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If I work remotely for more than 6 months in Texas for a job that’s originally in California, do I have to pay California taxes?

I work at a tech company that has allowed me to work remotely due to covid. I have been living with my parents in Texas for more than 6 months since. Does this mean I can file taxes in Texas and save on the 13.3% state tax? I also have a Texas driver’s license.
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Level 15

If I work remotely for more than 6 months in Texas for a job that’s originally in California, do I have to pay California taxes?

If you did not live or physically work in CA as an employee then the wages are not taxable to CA. 

Level 14

If I work remotely for more than 6 months in Texas for a job that’s originally in California, do I have to pay California taxes?

However, if your domicile is still in CA, and you are in TX for a "temporary or transient purpose", your income would still be taxable by CA.

 

See page 10 of this reference for CA's definition of "domicile":  https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2019/2019-1031-publication.pdf

 

See page 6 of the same reference ("Leaving California") for CA's rules on temporary absences from the state.

 

 

**Answers are correct to the best of my ability but do not constitute tax or legal advice.**

Level 9

If I work remotely for more than 6 months in Texas for a job that’s originally in California, do I have to pay California taxes?

@Tom @Critter-3  -you are correct as of this date (11/29/20) - but probably best to watch for changes as some states attempt to reach across borders - see here for comprehensive listing - updates as of 11/23/2020

State Guidance related to COVID-19: Telecommuting Issues Updated last on November 23, 2020



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