Tax assistance for international students


The Global Education Office has teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with an easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for nonresident students and scholars in the US. We (and all other university staff) are not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice.


Tax Reporting Requirement

All individuals who were in the United States on F or J status anytime during 2021 are REQUIRED to file a Form 8843 with the IRS (the Internal Revenue Service).

If you earned more than $0 of taxable US source income, you may also need to file a federal tax return with the IRS. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return(s). The Sprintax tax software program will help you figure out your tax filing requirement and residency status.

Tax Filing Deadline

April 18, 2022 is the last day for residents and nonresidents who earned US income to file Federal tax returns for the 2021 tax year. International students will receive an email with information about accessing Sprintax in early February 2022.

Tax Preparation Webinars 

Attend a tax webinar that will provide extensive information about filing 2021 taxes with topics that will include, who must file, tax residency, FICA, State returns, implications of misfiling as well as how to use Sprintax to prepare a compliant tax return.

  • Tuesday, January 11, 12 p.m. EST – Register
  • Wednesday, January 26, 1 p.m. EST – Register
  • Tuesday, February 8, 2 p.m. EST – Register
  • Thursday, February 24, 12 p.m. EST – Register
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2 p.m. EST – Register
  • Monday, March 14, 3 p.m. EST – Register
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2 p.m. EST – Register
  • Thursday, March 31, 12 p.m. EST – Register
  • Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m. EST – Register
  • Monday, April 11, 12 p.m. EST – Register
  • Thursday, April 14, 1 p.m. EST – Register
  • Friday, April 15, 12 p.m. EST – Register

OPT/CPT Tax Webinar

Information can also be obtained from the blog: How to Prepare for the 2021 US Tax season 


Additional Information About Filing Taxes with Sprintax

Review the Sprintax Non-resident Tax Preparation Information document for additional information about filing your taxes. In addtion, review Sprintax_Instructions for students for easy to understand steps for filing taxes.

If you have generic questions about accessing the Sprintax tax software, email Please keep in mind that GEO cannot legally provide forms, information, deadlines, or advice to you about US taxes. If you have questions about your taxes, please contact Sprintax directly at

If you have questions about your US tax obligations and Sprintax is unable to assist, please do one or both of the following:

Contact the appropriate tax agency


Contact a tax preparation service or certified public accountant (CPA).

Just do an internet search for “tax preparation service Richmond, VA” or “CPA Richmond, VA."