I work on a cruise ship. My employer took out federal, but no state taxes
. I really have no state of residence; when I'm not on the ship, I'm mostly traveling for leisure. I have an Illinois driver's license (I lived there years ago). Do I need to pay state taxes to Illinois? It seems a bit strange, as none of the income
I earned is from an employer there (my employer is based in WA), and I didn't utilize any IL resources.
So my questions are:
1. Am I required to file a STATE income return
2. If I must file a state return, may I file it in WA (they have no income tax, and my employer is based in WA, so could I use that as a justification?) Otherwise, if I must file in Illinois since I have an Illinois license, what is the difference between filing
as a resident or non-resident (seems I may be able to file as non-resident, but I don't know the qualifications and implications). Thanks!