MIT’s International Scholars Office (ISchO) provides access to Sprintax tax preparation software to help international scholars determine their U.S. tax status (nonresident alien vs. resident alien). If you are a nonresident alien for tax purposes, you may use the Sprintax software to review summary tax treaty information to determine if you can claim any treaty benefits. The Sprintax software will prepare tax returns for nonresident aliens for federal tax purposes. If you are a resident alien for federal tax purposes, you will not be able to use the Sprintax software, however, it will direct you to the tax preparation software for resident aliens (TurboTax).
The Sprintax software also provides 24/7 live chat assistance for your tax questions. In order to use the live chat, click on “Ask Stacy” in the “Get Help” section on the screen.
Federal Tax Return Preparation
Once the Sprintax tax software generates tax forms, you should print the forms, sign where indicated, and mail them to the address listed in the form’s instructions. or refer to the filing instructions for Forms 1040-NR or Form 8843 on the IRS website for more information.
When filing 2020 tax returns (in 2021), Sprintax will allow users to transmit federal, non-resident tax forms electronically (“e-file”) when Form 1040NR and Form 8843 are being filed together. E-filing will be available after February 12, 2021. Users filing Form 8843 only (not required to file Form 1040NR), must print and send the form by mail. Similarly, Massachusetts and other state tax forms cannot be e-filed through Sprintax; they must be printed and sent by mail.
You cannot file your tax forms until you have received all applicable tax documents after the end of the calendar year. If you will leave the U.S. before tax season, you must wait to file until you have all the required forms. The IRS does not release the tax forms and instructions until the tax filing season begins in late January or early February.
MA State Return Preparation
If you completed a federal tax return (Form 1040-NR) using the Sprintax software, the program will indicate whether or not you need to file a state tax return (MA or any other state). You may follow the instructions and prepare the MA (or other) state tax return in the Sprintax software for a small fee.
You can access the Sprintax software through the ISchO website with an MIT Kerberos ID and password. If you leave MIT before filing your applicable tax forms and need access to Sprintax, please contact ISchO (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an individual access code.
If your J-2 spouse works at MIT and has an MIT email address (that ends with @mit.edu), she/he may use the Sprintax software, using the access code on our website to generate her/his own tax return. If your J-2 spouse works elsewhere and wants to use the Sprintax software, contact the ISchO who will give an individual access code that allows her/him to access Sprintax.
The content in this website is provided for informational purposes only. MIT does not offer legal, accounting, or tax advice and services. This information should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a professional accounting, tax, or legal advisor. MIT recommends that students consult a tax advisor for individual tax advice.