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On 1040NR-EZ, on item 11. Itemized Deductions - can I put in california SDI from "Box 14 Other" of W-2?

From looking online everyone seems to agree that residents can deduct CA SDI on their 1040 federal return, but there is a lot of conflicting views on whether non-resident aliens can. So i'm not sure who is correct. 1040NR-EZ instructions does not give any definitions of "state and local tax" like the resident 1040 instructions does.

If you know the answer to this please let me know.

Thank you so much

The law specifically limits itemized deductions on the NR form to state and local income taxes. Since this is not an income tax, you cannot deduct it. I would add that those filing a regular 1040 are permitted this deduction if they itemize.

Hope this helps.

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