Federal Tax Software
Non-Residents for Tax Purposes
GLACIER Tax Prep
GLACIER Tax Prep 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 return Form 1040NR. GLACIER Tax Prep also prepares Form 8843. Use is free of charge, but is limited to people with University of Michigan/Ann Arbor uniqnames.
Nonresidents should not use software (one example is TurboTax but there are many others) designed for resident tax forms. Your form will not be correct and you will then have to submit an amended tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Review the GLACIER Tax Prep FAQs for further information.
GLACIER Tax Prep software (UM/Ann Arbor uniqname and password required)
Residents for Tax Purposes
Residents for tax purposes may be able use free tax preparation software listed on the the U.S. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service web site. Other options include purchasing commercial tax software or paying to use commercial tax preparation web sites. Two examples of the many such products available are Turbotax or H&R Block At Home™.
State Tax Software
Nonresidents for Tax Purposes
If you use GLACIER Tax Prep to prepare your federal tax form, it will determine, based on the information you enter, whether or not you might also be required to file a state tax form. If that is the case, Glacier Tax Prep will give you the option of clicking on a link to continue to SPRINTAX, online tax software that can prepare your state tax return. Your cost will be $26.95 (this represents a $3 discount from the regular fee.) Be sure to follow the instructions on the Glacier Tax Prep page (UM/Ann Arbor uniqname and password required) to obtain your discount. If you also need to file tax forms for other states, SPRINTAX can prepare them too for an additional charge.
If you are not using GLACIER Tax Prep to prepare your federal tax form, you can still use Sprintax with the U-M discount by using the link below:
SPRINTAX (UM/Ann Arbor uniqname and password required)
If you prefer not to use SPRINTAX, The State of Michigan Department of Treasury offers links to software companies offering tax preparation and e-filing services. Look for “state only” offers and make sure that the non-resident form (Michigan Schedule NR) is available.
Residents for Tax Purposes
The tax software you used to prepare your federal (national) tax return form can probably also prepare your state income tax form. If not, the State of Michigan Department of Treasury offers links to software companies offering tax preparation and e-filing services.