When it comes to determining state residency, a few factors are involved. Your main place of living or “Domicile” usually determines what state you claim as home. If you happen to be serving in the military then, your home of record usually is the state you claim as home and your residency will be with your home of record.
You may not live in Maine for the entire year but, have a permanent home there for the entire tax year and spend more than 183 days of the tax year there then, you are a resident of Maine. For income tax purposes, you are a resident of Maine if you are domiciled there.
Maine Revenue Service Residency Indicators
- Residential Property Ownership
- Driver’s License
- Vehicle Registrations
- Professional License
- Hunting & Fishing License
- Voter Registration
- And other factors…
You may be wondering what to do if you lived in Maine part time. If you left Maine during the tax year, you will usually have to file a Maine state income tax form. If your source of income came from Maine and that shows on your federal income tax return then, you must file a Maine state income tax form.
Nonresidents and Safe Harbor Residents
If you happened to perform personal services in Maine for more than 10 days, you must file a Maine income tax return and it doesn’t matter how much money you made. It also doesn’t matter how long it takes to get the check for services rendered.
Nonresidents and “safe harbor” residents must file a Maine state return which is based on their total federal adjusted gross income. Safe Harbor residency has to do with the marine industry and is complex in tax laws. This writing doesn’t allow for an in depth description on the laws but, you can visit the Maine Revenue Services website for a more comprehensive outline.
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