GLACIER Tax Prep

The International Office at UT Austin is an IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site that offers free tax assistance to nonresident aliens who need help to prepare their own tax return.

Our tax advising is focused on providing assistance in understanding filing instructions, how to navigate GLACIER Tax Prep, and general questions regarding nonresident taxes. Any specific tax situations that cannot be addressed by our volunteers will need to be discussed with a licensed professional tax advisor.

All volunteers have completed training through the IRS VITA program and as such are protected from liability under the Volunteer Protection Act. The taxpayer is ultimately responsible for the information on their tax returns.

ISSS has purchased a license agreement for the GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) software to assist you and your dependents prepare nonresident alien U.S. tax returns. GLACIER Tax Prep is available for UT international students and scholars, as well as their dependents.

GLACIER Tax Prep is able to:

  • Determine whether you are a nonresident alien or resident alien for tax purposes
  • Determine eligible tax deductions, credits, and allowances
  • Review eligibility to claim tax treaty benefits
  • Calculate tax refund or tax due to the IRS
  • Prepare all required federal tax forms and statements for both the international student/scholar and their dependents.

Make sure you have the following items before using GLACIER Tax Prep:

  1. Any income tax documents you received for the appropriate tax year (Form W-2, Form 1042-S, etc.)
    • The Form W-2 displays wages. Employees of UT can access their Form W-2 at the Payroll website.
    • The Form 1042-S displays scholarships, fellowships, and income exempted by tax treaty. This form was mailed out on 02/21/2018. If you were due a Form 1042-S, and have not received it, please contact 1042s@austin.utexas.edu.
    • You will receive income forms only for the income types you received. For example, those without jobs for 2017 will not receive a 2017 Form W-2, etc..
  2. A U.S. tax identification number (either ITIN or SSN) for both yourself and dependents* you wish to claim on your tax return.
    • You do not need a tax identification number if you did not earn any U.S. income in current tax year (2017)
    • *Only students from Mexico, India, Canada, and South Korea are able to claim their dependents on their tax returns under specific circumstances.
  3. Passport
  4. History of arrivals and departures for the U.S.
    • You can access your travel history from the past 5 years online from the I-94 website.
  5. Copy of last year's nonresident tax return, if you filed a return

Please make sure you have ally our income documents before starting GLACIER Tax Prep to avoid filing your taxes incorrectly.

GLACIER Tax Prep Access Code:

You will need your UT EID and password in order to access the code.

UT Austin GLACIER Tax Prep Access Code

Need Further Tax Help?

The International Office will be hosting Tax Lab every Wednesday beginning February 28, 2018 through April 11, 2018 from 10 AM to 12 PM in FAC 327.

Tax Lab is an opportunity for international students and scholars to complete their tax returns using GLACIER Tax Prep with a tax volunteer available for any questions that may come up during the tax filing process. Tax Lab operates on a walk-in basis and no appointment is necessary to attend. Be sure to bring the following to be prepared for Tax Lab:

  • Any income tax documents you received for the appropriate tax year (Form W-2, Form 1042-S, etc.)
    • The Form W-2 displays wages. Employees of UT can access their Form W-2 at the Payroll website.
    • The Form 1042-S displays scholarships, fellowships, and income exempted by tax treaty. This form was mailed out on 02/21/2018. If you were due a Form 1042-S, and have not received it, please contact 1042s@austin.utexas.edu.
    • You will receive income forms only for the income types you received. For example, those without jobs for 2017 will not receive a 2017 Form W-2, etc.
  • A U.S. tax identification number (either ITIN or SSN) for both yourself and dependents* you wish to claim on your tax return.
    • You do not need a tax identification number if you did not earn any U.S. income in current tax year (2017)
    • *Only students from Mexico, India, Canada, and South Korea are able to claim their dependents on their tax returns under specific circumstances.
  • Passport
  • History of arrivals and departures for the U.S.
    • You can access your travel history from the past 5 years online from the I-94 website.
  • Copy of last year's nonresident tax return, if you filed a return

Volunteer tax assistance is offered by International Office staff members who have been trained to serve as IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers during the tax season. Our services are focused on reviewing the tax forms that you have already completed or answering questions that prevent you from completing your tax return.

  • Appointments must be made in order to meet with a volunteer. No walk-ins will be seen.
  • Appointments for the 2017 tax season are available February 28, 2018 through April 12, 2018 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:45-6 p.m.

To schedule a tax appointment, the following must apply:

  1. You have already completed your tax return through GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) and have printed & completed the tax forms to the best of your ability, or
  2. You have a question that is preventing you from completing your tax return.

What to Bring:

  1. Your printed tax return forms that you have already completed via GTP, and
  2. Any income forms (Form 1042-S, Form W-2, etc.) used on your tax return
  3. Any other relevant tax forms

The filing deadline to submit tax returns is April 17, 2018.

Schedule a tax appointment by following the instructions below:

  1. Click on the "Events" tab.
  2. Search for "Tax Assistance"
  3. Select a slot that suits your schedule.
    • If no slots fit your schedule, please consider attending Tax Lab for assistance.

Amended tax appointments are available if you need assistance filing a past year's tax return or correcting a prior year's tax return that has already been processed by the IRS. Appointments will be available from February 28, 2018 to April 12, 2018 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-4:40 p.m.

You must bring the all the prior year's tax documents such as the Form 1040NR/NR-EZ, Form W-2, Form 1042-S, etc. as well as any communication you received from the IRS with you to the appointment.

 

Schedule an amended tax filing appointment by following the instructions below:

  1. Click on the "Events" tab.
  2. Search "Amended Tax"
  3. Select a slot that suits your schedule.