Filing a State Income Tax Return

California does not require an annual tax report from those who made less than the minimum filing requirement or had no income at all. If you earned more than the California Adjusted Gross Income (see the California Franchise Tax Board website), you are required to file a California state tax return.

If you do not have a filing requirement but had taxes withheld from your income, the only way you can get your money back is to file a California tax return and get a refund.  Berkeley International Office will host California State Tax workshops in March/April 2018; click here for more information. Students or scholars who are considered nonresidents for California state tax filing will complete and file California Tax Form 540NR; those who are considered residents for California state tax filing will complete and file California Tax Form 540.

If you made income in another state and would like to know about that state's filing requirements, please click here.

Workshop:  CA State Taxes

Thursday, March 15th, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm, I-House Home Room (2299 Piedmont Ave., 2nd Floor)
Thursday, April 5th, 2018, 5:30-7:30 pm, I-House Sproul Rooms (2299 Piedmont Ave., 2nd Floor)

A representative from the California Franchise Tax Board presents how to determine your California state tax residency and complete your nonresident alien tax forms.  Complete your federal tax forms via GTP before attending the CA Tax Workshop. Please bring copies of the presentation slides below.

See the presentation slides provided by the CA Franchise Tax Board: