Skip to main content

Coronavirus Updates: Visit Cornell’s COVID-19 and Reactivation Planning for campus-wide information. Visit FAQ for Cornell's International Community for university coronavirus plans, academic resources, visa status, travel, and more.

File Your Return with Sprintax

Are you ready to file your federal income tax forms? Use our free Sprintax tax preparation software for internationals! 

You must submit your federal and state tax returns by July 15, 2020. You’ll need forms from Cornell or other employers before you can file. Cornell will send your forms in mid-March. 

Wait to file with Sprintax! If you’re a nonresident for tax purposes, you can’t use TurboTax or other tax software designed for residents.

  1. Gather Docs
  2. Create Account
  3. Follow Prompts
  4. Remember NYS

1 Gather your documents. 

Pull together the forms and documents that are relevant to you. 

Have your materials ready before you access Sprintax ...

  • W-2: This form reports your U.S. earnings. If you had more than one employer, you should get a W-2 from each. 
  • 1042-S: This form reports stipend, scholarship, or fellowship income; travel grants; or income covered by a tax treaty. 
  • 1099: This form reports miscellaneous income, including freelance earnings or interest on bank accounts. 
  • SSN or ITIN, if you have one 
  • Valid passport 
  • I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) form 
  • Your tax forms from last year, if you were in the U.S. and filed a tax return 

If you’re a current Cornell employee, you can find your Cornell tax documents in Workday. Go to View My Tax Documents in the Pay section. 

2 Create a Sprintax account.

Create a Sprintax account here. Sprintax will save your information so you can log in and out without starting over. If you use Sprintax in future years, your information will carry over. 

3 Follow the Sprintax instructions.

Sprintax will help you determine if you are a nonresident or resident. If you are a nonresident, the software will generate your completed tax return or 8843 formIf you have questions, ask the Sprintax help team by online chat or email. 

4 Don’t forget your New York State taxes! 

You can also file your State taxes with Sprintax. 

After you have completed the federal tax forms in Sprintax ...

You’ll have an option to use the software to fill out your state forms. The software will charge you a reasonable fee.   If you do not want to pay the fee, you can download the forms for free from New York’s tax website. Get the forms here

You must complete your federal tax form first, before you can do your state taxes. 

Need an Extension? 

Can I use Sprintax if I have graduated? 

You will need your Cornell NetID and password to access the software. If you do not remember your password, email us. We will give you a way to access the software. 

Who should I list as the administrative head of my program?

We suggest using the dean of your college. Visit your college’s website to find contact information for the dean’s office. 

I am a nonresident and filed my taxes using TurboTax. What should I do?

TurboTax is good software for residents, but don’t use it if you are a nonresident for federal tax purposes. If you’re a nonresident, and you’ve already filed resident forms, follow these steps: 

  1. Log into Sprintax. Complete the forms correctly and print them. If you have any questions, ask the help team at Sprintax. 
  2. Download a 1040-X form from the IRS website. 
  3. Complete the 1040-X form, including the final section explaining your mistake. 
  4. Attach a copy of the incorrect form and a copy of the correct form from Sprintax. Mail it to the address on the 1040-X instruction sheet.