We are a married couple from India working in CA and we are nonresident aliens for the purpose of taxes for 2012. From what I understand, married people living in a community state like California, who file their taxes separately, have to follow the community state laws in determining their taxes by treating their combined income as community income for the purpose of Federal as well as State tax returns.
However, community state laws are not applicable on the wages of nonresident aliens for the purpose of Federal tax returns, as mentioned in Pub 519. They treat their W2s separately and treat their income as their own for the purpose of Federal taxes. Could someone tell me if same is the case with state taxes as well? Or are nonresident aliens supposed to follow community property law while filing state returns as married filing separately? It is not written clearly anywhere and the tax firms usually know only about the cases where applicants are residents of US.
Thank you in advance.