I've owned a home in New Jersey for 20 years. I work remotely, from wherever I am. Last year, my family and I traveled around the country for 7 months, and I worked throughout this time. Then we settled in New York, but still own the house in New Jersey. The companies that I worked for are not in either state.

So where do I file taxes? I didn't live anywhere for more than a couple of days for 7 months, and then I lived in a rental house in New York for 4 months. But since I own a house in New Jersey, can I file as if I lived there the whole year? Or do I have to file in New York for the months I was living there? And how do I handle the months when I was traveling? If I say I lived in New Jersey for those months, can I just say I lived there the whole year?

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    Working in multiple states gets complicated. Every state has different rules. Take a look at this TurboTax post for an overview. Apr 11 '14 at 17:25
  • Were you a W-2 employee? Apr 11 '14 at 17:56
  • Just to make it a bit more complicated, I had W2 earnings from one company, and 1099 from a few others. None of the companies are based in NY or NJ though. Apr 11 '14 at 19:57
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    What state did the employer withhold for on the W-2, if any? That wouldn't be binding, but if you don't claim much income for that state then you need to file to get the money back.
    – NL7
    Apr 11 '14 at 21:11

You file in every State you worked in. Technically, while you're in a State and you work - your earnings are sourced to that State.

Also, since you were domiciled in New Jersey - you file there as well, as your residency State. From the time you moved to NY - you should check whether you're still considered a resident in NJ, but you're likely to be considered a resident in NY, so you file a part-year return there for that period. It is possible to be considered resident in more than one State at the same time, so it may get even more complicated.

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