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Do you file state income taxes?

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Do you file state income taxes?

Postby Tiare » 08 Feb 2016, 09:40

I've been living in Taiwan for about ten years and have filed my federal income taxes every year. However, I've never filed state taxes, and now I'm wondering if I should have been. I don't make any money in the US, but I use my father's address (in Ohio if it matters) to receive mail and get a driver's license. When I file my federal, I use my Taiwan address.

So, what do you do? Do you file a state income tax? If so, do you use your address in Taiwan (so it matches your federal return) or do you use your family's US address?

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Do you file state income taxes?

Postby nonredneck » 01 Mar 2016, 13:53

You should only need to file state taxes if you live in the state. Though I have read cases (mainly around California) that if you renew a driver's license in a state, they might try to tax you, especially if you move back to the USA.
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Re: Do you file state income taxes?

Postby Chris » 01 Mar 2016, 15:21

I haven't earned any money in California in 25 years, and haven't lived there in 12 years (and that was just an extended vacation), yet they came after me asking for money. Not much, thankfully. I sent them a letter telling them I haven't earned any money there in decades, and included a check for the full amount as a token of good faith. That seemed to convince them, and they returned the money.
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Re: Do you file state income taxes?

Postby Indiana » 01 Mar 2016, 15:37

Chris wrote:I haven't earned any money in California in 25 years, and haven't lived there in 12 years (and that was just an extended vacation), yet they came after me asking for money. Not much, thankfully. I sent them a letter telling them I haven't earned any money there in decades, and included a check for the full amount as a token of good faith. That seemed to convince them, and they returned the money.


Wow! Is that because you were on file with a CA driver's license? I left NY in 1996 and have never had that happen to me, and have maintained a NYS driver's licence for all of these years as well.
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Re: Do you file state income taxes?

Postby tommy525 » 01 Mar 2016, 23:53

If you make no money in a state you should not have to pay state tax. And federal only if you make more then a certain amount of salary.
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Re: Do you file state income taxes?

Postby claimui » 04 May 2016, 17:40

tommy525 wrote:If you make no money in a state you should not have to pay state tax.


You may need to file/pay state tax if you are deemed a resident in that state, regardless of whether that income comes from outside the state. What constitutes a resident differs from state to state -- some states (such as California) take a broader view than others.
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