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Posted: 10/3/2011 7:12:58 AM EST
Do you have to pay state income taxes at the bases you are stationed at?

The reason I'm asking is, I have been working at several different states and have to pay their state taxes. I live in Texas nad we don't have a stte income tax, but I have to pay the states I'm working in.

Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:16:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/3/2011 7:18:17 AM EST by GunnyG]

Originally Posted By FatCat1:
Do you have to pay state income taxes at the bases you are stationed at?

The reason I'm asking is, I have been working at several different states and have to pay their state taxes. I live in Texas nad we don't have a stte income tax, but I have to pay the states I'm working in.


It depends on where you say your Home of Record is, in your pay record. I always listed WA (no income tax), and have never paid a state income tax to whichever state I was stationed in at the time, which includes CA, TN, NC, TX, GA and NY.

Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:20:47 AM EST
Home of record.

Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:22:53 AM EST
What the Gunny said. Unless you are a resident of the state you are stationed in you don't pay it.

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Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:23:50 AM EST
Originally Posted By mac130:
Home of record.




This. Michigan HOR. No income tax on military pay. Even while serving in other states.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:27:29 AM EST
If your home of record or legal residence is the state your stationed in you have to pay state taxes in most states as far as I'm aware of.

But say your a Michigan resident when you join but are never stationed in michigan, your still a Michigan resident as far as drivers license is concerned but you'll never pay Michigan taxes.

There might be 1-2 states that sill make you pay taxes, I think someone from one of the southern states always bitched about paying taxes, or he was mistaken and paid when he didn't need to.

Bottom line is never change your home of record or residency, just leave it as the state you lived in when you joined and your good to go.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:28:40 AM EST
The main reason for the tax exemption is techincally your earning your income on the base itself which is federal property, not state property.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:33:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By wilNva:
The main reason for the tax exemption is techincally your earning your income on the base itself which is federal property, not state property.

Which, BTW, does not (usually) apply to a spouse's income, earned out in town, i.e. Court street strippers, etc.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 7:46:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By mac130:
Home of record.



HOR = TX = 0%
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:25:23 AM EST
Home of record, CA in my case. I get 100% of it back though...

If they don't send out an IOU...
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:34:40 AM EST
When I worked in VA as a civilian for a short time in the 90s, state income tax was withheld but refunded the next year. (It's not automatic, you'll need to file a return)
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:37:38 AM EST
It's also handy to keep on PCSing to states without income tax.

Entered with WA as home of record, did 3 overseas tours, moved to FL and changed residency, moved to NV and changed residency.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:37:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:46:31 AM EST
Originally Posted By GunnyG:

Originally Posted By wilNva:
The main reason for the tax exemption is techincally your earning your income on the base itself which is federal property, not state property.

Which, BTW, does not (usually) apply to a spouse's income, earned out in town, i.e. Court street strippers, etc.


Not true anymore.
See here

Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:50:21 AM EST
My HOR was NY and while they withheld the state tax it was refunded in the full amount each year. Basically gave NY an interest free loan every year.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 8:56:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:
Originally Posted By wilNva:
The main reason for the tax exemption is techincally your earning your income on the base itself which is federal property, not state property.


If this was accurate DOD civilians wouldn't be taxed.


Do DOD civilians maintain a HOR out of state though? Or do they get dual residence like Active Duty? I always assumed they paid taxes because they actually lived there.

E and O pay is adjusted to factor in that active duty dosen't pay state taxes, I'm assuming the GS pay scale is higher because they do pay state taxes. Or at least this is the way I understand it. I've never been a DOD civilian.
Link Posted: 10/3/2011 9:01:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By ajm1911:
Originally Posted By GunnyG:

Originally Posted By wilNva:
The main reason for the tax exemption is techincally your earning your income on the base itself which is federal property, not state property.

Which, BTW, does not (usually) apply to a spouse's income, earned out in town, i.e. Court street strippers, etc.


Not true anymore.
See here



That happened under Obama,Pelosi and Reed?
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