Filing Taxes

It is tax time again! All international persons who were physically present in the U.S. during calendar year 2019 are required to file a federal tax return.


If you were not employed during calendar year 2019, you will be considered to be an Exempt Individual and you need to file only Form 8843 (the filing deadline is now July 15, 2020).  The form is available online at irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf. (Click here for instructions.) You could also choose to complete Form 8843 online by using GTP, an online tax prep program. Instructions for GTP can be found below. Another option is to use the IRS Tax Form 8843 Online Wizard. 


If you were employed at any time during calendar year 2019, your employer should have already generated a tax form (W-2) for you.  If you worked at IC in 2019: the Payroll Office has mailed you the W-2 at the address they have for you in the system. Currently enrolled students can also print out their W-2 forms from Parnassus – if you have questions about W2s, please e-mail payroll@ithaca.edu or call 607-274-3133 for further assistance. 


OIP has purchased tax software called GTP (Glacier Tax Prep) for the F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars at IC and we hope that you find this an easy and quick way to prepare your federal tax return.  You can access it at glaciertax.com/login.  If you used it in a former year, login by entering your previous UserID and Password (or use the handy “Forgot Login” option).  If you have never used the system, go to the “Create a New Account” section.  You will need an access code for GTP –please contact ddimitrova@ithaca.edu and request the codePlease read the instructions before doing your taxes.  If you have questions regarding GTP or you have technical issues with the system, click on the Help link at the top of any screen – the GTP Support Center will reply to you via e-mail to the e-mail address you entered in your GTP record. 

In the section asking for the name and contact information of the person in charge of your program, use the following information: Diana Dimitrova, OIPES, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850; tel. 607-274-3306. 

More information on that is available at arcticintl.com/portalmvc/Content/forms/GTPNoincome.pdf

Do not forget that you must print out your tax return when done, sign, and mail it according to the instructions! Your return WILL NOT be submitted electronically!

Notes on using GTP

GTP (glaciertax.com ) is an online system, but it will not file your tax return electronically.  You must print, sign, and mail your tax return forms.

Make sure you have all your documents in hand before you access GTP:

  • your passport with all your entry/exit dates to and from the US,
  • your I-20 or DS-2019,
  • your I-94,
  • your Social Security number,
  • a copy of your last year’s tax return (if you have it), as well as
  • your W-2 and/or 1042-S if you have received one.

Make sure you enter the GTP access code correctly – the letters are all caps.

After you access GTP, you will be prompted to set up a User Account and you will then generate a new password and UserID.  Please remember these, because you will need them if you need to re-enter GTP at a later time or if your internet connection is interrupted while you are doing your tax return.

All information entered into GTP is encrypted and secured via SSL technology.  You are asked to enter your e-mail address so that GTP could reply to you if you contact them via the Help link at the top of every screen or if they otherwise need to contact you about your tax return.  The e-mail address you enter will not be used for any other purpose.

VITA - Tax Assistance

The Ithaca College VITA chapter is offering remote assistance to all international student who need tax filing help. Please contact Diana Dimitrova at ddimitrova@ithaca.edu for instructions on how to contact VITA.