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raj3
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

 
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rjs
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

The following is from the instructions for Pennsylvania Form PA-40.

"A resident of one of these reciprocal states whose employer withheld PA income tax must file Form PA-40 reflecting no compensation on line 1a and the PA tax withheld on line 13. In addition, a signed copy of the other state's resident income tax return (without any supporting documents) along with a copy of the actual W-2 and a statement that the taxpayer was a resident of a reciprocal state must be submitted."

To avoid this in the future, you should fill out Form REV-419 EX and give it to your employer to tell them to stop withholding PA tax. Here is a link to the form.

http://www.revenue.pa.gov/formsandpublications/formsforbusinesses/documents/employer%20withholding/r...

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rjs
Level 15
Level 15

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

The following is from the instructions for Pennsylvania Form PA-40.

"A resident of one of these reciprocal states whose employer withheld PA income tax must file Form PA-40 reflecting no compensation on line 1a and the PA tax withheld on line 13. In addition, a signed copy of the other state's resident income tax return (without any supporting documents) along with a copy of the actual W-2 and a statement that the taxpayer was a resident of a reciprocal state must be submitted."

To avoid this in the future, you should fill out Form REV-419 EX and give it to your employer to tell them to stop withholding PA tax. Here is a link to the form.

http://www.revenue.pa.gov/formsandpublications/formsforbusinesses/documents/employer%20withholding/r...

raj3
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

Thank you rjs.........
raj3
New Member

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

what should i do if the same situation happens between NJ and CA ( No reciprocity agreement) ?
rjs
Level 15
Level 15

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

If there's no reciprocal agreement, then it's not the same situation. If you live in NJ and worked in CA, you have to file a CA nonresident tax return, whether or not CA tax was withheld. Income that you earn for work that you do in CA is subject to CA tax, so you will have to pay some CA tax. You will not get a full refund of CA tax that was withheld. On your NJ resident tax return you will get a credit for part or all of the tax that you pay to CA.
SweetieJean
Level 15

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

Did you work in Philadelphia?  If so, the NJ/PA reciprocall agreement does not apply,.
re2boys
Level 9

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

@SweetieJean......the NJ/PA state income tax reciprocal agreement absolutely does apply even if you work in Philadelphia.  It does not apply for PA local tax purposes.  A NJ resident working in Philadelphia must pay the Philly wage tax and it is not refundable.  However the PA local taxes paid can be used as taxes paid to another state on a NJ income tax return (credit for taxes paid to another jurisdiction).
See <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/njit14.shtml">http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/njit...> for details.
SweetieJean
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

I know that. ,.
raj3
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

Thank you.....
sk05
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

I am in the same situation. Would I be able to efile the Pennsylvania return?

DaveF1006
Expert Alumni

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

The way the reciprocal state agreement works, if you file a REV-419 with your Pa. employer, they will stop paying withholding tax to the state of PA. Instead, they will only withhold taxes and report to the state of NJ, thus eliminating the need to file a PA non-resident return. Please select this link to download a REV-419. Fill it out and submit to your employer so they will start withholding taxes for the state of NJ instead of PA.

In the meantime, you will need to first file a PA non-resident return and then a New Jersey resident tax return. You will get credit in NJ for the tax paid in PA.  

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MJGARITO
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I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

Hi Dave

 

In your response, you stated "you will need to first file a PA non-resident return and then a New Jersey resident tax return. You will get credit in NJ for the tax paid in PA.". 

 

Here is my example: I live in NJ and work in Pennsylvania. My employer withheld $1,800 PA Tax.

 

Assumption: I should file a PA-40 Non-resident tax return reflecting no compensation on line 1a and $1,800 PA Tax withheld on line 13; and then PA will REFUND the $1,800 to me?  Is my assumption correct?

 

Question: Do I enter $1,800 on my NJ tax return on line 43 Credit for income taxes paid to other jurisdictions?  

 

I'm looking forward to your response and appreciate your consideration

 

 

 

ErnieS0
Expert Alumni

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

No. You can only claim a tax credit for actual tax paid @MJGARITO, not on tax withheld. If you are filing to get back all your Pennsylvania tax, then there is no credit on the New Jersey return.

 

You should also speak with your employer so this doesn't happen again.

jtb2g13
New Member

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

Hi @SweetieJean 

 

My circumstances are the reverse:  lived in PA, but worked in NJ for a portion 2018 into 2019.  Would my NJ employer have withheld my PA local taxes (evidently PA state taxes don't cover this)?  Or would there be a PA local tax credit for local taxes withheld from NJ paycheck?  I'm being informed that I might still owe PA local taxes for that time period, but I want to be certain that I actually owe them before paying.

 

Thanks in advance for any insight!

Critter-3
Level 15

I live in NJ and working in PA. but my employer withheld taxes for PA, what is the procedure to file PA return? NJ and PA has reciprocity agreement.

Yes you would owe local PA taxes and the employer would not withhold them ... you would be fortunate if they just withheld the state taxes since they are not required to do so. 

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