Legal

Filing Taxes

It is tax time again!  All international persons who were physically present in the US during calendar year 2013 are required to file a federal tax return (Form 8843 if you were not employed; 1040NR and 8843 if you received paid employment).  See www.ithaca.edu/oip/international/legal/taxes/ for more information.

The deadline to file your taxes is April 15, 2014.

If you were not employed during calendar year 2013, you will be considered to be an Exempt Individual and you need to file only Form 8843.  The form is available online at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf  ; please go to www.ithaca.edu/oip/inter_taxes.htm  if you would like instructions for Form 8843.  Or you can complete Form 8843 online using CINTAX, read below for the website and code you need; more information on that is at www.arcticintl.com/portal/forms/GTPNoincome.pdf .

If you were employed at any time during calendar year 2013, your employer should have already generated a tax form (W-2) for you.  If you worked at IC in 2013: the Payroll Office has mailed you the W-2 at the address they have for you in the system.  The OIP has received duplicate W-2s for all current students and you are welcome to come to our office to collect your W-2.  Currently enrolled students can also print out their W-2 forms from Parnassus – if you have questions about that, please e-mail payroll@ithaca.edu  or call 4- 3133 for further assistance.  If we have your W-2, we already sent you an e-mail to your IC e-mail address notifying you we have your W-2 and giving you the code you need to access CINTAX (see more below). More information is also available at www.arcticintl.com/portal/forms/welcometogtp.pdf .

OIP has purchased a special tax software called GTP (Glacier Tax Prep), aka CINTAX 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 www.glaciertax.com .  If you used CINTAX 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 to use GTP.  That code was e-mailed to you by OIP - contact ddimitrova@ithaca.edu 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 use my name and address (Diana Dimitrova, OIP, 214-2 CHS, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850; tel. 607-274-3306). 

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

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 internationalvita@gmail.com and they will assist you.

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

  • Thursday 02/27, 8-10 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom

  • Sunday 03/02, 3-5 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom

  • Monday 03/17, 6-8 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom

  • Tuesday 04/01, 6-8 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom

  • Sunday 04/06, 3-5 pm, Friends 110 Technology Classroom

Please bring all of your tax documents, as well as your passport, I-94, 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 InternationalVITA@gmail.com if you need assistance, or to set up a meeting with a VITA team member if you cannot make any of the group tax infosessions.

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 2013.

Notes on using GTP

GTP (www.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 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 card, 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.