Rice University cannot provide individual tax advice. We can only provide basic general guidelines to get you started in preparing your taxes. No information on this site may be considered formal tax advice. Consult appropriate tax counsel as necessary.

Tax forms are due to the IRS by April 15th of each year.
Stay tuned for information regarding Sprintax license codes!
Codes will be available starting March 1.

Filing taxes in the United States can be a confusing responsibility. Failure to comply with IRS regulations can produce serious consequences. Even if no taxes are owed, it is required by law to comply with filing procedures. Penalties can range from fines to interest on taxes not paid to incarceration if convicted of tax fraud or evasion. While Rice cannot file your taxes for you, we have compiled the following resources/guidance to assist you.

**NOTE: For questions or concerns regarding issues with previous years' tax returns, please contact the IRS directly by phone at their International Taxpayer Assistance line (1-267-941-1000)

Sprintax Access Code

Visit to request a Sprintax discount code for 2023 tax year!

This link is exclusively for members of the Rice University international community.

**Sprintax codes are only valid for a particular tax year, you must use a new code every year**

Discount codes are based on availability, first-come, first-served.

Sprintax is a web-based software program designed to assist internationals with tax form preparation. It is available to Rice international students (both F-1 and J-1 status) who have been in the U.S. for less than 5 years, or international scholars on J-1 status who have been in the U.S. for less than 2 years and are considered non-residents for tax purposes.

**If you are unsure of your tax residency status, you may go to Sprintax, create an account, and Sprintax will assist you in determining your tax status prior to purchasing the software.
• If you are found to be a non-resident for tax purposes, you can then use Sprintax to complete your tax forms.
• If you are found to be a resident for tax purposes and cannot use Sprintax to complete your tax form preparation, you may visit the IRS website for free file assistance options.

Using Sprintax:

  1. Use the license for the correct tax year
  2. Gather all your tax documents before beginning (including W-2's if you worked, 1042-S if you received a fellowship or scholarship, etc.). If you file too early and later discover you forgot to include a tax document, you will need to prepare an amended return that is an entirely separate process. For information on receiving these forms from Rice, please see
  3. Follow the instructions provided by Sprintax very carefully, so that you don't miss any steps.
  4. If you need an ITIN because you are not eligible for an SSN, please see OISS and read ITIN Process
  5. If you need to file State Taxes because you worked in a state that charges State Income Tax, you may purchase a Sprintax software license to assist you in filing those taxes. Please visit Sprintax.

Additional Resources

• Short webinar on main principles of non-resident tax – Click here
• Sprintax software walkthrough video – Click here
• Sprintax e-filing video – Click here

Tax Webinars

How to Prepare for the U.S. Tax season (post by Sprintax)

OISS partners with Sprintax to offer two webinars specifically for the Rice international community. Sprintax also offers general webinars throughout the spring, as well as webinars for taxes related to OPT/CPT employment.

Rice U exclusive webinars:

These webinars are offered exclusively to the Rice international community

• Wednesday, February 21st @ 3:30-4:30pm – Register here
• Wednesday, March 20th @ 3:30-4:30pm – Register here

General webinars:

In these tax webinars, international students, scholars and professionals will be run through everything they need to know about nonresident tax for the 2023 tax season. Topics will include who must file, tax residency, FICA, State returns, implications of misfiling as well as how to use Sprintax to prepare a compliant tax return. Remember, taxes are due April 15, 2024!

• Thursday December 7th @ 2pm ET – Register here
• Wednesday January 24th @ 3pm ET – Register here
• Thursday February 8th @ 1pm ET – Register here
• Tuesday February 20th @ 12pm ET – Register here
• Tuesday March 5th @ 4pm ET – Register here
• Wednesday March 20th @ 2pm ET – Register here
• Wednesday March 27th @ 1pm ET – Register here
• Thursday April 4th @ 3pm ET – Register here
• Wednesday April 10th @ 12pm ET – Register here
• Monday April 15th @ 1pm ET – Register here

OPT/CPT tax webinars:

Topics covered in these webinars will include residency for tax purposes, tax liabilities when on OPT/CPT and pre-employment tax forms when on OPT/CPT. The Sprintax team will also provide an overview of Sprintax Forms which can be used to prepare your pre OPT/CPT employment tax documents.

• Tuesday December 5th @ 2pm ET – Register here
• Tuesday January 16th @ 12pm ET – Register here

Tax Basics and Frequently Asked Questions

Learn all about taxes in the United States and get answers to frequently asked questions –

Tax Events Deadlines

  • January 31: W-2 and/or 1099 provided by employers. For Rice forms, please see for more information.
  • February/March: OISS hosts a Tax Seminar with a tax expert as a guest speaker 1-2 times per year, (see Tax Workshops section above for details). The tax expert speaks mainly on tax law for internationals.
  • March 15: Form 1042 and 1042-S due to IRS by Payroll. For more information, please see
  • April 15: Forms 1040NR and 1040NR-EZ due to IRS by individuals (if Nonresident Alien receives compensation).
  • June 15: Form 8843 due to IRS (if Nonresident Alien does not receive compensation and that is only form that is required to be filed.)

SSN and ITIN Process

A SSN or ITIN is needed to facilitate payment for scholarships, fellowships, employment in the U.S., and to file a U.S. tax return. If you are not eligible to apply for a SSN, you may need to request an ITIN in order to receive tax treaty benefits and to file a U.S. tax return.

NOTE: If you are only required to file form 8843 for your U.S. tax return, then no SSN nor ITIN is required.

CPT/OPT Pre-employment Tax Support

Please see for information on a helpful resource.

Additional Resources

AARP Tax Aide Program
Volunteers provide free tax return preparation assistance to foreign students and scholars, for both the non-resident and resident alien tax forms. Walk-ins are welcome (please arrive at least 1 hour before closing):

University of Houston - Downtown VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program
Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers. See for more details.

Other Resources

Please note: The OISS staff is not trained nor qualified to give any tax advice.