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I work for a company in California which is recommending all employees work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. I am thinking about working from Michigan instead as an opportunity to visit family.

How long can I work from another state as a nonresident before having to file taxes there?

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You wouldn't be considered a resident of Michigan unless you move there permanently. For instance, buy a house or rent an apartment there (while selling/giving up your California one), change your voter & car registrations, mailing address, &c. Otherwise you're just visiting, even if the visit is extended.

FWIW, I've worked in California as a non-resident, for up to a year in Europe, and various spells while travelling around, none of which changed the fact that I'm a resident of the state where I own a house, vote, register vehicles, &c.

While qualifications might differ by state, it's fairly easy to find the particular ones that apply to you. (California can get picky because of its border with income tax-free Nevada.) You might also note that as long as you just work on line, and don't change any of those things that determine your actual legal residence, neither California nor Michigan knows where you really are. For all they know or care, you could be in Antarctica, aboard the ISS, or living in a yurt in Mongolia :-)

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