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Can I add CA SDI to State and Local Income taxes on 1040 NR Schedule A? I understand a NRA has to file 1040 NR and has to itemize the deductions.

I know that CA SDI can be added to State and local income taxes on Schedule A (1040), but it is not clearly mentioned that the same can be done on Schedule A 1040NR as well.

Any clarification will be appreciated.

Thanks.

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According to Wikipedia (and my personal understanding) - yes, you can.

Employee contributions to the state fund are deductible as state taxes.

IRS piece on this is pub 17.

Contributions to state benefit funds. As an employee, you can deduct mandatory contributions to state benefit funds withheld from your wages that provide protection against loss of wages. For example, certain states require employees to make contributions to state funds providing disability or unemployment insurance benefits. Mandatory payments made to the following state benefit funds are deductible as state income taxes on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 5.

Alaska Unemployment Compensation Fund.

California Nonoccupational Disability Benefit Fund.

New Jersey Nonoccupational Disability Benefit Fund.

New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Fund.

New York Nonoccupational Disability Benefit Fund.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Fund.

Rhode Island Temporary Disability Benefit Fund.

Washington State Supplemental Workmen's Compensation Fund.

Note that while CA SDI is deductible - VDI is not.

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  • Actually you can do that for 1040 Sch A. But I am doubtful whether it can be done for 1040 NR ( notice NR) Sch A. 1040 NR is for non resident aliens. 1040 is for residents. Feb 27, 2012 at 3:36
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    @abc - that's the only thing more or less that you can do. On NR you can (almost) only deduct state taxes, while residents can deduct tons of things.
    – littleadv
    Feb 27, 2012 at 3:37
  • @littleadv: Would I be able to add the SDI to my CA State tax if I were to take the standard deduction? Mar 28, 2012 at 3:08

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