Should I pay taxes to my hometown while in college?

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I pay city taxes to my hometown even though I have been away at school for over 4 years now. I go home for a few days at a time for certain holidays and other events, regular visits, etc. More and more I am using my address at school for things that do not concern my family status, since I have lived in my current apartment so long (2+ years).

The original reason I maintained my permanent residency there was for health insurance and taxes (my parent claims me still). My school knows that address as my “permanent address” and my off-campus apartment as my “local address”. My hometown city has an ordinance that requires all residents 18 and up to pay income taxes. Thus I pay them. If I didn’t pay them, certainly I’d need to pay the city where I live for school, right? I’d have to pay SOMEONE, so why not pay the cheaper of the two and avoid possible insurance troubles?

So no city taxes are ever taken out of my paychecks, and come tax time I write a painful couple hundred dollar check to my hometown. I’m afraid that if I don’t write it, one day they’ll come looking for the money with interest since I stopped paying (or never started paying) and have no proof that I was a registered resident of a different municipality.

Maybe I should have never started filing my city taxes. Am I wrong?
The hometown city tax laws specifically states: You must file if: “If you are a resident of the city and at least 18 years of age.” OR If you work in the city and Tax is not withheld by your employer. … I may not work there but I’ve claimed residency there.

3 Comments
  1. Reply
    Bren
    September 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    You don’t make sense & clearly need a professional to sit down & explain things to you face to face

  2. Reply
    SparklingAngel
    September 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    You should only have to pay income tax to a city if you work there.

  3. Reply
    the kid
    September 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Your permanent address is there. You pay taxes there. Period.

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