Coming to Princeton

A Guide for New International Faculty, Students, and Staff Coming to Campus 

Welcome to Princeton! As you navigate the onboarding process and get acclimated, Global Financial Services is here to support you, and assist you with your tax-related questions.  Taxes are complex, and there are different rules depending on the type of payment you receive, your visa type, and your home country. Throughout your time here, Global Financial Services is available to help you navigate the tax process. Please reach out to us at (609) 258-3039 or by email, or set up an appointment by contacting Aarifa Mohammed at [email protected].

Working or Studying in the United States

Sprintax Calculus

Princeton uses Sprintax Calculus to help international faculty, staff, and students:

  • Determine U.S. residency status
  • Calculate tax withholding from payments
  • Determine eligibility for tax treaty benefits
  • Generate tax reporting documents 

Sprintax Calculus is a tax-software program that collects your tax residency and visa information so Princeton is able to determine how to tax you, and if you are eligible for any tax exemptions due to a tax treaty with your home country.

When you join the University, you will automatically be added to Sprintax Calculus. The system will send you an email with the subject line: Princeton University {{ firstName }}, welcome to Sprintax Calculus.” It will contain your personal login and password information. Sprintax Calculus has single-sign-on function which will allow for easy access for future log-ins. The system will guide you through a series of questions to complete your record.

  1. If you have questions related to the Sprintax Calculus system, please contact [email protected]
  2. If you have Princeton related questions or did not receive access to Sprintax Calculus, please contact us at [email protected]  

Note: You will access this program during your time at Princeton to make any updates to your information. You will also use this program to prepare any U.S. tax filings at the end of each calendar year during your Non-Residency period.

Documents to Submit

After you complete your profile on Sprintax Calculus, you will be able to electronically sign the forms generated through Sprintax. Once done, you will then upload following to your Sprintax Calculus account:

  • Signed Tax Summary
  • Signed Forms generated by Sprintax Calculus
  • Copies of all personal documents (visa, passport, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94)

Note: If Sprintax Calculus determines that you are a Non-Resident for tax purposes, your marital status and exemptions will be restricted to S(single).

If Your Information Changes

  1. When you receive your SSN or ITIN, please log into your Sprintax Calculus account and update your record to reflect the number received.
  2. Any changes related to your visa status, travel to and from the US or any other updates, please log into Sprintax Calculus and update your record.

Once changes are made, please sign the relevant documents generated and upload to your Sprintax Calculus account.

Tax Treaty Benefits

Many countries have agreements with the U.S. to exempt an individual or entity from federal tax withholding. These tax treaties vary by country, and are based on your country of residence. Please note that tax treaty benefits do not exempt you from New Jersey taxes, or taxes on moving/relocation expenses. View a summary of tax treaty countries.

If you are from a country that has a tax treaty with the U.S., you must have either a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) to be eligible to receive tax treaty benefits. Please visit the Davis International Center for more information about applying for an SSN. If you need an ITIN, please contact us at (609) 258-3039 or by email.