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two different state wages on NJ W2

One wage and tax statement on my NJ W2 has state wages and state income tax, while another box has a substantially smaller amount for state wages and no state income tax. When I transferred the W2 electronically with Turbo Tax, the program combined the two state wages and entered the state income box from the first box.  Why the different amounts, and is Turbo Tax transferring the information correctly. Meanwhile, the same situation didn't occur on my NY W2. Just for your reference, I live in NJ, but worked in NY for this particular job. 

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KrisD15
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two different state wages on NJ W2

Why did you get two W-2's? 

Why did your employer split the reporting of the state income? 

Did you get a NJ W2 AND a NY W2 for the same job? 

 

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two different state wages on NJ W2

I worked in NY, but live in NJ. The W2 was two pages, one for NY and one for NJ. 

LindaS5247
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two different state wages on NJ W2

You should be filing a resident (NY) and a nonresident tax return (NJ).  You should enter your nonresident state tax return first.

 

It is recommended to prepare the nonresident state first because your resident state will provide you a credit for the tax you pay to the nonresident state.  By preparing the nonresident state first, TurboTax can transfer the credit information to your resident state to return.  

 

So this should be calculated for you.

 

Click here for instructions on how to file your nonresident return.

 

Click here for information regarding filing multiple states returns.

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