International Student Taxes

Taxes are due April 15th!

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 2013, you must file this form. If you have earned less than $3400, you will most likely get a refund of your taxes by filing 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.

Form 843 - This is a "Claim for Refund" used by international students to claim a refund for Social Security and Medicare taxes held in error by their employers.

 

Where can I get more federal tax information?

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 2013, 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 2013, 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?

California Franchise Tax Board Home Page

California Franchise Tax Board Forms