forms from the New York State tax site to complete your state taxes. You will not be able to complete your New York State (NYS) until you have completed your federal tax form.
Any international who is a non-resident for tax purposes should NOT file tax returns using TURBO-Tax.
If you realize now that you filed your taxes incorrectly, follow these steps:— If you filed resident forms and you should have filed non-resident forms, log into the SPRINTAX software and complete the forms correctly and print them out with the instruction sheet.