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SprinTax Reviews – International Students File Your Taxes and Get Refund.

Raghuram Sukumar Personal Finance

Are you ready to file your Taxes using SprinTax? Here’s SprinTax Reviews from Happy Schools and new users who filed their taxes using Sprintax.

International Students here in the U.S. are required to file taxes. Finally, there’s a Software as a Service provider – SprinTax can help Non-Resident for Tax Purpose ( like F-1 Visa, J-1 Visa, OPT, STEM OPT Students and scholars) to prepare their taxes online.

I came to know about SprinTax back in 2013 when one of their team members reached out to me. I’m picky when it comes to recommending a product here in the blog to my readers. When it comes to filing taxes, I’m was not going to start promoting a product after someone reached out to me via email. So, I passed on the opportunity to recommend SprinTax for 2014 tax season wasn’t ready to write SprinTax Reviews.

I try to take a test drive before recommending and reviewing any product, but in this scenario, I don’t fall under non-resident alien for tax purpose. So, I can’t take a test drive. But, here’s how and why I’m recommending SprinTax here in Happy Schools to my readers to use them to file non-resident international student taxes.

  1. SprinTax is Non-Resident Tax partner for TurboTax
  2. Turbo Tax suggests non-residents file taxes using SprinTax
  3. Several U.S. Universities offer Tax filing services for their International students via SprinTax
  4. I met VP of Sprintax in person (They are based out of Chicago)

Since, 2013, I started hearing more about SprinTax from students who used SprinTax via their school. Then I met Endha Kelleher (Vice President) and his team at NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston in May 2015. We spoke about their company and how they operate. I was able to form a better opinion about them to recommend SprinTax here today.

Note: This article is not about providing your guidance on which tax forms to file or if you are required to file taxes at all. Please talk to a CPA or Tax professional to clarify your Tax related questions.

Should International Students and Scholars file taxes?

Here’s the what IRS.gov website quotes for International Students and Scholars about filing taxes here in the U.S.

Filing IS required by nonresident alien students and scholars who have:

  1. A taxable scholarship or fellowship, as described in Chapter 1 of Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education;
  2. Income partially or totally exempt from tax under the terms of a tax treaty, and
  3. Any other income, which is taxable under the Internal Revenue Code.

Resident Alien vs. Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purpose

According to IRS, word Alien means “An individual who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national”. And, they have two more sub-categories within Alien for Tax Purposes.

  1. Resident Alien for Tax Purpose
  2. Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purpose

Don’t confuse the terms with Permanent Resident Alien, used by USCIS to describe people with Green Card.

How to find if you are a Non-Resident Aline for Tax Purpose?

You can do that by doing a test called as Substantial Presence Test or Green Card Test ( Green Card Holders). If you are considered as Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purpose, then you can’t use 1040 to file your taxes. I don’t know what will be the impact of filing incorrect tax forms in future, but you have the option to file an Amended Return to fix your wrong tax form in previous years.

Feeling overwhelm already?

Don’t you worry? Sprintax will ask you few simple questions, and auto-generates the right tax forms to file with IRS.

Video Demo of SprinTax

How SprintTax Can Help You?

People who have gone through the process said the following their website was super easy to use, and they have 24/7 chat support to help answer your questions.

  • Their website was super easy to use
  • They have 24/7 chat support to help answer your questions

Here’s overview of the Tax Filing process with SprinTax

  1. Create an Account
  2. Answer few simple questions
  3. SprinTax generates appropriate Tax forms
  4. Applies deductions (as applicable)
  5. Applies tax treaty benefits (as applicable)
  6. Checklist is generated with Tax forms
  7. Print the forms, sign at right places ( as per checklist)
  8. Mail the forms to IRS.

Here’s sample checklist that would be generated for you. I have deleted about seven pages of tax forms and personal details in the list, but you can know how a checklist would look like.

What does this that means to you?

Worry free tax filing. Plus, it could be more money in your pocket if are eligible to get a refund based on your paycheck withholdings.

SprinTax Reviews

Here’s a couple of Sprintax Reviews from two folks who used their service to file their Income Tax from STEM OPT Facebook Group.

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What Other Services Does SprinTax Offer?

  1. Your State Tax Returns
  2. File FICA Tax Refund Request
  3. Form 8843
  4. ITIN Application (if you don’t have ITIN Number)

Your State Income Tax Returns

If you live in a State where State Income Tax has to be filed, then SprinTax can also prepare the required forms for you.

Here’re seven states where State Incomes Taxes are not required – Florida, Alaska, South Dakota, Nevada, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. Also, New Hampshire and Tennessee don’t have State Income Tax, but they have to pay taxes on pay tax on dividends and income from investments.

If you live in other states, then State Income Taxes might apply to you based on your income limits.

Apply for FICA Tax Refund

FICa taxes account for about 7.65% of your Gross Salary. International students on CPT, OPT, STEM OPT Extension are not required to pay FICA Taxes.

If your employer has already deducted those from your paycheck, you must apply for the refund from IRS. Your employer can’t issue the refund to you.

To get FICA tax refund, you had to fill manually a form, do the math to figure out if you are eligible for FICA tax refund, then mail the form to IRS with supporting documents.

Now, you can generate the Right tax forms to get FICA Tax refund from IRS by using SprinTax.

ITIN Application

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is required to file your taxes if you don’t have an SSN. In such case, you would have to file another application to apply for ITIN Number. SprinTax makes to easy by generating the required application form along with tax returns forms.

SprinTax Cost

Here’s the SprintTax Cost for various services offered for Individual User Pricing (check the website for the latest pricing information):

Federal Tax Preparation (1040NR/ 1040NR- EZ)$35.95
State Tax Preparation$25.95
Form 8843$15.95
ITIN Application$15.95
FICA Preparation$15.95

Here’s a note about their services:

If your individual circumstances are not supported by the Sprintax software, your tax return should be prepared offline instead. We’ll review your case and contact you for more information on our offline services and prices.

 Is SprinTax Legit company?

Interesting question right? Is Sprintax Legit? Here’re some universities who have purchased the license to SprinTax.

  • New York University
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of Illinois
  • George Washington University
  • University of Pittsburgh

They are big name schools offering SprinTax to their International Students and Scholars. If your university is not offering this service, you can head straight to SprinTax and start filing your taxes.

I can’t be more excited than this, where the hassle of filing your International Student ( Non-resident) taxes couldn’t get any easier.

Note: Happy Schools would get a small referral fee if you decide to use SprinTax by following the links on this page at no additional cost to you.  If you have any question about SprinTax, do reach out to me or SprinTax 24/7 customer care.