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Entering W-2 wages and withholdings on multi-state returns

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Entering W-2 wages and withholdings on multi-state returns

Follow these steps to enter a multi-state W-2:

  1. Go to the Input Return tab.
  2. On the left-hand navigation menu, select Income.
  3. Click on the Wages, Salaries, Tips (W-2) screen.
  4. Enter the Employer Information.
  5. Scroll down to the Wages section.
  6. Click inside of the field labeled (1) Wages, tips, etc. (Click on button to expand if multi-state).
  7. Select the + button to the right of the field to open a supporting detail window.

Wages, tips, etc field with plus button outlined.

  1. In this window, enter the income Amount for each state, and select the appropriate State abbreviation from the drop-down menu.

Supporting detail screen shown with line 1 Amount 350 State MO and Source blank. Line 2 Amount 3750 State AL and Source Blank.
In the example shown above, the total of the state wages, $4,100, is equal to the federal wages. The Form 1040 will reflect $4,100.

Note: If there is a situation where the total multi-state wage amounts do not equal the federal wages, the Source column may be used.

  • Select S in the Source column to send an amount only to that state's return, without affecting the federal return or any other states.

Supporting detail window with two lines filled in. Line 1: Amount 350, State MO, Source S. Line 2: Amount 3750, State AL, Source blank.
In the example shown above, wages of $3,750 will flow to the federal and Alabama returns. The Missouri return will report $350 of income.

To report state withholding, scroll down to the State and Local section, and click inside the field (17) State income tax withheld. Repeat steps 7 and 8, above.

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