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Company based in VA lived in CT

 
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GeoffreyG
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Company based in VA lived in CT

Where your employer has its headquarters isn't actually relevant to your personal income tax return, or taxes (e.g., Virginia).  Where your employer operates its business isn't actually relevant to your personal income tax return, or taxes, either (e.g., Connecticut).

What is relevant to your personal income taxes is where you actually live (or are "domiciled" in the language of the tax code), and where you physically work.

Your home state of residence has the (legal) right to tax your wage income wherever you work, even at an out-of-state location.  The state where you physically work also has that same right to tax.  But in neither case does it matter where your employer is located.  That could be another state; it could also be another country.  To you, the individual worker, that factor is irrelevant.

Thus, in your resident state, as well as in the state where you work, you would need to file a personal income tax return.  To the extent that two states tax the very same income, there is a mechanism called a "tax credit" that takes care of restoring fairness to such a situation of double-taxed income.

However, if you both live and work in the same state (as the majority of people do) and that state has an income tax (like Connecticut), then you would have just a single state tax return to file.  In this case that state return would be Connecticut.  You would not need to file a state tax return in Virginia, unless you physically lived or worked there at some point during the year.

Of course, a federal income tax return is still required for the IRS in any event.

Hopefully that explanation makes sense, and thank you for asking this important question.
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