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Old 12th February 2020, 08:42 PM
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eastfalls54 -- Bottom line, each state has different rules. You should follow noblesse's advice and check your specific state's requirements. Some states can get pretty aggressive in trying to retrieve taxes that some beaurocrat thinks you owe (however, they might not bother, if as Bev said -- "you make a clean break," and live overseas.) I have dealt with literally dozens of circumstances where states were trying to claim people were residents (when they weren't,) sometimes for the most innane reasons. As a minimum, it can be a massive pain or a hugh "paper drill" to prove you are no longer resident and some states will require you to continue to pay taxes when you go overseas -- even if you have no other ties to that state, other than leaving to move overseas. You may consider moving (at least on paper) to a no tax state before your move. Some states, even some states with income taxes, just don't care. Of course, others can be very aggresive! Good luck! Cheers, 255

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Well, we were considering the move to a no-income-tax state briefly for the reason you state here -- but then were reading about the impact that would have on our drivers' licenses and ability to demonstrate lengthy driving records and how that plays out with what kind of license we can get (don't really want to be a probationary driver or "new driver" classification just because I had to get a new driver's license in one state that I only stayed three months in before moving overseas...).

The "clean break" I was hoping to demonstrate was
a) sale of all property connected with that state (real estate and car);
b) relinquishment of that state's driver license once in France.
c) no earning of any income in that state

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The key factors in making a clean break with your state are (no surprise here) the monetary ones. But even at that, unless you've got big time bank accounts or investments, there is nothing to say that you can't leave a couple financial accounts open (at least until the bank/agency figures out that you're living abroad and closes out your account for you).

Hang onto your driving license until you have either exchanged it or obtained a French one. This is another area where the requirements can change pretty quickly and basically you need to be able to prove you were genuinely resident in the state at the time you obtained your license or for some period of time before you moved out of the state. Your US license will allow you to drive in France for up to one year, though you may have some issues with getting insurance or registering a car when you first get here.

I think, too, that some tales of "sticky states" are used to scare expats and expat wannabees. Unless you have vast sums of money or significant income sources at stake, it usually just comes down to moving, filing a final state tax return for the year in which you moved (ideally from your foreign address) and you're done. If they have questions or problems, they'll be in touch (though only several years later) and their ability to pursue these matters overseas is limited (and subject to negotiation).

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