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I live and work in FL. Wife lives in GA but, doesn't work. Do I have to do a GA state return if there was no income made in GA?

 
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ChristinaS
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I live and work in FL. Wife lives in GA but, doesn't work. Do I have to do a GA state return if there was no income made in GA?

Not likely. She is not required to file if she literally has no or very little income. Does she have any income at all?

Assuming you filed a joint federal return, you are not required to file a joint return with Georgia as one of you is a nonresident. The filing requirement is then based on a "what if" she filed a separate federal return. If her "what if" separate federal return wouldn't trigger a required filing, she doesn't need to file Georgia either.

For example, if her income is less than $5200 (and she is under 65 and not blind)- she has no fling obligation with Georgia (as she wouldn't be required to file a federal return if you filed separately).

Just be sure that you are not a resident of Georgia. I don't know your situation, but if you are working in Florida temporarily, and own a home in Georgia, you are still a resident of Georgia.

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