I work remotely from my home office in Atlanta, GA for a NYC-based company. I started at this company in 2016 and I just received my first W-2 form. My company uses Just Works as a professional employer organization so my W-2 was issued by Just Works.
Upon looking through the W-2 I noticed that a small amount of income was counted as income in New York rather than Georgia and state taxes were withheld. I sent an email to Just Works which went as follows:
My W-2 is showing a small amount of NY wages and NY income tax withheld. I did not live in New York at all this year. I have lived in Georgia for all of 2016. Could you please look into this and issue an updated W-2?
The reply I received said as follows:
It seems as if your company had you listed as working in New York rather than being a remote employee initially which is why you had those taxes withheld. Because those taxes were withheld and remitted, we cannot change that on your W2 but you should be able to reconcile that when filing your taxes.
Sorry for the trouble!
It may be the case that my company listed me as working in New York initially, but it's not actually true that I was a New York-based employee initially. So it seems like the company made a mistake. The email I received from Just Works makes it seem like there's not much to be done about the remitted taxes and I should reconcile them when filing my tax return.
My question is, "how do I do that?" The amount of money that was counted as NY income is well below New York's standard deduction so if I understand this correctly, it seems that I don't have to file a New York tax return. The amount of money that was withheld for New York taxes is low enough that it's not worth it to me to bother with filing a NY return (it would cost me more to file another state return than I would get back as a refund) but I would like to make sure that I pay my Georgia taxes correctly. How do I go about doing this? Furthermore, I am using Turbo Tax to do my taxes this year, so instructions within Turbo Tax would be highly appreciated!