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Taxes

As an international student who has been in the United States during the 2013 calendar year, you will need to file one or more tax forms in the spring of 2014. Tax laws that apply to internationals are not the same as those that apply to U.S. citizens and/or permanent residents. International students who are filing tax forms for the first time often find it to be a very confusing process. While we are not tax experts, we do want to assist you with this responsibility.

The deadline for filing tax forms for the 2013 tax year is April 15, 2014.

Please see New York State Tax Forms link below for resources from March 15th workshop

FREE Online Tax Preparation Software

International Student Services has purchased online tax preparation software for RIT international students called Glacier Tax Prep (GTP).  The software provides everything non-residents need to file their federal tax forms all in one place.

How much does it cost?
RIT international students may use the software for FREE

How do I access the program?
In one of two ways:

  1. If you have a GLACIER account (because you are an on-campus employee) you will receive an email from the RIT Payroll Office with instructions. As explained in that email, you will simply access GLACIER using your existing User ID and Password, and GLACIER will transfer certain data directly into GLACIER Tax Prep. This will make your tax preparation very easy!
  2. If you did not have access to GLACIER during 2013, ISS will provide you with a GTP access code and login information. Please send an email with "Please send me a GTP access code" in the Subject to iss@rit.edu and the information you need will be emailed to you.

How Does it Work?
The software asks students a series of questions and based on the answers determines things like:
•    If you are really a non-resident for tax purposes
•    Which tax returns or other tax forms are necessary to complete
•    If there is a tax treaty that might apply for you
•    If an ITIN is necessary

How Long Does it Take?
It typically takes 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

What if I have questions?

  • You may do one or all of the following:
  • Watch the Tutorial Video
  • Find the answers in the FAQ section
  • Ask the GTP Support Team questions via email


What do I do after going through the software program?
You will print out the forms and mail them to the address provided. There are complete instructions on the final page of Glacier Tax Prep.
 

New York State Tax Forms

In addition to filing federal tax forms, many international students will need to file New York State tax forms. The Glacier Tax Prep software does not help you complete these state forms, but it will inform you if a state tax form is necessary. It is important to remember that in order to file your New York State tax forms, you must first complete a federal form.

If you need to complete a New York State tax form you are encouraged to attend the following workshop:

  • Completing New York State Tax Forms
    Saturday, March 15, 2014
    12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
    Golisano Auditorium (B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing
    and Information Sciences)
    Presented by Suzanne Reusch
    New York State Department of Taxation and Finance 


    To complete your New York State tax forms at this workshop you must bring your completed federal tax form.

The following resources are provided for those who missed the workshop:

* PowerPoint Presentation
* Webinar (provided courtesy of the University at Buffalo International Student and Scholar Services)

Workshop Handouts

 

Other State Tax Forms

Please note: State taxes vary by the state where income was earned during the tax year and forms must be filed separately for each state. If you did a co-op in another state you may need to complete a tax form for that state. Filing non-New York State tax forms is not covered in the ISS Tax Workshops, but the following is a link to State Tax Forms

Paying a Fee to Have Your Tax Forms Completed

Some students decide to hire a professional tax preparer to file their taxes. This is often a good option for students who are unable to use Glacier Tax Prep, students who have complicated tax issues, or those who would simply prefer to have a professional complete their tax forms for them.

Below is a link to a very reputable tax firm students may turn to for help in preparing both resident and non-resident tax forms.

Turbo Tax Warning

International students who are NON-residents for tax purposes should NOT file tax returns using TURBO-tax because it does not complete the NON-resident forms for you. Most of the tax software programs advertised online do not offer assistance in completing non-resident tax forms.

Students Who Didn't Earn Any Money in the U.S. in 2013/Form 8843

If you did not receive any income at all in the U.S. in the 2013 tax year (January 1st - December 31st), you still need to fill out a Form 8843, which records your presence in the U.S. The form does not have to be sent in until June 15th.

How to Replace a Lost RIT W-2 Form

You may print a copy of your RIT W-2 form by logging into myinfo.rit.edu. If you have not set up your myinfo account, the process is easy:                                          

  • Go to https://myinfo.rit.edu
  • Enter username:  ritstudent
  • Enter password:  tiger123
  • Create your own username & password by following the prompts.  (You’ll need your PAY STUB to access your employee number* and the exact spelling of your name in the payroll system.) *Your employee number is the first five digits of your Kronos punch in number.
  • Go to https://myinfo.rit.edu and log in with your new user name and password.
  • Click on the RIT Student Self Service link.
  • Click on the self-service option you need.
  • Follow prompts to set up direct deposit, access your pay slip, update tax withholding, reprint your W2 and more!
Tax Faqs

We strongly recommend reading Frequently Asked Questions about Taxes as a first step in filling out tax forms.

Filing For an Extension of Time to File Tax Forms

If you need to request more time to complete your federal or state tax forms you must do so by the tax filing deadline, April 15, 2014.

Residents for Tax Purposes

If the Glacier Tax Prep software has determined that you are a resident for tax purposes you may use Turbo Tax, TaxAct or any of the other software programs available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Residents for tax purposes may also find help through the free C.A.S.H.  Income Tax Assistance Program. There is a C.A.S.H. site close to the RIT campus:

Southtown Plaza in Henrietta (between Geico and Tuesday Morning)
3333 W. Henrietta Road, 14623
Monday - Friday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The site is open until April 15, 2014. You may schedule an appointment Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm by calling (585) 242-6485. Walk-ins are welcome as time allows, and no more than one hour before the site closes.

Additional Sources of Assistance

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - federal forms

1-800-829-3676 (forms & publications)

1-800-829-1040 (advice)

255 East Ave., Rochester, NY

http://www.irs.gov

NY State

1-800-225-5829

229 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY
www.tax.ny.gov

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