Filing Taxes

Filing a Tax Return

PLEASE NOTE: The federal tax filing deadline for the Year 2019 income has been extended to July 15, 2020. Most states have extended their filing dates as well, but these vary; you can check the deadline in the state where you were living here:

If you have received an Economic Impact Payment, it is possible that you filed your Year 2018 or Year 2019 taxes incorrectly. Most program participants are considered non-residents for tax purposes and should not have received this payment. Non-residents should have filed Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ. You can check this by referring to your previous tax filing paperwork. If you are unsure if you filed correctly, please contact Sprintax: They will be able to answer all of your questions and assist you in filing an amended return if needed.

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 some 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 often 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. Some employers will provide your W-2 electronically. When this is the case, the employer will send you instructions on how to download your form.

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Attention: Turbotax software is for U.S. residents only. Summer Work Travel, Intern, Trainee, and Teach (for the first 2 calendar years) program participants are not eligible to use Turbotax software to file tax returns.

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.

Attention: For Year 2019 federal tax filing, the deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.

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. They can assist you in filing the correct tax form. Non-residents must file Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.

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.

Sprintax Website

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.