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Should we file 2 federal tax returns since we moved from one state to another in 2018?

How will turbotax prepare state return for 2 states, when one of them 2 does not have state income tax?

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Coleen3
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Should we file 2 federal tax returns since we moved from one state to another in 2018?

You will only have one Federal return and one state return. You do not need to file a return for a state that doesn't have income tax. You will have to indicate that you are part year residents of each state. Just fill out and file for the state from where you had income. Don't touch the other state.

If you were a resident of 2 different states during the tax year (for example, if you moved from one state to another), you'll normally file part-year returns in both states, assuming each state collects income tax and you had income in each state.

TurboTax handles part-year returns, but you need to make sure you've set up your personal information correctly to trigger the part-year state interviews:

  1. With your return open, select Personal Info.
  2. Click Edit next to your name.
  3. Select your resident state from the State of Residence drop-down.
  4. Answer Yes at the line below (that you lived in another state during 2018).
  5. Select your former state from the Previous state of residence drop-down.
  1. Enter the date you became a resident of your new state. This can be the date you arrived in that state.
  2. Select Continue to return to the Your Personal Info Summary screen.
  1. Repeat Steps 3-5 for your spouse, if needed.

After you finish your federal return, you'll automatically move to State Taxes, where you'll see your part-year states listed. We suggest you prepare the return for the state you currently live in, followed by your former state. 

Important: If you also see a nonresident state return on the State Taxes tab, complete that return before you work on your part-year return(s) to ensure your tax credits are calculated correctly.


Coleen3
Intuit Alumni

Should we file 2 federal tax returns since we moved from one state to another in 2018?

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