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TerpTax 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. Appointments will open in February 2022- stay tuned for more details.

TerpTax, 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 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.


Appointment information: TerpTax will begin operating in February 2022 out of Van Munching Hall. We also have a hybrid option available online. 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. Please note that there are a limited number of appointments on a first come first serve basis, so please make an appointment as soon as possible.

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!  

Information about TerpTax for International Graduate Students

Are you on a F-1 or J-1 visa? OPT/CPT? Your visa status requires you to stay compliant with mandatory annual tax filings to the Internal Revenue Service. Failure to comply can seriously risk your current visa and/or any plans you may have to transition to H1-B in the future. TerpTax is a free service here on campus designed to help our international students with just the tax requirements. 

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

Updated on December 21, 2021