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Old 02-20-2009, 10:12 PM
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Gah. Two companies. Two states.

My daughter is a resident of Maryland, but worked in New York for 2 months in Spring 08. Then she worked in Maryland for 4 months in Fall 08. The rest of the time she was a FT college student (the college student plays no part in the question)..

Both states are using the total of both returns to figure tax on. NY does seem to be apportioning it and Maryland is crediting the NY tax to the amount owed. But still, it seems wrong. She's getting a huge refund from the feds. a small refund from NY and yet owes Maryland a huge amount

Do they really not just tax you on the portion of income earned in that state? It seems incredibly wrong to me.

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Old 02-21-2009, 09:55 PM
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Actually, the tax refund your daughter is getting on her federal tax return has nothing to do with the tax refund she is entitled to on the State tax returns. The Federal tax refund is higher primarily due to the fact that she has withheld more in federal income taxes than she has withheld on her state taxes. Additionally, your daughter receives more deductions on her Federal Form 1040 than she does on State income tax returns.

Also, you right to assume that your daughter will only pay taxes for both her Maryland State and New York State based on her income earned in those states. Furthermore, there is no double taxation of income or wages on either the New York State or Maryland State Income Tax Return!

The difference in refunds on both states is again primarily due to the amount of both NY and MD State Income Taxes withheld. So, I would not arrive at the conclusion that either you or your tax preparer has erroneously filed your daughters individual multi-state income tax return.

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