Tax Assistance

Glacier Tax Preparation Software will become available in mid-March, 2016. Due to issues with 2014 returns with the IRS, we are slightly delayed in releasing GTP. However, rather than release the system now only to cause you problems in the future, GTP is working for a resolution with the IRS and we hope to release GTP to international students and scholars by March 15, or shortly thereafter.

To help with federal tax preparation, we will offer Glacier Tax Prep to to current international students and scholars (and NU students now on OPT).

Glacier Tax Prep is an online preparation system designed exclusively for international students, scholars, and their dependents. It will help you in preparing U.S. Federal Income Tax forms (both 1040NR and 1040NR-EZ), as well as do the following:

  • Calculates the substantial presence test to determine the foreign national's U.S. residency status;
  • Verifies each type of payment for any applicable income tax treaty exemptions;
  • Checks if the individual is eligible for "away-from-home" expenses (if he or she has been in the U.S. for less than 12 months);
  • Completes the correct U.S. income tax form - either Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ;
  • Prepares any additional statements or attachments, as applicable - Form 2106, Form 8843, Schedule C, and/or Scholarship/Fellowship Grant Statement;
  • Prints the tax return and all attachments (please note, the IRS does not allow nonresident aliens to file a tax return electronically); and
  • Provides detailed instructions about how, when and where to submit the tax return, as well as information about the documents necessary to attach and complete the tax return filing process.

Get started

The IO will be sending all students/scholars an email with a personalized access code for Glacier in late-February, 2016. Once available, you will get additional instructions on logging in, creating a profile, and filing. If you do not receive an access code by March 31, 2016, email your advisor. Don't know your advisor? See this list!

Gather the following documents and information before logging in:
  • Passport
  • Immigration Docs (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • SSN or ITIN (if you have been assigned one)
  • Address Information (US and Foreign)
  • U.S. Entry and Exit Dates - current and past!
  • Academic Institution Information
  • Forms W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 (if you received one)
  • A copy of your 2010 federal tax return, if you filed one in 2010