Glacier is an online tax compliance software that allows institutions like UT to efficiently and effectively collect information and file reporting statements with the Internal Revenue Service. This system allows nonresident aliens to provide their immigration and tax data to UT in order to help determine tax residency, withholding rates, and federal income tax treaty eligibility. If you work for UT, please complete your Glacier profile.
Glacier Tax Prep
Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) is an online software assists nonresident aliens in completing tax returns and Form 8843. UT purchases free access for foreign nationals that have earned income from the university. The UT Payroll Office will notify you that GTP access is available by 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. Online filing systems usually charge a reasonable fee. 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.
Tax Deadline Update
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Friday March 20 that the tax deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020 instead of April 15, 2020. All tax documents must be postmarked by the July 15, 2020 date.
The IRS has taken precautions to protect their staff during COVID-19. There will be significant delays in processing paper returns due to reduced staff at the processing centers. If you already mailed your return, you do not need to send another copy. The IRS will process your return as safety precautions are updated.