Post # 1
Fiance is employed and a resident of Wisconsin while I’m a resident of Colorado. Fiance is moving to Colorado, but remaining employed in Wisconsin, and we’re both planning to move next summer. We’d like to avoid Fiance having to get new license plates since it will quite expensive, plus he doesn’t want to spend hours at the 3 places required to register, get drivers license, etc. Since’s he’s not employed in CO he’d have to wait 90 days anyway before applying. At least in CO if you’re employed in the state you qualify as a resident. However, he will only have a work address, not a home address in WI. So, can Fiance stay a WI resident? How will that affect our taxes? Can we / should we file jointly and file both state tax returns? Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks!
Post # 3
As far as taxes, his employer will deduct income tax from both the state of residency and the state of employment. If your Fiance remains a WI resident, that’s just a WI tax return. If he becomes a CO resident, that’s a WI and a CO tax return. Marriage, of course, complicates this.
I cannot accurately answer your question regarding residency, as that varies from state to state. However, my guess would be that he will still need some sort of address in WI in order to keep his license and car registered there legally.
I would recommend him switching his residency unless there is a strong reason not to. If it’s just a matter of waiting in line and paying fees, it’s worth it. Also, be sure to notify your auto insurance company. It’s insurance fraud if you lie about where the car is located, which could result in MUCH bigger expenses if he gets in an accident.
Post # 4
Hey – This is delayed but in case you see it… I wouldn’t stress too much about it. I have had a Colorado drivers license while living in St Louis (for school), Vermont, and New York for the past 8 years. I just never bothered to change it. I did get pulled over one time and the cop gave me a hard time (but no ticket) but it wasn’t a big deal. As for license plates, I just leave the plates on there until they expire and then get new ones wherever I’m living. I had Missouri plates the whole time I lived in Vermont, and now I have NY plates. The insurance is the one thing I have always changed to the place where I have the car parked most often, but they have never seemed to care about residency, where my drivers license is from, or where the car is registered. I know that there is a grace period, wherever you go. I have worked and gone to school with lots of people from out of state, and they’ve always had different license plates/drivers licenses.
It helps if you have a parent’s address to use.
Hope this helps! I miss fort collins, and wisconsin is a great place too. 🙂
Post # 5
Yep…my hubs and I filed jointly even though we’re both residences of other states (me, Colorado and him, Arizona). I thought it was going to be a huge ol pain in the arse, but it was just like doing any other taxes.
Post # 6
Thanks guys. Fiance is going to change his insurance and leave everything else in WI. He is on sabatical so still employed in WI and I can’t imagine most people change residency when they’ll be back in a year.
So good to know that we can be residents of two different states and still manage taxes! I was really worried about that.