Should two states income on W2 sum to Federal Gross Income ?

Discussion in 'Tax' started by D Chadha, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. D Chadha

    D Chadha Guest


    I worked in 2 states - NJ and IL for the same employer. Following are
    two entries in my W2:

    1. Under #1 (Wages, tips, other compensation) its 50K
    2. Under #16 (State wages, tips etc) its 41K for NJ and 10K for IL.

    PS: I have rounded off figures for simplification.

    My question is the combined income of IL and NJ is 51K. But in #1 of
    W2 its 50K. Is it normal or some error in W2 ?

    D Chadha, Apr 9, 2008
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  2. Probably normal. One of those two (or both) states does not allow for the
    "pre-tax" payment for health, pension, etc type of expenses that the feds
    do. Does that amount ring up against any single (or multiple) of pre-tax
    items from your pay?
    Paul Thomas, CPA, Apr 9, 2008
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  3. D Chadha


    Aug 29, 2015
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    Paul is spot on. Agreed.
    bradgilliatt, Aug 29, 2015
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