Berkeley, CA asked in Tax Law for California

Q: Do we need to file a CA tax return in 2018?

As US citizens resident in Ireland for the last ten years, we have been filing both US and Irish taxes. We must file for Irish tax in 2018 also although we have been in the US since April. We are visiting the US while we decide if we want to return here. We return to Ireland on 27 March, 2019, for sometime, while we make our decision. We registered to vote in the recent midterms and CA began to deduct state tax from our US pension. Are we required to file in CA in 2018?

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Victor J. Yoo
Victor J. Yoo
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: CA Franchise Tax Board requires all individuals who are domiciled in California to file a state tax return. There may be several factors to consider whether or not you need to file your tax return in California including but not limited to: was there a source of income earned in California, how long you lived in California, your driver's license status, your voting status, do you own a home in California, are you attending schools in California, are covered under medical insurance for "Covered California" which requires you to be a resident of the state. It would be a good idea to review your records with a professional to determine your tax domicile status before proceeding.

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