Understanding U.S. Taxes and Your Responsibilities

About the U.S. Tax System

All international students and scholars in the U.S. have certain U.S. tax obligations and reporting responsibilities. 

  • If you receive U.S. income (wages or scholarship funds,) you will likely have taxes withheld from your checks (unless you benefit from a tax treaty.)
    • If you work on-campus, you must complete the UNTSystem Foreign National Form to ensure the correct amount of taxes are witheld from your paychecks.
    • All international students and scholars (F, J, M, and Q visa status) with U.S. source income must complete a U.S. Federal Tax Return
  • The U.S. tax system is a pay-as-you-go system. This means that income may be reduced by tax withholdings.
  • When you file your annual U.S. tax return in April of each year, the exact amount of tax due is calculated. You may get a refund or you may owe additional taxes.
  • You must have an ITIN or SSN if you have income (scholarship or wages) to report in a tax return.
  • The tax year runs from January 1 to December 31. Tax returns are due the following year in mid-April. Taxes are paid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  • If you do not receive any income during the tax year, you file Form 8843 ONLY. Guidance provided via GLACIER. More information below.

Questions about the Foreign National Form and Form W-2?
UNTSystem Tax Office sysfn@untsystem.edu

Questions about completing ITIN paperwork?
International Student and Scholar Services internationaladvising@unt.edu

How UNT Can Help

International Affairs has contracted with GLACIER Tax Prep to provide U.S. Federal Tax Return assistance to international students filing as nonresident aliens at UNT. 

GLACIER Tax Prep provides step-by-step instructions to prepare the appropriate forms to prepare your U.S. Federal Tax Return correctly. GLACIER will guide you through the required forms based on your personal situation.

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

The access code allows you to utilize the GLACIER software free of charge. Codes are limited to the first 699 users. Once codes are exhausted, GLACIER charges a minimal fee.

Important Notes

If you have questions about the software, please visit the Tutorial Videos link on the GTP welcome page. All information entered in GLACIER is encrypted and secured via SSL technology. GLACIER will NOT use your email address for any purpose other than to contact you if an error has occurred with your tax return preparation. Record your GLACIER 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 GLACIER last year, your previous user ID and password should work. If you cannot login, follow the prompts on the screen to recover your account.

GLACIER Tax Prep Eligibility

GLACIER Tax Prep is for use by those filing taxes as a nonresident alien. GLACIER software will help to determine whether you should file as a nonresident alien or as a resident alien. If it is determined that you will file as a resident alien, you are not eligible for GLACIER. 


  • This page is meant to be a general introduction. We are not tax professionals, this is not legal 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. 


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