Filing Taxes

It is tax time again!  All international persons who were physically present in the US during calendar year 2015 are required to file a federal tax return (Form 8843 if you were not employed; 1040NR and 8843 if you received paid employment). 

The deadline to file your taxes is April 18, 2016.

If you were not employed during calendar year 2015, you will be considered to be an Exempt Individual and you need to file only Form 8843.  The form is available online at  ; please go to /oip/international/legal/taxes/ if you would like instructions for Form 8843.  Or you can complete Form 8843 online using GTP, read below for the website and code you need; more information on that is available at .

If you were employed at any time during calendar year 2015, your employer should have already generated a tax form (W-2) for you.  If you worked at IC in 2015: 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 that, please e-mail or call 4- 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 .  If you used it in a former year, use your previous UserID and Password (or 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.  That code was e-mailed to you by OIP - contact if you did not get the code.  Please 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 the e-mail you 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, you are welcome to enter Diana Dimitrova, OIP, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850; tel. 607-274-3306. 

Do not forget that you must print out your tax return when it is done and sign and mail it according to the instructions – your return will not be submitted electronically!

If you want to file a NY State tax return (look in Section 17 of your W-2 to see if you were taxed by NY State), please contact for assistance.

If you would like help with your tax return, there are 5 tax infosessions provided by our wonderful VITA (Volunteer Tax Assistance) Program.  All sessions are in the computer lab in Friends 110:

  • Tuesday, 02/09, 5 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom
  • Thursday, 03/10, 12 noon, Friends 110 Technology Classroom
  • Tuesday, 03/15, 4 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom
  • Wednesday, 03/23, 2 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom
  • Tuesday 04/05, 6 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom

Please bring all of your tax documents, as well as your passport, I-94 (you can print it out from , your I-20/DS-2019, Social Security Number, and a copy of your previous tax return (if available).

How to contact VITA for further assistance: e-mail if you need assistance.

Please note: the tax information is provided by VITA volunteers – OIP and VITA are not tax experts, we are offering our free help to you and we encourage you to seek the advice of a professional tax-preparing service if would like someone to do your tax returns for you.  It is your responsibility to file a tax return, even if you did not earn income in 2015.

Notes on using GTP

GTP ( ) 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.