USA To what state I will have to pay my state tax?


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I found a temporary job (3 months with possible extensions). I live in NY. The formal employer (who will pay me W-2) is in NJ, but they also have an office in NY. I will be working for their client which is in NJ. Due to COVID-19 I will work remotely from home (NY).

To what state I will need to pay my state tax withholding: NY or NJ, or both?

I tried to ask this question to my formal W-2 employer, but her answer was like it's up to you.

Thanks in advance for replies, I am trying to avoid penalty for low withholding state tax.
 
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You usually pay state income tax in the state you live and unemployment tax (if applicable) in the state you work. If your employer can withhold NY state income tax, then have them do that. I live in PA and worked in NJ. My employer withheld PA income tax and I never had a problem with my tax returns and I never had to file any NJ returns.
 

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