Tax Filing Resources

Tax Support Services

The tax system in the US is very complex and, in the case of California, involves filing both a Federal Tax Return and a California State Tax return each year by April 15th.  Many Americans find the system difficult to navigate so they decide to hire a tax accountant to assist in filing an accurate and complete tax return. Many Americans also use a variety of tax software packages to help them file their Federal and State Income Taxes.  SISS offers tax software created specifically for international students and scholars to assist with filing Federal Tax Returns.  This software is available to international students and scholars in February or March each year.  All international students and scholars who were in the U.S. all or part of the previous calendar year should receive an email from SISS each year, explaining  the steps for using the software. 

Unfortunately, SISS cannot assist with any tax advice as tax advice should only be offered by CPAs (Certified Public Accountants) or RTRPs (Registered Tax Return Preparers). Tax law is a separate area of law which is complex and requires a tax expert.  For most international students and scholars, it is possible to file taxes without expert assistance by using the software offered through SISS and by reading and researching the necessary information, as is common practice in the U.S.  However, for those who have complex financial situations, or who need help filing either their State or Federal tax return forms, SISS offers the following list of resources (in addition to the online tax filing program we will provide), specifically to assist people who file “non-resident” tax returns.  The following list is for informational purposes only and provides contact information for CPAs who wished to have their information added to our website.  SISS does not verify or endorse any specific tax expert, service or resource. 

More general information and an introduction to the U.S. tax system for international students and scholars is available from the IRS website, Tax Information for Foreign Students and Scholars

Government Agencies

Both State and Federal Government Agencies will answer specific tax questions by Live Chat, Phone, or through walk-in counter service. Please review their websites for more information.

Internal Revenue Service (Federal Taxes)
State of California Franchise Tax Board (California State Taxes)
Sacramento Office Sacramento Office
4330 Watt Avenue 3321 Power Inn Road, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95821 Sacramento, CA 95826-3893
Phone: (916) 974-5225 Automated service: 800-338-0505 | Inside the U.S.: 800-852-5711 | Outside the U.S.: 916-845-6500
Web: www.irs.gov Web: www.ftb.ca.gov

I am a "Resident for Federal Tax Purposes"

All of the following are acceptable ways to prepare your taxes.

  1. You can download forms directly from the IRS (and from the FTB, if you earned income in California), which can be used to prepare your tax return yourself.

  2. You can hire a tax accountant to prepare the tax return for you.

  3. You can hire a company to prepare your tax return for you (internet search "tax preparation" for options).

Some Options for Tax Accountants in California

D. Christine Krieger, EA, Master Tax Advisor
H & R Block
638 G Street
Davis CA 95616
Phone: 530-756-3993
Fax: 530-792-1088
Web: https://www.hrblock.com/tax-offices/local-offices/index.html#!/en/office-profile/6149

Eva Jakab, CPA
1804 Miekle Avenue
Woodland CA 95776
Tel: 530-668-8195
Cell: 916-425-8004
Email: evajakabcpa@sbcglobal.net

Gary R. Engler, CPA, CFP
Gary R. Engler & Company, CPA's
11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA  90064
Phone:  310-440-5557
Fax:      310-440-5559
E-Mail:  Gary@englercpa.com
Web:     www.englercpa.com

Some Options for Tax Accountants Outside of California

Kevin J. Mullin, CPA
Global Tax and Estate Counsel (GTEC), LLP
1601 Arapahoe Street, D&F Tower, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-259-5683
Email: info@gtecllp.com
Web: http://gtecllp.com

Sam Rock, CPA
Rock & Hardin
3355 Lenox Rd., Ste. 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-920-8500
Fax:  404-631-6444
Email: info@rockandhardin.com
Web: http://rockandhardin.com/non-u-s-born-taxpayers-aliens

Other Tax Filing Resources

Federal Tax Information

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
(800) TAX-FORM (to order forms)
(800) 829-1040 (tax questions)
Web address: www.irs.gov

California State Income Tax Information

Franchise Tax Board (FTB)
(800) 852-5711 (For Tax Questions)
Web Address: www.ftb.ca.gov

Internal Revenue Service

215-516-2000
1-800-829-4477
Non-resident aliens for tax purposes 1-215-516-2000
Resident aliens for tax purposes 1-800-829-1040

Most Commonly Used Publications

Publication 17  : Your Federal Income Tax
Publication 519:U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens
Publication 901: U.S. Tax Treaties