Am I still a citizen of New Jersey?

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Q. When does New Jersey no longer consider someone a citizen of New Jersey? I left on Oct. 31, 2016 and have not returned. I’m living in Nevada now.
— Outta there

A. It’s all about what you’ve done to establish your domicile.

As an individual, you can have more than one residence but only one domicile, said Roy Williams, president and founder of Prestige Wealth Management in Flemington and Millburn.

In order to qualify as living in another state, there are a few things that you will need to do on your end to show that you have indeed become a resident of Nevada, Williams said.

Specifically, he said, you will no longer be considered a resident of New Jersey if you now live in another state, are registered to vote in this state, and your car is registered to this state.

“When moving to another state, you must take steps to ensure your domicile such as changing your drivers’ license and addresses,” he said. “You have to use your permanent resident address for things like tax returns, passport, bills, Social Security, insurance, etc.”

Based on your domicile, it’s important work with an experienced accountant to make sure that you’re properly filing your state return, Williams said.

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This post was first published in June 2017. presents certain general financial planning principles and advice, but should never be viewed as a substitute for obtaining advice from a personal professional advisor who understands your unique individual circumstances.