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I only lived in California for part of the year. Do I have to file a California return?

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California taxes all income you received while a California resident, and the income you received from California sources while you were a nonresident. The requirement to file depends on the amount of income you received from any source while you were a California resident and California source when you were not a resident of California.

If you were single or unmarried you must file a return if:

  • You were a California resident for any part of the year or you were a nonresident and had income from California sources
  • Your gross income from all sources including income from outside California was more than $15,702 or
  • Your adjusted gross income from all sources was more than $12,562.

If you were married you must file a return if:

  • Either spouse was a California resident for any part of the year or either spouse was a nonresident who had income from California sources.
  • Your combined gross income from all sources including income from outside California was more than $31,406 or
  • Your combined adjusted gross income from all sources was more than $25,125.

If someone can claim you as a dependent, you must file a return if:

  • You were a California resident for any part of the year or you were a nonresident and had income from California sources.
  • Your gross income from all sources was more than your standard deduction.

Get more information for part-year residents.