GW has purchased access to online tax preparation software called Sprintax to make your U.S. tax filing obligation easier for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax filing process through a series of questions about your situation. It will provide instructions on how and where to mail your forms.

Sprintax is for the GW international population treated as nonresident aliens (NRAs) that had income during 2020 (salary, stipend, prize, etc.). You must currently have a relationship with GW (ex. student, scholar, employee, etc.) or have had a relationship with GW in 2020. The access that GW purchased will prepare your federal forms for free (1040NR/1040NR-EZ and 8843). Additional services (PDF), such as state tax filings or W-7 forms, will be available for a small fee paid directly to Sprintax.

For the access code, please email [email protected] requesting Sprintax access. Include your GWid, and note what type of income you had during 2020 in the email. The access code allows for preparation of the federal forms noted above for free, so enter it when requested at the payment stage. Once you've registered, please direct questions to Sprintax through the online chat system, calling at 1-866-601-5695 or emailing at [email protected]. When you have the access code and are ready to begin, head to the main page at Sprintax.

Please make sure you have all applicable tax reporting documents before you start preparation of your returns.

Note those who did not have income during 2020 but who still need to file a Form 8843 due to their nonresident alien status during 2020 should use the 8843 example (PDF) instead of accessing Sprintax.

NRA Tax Webinars with Sprintax 

Given the current challenges of remote students trying to access tax information this season, the Sprintax team will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information around NRA tax filing obligations. You can find the details and registration links below.

Each webinar will cover the same topics, listed below:

  • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2020 US tax return
  • What income forms students/scholars may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • Terms like FICA, ITIN and Form 1098-T
  • What happens if students don’t file, or misfile
  • State tax returns
  • IRS stimulus payments
  • Sprintax overview