OISS continues to provide services online. For more information, visit the OISS Coronavirus FAQ page.
Rice University cannot provide individual tax advice. We can only provide basic general guidelines to get you started in preparing your taxes. No information on this site may be considered formal tax advice. Consult appropriate tax counsel as necessary.
Please note that new Glacier Tax Prep license codes must be purchased each year.
Filing taxes in the United States can be a confusing responsibility. Failure to comply with IRS regulations can produce serious consequences. Even if no taxes are owed, it is required by law to comply with filing procedures. Penalties range from additional costs plus interest for any tax not paid to incarceration if convicted of tax fraud or evasion. While Rice cannot file your taxes for you, we have compiled the following resources/guidance to assist you.
**NOTE: For questions or concerns regarding issues with previous years' tax returns, please contact the IRS directly by phone at their International Taxpayer Assistance line (1-267-941-1000)
GLACIER Tax Prep Access Code Sign-up
Sign-up for GLACIER Tax Prep for 2019 tax year in OISS - March 1 - July 15, 2020!
**GLACIER Tax Prep licenses are only valid for a particular tax year, you must sign-up every year**
Based on availability, first-come, first-served
GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP) is a web-based software program designed to assist internationals with tax form preparation. It is available to Rice international students (both F-1 and J-1 status) who have been in the U.S. for less than 5 years, or international scholars on J-1 status who have been in the U.S. for less than 2 years and are considered non-residents for tax purposes. If you are unsure of your tax residency status, you may also purchase GTP to assist you with that determination. If you are found to be a resident for tax purposes and cannot use GTP to complete your tax form preparation, you may visit the IRS website for free file assistance options.
Tax Preparation Workshop
We understand that filing your U.S. tax return can be a confusing process, but it is a legal requirement. Join us for the Tax Workshop, where we will have an expert guide you through the process and be available for questions.
Presenter: Brad Gold, CPA, Senior Tax Manager and Kelley Lau, CPA, Tax Manager from Briggs & Veselka Co. (http://www.bvccpa.com/)
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Place: Room 100 Keck Hall
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm for international students & scholars
Tax Basics and Frequently Asked Questions
Learn all about taxes in the United States and get answers to frequently asked questions - http://oiss.rice.edu/taxbasics.
Tax Events Deadlines
SSN and ITIN Process
A SSN or ITIN is needed to facilitate payment for scholarships, fellowships, employment in the U.S., and to file a U.S. tax return. If you are not eligible to apply for a SSN, you may need to request an ITIN in order to receive tax treaty benefits and to file a U.S. tax return. For more information, please see http://oiss.rice.edu/ssn.
NOTE: If you are only required to file form 8843 for your U.S. tax return, then no SSN nor ITIN is required.
AARP Tax Aide Program
Volunteers provide free tax return preparation assistance to foreign students and scholars, for both the non-resident and resident alien tax forms. Walk-ins are welcome (please arrive at least 1 hour before closing):
University of Houston - Downtown VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program
Free Tax Preparation by IRS Certified Preparers. Walk-ins are welcome. All appointments take place in the Shea Street Building, Room B-226 (320 North Main Street, Houston, TX 77002). Help dates for the current year are as follows (March 9 – April 15):
Please note: The OISS staff is not trained nor qualified to give any tax advice.