Tax Filing

Dear international student,

It’s important to be aware that, as a nonresident student in the US, you’re legally required to file a tax return if you received US income during 2023.

And even if you didn’t work or receive income in the US, you’re still obliged to file a Form 8843 with the IRS.

Murray State University has arranged discounted access to Sprintax Tax Preparation for you. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, arrange the necessary documents and check if you’re due a tax refund.

Sprintax was used by over 200,000 international students and scholars last year, and the average Federal refund received by eligible students was over $1,004.

Sign up for Sprintax

VISIT SPRINTAX to register

  1. Register and follow the simple instructions

  2. Complete the online questionnaire

  3. Enter your unique discount code: 5MURR100F23 in the box on the ‘Review your order’ page

  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return

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 2023, you’re obligated to file a Form 8843 with the IRS (the Internal Revenue Service, or ‘IRS’, are the US tax authorities).  Please refer to the Sprintax Brochure Tax Content for Schools.

What is Form 8843?

Form 8843 is not a U.S. income tax return. It is an informational statement required by the IRS for nonresidents for tax purposes.  Form 8843 should be completed for every nonresident present in the U.S. for the previous year, including dependent F-2s and J-2s, who had NO source of U.S. income in the previous year.   Please do not use Sprintax if you are only filling out Form 8843.

You only need to use Sprintax if you are going to file your tax return (i.e. 1040NR).  your Form 8843 will be included in the forms generated for filing so you do not need to file this form separately. 

Generally, J-1 and F-1 students are considered nonresident tax filers for their first five calendar years in the U.S..  After being in the U.S. for five calendar years, J-1 and F-1 students will be considered resident tax filers. Most J-1 scholars are considered nonresidents for tax purposes for the first two calendar years in the U.S..

More Information

Download the Sprintax Brochure

Download the Sprintax Instructions for Murray State students

View Sprintax videos for more information

View Sprintax 2023 Tax Season Webinar Schedule



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