It is required that you file an income tax return since federal, state and local taxes were deducted from the pay you received while working in the United States. In most cases, participants are eligible for a tax refund, which is a good incentive to file your income tax return!
You must have a copy of a W-2 form from your employer in order to complete the income tax return. The form will show the total amount of your taxes withheld from your paycheck during the calendar year. Employers are required to issue the W-2 form by January 31 for the prior calendar year (January through December).
If you are still in the U.S., please make arrangements with your employer to receive a paper or electronic copy of your W-2.
If you have already returned home, the W-2 form will be mailed to your home or the agency in your home country. In most cases, your W-2 will be mailed to your agency in your home country in January/February.
Deadline to File Tax Return
You are required by law to file a U.S. income tax return. The deadline is April 15 for the previous tax year (January 1 to December 31). If you work during two separate calendar years, you will need to file an income tax return for both years, even if you only work part of both years.
How to File Your Tax Return
AAG is not qualified or authorized to provide tax advice. However, we are pleased to recommend the Sprintax, a software that offers expert tax assistance. Sprintax is the only compliant self-preparation software for Non-Residents at this time.
When you create your account, Sprintax will assist you in preparing fully compliant Federal and State tax returns. Sprintax will also enable you to receive your maximum legal tax refund.
Sprintax is the ‘go-to’ tax filing software for numerous major universities in the US including NYU, Columbia, Arizona State University, Illinois Institute of Technology and Cornell.
Why use Sprintax
• Save time and stress
• Prepare a compliant US tax return
• Maximize your State tax refund
• 24/7 Vita Qualified Live Chat facility
• Over 500,000 returns prepared
There are other resources that provide online and in person tax assistance and tax preparation that are not affiliated with Alliance Abroad. We encourage you to explore what resource will work best for you, but we cannot endorse any other tax services or program.