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Hi, I am a veteran and also a spouse of an active duty service

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I am a veteran and also a spouse of an active duty service member both living in California because he is currently stationed there. Since the end of my enlistment, I started collecting unemployment in California. I am still technically a resident of Idaho. Will I have to pay state taxes to Idaho and to California next year? Also, we will be moving to Germany in a couple months, if I were to get a job working on the bases over there and I still maintain my residency to Idaho, will I have to pay state taxes for that as well? Thank you.

You will owe California taxes on your nonresident income from California sources (e.g., unemployment). You will owe Idaho taxes because you are an Idaho resident. However, to the extent that you pay CA taxes, you will receive a credit against your Idaho income tax.


When you move to Germany, you will owe only Idaho taxes.


See generally, FTB Pub. 1032.


Hope this helps.


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