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US State Taxes

I need some advice from any American that is familiar with State Taxes. My question is: Do I need to file State tax if I donít have any income in that State? I know that I have to file Federal but I am unclear on the State. Thank you, guys.
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Old 27.03.2014, 10:27
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Re: US State Taxes

Depends on the state, I think. Which one(s) were you resident in and for how long last year?

Example: When I first moved to Switzerland I still had to file state taxes because I'd been a resident there part of the year. The following year I only filed federal as my residence is now in Switzerland.

That reminds me, I need to sign and get the tax paperwork out the door!
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Re: US State Taxes

I am not familar with Texas, but every state is different in this respect.

It basically comes down to if they consider you a resident or not. You need to look at the criteria of each state on this, but often things like do you own property there, are you registered to vote there, spouse or family left behind, etc...
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We where living in CA. I believe you answered my question. Thank you guys.
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Re: US State Taxes

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We where living in CA. I believe you answered my question. Thank you guys.
This ought to help a bit then:

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/f...esidents.shtml

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Old 27.03.2014, 13:57
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Re: US State Taxes

The only items I can share are that:

1.) If you can be considered non-resident with a presence test, you generally do not need to file

2.) If you do not need to file because you pass the non-resident test, if you are renting a property in that state in which you own...you must file because of that income.

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Re: US State Taxes

I am former CA resident. CA still requires you to report your worldwide income on your annual returns, even though you are no longer resident in the state. I just had to write a check for $4K to the state of CA in my most recent tax returns. Sucks big time, particularly when the state is going down the toilet due to the incompetent ass clowns in state government, but better to be compliant in my opinion.

Important to note: we still consider ourselves "domiciled" in California. The implication for tax purposes is that the state of CA taxes us on all income (not just in the state). I could have stopped filing as a true "non resident", but we intend to return eventually and want to avoid any nasty tax surprises when we return eventually.

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Bummer. I guess I should make sure. Thanks
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Re: US State Taxes

This is from a 2008/2009 "The Expat's Guide to U.S. Taxes" by Jane Bruno, tax preparer in California:

"California:

If you are domiciled in California and worked outside of California for an uninterrupted period of at least 546 consecutive days under an employment contract, you are considered a nonresident provided you are not in California for more than 45 days in any tax year covered by the contract. If you are nonresident, you will only be taxed on income from California sources. In a recent change of law, this law also applies to U.S. Foreign Service officers domiciled in California. Refer to FTB Pub. 1031, Determining Resident Status, for more details. If you are in the military, you should get FTB Pub. 1032, Tax Information for Military Personnel, for specific guidelines on the taxation of your income."

http://www.uscms.org/uscms_at_work/w...xes%202009.pdf

Also, see the "Safe Harbor" discusstion in FTB Publication 1031, "Determining Resident Status":

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2011/11_1031.pdf

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