Federal Income Tax Filing (Nonresident)


Getting Ready to Prepare Your Tax Return

Answer the following questions to confirm your tax status and find out your next steps.

Preparing Your Federal Tax Return

OISS provides access to Sprintax tax preparation software for Yale international students and scholars who are nonresident tax filers. In late February OISS will email instructions for accessing the Sprintax software. The software helps users prepare all of 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.

Preparing Your State Tax Return

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

  • Sprintax can also prepare your Connecticut state return and/or returns for other states. You will need to pay for this service; the cost is $29.95 per return.
  • If you received income from any other state, you may also be required to file for that state. OISS does not provide guidance for state filings.
  • More information about Connecticut state filing.

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). For the first time the IRS is permitting non-resident filers to e-file and you can do that through Sprintax. 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 2020 tax year has been extended to May 17, 2021.

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 this IRS link.


This information is intended only for international students and scholars who are nonresident tax filers 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.