International Student Taxes 101 (PDF File)

F and J visas holders must complete a tax form each year their first five calendar years in the U.S. as nonresident aliens. 

Nonresident Alien is a category used for tax filing purposes only. It is not related to your immigration status.

About the U.S. Tax System

  • If you receive U.S. income (wages from an on-campus job and/or taxable scholarships) U.S. income taxes will be withheld from your checks. This means that taxes will be deducted from each of your paychecks throughout the duration of your employement.
  • When you file your annual U.S. tax form, the exact amount of tax due is calculated based on the amount that has been withheld/deducted from your paychecks throughout the year.
    • You may get a tax refund (too much was withheld from your checks.)
    • You may owe additional taxes (too little was withheld from your checks.)
  • The tax year runs from January 1 - December 31. Tax forms are due the following year on April 15.
    • Tax forms are sent to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in Austin, Texas.
    • Department of the Treasury
      Internal Revenue Service
      Austin, TX  73301-0002

How UNT Can Help

UNT International Affairs has contracted with GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP). UNT does not provide tax advice.  Please address all tax-related questions to GTP.

GTP provides U.S. Federal Tax Form assistance to international students filing as nonresident aliens at UNT. 

  • GTP is a web-based program created for international students filing as nonresident aliens.
  • GTP provides step-by-step instructions to prepare nonresident alien tax forms.
  • GTP will guide you through the required forms (Form 1040NR and/or Form 8843) based on your personal situation.
  • GTP includes video tutorials, an FAQ, and nonresident alien tax advisor assistance.

GLACIER Tax Prep access codes will be sent to your EagleConnect/UNT email address in MID-MARCH. 

  • The access code allows you to utilize GTP at no cost.
  • Access codes are limited.
  • If the access code limit is reached, GTP charges its users a minimal fee.
  • Once your tax forms are completed, you will print the documents and mail (with payment if taxes are due) to the IRS in Austin by April 15.
  • Documents may be mailed from Eagle Post on the first floor of the UNT Union. Be sure to include postage.
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX  73301-0002

GLACIER Tax Prep Eligibility

GTP is for international students on F & J visas filing as nonresident aliens.

GTP includes a substantial presence test to determine your alien status (nonresident alien or resident alien.) These alien categories are for tax filing purposes only. They are not related to your immigration status. International students on F & J visas are exempt from the substantial presence test their first five calendar years in the U.S..

  • If it is determined that you are a nonresident alien, you will continue with GTP to prepare your tax forms.
  • F & J students in good Visa status are exempt from the substantial presence test for 5 years. This is why most international students at UNT file as nonresident aliens.
  • Nonresident aliens CANNOT file online. Documents must be printed and mailed to the IRS.
  • If it is determined that you are a resident alien, you may file electronically using TurboTax or similar. 

About Glacier Tax Prep

  • All information entered in GTP is encrypted and secured via SSL technology.
  • GTP will NOT use your email address for any purpose other than to contact you if an error has occurred with your tax form preparation.
  • Save your GTP user ID and password. This information is required to access the site at a later date, or in the case of a dropped internet connection.
  • If you used GTP in a previous year, your GTP user ID and password should work. If you cannot login, follow the prompts on the screen to recover your account.

Tax Forms and Required Documentation

  • Form W-2 - Shows income from wages and taxes paid - Provided by your employer 
  • Form 1042-S - Only given to nonresident alien students who have received scholarship money in excess of tuition 
    • You will not receive Form 1042-S for a tuition waiver. Form 1042-S is only for taxable scholarships in excess of tuition.
    • Form 1042-S is mailed by the UNTSystem Tax Office to your mailing address on file.
  • Form 1099 - Shows income from miscellaneous work - Only received if applicable- For example, working as an independent contractor on CPT .
  • Form 1040NR - All nonresident aliens must complete, print, sign and mail to the IRS in Austin if you received U.S. Income - File with GTP as nonresident alien.
  • Form 8843 - Informational Form - All nonresident aliens must complete, print, sign and mail to the IRS in Austin - File with GTP or on your own.
  • Form 1098T - Nonresident aliens DO NOT use form 1098T even if the form is prepared for you by UNT.

Important! 

  • This page is meant to be a general introduction. 
  • UNT does not provide tax advice.
  • Violations of U.S. tax law may impact future immigration status.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will never contact you by email OR text message. If you are contacted by the IRS and are unsure if it is a real request or not, contact ISSS as soon as possible. 

Additional Tax Filing Options

  • United Way VITA Program. Call ahead to request assistance for nonresident alien tax filing. This service is free. 
  • Sprintax is similar to Glacier Tax Prep and provides tax form preparation assistance for nonresident alien tax filing.
  • Tax professionals and tax accountants can assist with taxes. Fees vary.

Questions? International.Events@unt.edu