For many young engineers, internships take them outside their home state, scattering them east, west, north, and south to jobs all over the nation. The summer passes, the school year begins, and pretty soon it’s time to file taxes. What do you do?! You might live in one state, go to school in a second, and work in yet a third state! Does that make you a part-time resident? Do you have to pay double taxes? And once you graduate, maybe you’re moving all over the country for full-time work. What then?
Take a deep breath. As I’ve said before on this blog, taxes are not scary, even when things get a little complicated. I’m speaking from experience as someone who actually messed up her state taxes quite badly the first time I had to file taxes for an internship. I’ll walk you through what I consider to be some of the most common scenarios and help you figure out what you need to do, that way you can avoid making all the mistakes I did.