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
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|
All of the following are acceptable ways to prepare your taxes.
You can hire a tax accountant to prepare the tax return for you.
You can hire a company to prepare your tax return for you (internet search "tax preparation" for options).
D. Christine Krieger, EA, Master Tax Advisor
H & R Block
638 G Street
Davis CA 95616
Eva Jakab, CPA
1804 Miekle Avenue
Woodland CA 95776
Sam Rock, CPA
Rock & Hardin
3355 Lenox Rd., Ste. 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
Federal Tax Information
California State Income Tax Information
Internal Revenue Service
Non-resident aliens for tax purposes 1-215-516-2000
Resident aliens for tax purposes 1-800-829-1040