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sharisa77
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Filing taxes in Colorado, military spouse

My husband and I are both residents of Hawaii. He and I pcs'd from Hawaii to Colorado in 2017. I am also working in Colorado right now and Im paying colorado taxes from my paycheck. We filed our taxes and I only filed for federal and Hawaii returns. People are telling me that I did it wrong and that I was supposed to file for Colorado too even though Im a resident of Hawaii. Can someone give me insight on this?nWhen I put in all my information from my W'2s into turbo tax, it didnt say anything about filing for Colorado. 

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Carl
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Filing taxes in Colorado, military spouse

In addition to your joint federal return and your joint HI state return (since both of you are HI residents, you should have also filed a CO non-resident return for your income only. Then HI state gives you a credit for any taxes paid to CO.

If the same is true for your 2018 taxes, then you don't file "ANY" return until you have completed 'ALL" returns and are satisfied with the results. Additionally for 2018 you complete all non-resident returns first, and do the resident state return last. This is so the program will figure things correctly in crediting your HI tax return for any CO taxes paid.

Now, when did you start working in CO in 2017 and exactly what was the gross income from the state of CO? Additionally, you very well may be exempt not only from paying CO state taxes, but also from having any CO state taxes withheld from your CO earned pay. See https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DR1059.pdf

Finally, I highly recommend you take all this information to the base legal office in Jan 2019 to help you straighten out your 2017 tax filing with the state of CO if they deem it necessary. (Yes, they will deem it necessary in your case) so that if any CO tax was withheld in 2017 and 2018, you can get 100% of it refunded to you. The TurboTax program does not include the forms necessary for you to "fix" this. But help from base legal will be free.

Note that during tax filing season base legal offices take on additional help in the tax arena and train that temporary help specifically for military situations, including those exactly like yours. Generally appointments are made in 15-30 minute increments, or 45-60 minute increments. The shorter ones are for the single guys with a simple return, while the longer appointments are for married folks in situations exactly like yours. You will need to call "EARLY" after the new year, because appointments fill up fast. Generally base legal will be open extended hours during tax season specifically for tax related purposes and appointments only.

As for getting any CO taxes withheld refunded to you 100%, check out the form at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/DR1059.pdf

You'll need to fill out two copies at least for each tax year. One for your employer and one for the CO Dept of Revenue which has to be attached to your CO state non-resident tax return when you file it. Base Legal will assist you with filing out the state taxes for both years, so you can be sure it's done correctly.

 

Filing taxes in Colorado, military spouse

I have a similar question. I am a resident of Colorado, my husband is a resident of Maine, and we were stationed in California for part of the year and overseas part of the year. I know I can change my residency to his but want to file CO taxes to maintain my residency status for tuition purposes. I have W2s from the civilian economy from California from when we were there, and from the US government from when we were overseas. I am unclear if the best option is to file married jointly for federal return, and separate for state. I know that we cannot claim some of the significant education tax credits if we file married separately but ideally don't need to pay 3 state returns. When I go through the turbotax prompts in "other state income" in our joint return I am only given the option to select other states my husband was stationed in. I have no option to select other state income like I am in a mock married filing separate return I started, or have seen before filing single.

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