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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:12 PM

Okay, I just need to effin rant...

So went and did my taxes today at H&R Block.
Love that place!

So I work on fires in the summer, I help run a shower unit, I love my job very much, the pay's good, and in some small way, I feel like I am helping, let me tell you, these fire fighters come off a satellite camp, with no showers (except shower in a bag, which is basically a giant towelette) these awesome people are covered in black soot, tired, sore, stinky, and when they see a shower unit, I can see their white teeth a mile away! Especially ours, because sometimes I break out my massage table and give them a nice little massage! We'll wash their clothes and just make them feel a little pampered.

My boss is very kind, thank goodness, because he is a teabagger actually wants Michelle Bachmann (or however you spell it's name) to be president, (ya, he is that bad) I have learned through the years to gently tell him he is listening to too much Faux news. Anyway, he lives in Utah, but on fire season, the shower units are here on my ranch in Nevada, as that is where our contract is out of (it changes every 5 yrs.)

As you well know, this past summer was one of the extreme fire seasons we've had in quite a long time. I was everywhere, but I was in Utah for only 10 days. When I got my paycheck, I was happy, then my boss said wait untill you see the amount of taxes they took out, (he was talking federal) I told him I don't mind paying taxes as that is my duty! HA!, silly me! they took Utah taxes out, which I argued about since I am not a resident of said state. Okay fine...I'll get them back at the end of the year...NOT! Now my boss always bitches about taxes and blah blah blah! And living in Utah, I guess he has a right, because for the honor of working in that god forsaken state for 10 yes, 10 days, I had to pay 25% to that effing state, to the effing Mormons!

So to put this in perspective, we offer a service to our men and women out there risking their lives, I literately see them doing so, but, if we are, anybody, fire fighter, chow wagon, shower provider, happen to be in Utah putting out fires, guess what, instead of saying thank you they say f*#k you with their hands out for money you won't get back, for just the privilege of being in Utah!


Okay, rant off! oh and Their drivers really are bad!

Ho
sage

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Reply Okay, I just need to effin rant... (Original post)
sagetea Feb 2013 OP
frogmarch Feb 2013 #1
sagetea Feb 2013 #7
jberryhill Feb 2013 #2
aptal Feb 2013 #4
jberryhill Feb 2013 #6
MiniMe Feb 2013 #9
jberryhill Feb 2013 #10
sagetea Feb 2013 #5
aptal Feb 2013 #3
sagetea Feb 2013 #8

Response to sagetea (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:20 PM

1. That is outrageous!

I wonder if this happens in other states too. Here in western Nebraska we had several big fires last summer that required professional firefighters from all over to come in and help fight them. I wonder if the same tax BS happened to them too. I hope not.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:33 PM

7. Utah and Montana

Are the only states that do this for our traveling shower unit, however, Montana either exempts you or you get your money back 100%.
Utah, on the other hand, sucks!

Ho
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Response to sagetea (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:22 PM

2. Look at the return for your state of residence


Did your state of residence tax you on your Utah income and not apply the Utah state tax as a credit toward your overall liability?

Unless the folks at HR Block are screwing up (and it wouldn't be the first time), then you shouldn't be taxed by both states on the same income.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:23 PM

4. His state doesn't have an income tax.

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Response to aptal (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:31 PM

6. Ah

He still gets a federal deduction on the state income tax paid. But there is nothing strange about paying income tax to the state where the income was earned.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:47 PM

9. It depends on the state

I worked in Washington, DC for years, but lived in Maryland and all my taxes went to Maryland.If I worked in Virginia, I would still pay my taxes to Maryland.

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Response to MiniMe (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:54 PM

10. On the east coast...

Automatic reciprocal agreements are common. I found this out the hard way while working in PA for an employer for whom I was the only DE employee. Since they could withhold state tax for NJ employees, but not DE employees, they somehow assumed I didn't owe DE state income tax, and I was pretty naive at the time. That was a painful lesson.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:30 PM

5. My state, Nevada, doesn't have state tax

and if I hadn't worked anytime in Utah, I would have gotten it all back, just mine not my husbands.

Even the owner of the branch of H&R Block I went to this morning, came in and looked at it, then asked if I had worked there, I said yes, for 10 days, she said yup, this is right and then said that Utah is the worst because most people won't worry about it because they make it so bloody hard to get it back! the gentleman who did our taxes, just shook his head and said you know, that's 25% you will be paying. I am still just shaking my head at it!

Ho
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Response to sagetea (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:22 PM

3. Most States have income taxes.

These are the only that don't... including yours.


Alaska
Florida
Nevada
South Dakota
Texas
Washington
Wyoming

And these two just have them on divedends.


Tennessee
New Hampshire

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Response to aptal (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:51 PM

8. seriously, though, I don't mind paying taxes

It's the 25% that you pay if you work in that state but don't live there, you won't get all your money back.
So essentially, I paid Utah 758.00$ to provide a service for 10 days! It doesn't make sense!

Ho
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