As an international student or scholar in the U.S., it's important that you understand the tax requirement of your visa. You're legally required to file a tax return, if you worked in the U.S. or received a stipend, grant or allowance.
Even if you didn't work or receive income in the U.S., you're still legally obliged to file Form 8843 with the IRS.
University of Idaho has arranged free access to Sprintax to guide you through the process, prepare the necessary tax documents and even check if you're due a refund.
Sprintax was used by over 125,000 international students and scholars last year, and the average federal refund received (by those eligible) was over $1,100.
All you need to do is:
- Log into iVandal.* On the menu, open the category Insurance & Finances and select "Sprintax & U.S. Taxes."
- Register and follow the simple instructions
- Complete the online questionnaire
- Enter your unique code provided in iVandal
- Sprintax will prepare your tax return
As a reminder, you must print, sign and mail your documents once you complete the preparation process in the Sprintax software.
Please Note: The International Programs Office (IPO) and U of I are NOT permitted to assist any student/scholar with any IRS tax form preparation or tax related questions. The information provided is intended for your benefit. If you have any questions, please use the live chat function in Sprintax and the teams will be happy to help.
*If you are on OPT and your U of I NetID/Password have expired, login to iVandal using "Limited Access" and request a PIN.