Taxes: 2022 Filing

Who must file tax forms for the 2022 tax season?

Even if you did not earn any income, if you were physically in the US on F or J status anytime between January 1st – December 31st, 2022, you’re obligated to file a Form 8843 with the IRS (the Internal Revenue Service, or ‘IRS’, are the US tax authorities).

Meanwhile, if you earned any taxable US source income, you may need to file a federal tax return with the IRS. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return(s).

Tax Filing Deadline

April 18, 2023, is the last day for residents and non-residents who earned U.S. income to file Federal tax returns for 2022.

Free Open Tax Webinars

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 once again to provide helpful information around non-resident tax filing obligations.

  • During the webinars, students will be able to ask questions through the questions box. Sprintax representatives will also have time at the end of each session to answer more questions.
  • Students may be eligible to E-file their Federal tax returns through Sprintax E-file. See eligibility information here: State taxes must still be mailed.
  • Students must be logged into their Sprintax account to use the 24/7 live chat feature, which is the quickest way to get answers to their tax filing questions.
Date Time Location
Thursday, February 9 12 - 1pm CSU 204
Tuesday, February 21 11am - 12pm Zoom Register
Thursday, March 2 3 - 4pm CSU 245
Wednesday, March 22 1pm - 2pm Zoom Register
Wednesday, March 29 12 - 1pm CSU 201
Thursday, April 6 2 - 3pm Zoom Register
Wednesday, April 12 11am - 12pm Zoom Register
Friday, April 14 1 - 2pm Zoom Register

The informational webinars will cover the same topics on each occasion:

  • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2022 US tax return
  • What income forms students/scholars may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • We cover 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

Resident or Non-Resident for Federal Tax Purposes

Generally, most international students & scholars who are on F, J, M or Q visas are considered non-residents for tax purposes. International undergraduate students on J1 & F1 visas are automatically considered non-resident for their first 5 calendar years in the US, whilst Scholars/Researchers on J visas are automatically considered non-residents for 2 out of the last 6 calendar years in the US. If you’ve been in the US for longer than the 5 or 2 year periods, the Substantial Presence Test will determine your tax residency.

Did you misfile your taxes? Did you use TurboTax to file your taxes? Did you receive a stimulus check and concerned you should not have? Misfiled Tax Help

How to File

We have teamed up with Sprintax to provide you with easy-to-use tax preparation software designed for non-resident students and scholars in the U.S. We (and all other university staff) are not qualified or allowed to provide individual tax advice.

After you log in to Sprintax, it will ask you a series of questions about the time you have spent in the United States and in which immigration status, looking back over a period of years. Sprintax will then determine your tax status. If it determines that you are a "nonresident alien" (NRA) for federal tax purposes, you can continue to use it to respond to a series of guided questions. Sprintax will complete and generate the forms you need to print, sign, and mail to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service). If it determines you are a resident alien for federal tax purposes, you won't be able to continue using the software.

Sprintax Educational Tax Videos and Blog

You also have access to the Sprintax YouTube account where there are a number of educational videos on non-resident taxes to provide further clarity on the subject of using Sprintax and non-resident tax. There is also a Sprintax Blog that goes through tax related topics and can be of use to you.

Step by Step guide on How to File Your Non-Resident Tax Forms (F and J)

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1.) Gather the documents you may need for Sprintax


2.) Create a Sprintax Account:

Create a new account through Minnesota State University Mankato's special registration link here. Click on "Log in" in upper right hand corner, then click the button onthe pop-up window called "Create Account." When registering your new account you MUST use your email ending in Open your new Sprintax account by creating a UserID and password or if you have an existing account on Sprintax you can log in using your existing credentials

3.) Follow the Sprintax instructions

If you had No U.S. Income: Sprintax will generate a completed Form 8843 for you and each of your dependents (if you have any).

With U.S. Income: Sprintax will generate your "tax return documents", including either a 1040NR-EZ or a longer-form 1040NR, depending on your circumstances.

4.) (With U.S. income only) If required, complete your state tax return

After you finish your federal return, Sprintax will inform you if you need to complete a state tax return. If so, they will give you the option to use Sprintax for an individual fee. However, it is your choice to use them or to do the state tax return on your own.

5.) Mail your completed federal and/or state forms to IRS and/or state tax authorities

Remember to read the mailing instructions that Sprintax provides. If you have dependents, each one must mail their 8843 in a separate envelope.

Need Sprintax Support?

If you need help while using Sprintax, contact them: 24/7 Live Chat Help Refer to their FAQs. Email at

Disclaimer: The Kearney International Center and the school 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. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Sprintax, a certified tax preparer, or a local IRS field office.