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Help Resources for Taxes

Taxes can be complicated and confusing, and you might find yourself looking for confirmation that you are on the right path.  Here are some possible resources to help you!

 

Sprintax: Sprintax has an email help service, so you can always email your questions there.  They also have an extensive Library of FAQ’s and other topics of interest to look through.  You can reach Sprintax after you create your account at hello@sprintax.com.

For 2020 tax filing, Sprintax will offer the following free online tax workshops (updated March 30 2021):

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Sprintax Tax Webinar Dates:

All workshops will cover the following topics:

  • 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

 

On-Campus assistance: Because taxes are not a University-related responsibility, unfortunately there are not tax experts on campus that can give tax advice.  The IES office can try to help with extremely basic questions, but please keep in mind that taxes are a completely separate professional field that we are not trained in and we cannot legally give tax advice without proper training!

The Graduate Student Association has mentioned a program called VITA that provides tax assistance to low-income families, but please note before receiving free tax advice (from anyone!!) that you should always check to make sure the organization is proficient with NRA taxes, which are very different from resident taxes!  If your taxes are done incorrectly, you could end up owing the IRS quite a lot of money!

In the Community: There are many tax prep companies, such as H&R Block, that you will see in your community.  Please be very careful in going to a place like this, as many tax professionals there are only trained on Resident taxes and won’t have the expertise to correctly help you with your NRA tax return.

Students Recommend:

  • Beverly Bareham, Certified Public Accountant.  Beverly has helped a number of students with NRA (or resident) tax concerns, and students always speak highly of her patience and knowledge! http://www.barehamcpa.com/
  • Thomas Gorczynski, Gorczynski & Associates, LLC.  844-693-5273; tom@gtaz.biz  Tom has worked on campus with NRA scholars
  • If you would like to recommend a professional that has worked well with you, or a community organization, please email ies@umbc.edu so we can add your recommendation to this website.