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Changing domicile state

By the end of 2021 I will have spent more than six months in Florida. If I take the steps to change my address now from NJ to FL (drivers license, voting, etc.) does the clock start from now or can I can consider myself a Florida resident for all of 2021 as far as taxes are concerned?  
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Changing domicile state

Your residency would take effect from the date it is established; it does not relate back to the beginning of the calendar year.

Level 15

Changing domicile state

Generally speaking, when you move to another state you become a legal resident of the new state on the day you begin living in your new permanent home (your "domicile") there.


You can only have one domicile at a time.  NJ continues to be your domicile (and your income remains subject to NJ taxation) until you establish a new permanent home ("domicile") in another state.  If you haven't yet established FL as your new domicile, you will have to file a 2021 part-year resident NJ tax return.


You can read NJ's detailed rules on residency here:

Part-Year Residents and Nonresidents (


**Answers are correct to the best of my ability but do not constitute tax or legal advice.
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