Question

Can a noncitizen claim the standard deduction on a tax return?

Answer

No, never can a noncitizen claim the standard deduction. If you are a noncitizen you must itemize allowable deductions if you’re either of these:

  • A nonresident alien
  • A dual-status alien (both a nonresident and a resident alien during the year)

If you’re a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or resident at the end of the year, you can be treated as a U.S. resident.

If you choose to be treated as a U.S. resident for filing purposes, you can claim the standard deduction.

Related Topics

Related Resources

Where’s my refund – Hawaii?

Looking for more information about your Hawaii refund? Find out details on how to check your refund status, who to contact, and more from H&R Block.

Married Filing Jointly vs. Married Filing Separately

Learn the impact of being married and filing jointly vs. being married and filing separately with advice from the tax experts at H&R Block.

Premium Tax Credit

Learn more from our tax experts at H&R Block about the premium tax credit and how to receive it as an advance credit or claim it as a refundable credit.

Tax filing deadline extension: 4 things you need to know [INFOGRAPHIC]

Tax deadlines have been extended this year for your federal and state returns. Still need to file? Find out what you need to know from the team at H&R Block.