California is a great place to live. Most people know this already given that they love the weather, the access to so many attractions, and the cost of living. However, the taxes can be high in the Golden State. Depending on your income, it could be more than 13 percent; and this is after federal taxes.
Because of this, there are many who, for tax purposes, may want to call California their second home; meaning that they want to be considered a resident of a different state so that they can avoid paying state income taxes. For example, if you are a resident of the state of Texas or South Dakota, you wouldn’t be worried about state income tax.
However, where you are domiciled determines where you are subject to income taxes. And this can be determined in a number of ways, including:
Where you own property – If you own a home or business property in California, chances are that you may be considered a resident.
Where you spend a majority of time – If you reside inside the state for nine months or more on a regular basis, chances are that you will be considered a resident.
Where your children attend school – The same reasoning above applies, especially if they are not in college.
Keep in mind that according to taxing authorities, the burden is on the taxpayer to prove that they are not a resident for tax purposes. This means that you may need the services of an experienced tax attorney to defend your interests in the event your residency (and your tax liability) is questioned.