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I live in DC but work in VA. How do I need to file my taxes?

I live in DC but work in VA. I recently changed jobs, but still have the same living-working situation. The W2 from my previous employer states that I paid VA taxes, even though I live in DC. The W2 from my current employer states that I paid DC taxes. I was prompted to complete a non-resident form for VA and got essentially the tax I paid to VA back in a refund amount - but owe almost $3K in DC taxes. How do I know what I've already paid in DC taxes, and should I list the amount of tax paid to VA as double taxation to DC? 

 

Also, when I put in a requested refund for VA, I'm granted any value I put in (essentially) saying that I had paid that much in VA state taxes. Is that normal?

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I live in DC but work in VA. How do I need to file my taxes?

If you live in DC and work in VA, you only pay tax to DC. 

You will be taxed on all your income on your DC return. 

The amount of state tax you paid should be listed on your W-2. 

The state tax withheld for VA has nothing to do with your DC return, since they have a reciprocal agreement, you only pay tax to the state in which you live. 

It makes sense that you get the VA tax refunded, and you also need to pay DC tax on the income from the first employer who did not withhold the proper DC tax on that  income. 

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I live in DC but work in VA. How do I need to file my taxes?

Thank you so much!! Also, when entering my VA taxes it asked what my requested refund would be, and it granted any number that I put in whether it was $3K or $4K saying that I had already paid that in VA taxes. Is that normal, or does it sound like a software issue? Thank you!!

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I live in DC but work in VA. How do I need to file my taxes?

Please look at your W-2 to see how much tax was withheld and paid to VA. You can request up to that amount. The remainder of your refund would be applied to next year's tax. 

Since you are only obligated to pay DC tax, you should request the entire amount as a refund. You should not need to file a VA return next year if the employer withholds only DC tax from your paychecks. 

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