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Living in FL (wife and husband). Husband works full time in

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Living in FL (wife and husband). Husband works full time in FL. Wife commutes part of the year for a client in CA. Filing Married jointly. Do we have to pay taxes in CA? If yes do we have to pay taxes on the joint income in CA or just the wife's income?
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Customer: Joint income ~ 200k. My/husband income: ~150k from FL; Wife's income ~ 50k from CA. Married filing jointly. When I went to a tax professional we ended up owing a lot of money to CA even though I never worked in CA. But they told us that our collective income is taxable in CA.
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 6 months ago.

Being a nonresident of CA - they are ONLY taxed for income from CA sources.

As the wife works in CA - compensation she receives for that work is income from CA sources and is taxable for that state regardless of her residency.

The wife will be required to file CA tax return - they may choose to file jointly or separate tax return - but in any case - only income from CA sources will be taxable.

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