Most Cornell international faculty, students, and staff file as “nonresident aliens.” You only become a resident for tax purposes if you get a green card or if you pass what is called the substantial presence test.
Office of Global Learning staff are not tax specialists and we do not provide individual tax advice. However, Cornell has teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for nonresident students, scholars, alumni, and their dependents. We encourage you to use the software and direct your tax preparation questions to the Sprintax help team. We hope these resources will help you during tax season.
Sprintax offers general tax information workshops during tax season. For those who have never had to file taxes in the US before, the system can be confusing; attend an introduction to US Taxes for Nonresidents on Oct 13, 2021 12:00 PM - Register here. For those who worked on OPT and/or CPT in the past tax year, Sprintax offers a special workshop that addresses residency for tax purposes, Federal tax withholding and tax treaty application, FICA taxes, and tax documents you might need to fill out ahead of your employment. Sign up to get access to a recording of this event here. J-1 Professors and Researchers have their own Sprintax session that they can access here.
*NEW* As of April 1, Sprintax offers E-tax filing! No need to print your return and mail it to the IRS, this E-filing option will allow you to submit your return digitally. If you've already filed by paper, you do NOT have to also E-file. To E-file, log into Sprintax following the instructions in Step 2 here. Then, complete the Sprintax questionnaire and proceed through the order breakdown and payment stage. You'll have filing options and one will be "Proceed with E-file." If you prefer to file by paper for any reason, you can do so. More information on E-filing is here.