State taxes for expats

It’s important to stay up-to-date with your taxes when living abroad. It may surprise you, but that also includes your state taxes. Here’s some important information you should know about state returns for expats.


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Expertise for every state

If you’re living abroad, chances are you have questions about your U.S. state filing requirements. Do you file as a resident? Non-resident? Part-year resident? Do you even need to file a state return? Our expat tax experts have the knowledge to answer your state filing questions and prepare your state return if your specific situation requires it.

H&R Block has clients in all 50 U.S. states. That means we’re experts in every state’s residency requirements. And, we have a better understanding of how each state treats income earned abroad and how that can affect your return.


If you reside in one of the states below, you may only need to file a federal return. If you don’t, it’s best to leave your state tax filing to the experts at H&R Block.

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Frequently asked questions

Talk to one of our Tax Advisors to see if you're required to file a state tax return. Each state is different, as are the filing requirements. That's why it's best to get the help of an expat tax specialist - so they can best determine your filing requirements.

While each state has slightly different rules for determining whether you are a resident of a state, the prevailing factor is your intent to permanently relocate to a new location. Certain criteria such as your ties with the state, licenses, and visa type and length can play a part in determining the intent of permanently moving. For instance, if you only have a 1-year visa it would be harder to show that you moved out of the state permanently.

However, certain states such as New York & California, have specific rules for what are referred to as nonresident domiciled residents, or those who are technically still considered residents of the state but are living outside of the state for a certain timeframe. In these cases, your income earned outside of the state may not be subject to tax even though you are still technically a resident.

Taxes for expats aren’t simple, and as each state is different it is best to get the help of an Expat tax specialist so they can best determine your options.