FAQs

What is VTAP?

VTAP is a student run service organization that offer frees tax assistance to low to moderate-income individuals.

Why should I trust VTAP to do my taxes?

Each of our student tax preparers are certified with the IRS. Additionally, VTAP is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. VITA sites are supported by the Internal Revenue Service, and are located throughout the United States. Finally our organization is supported by the Minnesota Student Association and we are a Registered Student Organization of the University of Minnesota, meaning that our group is supported by the undergraduate student body governments.

I have unusual requirements for my return. Will VTAP be able to do my taxes??

Please take a look at the list below to see if your return cannot be completed by VTAP.
Services not provided by VTAP:

  • Military income tax returns. We are not trained to this level, and cannot offer any services to students with military income.
  • Any homebuyer credit preparation will NOT be provided by VTAP.
  • Any worldwide income earned during the year puts you out of scope for our program.
  • Additionally, if your income is over $60,000, we cannot prepare your tax return.

FAQs for Nonresidents:

Please email vtap@umn.edu if your question is not covered here or if you’d like more information!
How do I know if I am a Nonresident for tax purposes?

Nonresidents who are present in the United States on a Visa typically fall into one of two categories:

  • Any individual on a student visa (F, J, M, or Q): presence in the United States for less than 5 years and at least 183 days in 2013. To be considered a Resident for tax purposes this filing season, you would have had to have gotten your visa and had it for 2008, 09, 10, 11, 12 and been present in US for more than 183 days in 2013.
  • Any individual on a teacher or trainee visa (J or Q): presence in the United States for less than any 2 of the preceding 6 years and at least 183 days in 2013. To be considered a Resident for tax purposes this filing season, you would have had to have gotten your visa and had it for 2011, 12 and been present in US for more than 183 days in 2013.

Can you help me file my taxes if I am a Nonresident?

If you are a foreign student attending the University of Minnesota on a Visa, we can help you complete your taxes! We hold our Nonresident site one night a week from 6-8:30pm and on two Saturdays during the tax season. Visit theĀ Nonresident Appointment page for our specific site dates/times and for how to make an appointment. You will pre-prepare your Federal return using Glacier Tax Prep (the software provided by the University of Minnesota). At our site, we will double check your Federal return and will help you complete your State and Property returns.

What if I am a Nonresident, but am not a student of the University of Minnesota?

Not to worry – VTAP’s services are available to you, too! We purchase individual Glacier licenses to help individuals who are Nonresidents and are not students of the University of Minnesota. Glacier is the tax software that we will have you use once you visit our site. Please make an appointment for our Nonresident site and emailĀ vtap@umn.edu.

What if I have dual citizenship?

Typically, we cannot serve individuals who have dual citizenship. We are sorry! Dual citizenship returns are complicated. If you have dual citizenship, please email vtap@umn.edu . If we cannot help you, we may be able to refer you to another tax service provider within the Twin Cities area.

What if I have a Green Card?

If you have a Green Card, you may be able to be considered a Resident for tax purposes, but we must first determine if you pass the substantial presence test. If you have a Green Card, please email umnmsatax@gmail.com with the following information:

  • The date that you originally entered the United States
  • The date on which you received your Green Card
  • The number of days you have been/will be present in the United States during 2014
  • The number of days you were present in the United States during 2013
  • The number of days you were present in the United States during 2012
  • The amount of days you were present in the United States during 2011
  • Any visas you have been on since you originally entered the United States

We will determine which of our sites that you should visit and will return your email with our determination. Thank you!