General Tax Information for International Students & Visiting Academic Staff

TAX software for Internationals available in late February or early March every year! Check back here in late February, and we will also send out reminder emails to all international students.  Tax forms are due April 17, 2018 (they must be "postmarked" by that date, not received).

If you received any US based income (wages, or fellowship for living expenses, or a travel grant), you will need to file some US tax forms. If you did not receive any income in the US (no wages, no fellowship for living expenses, no grants), then you do not need to file. The ISSO provides FREE access to tax software —SPRINTAX— to Cornell International students and employees for filing your Federal Tax Forms as long as you continue to be a "non-resident for US federal tax purposes."

REQURED FORMS BEFORE you use the tax software:

W-2 and 1042-S

W-2 and 1042-S: In the US, employers issue anyone who works during any calendar year a "W-2" which they then mail to you in January after the end of the calendar year. While you are an "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 US, then you should receive a "1042-S" which is mailed out in March.

**W-2 and 1042-S: Please contact the payroll office of Cornell (255-5194 for W-2 questions; call 255-9465 or email 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.

New York State Tax 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 for you 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) tax form until you have first completed your federal tax form.  

Extension of Tax Forms Due Date: Need an extension of the tax deadline? Check here:

Turbo-Tax Warning!!!!!:

  • I just realized that I completed my taxes incorrectly because I used turbotax and it created RESIDENT forms for me when I am really a NON-resident for US federal tax purposes, what should I do now?

    Any international who is a NON-resident for tax purposes should NOT file tax returns using TURBO-tax because it does not complete the NON-resident forms for you.

    — If you realize now that you filed the taxes incorrectly, follow these steps:
    — If you filed resident forms and you should have filed NON-resident forms, log in to our software and complete the forms correctly and print them out with the instruction sheet.
    — Download a 1040X form from the IRS website
    — Download the instructions for Form 1040X
    — Complete the sections on what you did do and what you should have done.
    — Attach a copy of the incorrect form AND a copy of the correct form that you printed out from the software.
    — Mail it to the address listed on the instruction sheet.
    — If you have any questions while you are using the software, submit your question on the Sprintax Preparation website.