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Dear Mr. Stancil,

My girlfriend has been in the military for around 7 years. She was living in Illinois when she joined and since then has been stationed outside of the state. Her W2 says Illinois but they never took out money. For the past 5 years she's filed a non-resident state return. She believes that because she didn't work or live in the state that she didn't owe state taxes. She has not claimed residence or paid taxes in any other state.

2011 she didn't file a state tax return. She's wondering if it's ok to still file non-resident taxes? Or does she need to claim resident for the past 7 years to Illinois and owe tens of thosands of dollars?

She is very afraid of the second option.

Your thoughts?

Thanks ahead of time.



Thanks for your question.

I hate to break the bad news to you, but when someone enters the military, their state of residence when the joined is usually their state of residence for the entire time they are serving in the military.

This might be of some assistance.

Hope this helps.

John Stancil, CPA

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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