USA Stage wages are higher than federal


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Hi- Worked for same company in different states last year. Resident of NC for full year. Worked in NC, NJ, LA & FL. Total federal wages stated in box 1 are 44,808. NC wages in box 16 total 35,950. LA wages total 11,782. NJ wages total 19,714. Why would total state wages be so much greater than federal? Believe taxes would be paid to NC since none would be paid to FL but still unsure why the state wages are so much higher than federal.
 
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Some states require you to report all wages earned in and out of the state. I live in NJ and work in NY. Wages shown in NY (example) are 100K and in NJ 105K even though I earn 100K on Federal. This is because it double counts the wages both where you worked and where you live. When you do your state returns you will apportion to the state wages were actually earned in so you dont pay tax to two states for the same wages
 

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