Hello again keith,
There is no exact formula or checklist that is used in order to establish domicile in a certain state. Domicile is actually based more on your “intent” of where you intend for your home to be.
However, if a situation were to arise where you were questioned about your residency, the state would look at a number of factors. The biggest factor is physical presence in the state. In other words, do you own or rent or otherwise maintain a regular place of residence in the state. Even though you may have a residence in another state, your domicile state should be your main place of residence, where you spend the majority of your time. Other factors considered in determining your domicile state would be such things as:
· where your driver’s license is registered
· where your vehicle is registered
· where you are registered to vote
· where you receive your mail
· where your bank accounts are established
· memberships with local
· local church affiliation
It will not particularly be a disadvantage to you from a tax standpoint to establish separate residency, as you will still only owe tax to the state where you physically worked and earned your income, but as you can see, it's not quite just as simple as renting an apartment. You would have to take some of the other steps listed above in order to have a good case that you intended for Ohio to be your domicile state.
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