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I do recall that we discussed whether to file a MA return on a small bonus of some sort that I got from my MA employer that was paid in the new year, and he advised against it -- said that MA would try to tax my entire income (meaning what I earned in California) if I reported any part of it.

I think this was also bad advice.

We are in this situation right now. DH's union was working without a contract for quite a while, and they finally finished the contract negotiations last year, so DH, a VA resident, got a paycheck for the back pay from WI. WI state taxes were withheld. We reported the income on federal, WI, and VA income taxes. WI ends up being a wash, nothing due, no refund. But VA is giving us a credit since that income was taxed elsewhere.

But WI is not trying to tax us on all of it. They have a special form for non-residence and I suspect MA does as well.
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