What is GLACIER?

GLACIER is a web-based, nonresident alien tax compliance system produced by Arctic International LLC.

Who should use GLACIER?

Foreign nationals (except for lawful permanent residents) who receive income from the University of Arizona are generally required to use GLACIER.

Foreign Nationals
(except for permanent residents)
Income TypePayment methodAdministrator
UA Employees (including student employees)Salaries/WagesPayrollRobin Atteberry
FSO- Payroll
(520) 621-9097
UA students -scholarship recipientsNon-service Scholarship/FellowshipStudent AccountDeborah Kuiken
International Student Programs and Services
(520) 621-4627 
FSO- Tax Compliance
(520) 621-1957
Other visitors (e.g. speakers, consultants, post doc fellows, performers non-UA students etc)Speaker fee, honorarium,
performance fee, royalty, prize, award, etc.
Check RequestLois Kimball
FSO-Accounts Payable
(520) 621-7697

What can GLACIER do?

A foreign national can create a personal record in GLACIER online. GLACIER collects data from the foreign visitor such as current immigration status, country of citizen and residence, relationship with the University, income received from the University, and the history of presence in the US (immigration status and length of stay of each visit). Based on the information provided by the foreign national, GLACIER can:

  • Determine the tax residency for the foreign national
  • Determine the appropriate tax treatment on the foreign national’s income received from the University, including eligibility of tax treaty benefits
  • Pre-fill applicable tax forms (W-8BEN, Form 8233 etc) for the foreign national
  • Prepare a tax summary report for the foreign national
  • Notify the foreign national by email to update the information

How to use GLACIER?

GLACIER administrator sets up the account in GLACIER with the foreign national’s name and email address. GLACIER then sends out an email from support [at] online-tax [dot] net to the foreign national with login information. The foreign national then can go online and create a record in Glacier, print out the resulting forms and reports, sign them and submit them according to the instructions indicated in GLACIER.