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Old 02-05-2015, 10:45 PM
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Home address in NJ, working in MA

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In 2014, I lived and went to school in MA (Jan-May). However, I got married in May and changed my official home address to NJ but still worked in MA (June-December). Am I supposed to pay taxes to both MA and NJ? In my W-2, I have paid almost $4000 to MA and only $400 to NJ. When I enter my information into an online software it shows that I owe an additional $2000 to NJ. Please advice as I definitely do not want to pay more state taxes.
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Old 02-06-2015, 02:11 PM
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In 2014, I lived and went to school in MA (Jan-May). However, I got married in May and changed my official home address to NJ but still worked in MA (June-December). Am I supposed to pay taxes to both MA and NJ?=====>>>>>>>>>so did you work and live in MA for the whole of 2014?? in my opinion, unless you are treated as a part year resident of MA by MA state, you are still a full year resident of MA, and if you file MFS, then, you need to pay tax only to MA on your income that you earned in 2014 , june-dec. You do not need to pay tax to NJ as NJ is not a community pty state;however, aslongas you file your return as MFJ, then you need to pay taxes to MA and NJ. unless you physically moved to NJ from MA , you are a still full year resident of MA. Once you physically moved to NJ from MA during the year of 2014, then, you are a part year resident of NJ and part year resident of MA, in this case you do not need to report your income that you earned in MA to NJ and vice versa.

In my W-2, I have paid almost $4000 to MA and only $400 to NJ. When I enter my information into an online software it shows that I owe an additional $2000 to NJ. Please advice as I definitely do not want to pay more state taxes.========>>>>as mentioned above.you may provide me with more info in detail if you want



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Old 02-10-2015, 11:36 PM
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Hello,
I did live in MA the entire year. From Jan - May, I studied in MA and my official address was also in MA. However, I got married in May and changed my official address to my wife's state (NJ) but continued to work and live in MA (May-Dec).
Which state should I ask for a refund and which state do I have pay taxes?

We are filing MFJ since that gives us a better tax refund.

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Old 02-11-2015, 12:19 AM
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Hello,
#1;I did live in MA the entire year. From Jan - May, I studied in MA and my official address was also in MA. However, I got married in May and changed my official address to my wife's state (NJ) but continued to work and live in MA (May-Dec).
Which state should I ask for a refund and which state do I have pay taxes?

#2;We are filing MFJ since that gives us a better tax refund.

Thanks!
#1;You're considered a full year resident of ma for the whole period of the year that you were actually in residency. So you'll have to file ma taxes for your income during the year you were still in ma.


#2; Some states require you to file your state return the same way that you file your Federal return. Others let you choose, while a few force you to file a certain way depending upon the circumstances. For example, VA used to require the spouses of military personnel stationed in VA but domiciled in another state to file MFS if they had VA income. The laws vary from state to state, but generally you are able to have a state filing status different than your federal filing status.



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Old 02-11-2015, 03:50 PM
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Hello,
I did live in MA the entire year. From Jan - May, I studied in MA and my official address was also in MA. However, I got married in May and changed my official address to my wife's state (NJ) but continued to work and live in MA (May-Dec).
Which state should I ask for a refund and which state do I have pay taxes?

We are filing MFJ since that gives us a better tax refund.

Thanks!
s said MA is your home state so you need to paytax to MA and ask for your refund from MA because you are domiciled in MA by spending more than 183 days per year in MA.Also you keep own a home in MA in which you reside for half of April, May, and September through December each year. You still have driver's licenses, bank accounts, and credit card accounts in MA.



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Old 02-19-2015, 12:29 AM
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So what about the NJ taxes that they have withheld in my W-2? How do I get that back?



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Old 02-19-2015, 01:28 AM
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So what about the NJ taxes that they have withheld in my W-2? How do I get that back?
you did not say yoiu worked/earned taxable income in NJ; however if you did, then you need to file your NJ return as MFJ with your spouse or MFS ;aslongas you file your NJ return as MFS as a non resdient of NJ, then you need to claim your tax paid to NJ on your MA return. Aslongas you file your NJ return as MFJ with your spouse(that is a full year resident of NJ) thenyou guys need to fiel your NJ return as non-resident as you are a Non-resident of NJ.



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