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I worked in NYC until the end of May, then moved to Maine while keeping my job as a remote worker. My W-2 has arrived and in the state withholding section it shows my full wages under New York state and the local municipality (NYC), and roughly a little more than half of my wages listed under Maine.

This seems wrong to me, because I actually earned a fraction of the full wages while living in New York and the remainder in Maine. New York State wants $2,500 in tax payments from me while Maine is showing up as a $1,500 refund.

I figure I must be missing something here when it comes to filling something out for New York state taxes. There's a wage allocation form that I'm not sure which wage figures exactly that I'm supposed to enter in.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • Check NYS/NYC residency determination. It is likely they consider you as a full-year resident. – littleadv Feb 9 '16 at 0:31
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Income tax laws vary by state, but it's fairly common for the state where you're employed to want income tax (in states that have income tax) regardless of where you live. In your case, it sounds like you're employed in NYC. (That's how I interpreted your comment about being a "remote" worker.) The fact that you live elsewhere probably isn't relevant. Maine may also want to collect income tax since you're a resident there. (I didn't check to see if Maine is a state with an income tax.)

It's also pretty common for bordering states to have some reciprocity agreement so that people living and working on opposite sides of the border don't get hassled with tax on both sides, but there's nothing about being in the US that makes that automatic. Each pair of states can choose to have or not to have such an agreement. Since NY and ME don't border, it's less likely that they'll have such an agreement, but, again, I didn't check for that specific pair.

Also, it's common (but not necessarily true) that states give some credit for income tax paid in other states, so you might benefit there.

From the employer's side, if they don't have an office in Maine, they probably are not obligated to withhold ME state income tax. If you're a one-of-a-kind working in ME, then it's also probably not worth it to them to do so voluntarily since they would need to open an account with the ME state government and potentially start paying other types of fees and taxes there. If you're the only one, then and your official place of employment is NYC, then it wouldn't be strange for them to make ME taxes entirely your problem.

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