Tax classification

The process of determining the residency status and tax withholding rate for foreign nationals. 

What is the “Location of Activity” when processing a payment in Accounts Payable, and why is it important to include?

  • Generally, the location of the activity would be where a service is being performed, property is being rented, or the location where fellowship income is expected to be utilized in support of one’s scholarship or research.
  • Royalties, copyrights, and patents, such as those paid for the use of intellectual properties (i.e., industrial properties and software licenses), are considered U.S.-sourced if...
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I received a request to complete GLACIER, but I won't be entering the U.S. because of a COVID related delay impacting travel or obtaining required immigration documents. What should I do?

If you are unable to complete your GLACIER record, and/or submit the requested GLACIER information as a result of a COVID related delay in being unable to enter the U.S., please instead do so immediately after your arrival to the U.S. This is necessary to maintain compliance with US tax and immigration regulations

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I am a Harvard affiliate, using my HBS email address to access and upload GLACIER documentation and forms securely via the Harvard link provided, but I keep receiving an error message indicating I do not have permission. What should I do?

Harvard University and Harvard Business School (HBS) both use Office 365 SharePoint and Teams; however, they reside on separate service instances, or tenants. Secure sharing from University SharePoint or MS Teams requires an HBS affiliate to also be licensed properly and sign in with their University credentials.

Here are the steps you should take as an HBS affiliate, with an associated HBS email, to access and successfully submit your GLACIER information securely:

  1. You will need to first sign out of your HBS O365 Tenant and any HBS SharePoint Sites or MS...
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How should I complete GLACIER as a DACA individual, and what should I submit?

As a DACA individual, your situation is unique. GLACIER automatically generates for all foreign individuals. Your presence in the US is likely enough for you to be considered U.S. tax residents (resident alien), but we still are required by the IRS to collect information to support this conclusion. You would still need to complete GLACIER, since you are not yet a permanent resident. Please use the guidance below to help you proceed with GLACIER:

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What if I have to pay someone before they arrive in the U.S?.

 

You can set up an individual ahead of time only if the individual is receiving a travel grant payment only, which may be necessary to arrange their travel to Harvard. This can be initiated in Vendor system by selecting the advance travel grant "ADVTR" visa option, which will result in tax withholding at the maximum 30% rate until the completed GLACIER forms and required document copies are submitted. GLACIER can be completed in advance as long as the completion date is within 30 days of the individual's entry to...

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What if I don't know what my relationship to the University or income type are?

You  should select the best option, which a few points might help reveal:

  • If you've already received a paycheck, from which FICA tax (MED and OASDI) was withheld, then you're either an employee, faculty member, teaching assistant, or student worker receiving compensation/salary/wages. 
  • If your payment was not subject to FICA tax, and is a fellowship, stipend, or scholarship, then you should select student, fellow, or fellowship recipient as your relationship to the University. You can then select any of the associated income types,...
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If a foreign individual completed the GLACIER program already for one payment system and the information is unchanged, do I need to have the foreign national complete the program again if I add them as a payee in another Harvard payment system?

GLACIER will only accept one record per individual, even if a payee is set up in a second payment system.  NRA Tax, which receives updates, will contact the foreign national asking them to log back into GLACIER and add a relationship and payment type to update their GLACIER Tax Summary Report, if necessary

Who should contact the Nonresident Alien Tax office?

All foreign nationals expecting to receive income from the University, including fellowships, stipends, compensation, and other payments for service, who have not received the link to the GLACIER online tax classification program and/or have tax-related questions. Please note that if the only “payments” from the University received by an undergraduate or graduate student are scholarship amounts applied directly to the student’s term bill, the student will not have tax withheld or be issued a tax reporting document, so does not have to contact this office. For more information on your term...

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Making Payments

Use these guidelines to better understand payments to foreign individuals.

Harvard is required to follow:

  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations that govern the taxation of payments to nonresident aliens, which differ from those that govern payments to U.S. citizens and resident aliens; and
  • Regulations set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when making payments to certain foreign scholars and students

These regulations, which can be complicated, determine the tax status and proper procedure for...

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