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I left a professional job in Washington, DC as of Jan/02/98 (last work day). I moved out of my Virginia residence on Jan/10/98. The final payout of the last paycheck and accrued vacation from the DC job was deposited to my bank account on Jan/13/98.

The prior employer withheld about $800 in Virginia state taxes for 1998 because I had not requested that there be no state witholding, in time to process it. I would like to have the $ refunded if it is appropriate.

Since I had left my Virginia residence prior to the receipt of the cash, is that amount of 1998 income required to be reported on the Virginia tax return?

I was intending to move to the west coast but had planned a year in between where I would live in various states across the US and see if I took a shine to any of those (a "walkabout"). All my essential belongings were packed in the car and taken with me. Such that, wherever my head lay, that was my home.

I took up residence in 5 states over the year, winding up on the west coast at the end.

The income received on Jan/13/98 was deposited in my existing Virginia bank account, via employer direct deposit, after I had left my Virginia residence but while I was "between" homes. The Virginia Bank account was closed after the deposit.

Must I report this as Virginia income?

Or, is it reasonable to file a Part Year resident (10 days) return and claim no income while a VA resident - thus filing for a refund of the 1998 withholding? The income would belong to no state under this method.

Thanks mucho for your input.
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