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 2012 (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 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, and then mail them.
How do I use Glacier Tax Prep?
In order to use Glacier Tax Prep, you must first be assigned a valid Glacier Tax Prep access code. A new access code is needed each year. There is a process to be assigned a valid access code. If you are a current F or J student, go to https://is.binghamton.edu This is the ISSS new login in services page. (There is a different process for former students and current J-1 scholars, see below). For now, it is set up only for Glacier Tax Prep. You will go to this link only once, to be authenticated for an access code. You will be taken to the screen below.
As a current student with an active BU user ID and PODS password, click on the blue “log in” button under item 3 in the section called “Full Client Services for Students and Scholars.”
Enter your BU user ID (for example, jsmith24) and PODS password.
If you are a former student or former J-1 scholar, or a current Binghamton J-1 scholar, please send an email message to email@example.com to request a temporary ID for Glacier Tax Prep. Include your full name, your current status (former student, former J-1 scholar, current J-1 scholar) and your date of birth. A temporary ID for Glacier Tax Prep will be assigned to you within one-two business days of your request, and you will receive further instructions via e-mail for how to obtain the one time, Glacier Tax Prep access code.
If you have any difficulty logging in, 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 are an F student, a J student or a J student, research scholar or professor. We will then email you full log-in instructions.
Once you have successfully logged in using you will be taken to the following screen:
In the list under "ISSS-BU Home Page, click on "Glacier Tax Prep." You will be taken to a new screen as shown below.
You will see a list of items that you should have available as you complete the Glacier Tax Prep screens. Click on “Access Glacier Tax Prep.” You are now at the Glacier Tax Prep Log in Screen as shown below. Note: you may see a CINTAX screen first, and there may be up to a 20 second delay before the Glacier Tax Prep screen appears.
Please note: If you used Glacier Tax Prep last year to file your 2011 income tax forms, you can just log into Glacier Tax Prep with your Glacier user id and password from last year. But, if you did not use Glacier Tax Prep last year to file your 2011 income tax forms, you will need to create a new account . Once you have created your own unique user id and password for Glacier Tax Prep, you can then log into Glacier and begin to use it.
Remember to log out of the ISSS-BU main screen when done by pressing the “logout of ISSS BU” button.
If you need to return to Glacier Tax Prep for future uses, use their direct url, http://www.glaciertax.com and enter your Glacier user ID and password. The ISSS Services log in site only needs to be used once, to be authenticated for a Glacier Tax Prep access code.
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 2008 or later
Current BU scholars and faculty in J status who have been in the United States in that status since 2011 or later.
Former BU students (including alumni) who were at Binghamton during some portion of calendar year 2012 as F-1 or J-1 and who began their F-1 or J-1 status in 2008 or later
Former BU students (including alumni) who were on OPT or Academic Training during some portion of 2012 and who began their F-1 or J-1 status in 2008 or later
Former BU students (including alumni) who were F-1 or J-1 during some portion of 2012 (including OPT or academic training), who began their F-1 or J-1 status in 2008 or later, but changed to H-1B status as of July 2, 2012 or later.
Former BU scholars and faculty who were in J-1 status during some portion of 2012 and who began their J-1 status in 2011 or later.
Note: F-1 or J-1 students who have been in that status for more than five years (2007 or earlier) and J-1 scholars and faculty who have been in that status for more than two years (2010 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.ustreas.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free 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.
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. Other options include viewing an ISSS-sponsored on-line webcast, or using a qualified volunteer or professional tax preparation preparer. Please go to the following web link for details: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxsem.html Information on webcasts will be posted in late February.
Let us know what you think of Glacier Tax Prep!
Patricia E. Marrapese, Director
Last Updated: 2/15/13