Yes, everyone has to file taxes!

If you were studying or working in the US in 2020 and whether you earned money or not, you need to file taxes:

If you did NOT earn any money

 + Download the 8843 form

 + Complete your 8843 form while watching the video.

 If you earned money or scholarship:

+ Watch this video first to see the necessary documents needed to file taxes. Then refer yourself to this video while filing your taxes using the Sprintax software

+ For additional information, download this Additional Tax Handout 


Additional Resources

Virtual tax workshops:

Please note that you will need to have started filing your taxes using the above videos and additional information to receive assitance during one of the following Virtual 'walk-in' tax workshops:

Answers to a few important questions:

  • What if I have lived in the U.S. for more than 5 years? 

Step 1 of Sprintax is designed to help you figure out if you have been in the US for 5+ years for tax purposes. If you have been in the US for more than 5 years, you will not be able to use the Sprintax software, however you will find some comparable Free File Software Offers found on the IRS website.

  • Am I eligible for the stimulus payment? 

No. Non-resident aliens (for tax purposes) are not eligible and may receive it in error. Refer to this article to ensure eligibility and for information on how to return a payment received in error.

  • Where can I get further assistance? 

When using Sprintax take advantage of the 24/7 Live Chat Help, and take a look at Sprintax's YouTube video tutorials.

  • When do I need to mail my tax forms?

Federal taxes must be received by or before May 17, 2021.  If you are filing Virginia state taxes, they must be received by or before June 15, 2021.

  • Will you mail my tax form(s) for me?

We will, if you drop off your completed and signed tax form(s) to the CGE-ISSS office (Madison Hall 2nd floor) anytime Monday – Friday between 9am and 4pm... before May 13. -- If you have used Sprintax to file your taxe(s) put all of your signed tax forms and joining documents in a folder to prevent documents from falling.

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