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Subject: Re: Follow Up Nonresident taxes? Date: 5/29/2009 5:34 AM
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I could not support how much income was earned in which state unless I kept very detailed supporting documentation or my corporate payroll tracked the time and reported the earnings by state. I'm sure my corporate payroll would be as eager to do this as yours is.

I always assumed that every state had some sort of de minimus exemption, because of the record keeping nightmare you describe, until a couple of years ago when someone corrected me in another forum. It's been over 12 years since I traveled on business, so I think it's safe to confess now.

While a resident of another state I physically did business in 33 states during my IRS years. It never occurred to me that I had some sort of filing responsibility in any of them, and nobody at the IRS ever said boo about it. This is the same IRS, as I noted in our discussion of the Geither nomination, that puts employees through hell for missing a 1099 that doesn't even change the tax due.

I hesitate to type the next sentence since I'm well known around here for berating people for a "How can they catch me?" approach to tax law, but...

Don't worry about it.

I think whoever suggested that what the states really care about is those who earn big bucks in a quick visit was spot on. If all road warriors who live out of a suitcase magically started complying the states would quickly realize that it isn't worth the effort and would install some minimums at the request of their inundated revenue people.

Phil
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