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Applying for a CA tax extension (i.e., I'm an idiot)

jonny_digitaljonny_digital Registered User regular
edited April 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
So apparently the government is pretty serious about these "taxes" I keep hearing so much about, and I am pretty unprepared. I recently moved to California from Virginia, and I need to file for an extension so that I don't have the IRS up my ass. Can anyone give me some background info on the process? I'll need to file one for both the state and federal government, correct? I haven't actually declared residency in CA yet (still on a VA license), so I'm not sure if that's a factor.

Work information: I took a few months off between jobs, then only worked part-time for a little bit, so my salary was not what you would call "lucrative". I had one job in VA before I moved, the part-time job, and now currently working a real job, which I started in late November. Will this affect the tax extension?

Many thanks in advance.

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  • JragghenJragghen Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    So apparently the government is pretty serious about these "taxes" I keep hearing so much about, and I am pretty unprepared. I recently moved to California from Virginia, and I need to file for an extension so that I don't have the IRS up my ass. Can anyone give me some background info on the process? I'll need to file one for both the state and federal government, correct? I haven't actually declared residency in CA yet (still on a VA license), so I'm not sure if that's a factor.

    Work information: I took a few months off between jobs, then only worked part-time for a little bit, so my salary was not what you would call "lucrative". I had one job in VA before I moved, the part-time job, and now currently working a real job, which I started in late November. Will this affect the tax extension?

    Many thanks in advance.

    I'm not sure about how to file for an extension, but I can tell you that you will need to file taxes for all three areas (Federal, VA, and CA), since you earned income in all three areas. A quick google brought up this page, although I think that's just for federal - you may have to find comparable forms for both states as well.

    As for the process itself, I myself was in an almost identical situation (lived in VA, moved out to CA in June for a full time job, filing taxes for the first time), and I did the whole process through Turbo Tax's website. They only charge you when you actually file, so if you want to start messing around with it to see how things work, knock yourself out. You'll need W-2 forms from all your employers that you received a paycheck from last year, as well as information on interest earned from savings (over a certain amount. If you're under....$10 or something like that, it rounds down to 0), any stocks you might have sold, etc. Additionally, since you moved for work, if you have the expenses for your move (moving of goods, as well as gas for yourself and lodging - don't think food's covered), you can count that as non-taxable income. If you were in college at all this year, you can get education credit as well. Aside from that, assuming you're not trading in stocks or sold a house or anything, that should be all you need.


    As a sidenote, and I doubt you'll get dinged for this given they don't make it apparent, but I think you're supposed to get a CA license within...like...two weeks of moving into the state or something.

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  • jonny_digitaljonny_digital Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Thanks Jragghen, just the sort of info I was looking for. I found the extension forms for VA, CA, and the feds, I just need my W-2 e-mailed over (in .pdf format) so I can get started begging for mercy.

    And yeah, I know I should have a CA license by now, but seriously, eff the DMV. I can only handle one shitty bureaucratic institution at a time, so that will have to continue to be put off.

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