Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/residency-US states


I have a client who purchased a large motor home and now lives 365 days a year in it.  He travels around the United States staying for a short time in many states. He has no real estate. He feels that he does not need to file any state tax return. He has an Arizona drivers license but spent less than 1 month in AZ.Is it possible that he only has to file a US return and no state returns?  If not how would he determine what states to file?


Based on your description, he is an Arizona resident, legally.  He has an AZ driver's license.  If his voter registration and mailing address are also AZ, I would definitely say he needs to file in AZ.  Also, if he has any brokerage accounts, bank accounts, or such items the address on those accounts would be indicators of AZ residency.

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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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