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CDS
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Registered: ‎02-01-2016
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Am I subject to MD state income tax?

Hello,

 

Can anyone with expert advice help answer this question?

-I am a current WA state resident that imposes no state income tax. In May, I became a REMOTE full time employee for a company based in MD, which does impose a state income tax. I was told upon hire by HR (and by my financial adviser) that I would NOT be subject to MD state income tax because I do not live there. In fact, HR said they could be classified as a company in WA and even my payroll checks reflect both the "work state" and "resident state" as WA.

-However, neither of those individuals are tax experts. I came across a "nonresident MD" clause found here: http://forms.marylandtaxes.com/current_forms/nonresident_booklet.pdf. Can anyone definitively tell me if I will be subject to any MD state income taxes? I am very concerned that I might be hit with a major tax liability come end of 2017.

 

Thank you!

CS

Tax Pro
Posts: 5,536
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Am I subject to MD state income tax?

Hi CDS,

 

 

Welcome to the H&R Block community.

 

I've seen the question a few times and I can tell you with certainty that you absolutely will not owe Maryland state tax unless one of the items below applies to you.

 

As a non-resident you will owe Maryland tax if you:

  • Have a rental property in Maryland that you earn income from.
  • Physically perform work in Maryland as an employee of someone else.
  • Physically perform work in Maryland as an independent contractor or business owner.
  • Had gambling winnings from a Maryland source.

 

Based on the information you provided you should not have any withholdings and you will not owe tax for Maryland.  If you do see any withholdings on your Form W-2 you'll want to file a Maryland non-resident return to get a refund of your withholdings.  In that scenario you'll simply report $0 in Maryland wages on the state return which will result in a full state refund.

 

If you do have to physically go and work in Maryland for a day, a week, etc. then your wages for Maryland will only be for the days that you worked there.  If you're on a salary then multiply your annual income by the number of days worked over 365 to figure your Maryland wages.  For instance, if you go to Maryland to work for 1 week at your employer's request and you work for six days out of that week, and your salary is $60,000 per year, then you would multiply 60,000 * 1.64% (6/365) and your Maryland wages would be $984.

 

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.

 

Louis,

Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)

CDS
Valued Pioneer
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Registered: ‎02-01-2016

Re: Am I subject to MD state income tax?

Hey Louis,

 

Thank you for the quick reply! This is very helpful and a bit comforting. I checked again with our Payroll Dept as well and they indicated that once W2s are released for 2017, the work state will remain as WA and no state income tax will be due for MD.

 

Again, thanks!

Tax Pro
Posts: 5,536
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Am I subject to MD state income tax?

You're quite welcome.