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Tax Information and COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

April 23, 2020 /

We have received a multitude of emails in the past week regarding the $1,200 stimulus check provided by the United States government. We are aware that some of our international students have received this stimulus check. According to the following article on the IRS website, international students, or nonresident aliens, are not eligible to receive the stimulus check.

We believe some of this error has been caused by students incorrectly filing through Turbotax for 2019 or in previous tax years. Any student that has filed through Turbotax will have mistakenly filed as a resident using the form 1040 rather than the 1040EZ-NR. We always strongly advise students against using Turbotax, as there is no feature to file as a nonresident, but we understand that some of you may have received differing information from your previous institutions. As we are not tax professionals, we always recommend that student seek out tax companies like Glacier or Sprintax, as they are well-versed in filing tax returns for international students.

For anyone who has filed their taxes incorrectly, you will need to send in a form to amend your taxes. Filing taxes can be very confusing, so it is very common to file an amendment! This article on the Sprintax website gives a great breakdown of who will need to amend their taxes and what steps should be taken if you have received the stimulus check.

If you need to file an amendment, but are hesitant to do so on your own, please feel free to reach out to qualified tax professionals. They should be able to make the process quite simple.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your International Admissions team.