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Glacier - Tax Software


If you are interested in understanding how Glacier works, or would like to become a Glacier administrator, feel free to contact Margaret Partain at 850-645-7261 or MPartain@admin.fsu.edu. In your role as an administrator you will be able to assign passwords to your employees so they can complete their profile.

As an employer of NRAs, FSU is required by the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), the U.S. government tax authority, to comply with international employee tax laws. Glacier is a web-based program utilized by Florida State University to determine the tax eligibility of our international employees. Once an individual is hired an email is generated directing the employee to the Glacier website.

After answering a series of simple questions, Glacier will:
  • Determine the individual’s tax residency status
  • Review relevant income tax treaties to determine whether or not the individual is eligible for a tax treaty exemption
  • Determines FICA tax status and FICA start date
  • Generate a Tax Summary Report
Employees need to be encouraged to retain this email for their records, as they will be required to update Glacier:
  • Each time they exit and re-enter the U.S.
  • If their Visa status changes (F, J, M, H)
  • If they previously submitted Form 8233 for tax treaty exemption, they will need to update Glacier every December

Answers to questions commonly asked about Glacier: