Glacier is an online tax compliance software designed to allow institutions to efficiently and effectively collect information, make tax residency and income tax treaty determinations, manage paperwork, maintain data, and file reporting statements with the IRS. This system allows nonresident aliens to provide their immigration and tax data to the University of Tennessee in order to help determine tax residency, withholding rates, and federal income tax treaty eligibility. If you are working for University of Tennessee, please complete your Glacier profile.
Glacier Tax Prep
Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) is an online software that assists tax nonresident aliens in completing tax returns and Form 8843. University of Tennessee purchases access for foreign nationals at UT that have earned income from UT and emails you when you are able to access GTP – free of charge! This year, the UT Payroll Office will notify you that GTP access is available late February – early March. The email will ask you to first login to your Glacier account to update payroll information, then it will direct you to your free GTP account. The Center for Global Engagement will also send emails to remind you how to access your free GTP account. GTP includes a comprehensive FAQ section on many tax-related questions, in addition you can contact GTP through the software and ask questions about your specific filing situation.
If you are a tax resident, GTP will not be able to assist with your tax return. Instead, you can complete your tax return for free at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site or through an online filing system. Some online filing systems usually charge a reasonable fee. The IRS has listed some options for free filing on their website that you can use if your income is under $69,000. If you are a nonresident alien for tax purposes we strongly encourage you to use GTP as most other software is not capable of filing nonresident alien taxes correctly.
If you did not have any income for the tax year you are filing, you will not be able to use GTP to complete your Form 8843. However, it is a simple form that can be filled out without GTP assistance, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at the International House can also assist you.