Regarding California residency. I have moved from California and lived in Europe since 2010. I own a home here, work here (for a local company), married to a local, have kids here. I do not have property, investments, a business, or any financial ties to California. As far as I can tell from my research thus far, I qualify as not being a resident of California. Is it required that I make this official? If so, what do I do practically, to I make this official. Is there some sort of application I need to send in? Thank you for your help!
Ideally, you should have marked your last California tax return that was due as FINAL. If you failed to do that, you need to write the FTB and tell them exactly what you have stated above. Include a sentence that you "are no longer domiciled in California and have not been a resident of California since 2010 when you moved to Europe and made __________ your domicile." Insert country name in blank. Mail the letter to Franchise Tax Board, PO Box 1468, Sacramento, CA 95812-1468. Best of luck!
In addition to the first atty's good suggestions it would be helpful to show proof of another domicile, either in Europe or in a different state. That helps establish that you have truly abandoned California and are not just temporarily absent.
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