Terp Tax Partnership 

The Graduate School has once again partnered with TerpTax and the Robert H. Smith School of Business to provide a free, comprehensive tax preparation service for UMD graduate students. Housed in the Robert H. Smith School of Business since 2015, TerpTax is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) chapter—a program created by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide FREE tax return preparation to the community. The Graduate School's partnership allows TerpTax to provide comprehensive tax preparation services to our campus, especially graduate students. International graduate students are also welcome to use Glacier Tax Prep to assist with preparing tax returns.  

TerpTax Goals

  • Help clients maintain compliance with the tax law
  • Help clients maximize their tax savings
  • Educate the public about taxes

The Graduate School thanks the students who lead and volunteer with TerpTax and the Robert H. Smith School of Business for their continued support.  We would also like to thank Sam Handwerger, the faculty member who volunteers to assist TerpTax and the many community members they serve!

This page contains important information about the program, including:


Please visit the TerpTax website (terptaxumd.org) for more information about the program, including appointment times, what materials to bring to your appointment, and contact information.  All questions about tax preparation and this service should be directed to TerpTax.

Appointment information: Visit their website to find information on what to do to prepare for your appointment and to schedule a virtual meeting with a TerpTax representative.
Campus address: 7621 Mowatt Lane College Park, MD 20742

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Please visit their website (terptaxumd.org) to schedule a virtual appointment with a TerpTax representative. This service is completely free. Please note that appointments are on a first come, first serve basis.  We advise students to make an appointment as soon as possible because there are a limited number of openings. Note the federal filing deadline is April 15, 2021.

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Glacier Tax Prep software program is now available to international students from ISSS at no additional cost for filing your 2020 Federal Tax return.  For questions about Glacier Tax Prep, please visit the ISSS website to view more information.

You should have received your 2019 W-2 form by now. If you have not received a W-2 form, please ask your employer about how you may access it.  

If you have a tax treaty, you must first receive a Form 1042-S. If you had a tax treaty benefit in 2020, you need both form W-2 and 1042-S to file your federal tax return.

The federal tax return deadline is Monday, April 15, 2021. Below are instructions for how to access Glacier Tax Prep software:

1.     Log into your iTerp account at https://iterp.umd.edu

2.     Tax Services > Glacier Tax Preparation

3.     Review instructions to ensure you have required documentation to begin the tax return filing process.

4.     Click Access Glacier Tax Prep. You will be redirected to Arctic International's website to login using your existing Glacier account. If you do not have an existing account, you can create a new one.

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Please join us for a tax preparation information session on February 23, 2021!

Filing Federal and State taxes is confusing for everyone, including graduate students! To help you through this process, join us on February 23 at a tax workshop for domestic students and another for international students.  Get guidance on how to handle common tax issues and bring your questions to the Q&A session. For help with more complex questions, we will share free resources for one-on-one tax support.  Register for either session here:TerpLink.umd.eduThis session will be recorded and we will post the link following the event.

Date: February 23, 2021 
International student session: 11am - 12:30pm
Domestic student session: 1pm - 2pm
Speaker: Professor Samuel Handwerger, UMD Smith School of Business, TerpTax Advisor
Co-hosts:Graduate Student Legal Aid, The Graduate School and International Student & Scholar Services

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Page Updated on 2/16/2021