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OIS News - 1/24/2018

International Student, Scholar, and Employee Tax Obligations and Support - Filing Deadline, April 17

Each UIC international student, scholar, and employee present in the U.S. during calendar year 2017 must file at least one tax document with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to meet their tax filing obligation and properly maintain immigration status. Individuals who earned U.S.-based income must file additional documentation. The general deadline for 2017 tax filings is Tuesday, April 17, 2018.


While the Office of International Services cannot directly advise individuals on their specific tax filing obligations, the office has organized for two valuable resources to be available to the UIC international community:


Sprintax Tax Preparation Software - Now Live!

OIS will again provide access for members of the UIC international community to Sprintax, an on-line tax preparation software. Get help filing your personal U.S. federal and state tax returns and access Sprintax’s tax education library.


  • Current UIC international students, scholars, and employees may access the Sprintax software by logging into their portals using their NetID and password. Using the search bar in the upper right corner, search for “OSSS Applications.” In the OSSS Applications portlet, click “OIS Tax Service” for complete instructions.


  • F-1 students currently on OPT or J-1 students on Academic Training should send an email to with their name and UIN. OIS staff will confirm the record and then send an email with instructions on how to access Sprintax.

Tax Workshop for International Students & Scholars

OIS will host two workshops aimed at providing international students and scholars with basic information regarding their U.S. tax filing obligations. Local tax professionals will be on-hand to educate participants on federal and state tax regulations, filing obligations, and processes.


Workshop Dates:


Friday, March 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison Street, Conference Room ABC


Thursday, March 22, 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Student Center East, 750 South Halsted Street, Room 605


To participate in the Tax Workshop for International Students & Scholars, please click your preferred date above and complete the online registration form using your UIC NetID and password. Space in each workshop is limited. Please note that these workshops are general in focus and not intended to provide one-on-one tax preparation services or advice.


Questions? Feel free to contact the Office of International Services.