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Riant99
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Spouse worked in another state for 2 months - how to file

My spouse worked in different state for only 2 months. We both worked in the same STATE1 most of the year but only she moved and worked in a different STATE2 for new employer from July-Aug 2019 while I continued working in state1. In Aug she moved back to STATE1 with a new employer.

 

How should I file the tax. MFJ , MFS, Part-Year state, non-residence state ?

 

Appreciate your help. 

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SusanY1
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Spouse worked in another state for 2 months - how to file

It really depends on which state as some have part-year resident status, and some only have non-resident status. A few have both. 

 

In a few states changing the filing status works best, in others it's not an option.  If you will post again with the specific states you are dealing with, we can give a better answer! 

 

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Riant99
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Spouse worked in another state for 2 months - how to file

Thanks for the response @SusanY1 . Utah is full time state and spouse worked in Virginia for 2 months ( July, Aug ) for Virginia employer after which moved back to Utah with a different employer.

SusanY1
Employee Tax Expert

Spouse worked in another state for 2 months - how to file

Thank you for that additional information.  You will file a Utah resident return, of course, but first prepare a Virginia Part-Year resident return and use the filing status Married Filing Separately.  

 

Virginia is unique in that it is one of a handful of states with a filing status for "married filing a combined separate return". This status will make it a little easier to report only the income earned in Virginia on that return.

 

After you have completed your Virginia return, the Utah return should be fairly seamless. However, be sure to note the amount of income and tax paid in Virginia in case the Utah interview asks those questions. 

 

You will file your Utah return with the Married Filing Jointly (MFJ) filing status. 

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