Filing U.S. Taxes

As an F-1 or J-1 student, you must file U.S. tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each spring, even if you have no U.S. income.  

All non-residents have an obligation to file the appropriate forms with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 15, 2021. If you were present in the U.S. in 2020 and:

  • you received income, you will need to file an income tax return
  • you did not receive income, you will need to file information return Form 8843

While you are responsible for filing the appropriate forms and maintaining tax compliance, Notre Dame has made two resources available to current Notre Dame students to assist you in spring 2021. Both resources will guide you through the tax preparation process and assist with arranging the necessary documents to file your tax returns, but you will need to commit to one resource or the other.

Remember: ISSA cannot assist with tax filing or tax document questions.  

International Tax Assistance Program

The Notre Dame International Tax Assistance Program (ITAP) offers free tax preparation for all current international students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 immigration status who were employed by Notre Dame at any time during 2020 and have less than $60,000 of U.S. source income, including taxable scholarships.

  • If you received a 2020 Form W-2 and/or 2020 Form 1042-S, you earned U.S. source income you are required to file federal and state income tax returns.
  • If you do not have U.S. source income but you are an international student or scholar in F-1 immigration status, you are still required to file information return Form 8843.

The International Tax Assistance Program will assist with the preparation of federal and state tax income tax returns ONLY.  You can schedule an appointment here.   NOTE: the system for scheduling appointments is anticipated to be available on 2/15/21.  

Due to limited resources this filing season, the International Tax Assistance Program will not provide assistance with the preparation of Form 8843. 

For more information, visit the ITAP website at


ISSA has arranged access to Sprintax Tax Preparation, an online filing system, for FREE federal tax filing and a discount code for state filing for current international students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 status. Sprintax offers step by step instructions through their online portal and a 24/7 live chat help line.  You’ll also find registration info below for Sprintax-sponsored webinars that will provide additional information for filing your taxes.

If you did not receive our February 2021 email with the Sprintax discount codes, please contact us at for more information. 

You can use the Sprintax system to prepare the Form 8843.

Sprintax Informational Webinars

While ISSA cannot advise on taxes, Sprintax is offering free upcoming webinars that may provide helpful information for you to understand your tax status and the filing process.

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

  • 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
  • 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

Again, you will need to choose either the on-campus International Tax Assistance Program or Sprintax, and ISSA staff cannot assist with tax filing or preparation questions.

If you need assistance with filing taxes for previous years, or you are late filing in Spring 2021, you will need to contact a tax professional who has experience supporting non-residents and F-1/J-1 students and scholars.