So, I thought I would get my tax filing over with last night. Well, turns out I am not the sharpest pencil in the box. I filed them....one of the jobs I had was in TN, but it was not paid through the place I was doing the work--I was given the funds through Americorps/federal funding, which is based out of Washington, D.C. So, naturally, since I thought that taxes were dealing with funds only, that the answer to the question about working outside of state of residence would be Washington D.C....apparently, I was wrong--it was supposed to be TN because that's where I physically worked. I filed federally already with it saying VA as state of residence and Washington D.C. as the other place. I called the internal revenue service this morning--the lady assured me that it was okay because it is all federal--whether it is Washington DC or TN, as long as the wages were declared, it was okay. We will see. Now, for state taxes, I was told, by Washington DC's state tax people, that I have to file in VA and TN--not VA and Washington DC. I still have to do state taxes. TN doesn't have a state tax. Maybe when I file VA taxes, I can note what happened...
Just thought I would share my tax mess up. I hate tax time. I really do--I am definitely not an accountant type.
Feb 21, '13
Me either. I used to always have to get several bland tax forma so I couls start over when i wrote on the wrong line.
Then started wit tH&R with DH last business in the 90s. When I stop working I'll probably do my own on line. It is not complicated now.
Feb 21, '13
I did my federal online--that's what makes it so bad. I think what I am going to do is take a picture of the screen (I can go back to it, but it says my taxes have already been filed) and print it off and make a copy of the W 2 with a letter explaining what happened...send it to the federal IRS, send it with my VA state tax form, and send a copy to Washington DC tax office (so everyone is on the same page, so to speak). I don't want these tax offices to think I skipped out on paying taxes...it was a mistake--should have said TN vs Washington DC. I think it gets more complicated when there's more than one state involved.
Now, my Virginia taxes, I am doing on paper. My mom told me that since I didn't make much, that I really do not have to file. I am doing it anyway...I want to get familiar with these forms and how to fill them out and what everything means. Taxes are a fact of life and I will eventually need to know how to do this.
Feb 22, '13
So, I went back into my filing and I just changed it to the correct state. The numbers part of the filing is all correct, it was just the information on where/where I didn't work that one job that was wrong. So, I guess I will file appropriate states...I think that's where that part comes in anyway. Turns out TN does not have a state income tax, unless you have bonds and stuff like that. So, it's just Virginia.