Tax Season Information
DID YOU MISS THE APRIL 18 TAX-FILING DEADLINE?
The deadline to file your individual tax return was April 18, but you can still file your return after the deadline. The Glacier Tax Prep system will be available until December 1, 2017 so you can log on and complete your tax forms anytime until that date. If you did not earn income or if you do not owe taxes, there is no penalty for filing late. If you owe taxes, pay now to limit the interest charge and late payment penalty.
TAX FILING SEASON: All international students and scholars who were in the U.S. in any visa type other than B (Visitor) visa for any period of time during the year 2016 must file a 2016 income tax return or statement with the U.S. federal government. The deadline for filing taxes is April 18, 2017, however, the Glacier Tax Filing System will be available for late tax filers until December 1, 2017. Some international students and scholars may also be required to file a New Jersey state income tax return.
The FAQ’s will very likely answer all of your tax filing questions!
Princeton University offers GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), free tax filing software for international students and scholars to make your tax filing obligations easier. If you do not wish to use GLACIER Tax Prep to file your taxes, you will need to either file them on your own or use an outside professional tax preparer.
RESIDENT ALIEN TAX FILING: If you are a “resident alien for tax purposes,” you will not be able to use GLACIER since it is designed only for NONRESIDENT ALIEN filers. Refer to FAQs 22-24 for resources on how to file your U.S. RESIDENT taxes.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the complex nature of U.S. tax laws, only authorized tax preparation professionals are eligible to advise you on the specifics of your individual tax return. Staff members of the Davis International Center or other University staff are not professional tax preparers and cannot advise you on how to complete your tax forms.
TAX FILING DEADLINES: U.S. federal income tax forms must be postmarked to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 18, 2017. However, the Glacier Tax Filing System will be available until December 1, 2017 for late tax filers. If you were present in the United States during any part of 2016 on a visa other than a B visa, there is at least one form you must complete. If you were not in the United States at all during 2016, you do not need to complete any tax forms at this time.
TAX FILING ASSISTANCE: GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) is easy to follow - it does the tax-filing work for you. If you need assistance, there will be a video tutorial available on GTP which will assist you.
ADDITIONAL HELPFUL INFORMATION ABOUT TAX ISSUES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, SCHOLARS, AND VISITORS AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY:
Taxation of Scholarships & Fellowships
Student Tax Reporting and Withholding Information
Scholar and Student Payroll Taxes Deduction Information
Payroll Taxes & Treaty Benefits
Payments to Foreign National Guests, Speakers, & Entities
Other non-resident alien (NRA) tax issues at Princeton University