Income Tax Information

Income taxes are often complicated even for those native to the United States, so the ISSS team has worked to bring you the following resources. International student advisors and staff at CSU do not have the proper training or legal authority to offer direct assistance with the completion of tax returns, but we can provide you the resources below.

Who must file taxes?

Almost every international student, scholar and family member must file taxes, even if no income was earned in 2016. You must file the IRS Form 8843 if you are in status as a:

  • F-1 or F-2
  • J-1 or J-2
  • M-1 or M-2
  • Q-1 or Q-2

If you did earn income in the U.S. in 2016, you must also file federal and state tax returns.  Income may include wages, scholarships, fellowships, graduate assistantships, etc.  Nonresidents who received U.S. source income during the tax year should file either 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ by April 15, 2017.  Individuals with tax treaty benefits or otherwise expecting to receive Form 1042-S from CSU should wait until that form is received in mid-March before attempting to prepare a tax return.

How do I file taxes?

We encourage you to try filing your taxes yourself, through the following free and easy-to-use software. As a service to all international students and scholars associated with Colorado State University, ISSS has purchased a license so that you can use GLACIER Tax Prep international tax preparation software to prepare your U.S. income tax return at no cost. You can access this service at The code needed to access the website will be distributed by the ISSS office, along with instructions, when that system becomes available in mid-February.

The ISSS Office at CSU will email you the instructions and access code for the software when it becomes available in mid-February.

You will need these Documents and Information:

Please make sure you have the following documents and information available BEFORE you log into GLACIER Tax Prep:

  • Visa/Immigration Status information
  • Passport
  • Form DS-2019, if J status individual
  • Form I-20, if F status individual
  • Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (if you have been assigned one)
  • Address Information (i.e., Current U.S. and Foreign Address)
  • U.S. Entry and Exit Dates for current and past visits to the U.S.
  • Academic Institution or Host Sponsor Information (name/address/phone for Academic Director)
  • Forms W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 (if you received any)
  • Scholarship/fellowship grant letter you may have received (if any); and A copy of your last year’s federal income tax return (Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ), if you filed a federal income tax return last year.

How Do I Access GLACIER Tax Prep?

You may access GLACIER Tax Prep from any computer with internet access from anywhere in the world! Simply type the following URL address into your internet browser:

If you used GLACIER Tax Prep last year, you can log in using the same user id and password. If this is your first time using GLACIER Tax Prep, you will need to create a new account. You will then be prompted to enter the Access Code assigned to CSU. Be sure to remember your Password and UserID as you will use it to access GLACIER Tax Prep if you need to login again. To ensure that your income tax return information remains private and secure, DO NOT share your Password or UserID with anyone. Please note, your email address is used solely by GLACIER Tax Prep to contact you if there is a problem while you are using the system; we do not sell or share your email address with anyone.

If you return to GLACIER Tax Prep to modify or reprint your tax return, at the GLACIER Tax Prep login page enter the Password and UserID you selected at the time you created your User Account; do not enter the originally assigned Access Code.

How Can I Get Help?

If you need the Access Code, contact ISSS. If you need assistance with GLACIER Tax Prep, click on the help button on any screen; Online Help will provide specific information relating to the topic on that page.

Additional Assistance

If you need additional assistance, VITA volunteers will once again be providing free U.S. federal and state income tax assistance by appointment only at the Confucius Institute located at 1413 S. College Ave, Fort Collins.  Appointments will be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM Tuesdays, February 10 through April 14.  Parking is limited at the rear of the Institute, but individuals with the appropriate CSU parking permit may park in nearby Lot 575.  Appointments may be scheduled by contacting August (Gus) Eykholt by phone (970-667-4936) or email (  For joint-resident return preparation, both spouses must be present, or the person present must have a signed power of attorney form 2848 from his or her spouse.  This form can be downloaded from the IRS website,, and instructions for preparation can be obtained when calling for an appointment.

Useful IRS Forms & Publications

Tax information for Foreign Students and Scholars

International Revenue Service