I live in GA where there is a state income tax. I work in TN where there is no income state tax. My company does not operate a business in GA and are telling me they cannot withhold GA taxes for this reason. Is this accurate?

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    Welcome to PF&U. It may well be accurate that your company cannot withhold GA taxes. I suspect what you're asking is what you need to do if they don't? Jan 18, 2018 at 19:18
  • "Is this accurate?" If they do their own payroll, and you're the only GA employee, then they very well might not be set up to do it. But if they use a service bureau (like ADP), then the bureau would do it automatically. (If they have a local bookkeeper do it, they might not be paying him/her to do that much extra work for one person.)
    – RonJohn
    Jan 18, 2018 at 19:30
  • Interesting question. My employer is in another state, I am the only employee in this state, and my employer withholds state taxes. Maybe they are not required to do so?
    – Jay
    Jan 18, 2018 at 22:26

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As indicated by the comments to the question (credit: RonJohn), if the TN company has no GA presence then they may not need to setup GA payroll/income tax withholdings. It may be more of a question of not wanting to deal with the paperwork/red ink/bureaucracy of paying state taxes for a single employee, who could decide to move elsewhere in the future.

Instead, you are most likely responsible for making estimated tax payments to the state of GA, for the amount that would normally be withheld from your gross income.

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