International Student Taxes

Taxes are due April 18th!

International students on the F-1 visa have special filing requirements for U.S. federal income tax returns and California state taxes. Please read the following information in regards to filing your taxes.

 

US FEDERAL TAXES

What kinds of forms do I need to file?

 

Form 8843 - All F-1 foreign students MUST file this form.

It is a "Statement for Exempt Individuals" that exempts international students from being treated as residents for tax purposes.

Form 1040NR - If you earned income in 2015, you must file this form. Select one of the following:

 

What if Social Security and Medicare taxes were withheld from my paycheck?

International students do not need to pay Social Security or Medicare. If you see on your W-2 form that these have been withheld, you may qualify for a refund.

 

Where can I get more federal tax information?

 

Tax Filing for F-1 Visa Students

2015 Free Tax Assistance

Internal Revenue Service is the US government site.

International Student Taxes is a commercial web page that will charge you fee to help you file your taxes.

 

 

CALIFORNIA STATE TAXES

 

If you earned income in 2015, read the 540NR instructions below to determine if you must file CA taxes. Look at your form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, and see if there is any amount in box 17 to determine if CA taxes were withheld. If so, you may qualify for a refund.

 

What kinds of forms do I need to file?

 

Form 540NR - If you earned income in 2015, you must file this form. You may be able to file online. Check e-file first. If not, you can download and file one of the following paper forms:

For either form, you will need the California tax table

 

Where do I file my CA forms?
 

Franchise Tax Board
PO Box 942840
Sacramento 94240-0002

 

Where can I get more California state tax information?

 

Tax Filing for F-1 Visa Students

2015 Free Tax Assistance

California Franchise Tax Board Home Page

California Franchise Tax Board Forms