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I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

 
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I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

As an individual taxpayer, you only have to file a tax return in a state where you are either physically living, or working, or where you may happen to travel and receive taxable income (we'll explain that below).  But your short answer is that no, you don't need to file a tax return or pay taxes in the state where your company is located or headquartered.  You only have to file and pay taxes in your home state of residence (where you are working for your employer remotely).  Please let us explain further.

Actually, it doesn't matter where you employer is located, as far as your personal income taxes are concerned.  Your employer could be from California, New York, or Paris (France), for that matter.  For your personal taxes, the only relevant factors are where your legal residence is (called "domicile" in the tax jargon), where you work, and from where you may receive income.  An example here will be illustrative.

Let's say a woman lives in Idaho, drives to work every day for a job in Montana, but her company is based in Colorado.  On a vacation, she travels to Louisiana and wins money there at a gambling casino.  She also owns a rental house in Oregon.  In this (hypothetical) set of circumstances, this taxpayer would have to file a state tax return in Idaho (home state), Montana (because she worked there), Louisiana (because she received taxable gambling winnings from a casino there), and Oregon (because she has an income-earning rental house there).  But, notice that she does not have to file a Colorado state return, even though her company is there.  The reason for this is that she has no Colorado "nexus" for tax purposes.

If this same woman's situation is simplified down to just living and working all year in Idaho, for a Colorado company, then she just files a tax return for Idaho only.

The same rules apply to those who are paid by W-2 (employees) as well as those who are paid by 1099-MISC (independent contractors).

All that is to say that you just need to file a tax return for your home state . . . and don't worry about where your employer is located.

Hopefully this explanation makes sense.  However, if you have further questions, encounter any difficulties, or just want to speak with a live tax expert who can walk you through your TurboTax entries (including the ability to screen-share with your computer), please feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to help you (and as a paying customer, the call is free to you).  Here is a link where you can create a support ticket and reach us:

https://support.turbotax.intuit.com/contact/


Thank you for asking this important question.
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Level 1

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

As an individual taxpayer, you only have to file a tax return in a state where you are either physically living, or working, or where you may happen to travel and receive taxable income (we'll explain that below).  But your short answer is that no, you don't need to file a tax return or pay taxes in the state where your company is located or headquartered.  You only have to file and pay taxes in your home state of residence (where you are working for your employer remotely).  Please let us explain further.

Actually, it doesn't matter where you employer is located, as far as your personal income taxes are concerned.  Your employer could be from California, New York, or Paris (France), for that matter.  For your personal taxes, the only relevant factors are where your legal residence is (called "domicile" in the tax jargon), where you work, and from where you may receive income.  An example here will be illustrative.

Let's say a woman lives in Idaho, drives to work every day for a job in Montana, but her company is based in Colorado.  On a vacation, she travels to Louisiana and wins money there at a gambling casino.  She also owns a rental house in Oregon.  In this (hypothetical) set of circumstances, this taxpayer would have to file a state tax return in Idaho (home state), Montana (because she worked there), Louisiana (because she received taxable gambling winnings from a casino there), and Oregon (because she has an income-earning rental house there).  But, notice that she does not have to file a Colorado state return, even though her company is there.  The reason for this is that she has no Colorado "nexus" for tax purposes.

If this same woman's situation is simplified down to just living and working all year in Idaho, for a Colorado company, then she just files a tax return for Idaho only.

The same rules apply to those who are paid by W-2 (employees) as well as those who are paid by 1099-MISC (independent contractors).

All that is to say that you just need to file a tax return for your home state . . . and don't worry about where your employer is located.

Hopefully this explanation makes sense.  However, if you have further questions, encounter any difficulties, or just want to speak with a live tax expert who can walk you through your TurboTax entries (including the ability to screen-share with your computer), please feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to help you (and as a paying customer, the call is free to you).  Here is a link where you can create a support ticket and reach us:

https://support.turbotax.intuit.com/contact/


Thank you for asking this important question.
Level 1

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

May I ask a follow-up question? What if I live in state A and work remotely for a company located in state B, and I occasionally travel to state B for work? For simplicity, let's say for one tax year, I live in state A for half a year and work remotely, and for the other half a year I travel to state B for work. Does this mean that I need to pay income tax for both state A and state B for half year? Thank you!
Level 20

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

Please identify States A and B.
Level 20

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

@GeoffreyG  
There are a handful of states that tax telecommuters who work for a company based in that state, regardless of where the worker lives or does the actual work.
<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/issues/2009/jun/20091371.html">http://www.journalofaccountancy.c...>
<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.kmco.com/resource-center/article/looking-forward/state-tax-implications-of-telecommuting...>
<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.koscpa.com/newsletter-article/state-tax-consequences-telecommuting/">http://www.koscpa.co...>
<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.thetaxadviser.com/issues/2010/feb/apractitionersguidetothetaxationoftelecommuting.html">h...>
Level 20

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

@fengzheng.bit.ed
@katie.turnbloom  See comment directly above.
Level 1

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

I live in Indiana (state A) and work remotely, and my company is in California (state B). I occasionally travel to California for work.
Level 11

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

do note telecommuting rules vary by state
Level 1

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

My company is based in Phoenix Az but all the job sites I physically worked on are in NM, which is the state where I live. How can I get the taxes AZ withheld back? Why can they do that in the first place? I have never even been to the company headquarters in AZ.
Level 5

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

I asked my question more in full here: 

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/state-taxes/discussion/why-did-i-get-a-request-for-tax-return-cali...

 

But this topic intrigued me because CA is causing issues for me with a letter saying I need to file taxes in CA even though I live and work in GA.  And the majority of our income was from non CA sources. Probably less than 30% came from CA client. The rest were other states including our home state of GA. 

 

According to their form, if my  hubby and I jointly made over 34K I'm required to file in CA even though we don't live there. And I haven't been in that state or been a part year resident since 2015 when we moved but the TY in question is 2017. Any advice? If I fill out the form as they ask for b/c that line item is above 34K they want me to go through the process of filling out CA taxes just because it's over 34k!! Who does that? I had clients in 5 states that TY. And I certainly wasn't about to file state taxes in all 5???? Is that just a CA thing? How do I get out of filing taxes (which means buying software, filling out taxes for it, then filing the taxes all by 8/7? I just got the letter about this TODAY. So that's 1 month. But I don't see why it's any of their business what we made for the year in full when I don't live there?  We already paid taxes for that year in full to federal and GA. 

 

They do not provide a phone number to call and ask questions in this letter from CA. 

 

 

 

Level 2

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

Thanks.  This is a very helpful answer.

Level 3

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

I am considering an offer from SF, but will work from home based in Houston. Will I be paying SF federal taxes? and what about state taxes?

Level 20

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

@kaizad20 There is no such thing as a San Franciso federal tax.  San Franciso is a city.  You pay federal tax to the Internal Revenue Service.

Please read the answers already provided in the thread above the question you posted.  

Level 3

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

Hello,

 

Just to confirm, so federal tax to be paid in whatever bracket I fall into and then No State tax since i am in Texas. Can you please confirm? Thx

Level 17

I work remotely for a company in another state, from whom I received a 1099-MISC. Do I pay taxes to that state or just to the state I'm living in?

@kaizad20  If you are a Texas resident working remotely as an employee (you receive a W2 at year’s end) for a California company, as long as you never physically work in California your earnings are not subject to California state tax.

However, if you are working remotely as a sole proprietor (you receive a 1099-MISC at year’s end), for a California company, due to a recent court ruling your earnings are taxable by CA.