General FAQs

What is the deadline to file tax forms?

If you received taxable income, the deadline is April 15, 2016. If you had no US income and are only filing IRS Form 8843, the deadline is June 15, 2016.  The deadline refers to the date the envelope is postmarked by the post office.

Do I have to file a tax return?

International students and scholars who have been in the U.S. for any portion of 2015 must file an annual tax report by the following year's tax filing deadline. International students and scholars should access GTP to determine their tax filing requirement. You may be required to file taxes with the State of California as well. Income that is taxed includes wages, scholarships and earnings on investments. (A complete list of taxed income may be found in IRS and state tax guides.) The most common type of income is wages; the money withheld from each paycheck is an estimated payment of the federal and state income tax obligation. This money is sent by the employer to the IRS and Franchise Tax Board in the employee's account (the account number is the Social Security number). Taxable scholarship payments may have some amount withheld similar to wages. Investment income (not including bank interest) rarely has an amount withheld in advance, the applicable tax is paid when filing the tax forms.

Can Berkeley International Office help me file my taxes?

Berkeley International Office staff are not tax experts and cannot provide tax advice. To assist our clients, Berkeley International Office has purchased GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP).  GTP is an user friendly tax preparation software created specifically for international students and scholars who are non-resident aliens for tax purposes.  GTP will help you navigate U.S. federal tax forms, residency status, tax treaties, exemptions, and deductions.  GTP is accessible from around the world.