Exhibit A: my permanent address was in Maine, I was temporarily living in MD, employed in VA and would be moving to the District of Columbia in >60 days. Exactly which jursdiction do I pay taxes to? HR's brilliant suggestion was "don't withhold anything". *cough* Right ... because THAT sounds like a brilliant plan ... In a moment of pressure, I opted to withhold taxes for the District of Columbia, as that was where I would be establishing residency. (Unfortunately, the Military Spouse Relief Act had totally slipped my mind. I had established residency there with Drew for Recruiting Duty.)
Now of course ... I've picked the brains of the accountants in my family, and I'm glad they understand the process and what forms I need to be filling out because I sure as heck don't. :-/ Piles of paperwork, tables that I don't understand ... itemizing? It's all starting to look like Greek to me.
I keep having to remind myself that those that can write are worth their weight in gold because ah... at the moment I feel incompetent.
What have I learned?
Well ... I need to start talking to accountants sooner rather than later.
Retrieving taxes paid to DC looks like one heck of a process ... and it's one that I could have avoidied.
Here's the part of being a grown-up that I just don't enjoy.