Income Tax Assistance for International Students and Scholars

Federal income tax assistance

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To assist you in filing 2016 United States income tax returns, the International Admissions and Services office has purchased a limited number of licenses for a user-friendly, web-based tax preparation software program called Sprintax. Sprintax is available only to Western Michigan University international students, scholars, researchers, trainees and their dependents, who are nonresident aliens, to provide aid in preparing U.S. federal income tax forms 1040NR and 1040NR-EZ. It takes most people about twenty minutes to complete and print a tax return using Sprintax.
Note: University staff cannot provide any tax advice or support for Sprintax, but we are confident that you'll find Sprintax, with its clear format and many helpful menus, easy to use.

You are eligible to access Sprintax if you are a current international student or scholar at WMU, if you were an international student or scholar at WMU during the 2016 tax year, or if you are a recent WMU graduate on OPT or Academic Training during the 2016 tax year.

To obtain a user code and access to Sprintax, please log into GoWMU and choose the "WMU Life" tab at the top. The Sprintax channel is on the top left of the WMU Life tab. 

State Income Tax 

In addition to filing a federal income tax return, you may also need to file a state income tax return. Sprintax offers a state income return service for a nominal fee. Other information and services, some free of charge, can be found at the Michigan Department of Treasury website. Look for “state only” offers and be sure that the non-resident's form (Michigan Schedule NR) is available. Please read all options carefully and and choose one that best fits your needs.

Other important things to note:

  • The state form MI-1040 requires a School District Code for internationals filing a tax return form; WMU's code is 10000.
  • Residency status for an international student is considered nonresident for the Michigan return.
  • International students, scholars and dependents do not qualify for the state property tax credit when calculating their state tax liability.