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International students and scholars are often surprised to learn that they have tax filing obligations while they are present in the United States, even if they have never worked. If you were in the U.S. for even 1 single day during the tax year, you have tax filing obligations.

Filing the appropriate tax forms is a requirement for maintaining your status as an F-1 student. The deadline for filing most tax forms is April 15.

OIA will send out an email during the Spring semester with a reminder about your tax filing obligations. We will also bring in a tax expert for a workshop in the Spring semester.

Unfortunately, OIA staff cannot answer questions concerning individual tax situations as we are not licensed tax professionals. Students and scholars should consult the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), local and state tax agencies, and tax professionals for advice and guidance regarding their individual situations.

For more details about your tax filing obligations and information about the spring tax workshop, please visit the Pratt Intranet page (requires Pratt OneKey to log in).\\

Updated – April 15, 2019

 Please note that due to the impact of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) your tax position may have changed from last year to this year. It is not unusual if you were due a tax refund in the past and are no longer due one, or if your refund amount has decreased from what you received last year. The OIA is not a licensed tax expert so we cannot provide tax advice, however, these are the trends based on the U.S. government’s new tax policy.  For more information: For specific tax filing services and questions, please contact Sprintax and utilize their live chat feature.