TerpTax

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:


TERP TAX CONTACT INFORMATION

Please visit the TerpTax website 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.

Website: umd-vita.com
Email: mslc@rhsmith.umd.edu
Appointment hours: 6pm - 8:30pm Mon - Thu
Campus address: 7621 Mowatt Lane College Park, MD 20742

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APPOINTMENT INFORMATION

To make your TerpTax appointment now, please visit https://umd-vita.com/. At the top right of the screen, you will find a button that says “Make an Appointment”.  Click that button and you will be prompted to login or create an account. Logging in takes you to a portal where you can select an appointment time and review documents for uploading.

Please do not wait until the last minute to make an appointment with TerpTax.  They get very busy as it gets closer to April 15 and appointments are first come first serve.

Special note: TerpTax is currently booked through April 15.  They will be opening more appointments in the coming week or so.  Please check their website for more information.  Please note that this is a first come, first serve service.  They will try and accommodate as many students as possible, but check their site often and make an appointment as soon as possible.

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INFORMATION SESSIONS

Please join us for a tax preparation information session! We are offering two sessions, one for domestic graduate students on March 4 from 7pm-8pm and one for international graduate students on March 5 at 7pm-8pm. These sessions will discuss important information related to what you need to prepare to complete your taxes.  We will also cover the TerpTax program and how to access this free resource.

March 4: Tax Preparation Information Session for Domestic Graduate Students
In person session: Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center- Room 0202 
Online session: https://umd.webex.com/meet/astraus3

March 5: Tax Preparation Information Session for International Graduate Students
In person session: Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center- Room 0202 
Online session: https://umd.webex.com/meet/astraus3

 

 REGISTRATION RECOMMENDED: 


Please register if you plan on attending in person or online: 

Please submit your questions ahead of time in the registration form, and we will cover as many as possible. To get hands-on assistance with your taxes, please make an appointment with TerpTax (see section above). 

For questions about these information sessions, please contact the event organizer at astraus3@umd.edu

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GLACIER TAX PREP

Glacier Tax Prep software program is now available to international students from ISSS at no additional cost for filing your 2019 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 2019, you need both form W-2 and 1042-S to file your federal tax return.

The federal tax return deadline is Monday, April 15, 2020. Below are instructions for how to access Glacier Tax Prep software:

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

2.     Select Insurance and Finances > 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.

Please also note that ISSS is offering a ISSS is hosting a Glacier Tax Clinic on April 2, 2020 -- 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm in ESJ 1202. International Students should pre-register on iTERP.

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IMPORTANT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Posted on March 4, 2020
Special note: TerpTax is currently booked through April 15.  They will be opening more appointments in the coming week or so.  Please check their website for more information.  Please note that this is a first come, first serve service.  They will try and accommodate as many students as possible, but check their site often and make an appointment as soon as possible. 
 
Posted on February 21, 2020
Please note that the Forms 1042-S for 2019 may not be out yet since they are not required to be sent to recipients until March 16, 2020. TerpTax can prepare many foreign students, particularly from India and China, so please do not hesitate to make an appointment as soon as possible. 
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