Preparing for Tax Season 2020

January 8, 2021

If you were present in the United States (U.S.) during any part of 2020 calendar year in any immigration status other than B or WT/WB (ESTA), there is at least one tax form (IRS Form 8843) you must file with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this spring. We recommend reviewing the information below in preparation for the coming tax filing season. If you were not in the U.S. at all during 2020, you do not need to complete any tax forms this year.

  • Review the HIO's introduction to tax filing in the U.S. and HIO Tax FAQ , including tax filing deadlines for 2020.
  • All current students, scholars, and student interns at Harvard will receive an email from the HIO in mid-late February providing additional information, instructions, and discounted access to use the Sprintax tax preparation software.
  • If you are no longer an active student, scholar, or student intern at Harvard and need to file taxes for 2020, please email the HIO ( in late February to request a unique discount code to use Sprintax.