Federal Income Tax Filing (Nonresident)


Getting Ready to Prepare Your Tax Return

Please click and answer each of the following questions below to determine your next steps.

Preparing Your Federal Tax Return

OISS provides subsidized access to Sprintax tax preparation software for Yale international students and scholars who are nonresident tax filers that received U.S. source income.

In late February, OISS will email instructions for accessing the Sprintax software. The software helps users prepare all the paper forms needed for federal tax filing, which will need to be printed out and mailed to the IRS.

Learn how to file your federal return with Sprintax.

Important Note:
Please do not use tax preparation software that are commonly used for resident tax filers, like TurboTax or H&R Block, as they will not prepare the correct forms for you. You must use either Sprintax, or file the forms yourself.

Preparing Your State Tax Return

You may also be required to file taxes in any states where you received income.

  • If you received income from any other state, you may also be required to file for that state.
  • Sprintax can also prepare your Connecticut state return and/or returns for other states. You will need to pay an additional fee for this service.
  • More information about Connecticut state filing.

Submitting Your Return(s)


Sprintax offers e-filing options for many tax forms, so you may be able to file your returns from home if you use their software. 

Print, Sign, and Mail

If you are preparing your forms or fill out the forms yourself, you must print, sign and date the forms, attach the appropriate copies of your income statements and follow the instructions given to mail them to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

If you owe money, make your check payable to the United States Treasury.

Important Note:
The deadline for both the federal and state tax filing for the 2023 tax year is April 15, 2024.

Keep Copies!

Always keep a copy of your annual tax filing (in case your return gets reviewed and there is a problem or if the IRS audits you in the future). You can save the PDFs to your computer or print an extra copy - do not rely on Sprintax to store copies of your tax returns, as you may not be able to access them in the future.

Where's My Refund?

If you have determined that you are due a refund for federal income tax purposes, it will take the IRS some time to process your refund. If you submit your return(s) on or close to the filing deadline, it is not uncommon to have to wait several weeks (sometimes 16 to 20 weeks) before receiving your refund or a notice.  You can check the status of your return at the IRS's website.


This information is intended only for international students and scholars with income sources and level typical of students and scholars at Yale University. Although the information contained in this site has been reviewed carefully and should be adequate to assist most international students and scholars, it is not a substitute for advice obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a qualified tax accountant. If your visa status has changed in the past year, or you believe you have a complicated tax issue, please consult the IRS or a qualified tax accountant.

In addition, while the tax preparation software Sprintax is being provided to help you with your tax filing obligations, you are individually responsible for verifying that the correct information has been entered into the tax preparation software and included on all forms and/or other documents printed or derived from the tax preparation software, and ultimately responsible for any errors or omissions.