ISSS-BU News 25 February 2012
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ISSS Announces Availability of GLACIER Tax Prep
If you were present in F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status in the United States during any portion of calendar year 2011 (even for just a few days) you are required to file an income tax form with the US Internal Revenue Service, even if you had no US income!
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is pleased to announce the availability of GLACIER Tax Prep (formerly known as CINTAX) free of charge to BU international students, alumni, scholars and faculty. GLACIER Tax Prep is a web-based income tax preparation system designed exclusively for international students, scholars and faculty who file forms 1040NR EZ, 1040NR and form 8843 as Non-Residents for tax purposes. GLACIER Tax Prep computes and prints the required federal income tax forms, for you to send to the US Department of the Treasury via postal mail. We are pleased to offer this product, because with GLACIER Tax Prep you can be anywhere in the world, and as long as you have an internet connection, you can complete your tax forms.
How do I use GLACIER Tax Prep?
In order to use GLACIER Tax Prep, you must first be assigned a valid GLACIER access code. There is a new process to be assigned a valid access code. Go to https://is.binghamton.edu This is the ISSS new login in services page. For now, it is set up only for GLACIER Tax Prep. You will need to go to this link only once, to be authenticated for an access code. You will enter your BU User ID and PODS Password, and with that authentication, you will be taken to the GLACIER Tax Prep web page, and can immediately begin to use GLACIER.
There are full instructions for accessing GLACIER Tax Prep, with screen shots, at this link: http://www.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/glacier.html
There is a webcast that also has instructions for accessing GLACIER Tax Prep at this link:
Please note: If you used CINTAX last year to file your 2010 income tax forms, your previous access code is no longer valid. You must follow the process described above, and then you may use the same CINTAX user id and password from last year to log into GLACIER Tax Prep.
What if I have difficulty obtaining access to GLACIER Tax Prep from https://is.binghamton.edu ?
Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to provide your full name as listed in University records, your date of birth, and whether you were an F student, a J student or a J research scholar or professor. We will then email you full log-in instructions.
Who may use GLACIER Tax Prep?
The following individuals are eligible to use GLACIER Tax Prep:
- Current BU students in F or J status who have been in the United States in that status since 2007 or later
- Current BU scholars and faculty in J status who have been in the United States in that status since 2010 or later.
- F-2 dependents
- J-2 dependents
- Former BU students (including alumni) who were at Binghamton during some portion of calendar year 2011 as F-1 or J-1 and who began their F-1 or J-1 status in 2007 or later
- Former BU students (including alumni) who were on OPT or Academic Training during some portion of 2011 and who began their F-1 or J-1 status in 2007 or later
- Former BU students (including alumni) who were F-1 or J-1 during some portion of 2011 (including OPT or academic training), who began their F-1 or J-1 status in 2007 or later, but changed to H-1B status as of July 2, 2011 or later.
- Former BU scholars and faculty who were in J-1 status during some portion of 2011 and who began their J-1 status in 2010 or later.
Note: F-1 or J-1 students who have been in that status for more than five years (2006 or earlier) and J-1 scholars and faculty who have been in that status for more than two years (2009 or earlier) are considered to be RESIDENTS for tax purposes, and should file federal RESIDENT tax forms. Such students and scholars will not be able to use GLACIER Tax Prep, since the software is not designed to compute or print resident tax information. Instead, students may wish to make use of free e-filing for resident tax forms available at: http://www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id=118986,00.html?portlet=104 or purchase commercial software products for resident taxpayers such as Turbo Tax or Tax Cut, or seek assistance from tax volunteers or paid tax preparers.
Will I Be E-Filing My Federal Income Tax Forms by Using GLACIER Tax Prep?
No! Federal non-resident tax forms cannot be e-filed. GLACIER Tax Prep will provide you with pdf copies of your federal returns along with mailing instructions for them.
What about State Income Tax Forms?
GLACIER Tax Prep is designed to prepare and produce only federal non-resident forms. GLACIER Tax Prep does not complete state income tax forms. But you can easily prepare your New York State tax forms by using one of the helpful webcasts at: http://www.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/webworkshp.html These webcasts will take you line-by-line through the 3 required New York State tax forms. Other options include using a qualified volunteer or professional tax preparation preparer. Please go to the following web link for details: http://www.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxsem.html
Let us know what you think of GLACIER Tax Prep!