Tax guide

Doing Taxes for Multiple States

Updated for filing 2021 tax returns

Who needs to file more than one state return?

Taxpayers who move during the year may have to file multiple state returns (depending on whether the states you lived in had income tax). That said, moving isn't the only reason you might have to file more than one state return.

You may live and work in different states, and even working remotely may require you to file more than one state return. It all depends on the states themselves; each one has its own way of dealing with different kinds of business practices.

You can check your states' government websites for more information on income tax and filing rules.

How do I file taxes for more than one state?

The process of filing multiple state tax returns is actually pretty simple. It will differ slight between those who work for an employer and those who are self-employed.

If I file with a Form W-2, how do I file multiple state returns?

At the beginning of the process, we'll ask if you would like to add state returns. Once you let us know that you need to add multiple state returns, we'll guide you through the rest of the process.

When you get to the state and local tax part of’s walkthrough, simply transfer the entries from your Form W-2 to the online version, box by box. Once your W-2s are entered, we’ll automatically calculate your state income and income tax.

Note: Your employer must have a state ID number for this section of the W-2; if you don’t include it when you file, your return will be rejected by the IRS. If your W-2 copy is missing the state ID number, you can call your employer to get it (and if you’re told you don’t need one, call the IRS at 800-829-1040).

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How do I file for multiple states if I’m self-employed?

Our walkthrough will guide you to the self-employed section of your tax return, and you can enter where your business is physically located for income tax purposes. If, as a part of that business, you did work in other states, you would report that out-of-state income using the respective state’s forms.

Can I double check to make sure all my state returns are ready before I file?

Absolutely: When you’re ready to file your returns, our e-file checkout page will list all the returns you’re preparing, and whether they’re ready to file. If they are, you can just proceed. If not, we provide instructions on what you need to do to get the return ready to file.

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