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Using the "State wages, if different" field for a multi-state W-2

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax10Updated July 27, 2021

You should only use the (16) Stage wages, if different field on Screen 10, Wages, Salaries, Tips for multi-state W-2s if the amount of wages for the resident state is more or less than the federal amount.

For example, you may need to use this field if the home state doesn't recognize pretax deductions to taxable wages, so the state taxable wages are greater than the federal wages that do recognize pretax deductions. For this case, an entry in (16) Stage wages, if different will usually cause an adjustment on the state return.

Refer to this article for information on allocating W-2 wages for multi-state returns.

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