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Shatz1
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As a nonresident of Maryland who does not physically work in the state, under what circumstances do I not need to file a Maryland tax form?

 
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JulieCo
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As a nonresident of Maryland who does not physically work in the state, under what circumstances do I not need to file a Maryland tax form?

Per the Comptroller of Maryland, here is more information on when a non-resident does and does not need to file a non-resident return:  

If you are a nonresident of Maryland, you are required to file Form 505 (Maryland Nonresident Income Tax Return) and Form 505NR (Maryland Nonresident Income Tax Calculation) if you have income derived from:

    • Tangible property, real or personal, permanently located in Maryland;
    • A business, trade, profession or occupation carried on in Maryland; or,
    • Gambling winnings derived from Maryland sources.

You are not required to file as a nonresident if:

    • Your Maryland gross income is less than the minimum filing level for your filing status;
    • You had no income from a Maryland source; or
    • You reside in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or Washington, D.C., and earned only wages in Maryland. For more information, see If You Are A Nonresident Working In Maryland (below) and the instructions in the Maryland nonresident tax booklet.

http://taxes.marylandtaxes.gov/Individual_Taxes/Individual_Tax_Types/Income_Tax/Filing_Information/D...

And, yes, if you are working for an employer who is headquartered in another state, you do not have to file a non-resident return for that state:

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/4776808

[Edited 4/6/18|2:37pm]

Shatz1
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As a nonresident of Maryland who does not physically work in the state, under what circumstances do I not need to file a Maryland tax form?

Actually this information is wrong, based on the Maryland Comptroller. The important distinction is that I do not receive Maryland income in Maryland,i.e. I am not physically working in Maryland, I work from my home in Tennessee.  I therefore do not even have to file a tax return in Maryland!
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As a nonresident of Maryland who does not physically work in the state, under what circumstances do I not need to file a Maryland tax form?

I was quite worried about this so did some digging myself. The wording MD Comptroller supplies is ambiguous at best, but its FAQs supplied with the document dated May 2020 make things clear -- working outside of MD, even for a MD entity, is NOT taxed by MD. 

 

The text from the Comptroller's document found at the following URL:

https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/covid/documents/TaxAlert050420-EmployerWithholdingonTeleworkers.pdf

 

05-04-20 THIS ALERT SUPERSEDES THE PREVIOUS ALERT ISSUED 5-01 EMPLOYER WITHHOLDING REQUIREMENTS FOR TELEWORKING EMPLOYEES DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY On March 5, 2020, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. proclaimed a state of emergency and a catastrophic health emergency related to COVID-19. The following tax alert addresses withholding questions received by the Office of the Comptroller of Maryland due to the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Employer Withholding Requirements Maryland employer withholding requirements are not affected by the current shift from working on the employer’s premises to teleworking because taxability is determined by the employee’s physical presence. Generally, Maryland imposes income tax, and therefore a withholding requirement on employers, for employees domiciled in Maryland, statutory residents of Maryland1 , and non-residents receiving Maryland-sourced income. Income is deemed Maryland- sourced income when the income is compensation for services performed in Maryland. Residents of Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Pennsylvania who earn wages, salaries, tips, and commission income for services performed in Maryland are exempt from Maryland state income tax, and therefore, withholding, because Maryland has a reciprocal agreement with these states. Unlike the aforementioned states, Delaware has not entered into a reciprocal agreement with the state of Maryland. Compensation paid to a Maryland nonresident who is teleworking in Maryland is Maryland-sourced income, and therefore, subject to withholding. The Comptroller’s Office does not intend to change or alter the facts and circumstances it has consistently used to determine nexus or income sourcing. As has always been the case, the Office reviews and considers the specific facts and circumstances of each taxpayer in order to make a fair determination. In doing so going forward, the Office understands that many businesses have been required or otherwise found it necessary during the COVID-19 health emergency to temporarily alter their workplace model and deployment of their employees. The Office further understands that this was done in order to comply with the various gubernatorial executive orders and health department and CDC recommendations on social distancing. Consequently, the Office will recognize the temporary nature of a business’ interim workplace model and employee deployment in light of and during the current health emergency and will 1 Active duty military and the spouses of active duty military are not deemed statutory residents when their presence in Maryland is solely the result of military orders. not use these temporary measures to impose business nexus, to alter the sourcing of business income, or to impose additional withholding requirements on the employer. Frequently Asked Questions: 1. My business is based in Virginia with offices in Maryland and Washington D.C. Both of my employees are Maryland residents. Generally, one works in the Maryland office and the other in the Washington D.C. office. Both are presently teleworking in Maryland. Do I have a Maryland withholding requirement? Yes. Your employees are Maryland residents and are subject to tax on all income earned. 2. My business is based in Maryland with offices in Virginia and Washington D.C. Both of my employees are Maryland residents. One works in the Maryland office and the other in the Washington D.C. office. Do I have a Maryland withholding requirement? Yes. Your employees are Maryland residents and are subject to tax on all income earned. 3. My business is based in Virginia with offices in Maryland and Washington D.C. Both of my employees are Virginia residents. Generally, one works in the Maryland office and the other in the Washington D.C. office. Both are teleworking in Virginia. Do I have a Maryland withholding requirement? No. Your employees are not Maryland residents and they are not performing services in the state. Even if they were providing services in the state, they would be exempt from withholding due to Maryland’s reciprocal agreement with Virginia. 4. My business is based in Delaware with an office in Maryland. My employee resides in Delaware but generally works in the Maryland office. He is currently teleworking in Delaware. Do I have a Maryland withholding requirement? Yes. Delaware has not entered into a reciprocal agreement with Maryland. You have a withholding requirement for the wages paid as compensation for services rendered in the Maryland office because it is Maryland-sourced income, but no withholding requirement for the wages paid as compensation during the time your employee is teleworking. 5. My business is based in Delaware with an office in Maryland. My employee resides in Delaware but generally works in the Maryland office. He is currently teleworking in Maryland. Do I have a Maryland withholding requirement? Yes. Delaware has not entered into a reciprocal agreement with Maryland. You have a withholding requirement for the wages paid as compensation for services rendered in the Maryland office and those paid for services rendered while teleworking in Maryland.

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