2021 Tax Instructions
International students must prepare and file tax statements or a “tax return” for the 2021 year. Taxes are due April 15, 2022 and are taken very seriously in the US. Please read this guide very closely to make sure you comply with tax requirements.
Employers withhold taxes from your paycheck and send it to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It may not equal the exact amount due at the end of the year. If your employer pays too much, you are eligible for a refund. Please note that there is no longer a minimum earned income threshold for federal taxes.
This guide is intended to help you understand your tax obligation and what you need to submit. It is not legal advice and Global Education cannot give specific tax advice. If you have questions, please contact a tax professional.
Determine your residency status
Please review the flow chart on the bottom right of this page for assistance on determining what to file.
I am a non-resident but I did not work in 2021:
You must file Form 8843. See "Tax Forms" section on this page for instructions.
I am a non-resident and I did work in 2021:
You must file a 1040NR if you had any income in 2021. Do not use TurboTax, H&R Block or other widely advertised tax software. These programs are intended for residents only and do not support the NR form. If you are non-resident for tax purposes,
Sprintax is offering a number of free webinars. [New for 2021 tax filings!]
These informational webinars will cover topics including:
Wednesday, February 2nd @ 1pm EST – Register here
Thursday, February 10th @ 12pm EST – Register here
Wednesday, February 23rd @ 12pm EST – Register here
Wednesday, March 2nd @ 3pm EST – Register here
Tuesday, March 15th @ 1pm EST – Register here
Thursday, March 24th @ 3pm EST – Register here
Wednesday, March 30th @ 12pm EST – Register here
Wednesday, April 6th @ 1pm EST – Register here
Tuesday, April 12th @ 1pm EST – Register here
Thursday, April 14th @ 12pm EST – Register here