Tax

Have a tax question? Ask a tax Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I live in California and my wife lives in Illinois. How do…

I live in California...

I live in California and my wife lives in Illinois. How do we file. We own townhome in Illinois. do we file married separately or what do we do?

Accountant's Assistant: The Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

I live and work in California for all of 2017, we have no kids, but own a home together in Illinois. my wife works and lives in Illinois in our townhome. who will report the taxes, what filing status do we use. its so confusing.

Accountant's Assistant: Is there anything else the Accountant should be aware of?

I have student loans im paying. were not near retirement age only being 31 and I made considerable income this year over 90K.

Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Tax Question
Answered in 1 minute by:
3/8/2018
Robin D.
Robin D., Senior Tax Advisor 4
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 18,191
Experience: 15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor
Verified

Hello, I'm Robin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now and typing up my reply. I'll post that in just a few moments.

Ask Your Own Tax Question

You can file joint for the federal and then separate for CA because your spouse was not a resident all year in CA.

If you file a joint federal return and one spouse is a full-year Illinois resident while the other is a part-year resident or a nonresident , you may choose to file “married filing separately.” Do not recompute any items on your federal return. Instead, you must divide each item of income and deduction shown on your joint federal return between your separate Illinois returns following the Allocation Worksheet in the Form IL-1040 Instructions.

Please let me know if you need more information.
If not then please scroll up to see the STARS to rate so I am credited

Robin D.
Robin D., Senior Tax Advisor 4
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 18,191
Experience: 15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor
Verified
Robin D. and 87 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a tax professionalLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Robin D. Your Own Question
Robin D.
Robin D.
Robin D., Senior Tax Advisor 4
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 18,191
18,191 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor

Robin D. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response...

T.G.WMatteson, IL

I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight.

BonnieChesnee, SC

Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation.

JohnMinneapolis, MN

Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with.

OrvilleHesperia, California

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Wallstreet Esq.

Wallstreet Esq.

Tax Attorney

586 satisfied customers

10 years experience

Mark D

Mark D

Enrolled Agent

1,338 satisfied customers

MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues

Richard

Richard

Tax Attorney

4,512 satisfied customers

29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.

PhillipsEsq.

PhillipsEsq.

Attorney-at-Law

59 satisfied customers

B.A., M.B.A, J.D.

Robin D.

Robin D.

Senior Tax Advisor 4

18,191 satisfied customers

15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor

Megan C

Megan C

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

8,655 satisfied customers

Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level

jgordosea

jgordosea

Enrolled Agent

2,885 satisfied customers

I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.

< Previous | Next >

Related Tax Questions
I own a business that I just started last year and my wife
I own a business that I just started last year and my wife works. Whats the best way to file. we have 2 kids and she works as well. She made 91k last year and has w2. I havent finished my taxes. shoul… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
5,423 satisfied customers
I have a situation where I am going through divorce and we
I have a situation where I am going through divorce and we are now filing separately for the 2017 tax year. For the year I had married deduction as though I could claim my spouse and now it appears th… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
5,423 satisfied customers
My husband and I got married 9/17/17, We lived in different
He makes 25k with dependent kids and used to get earned income credits I make 130k… read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
Which is best .... couple with 5 kids filing together .....
Second opinion] which is best .... couple with 5 kids filing together ..... or split up the kids 3 and 2 and file separate ?… read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
Last year me and my wife filed together as a married
Hi. Last year me and my wife filed together as a married couple/. On January 4 of 2017 she had a stroke and is paralyzed and bed ridden for life. She has Medicaid and medicare and social security. So … read more
Dr. Fiona Chen
Dr. Fiona Chen
President
Ph.D.
1,139 satisfied customers
I have the following tax question, related to residency and
Dear JustAnswer,I have the following tax question, related to residency and the "married filed jointly" status.I am currently unmarried (never married). My fiancee and myself are planning on marrying … read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
5,423 satisfied customers
Have a question about working in another state, i lived and
i lived and worked part of the year in illinois as an employee. i quit and started a business im a one person llc. the llc is based in wyoming. i am working for 1 year for a client in tx where im renting an apartment. i still own my home in illinois where my wife lives but i do not live there anymore. need to know about filing separate state returns from my spouse and what i can deduct as business expenses intexas … read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
My divorce was final in Dec. we lived together until Nov.
My divorce was final in Dec. we lived together until Nov. was wandering if we should file together or seperatley … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
18,191 satisfied customers
My wife and I have filed our taxes Jointly last 3 years
My wife and I have filed our taxes Jointly for the last 3 years while one of us worked, and the other was a fulltime student. We are now both working and want to file seperately to keep our student lo… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
My wife and I filed our taxes as married filing separately
My wife and I filed our taxes as married filing separately last year. The reason for this is that I have a lot of student loan debt and only make about 20,000 a year. Her income is around 100,000 a ye… read more
PDtax
PDtax
Owner
Master\u0027s Degree
1 satisfied customers
Me and my fiance are getting married soon in 2 weeks but we
me and my fiance are getting married soon in 2 weeks but we wont be living together for another year. she lives in wisc and i live in illinois. how would we do our taxes since we not in same state. is… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
5,423 satisfied customers
I am trying to find out if I start a sole proprietor business
I am trying to find out if I start a sole proprietor business with my spouse, if we are eligible to file our taxes as married filing separately. The issue has to do with my existing student loans that… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
For several years my girlfriend and I have filed married filing
For several years my girlfriend and I have filed married filing jointly because we were told we could because we lived together and had kids together. Near the end of 2012 we split up with her moving … read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
Hi, I recently got married and was wondering should we file
Hi, I recently got married and was wondering should we file separately or together. Also should we check the box married or married (higher single rate) on our W-4. Thanks Also just so you know we don… read more
Phillip Bell, EA
Phillip Bell, EA
Tax Advisor
Bachelor's Degree
191 satisfied customers
married and filing jointly but i live in TX and the wife lives
married and filing jointly but i live in TX and the wife lives in Illinois. we have done this for 09 & '10 with no problem, but '11 they want me to pay IL state income tax even though i earn my living… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
18,191 satisfied customers
I am in the Army, active duty, and stationed in El Paso, TX.
I am in the Army, active duty, and stationed in El Paso, TX. My wife and stepchildren live in Minnesota. In the first week of April 2011 I purchased a house and changed my residency from North Dakota … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
I am a separated father trying to put my girl through college.
I am a separated father trying to put my girl through college. I'm just now hearing about the tax credit for higher education expenses. It says I'm ineligible because I'm separated. I don't understand… read more
TaxMomNJ
TaxMomNJ
Tax Advisor
Associate Degree
242 satisfied customers
I am not divorced as of yet. We have been separated since ...
I am not divorced as of yet. We have been separated since may. we have 2 morgages with both names. we have 2 kids. my spouse filed single and 2. with the 2 morgages this doesn''t seem legal. What can … read more
Randall Terry
Randall Terry
CPA
Bachelor Degree
28 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x