Avoid confusion during tax season

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As if filing your return, especially at the last minute, isn't frustrating enough, add to that what some call a state of confusion.

That's when you live in one state and work in another.  It's something Valley area residents are certainly familiar with, considering the proximity of Phenix City and Columbus.

So, we talked to some tax professionals to get some tips on how taxpayers should handle it.

"Well basically, what happens is you have to file two returns, the state where you work is going to tax income from that state, so if you live in Phenix City and work in Columbus, Georgia is going to tax the Georgia income, Alabama is going to tax all your income," says H&R Block's Ralph Egenmaier.

Experts say filing two returns will also cost more.  However, the good news, is preparers in this area are familiar with the process.

If you're doing your own return, just keep the rules in mind.

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