**For in-depth information and resources regarding taxes, we encourage you to visit the I-House’s tax information page.**
To help foreign nationals meet their filing obligations, ISSS provides FREE access to Glacier Tax Prep (GTP), a tax preparation software. You do not need to pay anything for this service. GTP will determine which tax forms you need, and will complete them for you as you answer questions. You will still need to print and mail the forms. GTP is designed only for nonresident aliens for tax purposes. Most international students or scholars fall into this non-resident category. GTP also includes a comprehensive FAQ on many tax related issues.
Tax Resources for Foreign Nationals
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a volunteer outreach program funded and managed by the IRS. It is available only to students or scholars with annual income under $54,000 or to people over age 60.
The university offers two locations of VITA assistance in Spring 2020. In order to assure you visit the correct VITA site, see the tax residency handouts below or use the GTP software sent out by CGE. No appointment is necessary. Please bring all tax forms with you for efficient use of the volunteer’s time.
Nonresident Alien VITA Site (International House)
Wednesdays: 5pm – 7pm
Thursdays: 5pm – 7 pm
February 26 – April 15, except Spring Break
Resident Alien VITA Site (UT College of Law)
Wednesdays: 6pm – 8pm
Thursdays: 6pm – 8pm
February 5 – April 9, Except Spring Break
Please visit the IRS website for other Knoxville locations where VITA is offered. Availability of times and dates vary from location to location.
International Revenue Service (IRS)
Internal Revenue Service local office:
710 Locust Street
Knoxville, TN, 37902.
This office is not able to answer questions concerning non-resident tax returns, but they do assist tax residents. They have IRS publications and forms, accept ITIN applications, and they can help with administrative questions, such as “Where is my refund?”
Paid Tax Preparers
Foreign nationals with complicated situations (for example, someone who earned investment income such as stock dividends or capital gains) may want to consider paying a tax preparer to complete their tax return. Be sure to find out if the tax preparer has experience with tax non-residents. There is typically a fee charged (at least $100) to prepare a tax return.