Dear PoP – Could I Have to Pay Two Income Taxes?

by Prince Of Petworth October 12, 2010 at 2:30 pm 28 Comments

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“Dear PoP,

I am having a tax nightmare. I live in DC and telecommute to a business in Virginia every day. I go to a meeting in Virginia about once a month on average. That’s it. I read on the Virginia tax website that if I actually DRIVE to an office in Virginia every day then I am exempt from Virginia withholding. Except I don’t do that. The fact that they specifically mention that you have to commute over is kinda scaring me (I can’t just start going to the office to solve this problem, it’s 3 hours away). I also can’t find any rules that state DC would credit me in the case that I actually have to pay Virginia taxes. I can’t have to pay full income taxes to two states, can I?”

Is there an accountant in the house? Could it be possible that you’d have to pay income tax for two states. I thought you pay income tax for where you live? Anyone deal with a situation like this before?


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