Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fleeing California Taxes? Get in Line

This is almost like Walter Williams' idea of not allowing the rich to leave...excpet this applies to everyone.  They are quick to make you a resident of CA.  But not so quick to let you go.

After all, leaving is not always easy. A California resident is anyone in the state for other than a temporary or transitory purpose. See FTB Publication 1031. Plus, it includes anyone domiciled in California who is outside the state for a temporary or transitory purpose. The burden is on you to show you’re not a Californian. If you’re in California for more than 9 months, you are presumed a resident.

Yet if your job requires you to be outside the state, it usually takes 18 months to be presumed no longer a resident. Your domicile is your true, fixed permanent home, the place where you intend to return even when you’re gone. You can have only one domicile, but many facts are relevant. Start with where you are employed and where you own a home.

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