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What does principal residence mean in the following question: Did you pay rent for at least half of 2018 on property in California that was your principal residence?

 
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KatrinaB
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What does principal residence mean in the following question: Did you pay rent for at least half of 2018 on property in California that was your principal residence?

A principal residence in the state of California is defined as “the place where you voluntarily establish yourself and family, not merely for a special or limited purpose, but with a present intention of making it your true, fixed, permanent home and principal establishment. 

The following criteria must be met to claim the California renter's deduction:

  1. You were a California resident for the entire year.
  2. Your California adjusted gross income (AGI) is:
    • $41,641 or less if your filing status is single or married/RDP filing separately.
    • $83,282 or less if you are married/RDP filing jointly, head of household, or qualified widow(er).
  3. You paid rent for at least half the year for property in California that was your principal residence.
  4. The property you rented was not exempt from California property tax.
  5. You did not live with another person for more than half the year (such as a parent) who claimed you as a dependent.
  6. You were not a minor living with and under the care of a parent, foster parent, or legal guardian.
  7. You or your spouse/RDP were not granted a homeowner's property tax exemption during the tax year.
  • You may still qualify for the credit if your spouse/RDP claimed a homeowner's exemption and you maintained a separate residence for the entire year.

The information above was obtained from the California link below.

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/faq/ivr/203.shtml

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