Tax Resources

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) cannot offer specific tax advice, since our advisors are not licensed tax professionals. It is your responsibility to understand your tax obligations. Unfortunately tax regulations can be confusing, so you should rely only on professionals with training in non-resident alien (NRA) tax regulations to help file your taxes.

However, ISPO put together this page to provide some basic tax guidance for international students.

For basic tax information, please follow the guidance below:

Review Basic Tax Advice Provided by UC San Diego

  • Almost all internationals are required to file a Form 8843 with the US government.
  • All internationals in F-1 and J-1 status who receive any sort of income - including tuition reductions, scholarships, fellowships, grants, stipends, salaries, wages, interest, dividends, etc. - from U.S. sources are also required to file tax returns with federal and state governments.
  • Please keep in mind that neither UC San Diego nor any of its employees are authorized to offer tax advice, and ISPO employees are not trained on answering tax questions.
  • For more information on completing your tax filings, please use the resources on the International Faculty & Scholars Office website.

Attend Tax Workshops

  • Federal Tax Workshop:
    • Douglas Kelley, San Diego State University School of Accountancy, will present on federal tax filing requirements for Nonresident Aliens for Tax Purposes and using Glacier Tax Prep software in preparing nonresident alien tax returns
    • Students and scholars should bring all tax-related forms with them to the workshop
    • Last year's powerpoint available in pdf format 
    • Date: Tuesday, 3/13/2018
    • Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
    • Location: U409 (link to map)
  • State Tax Workshops:
    • Representatives from the California Franchise Tax Board will be present
    • Students and scholars should have completed their federal tax returns prior to attending this workshop and may want to bring them for reference.  State tax forms will be available.
    • Last year's powerpoint available in pdf formats: Part 1 and Part 2
    • Date: Wednesday, 3/14/2018
    • Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Location: U409  (link to map)
  • Tax Workshops 2018 Digital Flyer Here
  • If you are unable to attend the session on the UCSD Campus, an alternate session will be held at the Scripps Research Institute: the time and date have not yet been set
  • How do I get there?
    1. Recommended: take the 101 Bus and get off at N Torrey Pines Rd and Scripps Clinic Driveway.  Cross the street and walk through the parking lot to the right (north), to the entrance of the Beckman Building.  Enter the building and walk downstairs to the ground floor.  The Keck Auditorium is behind the coffee cart.  Please see attached map.
    2. Park in the TSRI Hazen Parking Lot and go through the tunnel under N. Torrey Pines Rd. to the Beckman Building.  Parking is free.  Allow 15 minutes to walk. Please see attached map.
    3. Park at Scripps Green Hospital.  Locate and enter the Beckman building on the south side of the hospital, south side entrance of the building.  Parking fees are listed on the website:
  • Important: These workshops are sequential. You will need to have completed your federal tax return in order to begin your state tax return.

Use Glacier Tax Prep Software

  • The Glacier Online Nonresident Tax Compliance System (Glacier) is a system that allows UC San Diego to collect tax-related information from foreign individuals so that payments may be taxed and reported correctly. Any foreign visitor receiving payment or benefits from the University must complete a Glacier record unless he/she is a permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or on DACA status.
  • Those students who are already in the Glacier system will be emailed their Glacier login and password sometime toward the end of February to use GLACIER Tax Prep to complete your federal tax forms.
  • If you are not in the Glacier system, or do not receive and email with a login and password, you may request an access code by emailing your request to toward the middle of March. 


Contact IRS and FTB for Additional Tax Information

  • If you have additional questions regarding your specific situation, we recommend contacting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at (800) 829-1040.
  • For questions about the California state taxes, you may also contact the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) at (800) 852-5711.
  • You may also visit this link from the IRS and read this presentation from IRS: Electronic Toolkit for Nonresident Aliens (PDF from the IRS).

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