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Old 08-27-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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Suppose I took a 6 month temp contract job in Las Vegas and rented a room in a local house/condo while still owning a home in the old state. I would fly back to the home on weekends once or twice a month to take care of business, check on the house, collect mail etc. and would be spending the vast majority of my time in Nevada during those six months.

Are you supposed to change your drivers license, car registration and state residency for tax purposes to Nevada or leave it in the old state?
I might leave the car at the other state and use public transit in Las Vegas or I might bring the car to Las Vegas and rent a car in the old state when I fly there.

What are you supposed to do for DMV and tax purposes?
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I wouldn't register your car here or get a NV driver's license unless you intend to stay after your contract job is over. NV does not have a state income tax, so no worries there. Although your home state may want a piece of the pie.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Is the old state entitled to any income tax if I am working and living in Nevada and only visiting the old state a few times?
I would likely put the house up for sale once I got settled into the Nevada job only go back to visit until the house sale was final.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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State income tax is due to the state where the work is performed.

In areas where there is a lot of commuting across state lines for work (say New Jersey and Manhattan or Rhode Island and Boston) the states have worked out reciprocal agreements where your state of residence won't ding you for taxes on income earned in the neighbor state, as long as you pay the neighbor state - they usually treat what you paid to work state as a deduction against taxes owed to your state of residence.

In a case like yours, it is going totally depend on your home state's tax laws as to how much of the pie they want to take from you.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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I will not be within commuting distance unless I was to pay for a plane ticket every day so I will be renting in Las Vegas, but it is a neighboring state. Whether they "want to" or not, are they legally entitled to any income taxes if I am living in Nevada while I do the job assignment in Nevada? It is California.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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I used "want" as a euphemism - the government always takes what it wants.
I have no personal experience with california income tax law so I can't answer your question.
Bet you could find out to a pretty high confidence interval with 10 minutes on google though.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:11 PM
 
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I would guess that if I go so far as to get a Nevada driver's license, register and insure my car in Nevada and change my mailing address for property tax collection on the house to a Nevada address, then California could no longer be considered my "home state." That is if I need to do any more than just physically live and work in Nevada during the term of the job assignment.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I would guess that if I go so far as to get a Nevada driver's license, register and insure my car in Nevada and change my mailing address for property tax collection on the house to a Nevada address, then California could no longer be considered my "home state." That is if I need to do any more than just physically live and work in Nevada during the term of the job assignment.
My guess is that this would not be enough in CA's eyes. CA has their own residency tests. Owning property in the state is one of the things they use, although that is not the sole determining factor. The CA FTB is notoriously aggressive in pursuing "their fair share." I would seek advice from a tax professional.

Whatever you do, keep it above board and legal. You'll sleep much better at night and it will keep you out of trouble.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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My guess is that this would not be enough in CA's eyes. CA has their own residency tests. Owning property in the state is one of the things they use, although that is not the sole determining factor. The CA FTB is notoriously aggressive in pursuing "their fair share." I would seek advice from a tax professional.

Whatever you do, keep it above board and legal. You'll sleep much better at night and it will keep you out of trouble.
I looked up some info and I think as long as get Nevada license, registration and insurance, spend less than 9 months of the year in California and do not move back California after the end of the job term so it cannot be called a temporary visit, I should not be considered a California resident that year and they will have no rights to collect income taxes.
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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if you are employed in nevada, you must get the license, plates, and license...
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