Question by TAM: Where is my primary residence, for Income Tax purposes?
I am an independent filmmaker and have made movies in both Texas and Los Angeles, as a Texas resident. Last year my wife and I decided to try to fulfill our dream of being able to work and live in California full time. The plan was that I go out and see if I could find enough work to sustain both of us; if that worked out I would then look for permanent housing. Last March, my wife and I moved out of our Texas apartment and she moved into her parent’s home in the same Texas city. The same month (March) we moved all of our personal belongings to storage and I flew to California and stayed with my grandmother. In April, we filed a joint return with her parent’s Texas address. By mid-May it was obvious we could make the move and she began her job hunting. She landed a job and moved to California in June. I moved into an apartment in Los Angeles on June 1.
When did my date of California residency begin? I assume it to be after I signed my Form-1040 on 4/18/2007 in Texas. Very confusing!
Answer by Sahara
I believe it has to do with duration. Where you have lived for the past 6 months? If you spent more than half the year in Texas then your residency would be Texas. If you spent more than half the year in California, then it would be California.
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