Question

I have a question related to filing taxes in multiple states. I lived six months in Massachusetts and six months in another state. My job for the entire year was in Massachusetts. How do I report income on my Massachusetts return?

Answer

When filing your state return, all of your wages taxable to Massachusetts. Your state wages on your W-2 are most likely coded “MA.”

When filing your state tax return for Massachusetts, you must file as both a nonresident and a part-year resident if both of these are true:

  • You were a Massachusetts resident for part of 2018.
  • You also earned Massachusetts-source income during the period you weren’t a resident.

File one Form 1-NR/PY as both a nonresident and as a part-year resident. Complete the Resident / Nonresident Worksheet, Schedule R/NR, to figure the part of income you earned as both of these:

  • Part-year resident
  • Nonresident

You’ll also need to file a part-year resident return in the state that you moved into or out of. Each state’s filing return requirements are different in this situation. So, it’s a good idea to verify what the filing requirement is for the state in your specific situation.

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