I recently learned that some international students still haven’t filed their taxes yet, and some of them even planning on not filing them. Well, filing taxes are actually not that hard and it is very important for you. I would like to share my personal experiences about how I filed my taxes with the information and instruction that were provided by our school as following:
Here are the simple steps:
- Go to https://ibearcatsglobal.uc.edu and login
- Click “Glacier Tax Preparation”
- Click “Access Glacier Tax Prep”
- Create an account
- Fill out everything that fit you
- Follow the instruction on the result page
If you have worked last year and make money, you also need to file state tax separately. You can find help from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and here is their website: https://www.law.uc.edu/current-students/student-orgs/volunteer-income-tax-assistance. With their help, I finished filing my state tax in about 15 minutes. They can also help you with your federal tax and answer any questions you have relating your tax filing. Also, this service is free. However, the VITA team provides assistance until April 13th (last day) for this year. If you didn’t know about VITA and would like to get help from them next time, don’t miss the chance.
Tips about mailing your taxes:
- You can mail your taxes at postal offices, FedEx, DHL, etc.
- Make sure you have enough stamps.
- Federal taxes and State taxes are different, you need to mail them separately to different addresses.
- The deadline to mail your taxes is Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (This is not the normal deadline. The normal deadline for taxes in the USA is April 15.)
This is my personal experience as an international student who had worked last year and had income. This might not be applicable to everyone, but may be helpful especially if you follow the instruction on our school’s tax filing website stated above.