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Frequently Asked Questions about Taxes

Frequently Asked Questions about Taxes

DISCLAIMER:  International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is neither licensed nor qualified to provide tax advice and will not do so.  The information provided is intended for your benefit. Any questions or concerns should be directed to TerpTax, a certified tax preparer or a local IRS field office.

Updated 3/22/2021

The deadline for filing 2020 Federal Tax Returns has been extended to Monday, May 17, 2021.


May 17, 2021: Virginia state income tax due
July 15, 2021: Maryland & Washington DC state income taxes due

The IRS will not begin processing returns until February 12th. You can mail in returns before February 12th, but they will not be processed until February 12th. TerpTax will begin taking appointments on the website starting February 1st and the first appointments will be February 8th and on. This season tax identity fraud is anticipated to be more prevalent than ever, so filing early is one's best bet to try to avoid a problem.


FAQ'S for Non-Residents for Tax Purposes


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►  What is the deadline for filing my 2020 tax forms?

The deadline for filing your 2020 Federal Tax Return is Thurssday, April 15, 2021.  Your envelope must be postmarked by 11:59pm on that day.

  • FEDERAL: The deadline to file your 2020 Federal Tax Return is April 15, 2021.
  • STATE  Maryland Tax Return is due on April 15, 2021. 
  • STATE Virginia Tax Return is due on  May 1, 2021.  
  • Students and scholars needing additional time to file MUST file for an extension. 


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►  What assistance does the University provide?

  • Continued Resources during the University Remote Operational Environment 
    Terp TAX, housed in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) chapter, a program created by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide FREE tax return preparation to low-to-mid-income individuals and families, the elderly, students, and persons with disabilities.  TerpTax has moved appointments to meet virtually. Make your appointment on their website -  TerpTax will reassess the needs for appointments on April 15. 
  • GLACIER Tax Prep can be used free of charge by F-1/F-2 and J-1/J-2 status holders to prepare their U.S. Federal income tax return.  
    Glacier Tax Prep will be available starting February 12, 2021 for this filing season.   
    To access GLACIER Tax Prep:
    1. Log into your iTerp account at (For assistance in logging into iTerp, click here.)
    2. Click Tax Service > Glacier Tax Preparation
    3. Read over the list of documentation needed.  Click Access Glacier Tax Prep.  You will be redirected to Glacier's website to login with your existing Glacier account or create a new one.  


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►  What forms do I need to file my Federal tax return?

  • If you were working (ex: graduate assistantship, hourly on-campus position) in 2019:
    • You will be sent a W-2 statement (January 31)
  • If you received a scholarship/fellowship OR you are claiming a tax exemption due to a TAX TREATY in 2020
    • You will be sent a 1042S form (March 15)

If you need to request a Duplicate W-2 or 1042-S, go to Central Payroll Bureau's Payroll Services for State Agencies website and follow instructions.


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►  How do I start filing my taxes?

  • Federal - First complete your federal tax return. Information from this form is required to complete your State tax return. Login to Glacier Tax Prep (following the instructions above) to complete your Federal tax return.
  • Form 8843 Required - This form is generated by Glacier Tax Prep.
  • State - For assistance with the State tax return, you can get assistance from:
    • TAP - For graduate students only
    • MSLC VITA at R. H. Smith Business School


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►  Am I Resident or Non-Resident Alien for Tax Purposes?

Login in to Glacier Tax Prep (following the instructions above) to determine your tax status.  If you are a Nonresident Alien for  Tax Purposes (NRA), you should use Glacier Tax Prep to complete your Federal tax return. Only NRAs can use Glacier Tax Prep.  If you are a Resident Alien for Tax Purposes, you can use TAP or MSLC VITA resources to help you with completing your tax return.


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►  Can I file my Federal tax return electronically?

No, you must print, sign and postmark you tax return no later than 11:59 pm on April 15, 2021. The address to file your tax return if no payment is required:

Department of Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, TX 73301-0215, U.S.A.

Remember to keep photocopies of all documents you send to the IRS.

If you need to submit a payment with your tax return, see page 3 "Where to File" - Instructions for Form 1040 NR-EZ(2018)

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International Student & Scholar Services provides this tax resource information to UM students and scholars for informational and educational purposes and not as a substitute for advice obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a qualified tax professional. Students and scholars who have questions about their income tax situation should consult a qualified tax professional. Each person is responsible for the accuracy of his/her income tax returns and any resulting penalties or interest.