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International students in the United States have important tax filing obligations each year with the national authority for taxes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

If you were physically present in the U.S. anytime between January 1 and December 31, you are required to file the IRS Form 8843. You must file this form even if you did not earn any income. 

If you earned any taxable U.S. source income, you likely need to file a federal tax return with the IRS. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return.

The deadline for filing tax forms for the previous calendar year is April 15.

OIA has partnered with a company called Sprintax which provides easy-to-use tax preparation software specifically for non-immigrants in the U.S. You will receive a discount code on the cost of the filing software.

In January of each year, OIA emails current Pratt students and alumni on OPT with tax information and instructions. Please note that OIA is not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice by law. It is up to you whether you use Sprintax or another tax professional service, but OIA cannot answer tax questions.


Sprintax website (live chat available):
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Phone: 1-866-601-5695