Compensation and Taxes

Begin Taxes OnlineInformation about Postdoc Compensation Minimums and relevant salary policies can be found here.

Tax Disclaimer: The information below is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered tax or legal advice. For tax or legal advice, please contact a qualified professional.

Basic tax information and commonly used forms are available from the Ohio State Office of Human Resources Tax Office (Payroll Services). Payroll Services, however, cannot provide personalized tax guidance and encourages individuals to contact a tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 1-800-829-1040 for specific information and advice about your tax obligations.

If you are on a fellowship, and your taxes are not being collected by the university, you need to file quarterly taxes on your own. For more information, click here.

The Fisher/Ohio State Tax Clinic: provides free tax preparation services to low-income taxpayers of Columbus. For more information, click here.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): free income tax preparation assistance is available to students and low-income citizens of Columbus. For more information, click here.

  • Click here for instructions on how to schedule an appointment for tax preparation services.

GLACIER Tax Prep for Non Resident Alien Income Tax Returns: GLACIER is a software designed to help prepare tax returns for international employees. For more information and who to contact regarding registering for this software and if you have questions, please visit the OIA website here.

Considerations for International Postdocs : Postdocs who are foreign nationals may want to review the materials posted in the Nonresident Aliens section of the Payroll Services site. Postdocs who are nonresident aliens for tax purposes (excluding permanent residents with green cards) must use Glacier software, which will determine the correct amount of federal tax to be withheld from their paychecks. An email with a password and information about Glacier should arrive two to three weeks after you begin your postdoctoral position. If you are a nonresident alien and you have not received Glacier information, please contact the Tax Office at It is important to establish a record in the Glacier system because you may qualify for the benefit of a tax treaty if one exists between your home country and the United States. More information about U.S. taxes is available from the Office of Internatonal Affairs.