Tax Preparation Software (Students)

International Students

Glacier Tax Preparation

Glacier Tax Preparation (GTP) is a tax return preparation software program designed primarily for nonresident alien students, scholars, trainees, researchers, and other educational immigration statuses to prepare their U.S. federal income tax filings. The GTP software is provided by the International Students Office, and information on access is provided at this webpage: GTP is not connected to the Glacier Tax Compliance System used to determine tax residency status. 

If you have any questions related to the Glacier Tax Preparation software, please contact the International Students Office (


Federal Tax Return Preparation

Once the GTP tax software generates tax forms, you should print the forms, sign where indicated, and mail them to the address listed in the form’s instructions. Nonresident alien tax forms cannot be filed electronically (“e-filed”). Please refer to the filing instructions for Forms 1040-NR or Form 8843 on the IRS website for more information.

You cannot file your tax forms until you have received all applicable tax documents after the end of the calendar year. If you will leave the U.S. before tax season, you must wait to file until you have all required forms. The IRS does not release the tax forms and instructions until the tax filing season begins in late January or early February.


MA State Return Preparation

If you completed a federal tax return (Form 1040-NR) using the GTP software, the program will indicate whether or not you need to file a state tax return (MA or any other state). You may follow the instructions and prepare the MA (or other) state tax return in the Sprintax software for a small fee.

If you are required to file in another state, you can also refer to the state's department of revenue website to access the applicable forms and instructions.


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The content in this website is provided for informational purposes only. MIT does not offer legal, accounting, or tax advice and services. This information should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a professional accounting, tax, or legal advisor. MIT recommends that students consult a tax advisor for individual tax advice.