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Re: Question on Cruising Job
Matt, in this day and age it doesn't matter where you are unless you've really got a huge shoebox full of receipts.
If you are a bit more in control of things, you should be able to give your tax prep person (CPA or EA or whatever) a summary sheet with your 1099s and major deductions and whatever listed on it. You can mail that, fax that, probably fly home to drop it off and take the ticket cost as a tax preparation deductible too. (G)
Doesn't matter if your accountant is down the block or 12,000 miles away, you still hand off the paperwork and have them send any balance from your checking account, your signature is not needed.
Or, you can go online, from anywhere in the world. Interactive with a freebie, or using your own software. Being on a boat, or being away from home, should have no bearing on how you file tax forms.
Even if your tax liability is zero and you are not required to file, I'd still suggest filing. It keeps the anal compulsive types happier, and then they can't raise any question about "Why didn't you file..." later on. One less worry to have.
As to state licensing...assuming you have kept up any state residency, I'd stick to someone who lives and works in that same state. Not because of licensing, but simply because they will be more familiar with the rules--and any tax filings needed--in that state. And if there is any issue with that state, again, they're already there and familiar with it. They may very well job out the keystroking to India, but that's a separate concern in any case.