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Can IRS detect cash used to pay mortgage as income? [closed]

Simple question: hypothetically, assume I had cash every month that I did not want to deposit (e.g. if I had renters paying cash for rent or some such income). If I took that cash directly to my ...
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What should I do to pick the right consultant to open offshore bank account

http://www.ifsc.gov.bz/licensed-service-providers/list-a/ have lists of approved consultant in Belize Is the list credible? Is there a site that collect testimonies for these? How do I know which ...
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Will safe deposit boxes go to creditors when a bank in the United States goes bankrupt?

Money deposits will be gone when banks go bankrupt. How about safe deposit boxes? Will safe deposit boxes go to creditors as well when the bank goes bankrupt? What are the protections provided to ...
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Do charges made accidentally to the wrong name still get processed?

I have an online shop where I use a payment gateway to process credit card payment. When requesting the payment, I entered my company name in the "Bank Account Holder Name" instead of my personal ...
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Opening a bank account in China

I'm trying to open a account with any of the major banks in China, but I live in the US. Is this possible and how would I go about doing this? I would also like to be able to transfer money between my ...
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High frequency of Bank Transfers without Card Reader

I need to make a large number of bank transfers. At the moment I am doing each transfer manually through my online RBS account using a card reader. Due to this, each transfer is long and laborious. ...
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Do we need to provide correspondent bank information for wire transfers?

I have some bank accounts with international banks like SC/HSBC/Citi. Here is the template which they provide for international wire transfers. Is it necessary to provide Correspondent Bank ...
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Should I pay the student loan now classified as bad debts

I got educational loan on 2008 from one of a Bank in India. So far I am paying only interest money not principal money for it, but it’s also not regularly, I left some intermediate gap on it. Last ...
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Why hasn't public key encryption or one time password been introduced to battle online card fraud?

With all the identity theft and card fraud in the world. Even though some One time password measures have been put in place in the banking system where the cardholder verifies the transaction with a ...
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Meaning of “Provision of Collateral”

When I reading about bank processing, I encountered some difficulties. I want to know the meaning of "provision of collateral".
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How should a person with zero knowledge invest his money? [duplicate]

I have a friend that doesn't know the first thing about finance, stock market etc. He manage to save some money, and was just about to open a saving in the bank with a little more then the prime ...
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Why I can't view my debit card pre-authorized amounts?

I have a Mastercard debit card. When I pay an amount of money, I can see (with more or less delay) how much I've paid, when, in favor of who, etc. Now the question is: why I can't see the ...
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Is it possible for a bank to initiate an incoming wire transfer?

I am looking at the application form of a bank. One part of the application is like: BANK TRANSFER ORDER Sir, Madam, Please execute the following request of fund transfer Then there ...
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What are the 'special rules' for opening a bank/credit union account if you are a foreign person?

I'm trying to open an account at a local US credit union as a Canadian international student with no US income. Their terms of service (which appear to be copy-pasted from a template) say we ...
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What happens if a bank loses your safe deposit box?

My bank cannot find my safe deposit box! Luckily I still have the original contract and the keys. They are currently researching what happened, but it doesn't look good. I don't know when the box ...
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What's the purpose of having separate checking and savings accounts?

It's a simple question, but I'm having trouble finding an answer: What's the purpose of having separate checking and savings accounts? What benefits does it provide?
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How do banks fail if they do not have capital problem but only have liquidity problem when Fed exists?

Banks have Fed as lender of last resort - so if Fed provides loans to banks, banks with liquidity problems seems to be OK. But in reality, banks fail when met only with liquidity problems. So is this ...
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How are dividends for shareholders of banks paid?

Banks are different from other firms, so I am not sure how shareholders (those with equity) of banks get paid their dividends. Asset minus liabilities figure do make sense in ordinary firm cases, but ...
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How do banks prevent fraud in international wire transfers?

How does the international banking system prevent fraud in wire transfers? Specifically suppose a wire transfer from a bank in China to a bank in the United States is done. How does the bank in the ...
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Forex, trading “currencies” or trading “relations”?

I'm newbie in Forex and have a simple question, I guess. Disregarding leverage and things alike, I would like to know what's the difference between opening a position in Forex on a pair through a ...
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How does bank deposit insurance work in Singapore?

When I check bank web sites in Singapore, they usually post something like below: Singapore dollar deposits of non-bank depositors and monies and deposits denominated in Singapore dollars under ...
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How do multi-currency bank accounts work? What is the advantage?

I've recently read that banks are offering multi-currency accounts to their business customers. How do they actually work? Is it one bank account and the balance is available in, let's say for ...
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If I use stock as collateral for a loan and I default, does the bank pay taxes when they sell my stock?

If I need $x as cash, I can borrow from a bank, using some stocks I own as collateral. Thus I receive $x cash which is not subject to taxes. When the time comes for me to return what I've borrowed, I ...
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Is there a U.K. prepaid card having SWIFT, BIC, or IBAN codes, for money transfer?

I'm located in the U.K. Does anyone know if pre-paid cards here, such as Visa prepaid cards, have a SWIFT or BIC or IBAN code, because they are not really a current account? For example, for the ...
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Can the IRS freeze a business Bank account?

My credit score is really bad, it used to be in the high 700s but is now about as bad as you can imagine. I owe a lot of debt including IRS, credit cards, banks, loans, etc. I now need to start a ...
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When a merchant accepts bank wire transfers, how does the merchant know who has wired him the money?

When a merchant accepts bank wire transfers, how does the merchant know which customer wired him the money and how much money the customer paid? For example, when I'm funding payza.com, entropay.com ...
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FBAR semantical issue

From my understanding, the US Treasury's Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) is supposed to be filed if a US person - natural or artificial - holds over $10,000 in a foreign bank account at any point ...
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I specified the wrong IBAN number when transferring money to a UK bank. How can I correct this?

I transferred money to a UK bank from outside of the UK, but I specified the IBAN number for an individual by mistake. The bank transferred the money to the individual instead of the bank, even though ...
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Spain: Convert cash to electronic money?

I am in Spain, have some cash, and would like to move that to a German bank account. I asked at Deutsche Bank Spain, and they said that to do that, I would need an account at their bank. Note that ...
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Where do I owe taxes while I am contracting overseas to Germany?

I am currently a student in the US, but I am originally from Japan. An IT company from Germany contacted me for a web application project and they told me they are going to send me the money to my ...
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What happens during the windup of a bank?

When a bank is wound up....depositors are usually protected up to a certain amount. Let's say this certain amount is 100K. If a depositor had 150K in the bank, the 50K will be 'frozen' or even ...
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Are Square credit card readers practical for individual use?

Has anybody tried using a Square credit card reader for individual (non business) use? The scenarios I'm thinking about are for selling stuff at garage sales or on Craig's List but I imagine there are ...
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Refusal to do auto pay

I live in a retirement home, which I will call RH. Until recently, RH allowed us to pay our monthly bills (which are not the same amount each month) automatically with a credit card. Because of high ...
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Holding a bank account in the US, without citizenship, while no longer living there

I travelled to the US for a 3 month project and was paid into this account. I have since left and still have money in the account and still in good contact with the people whose address I stayed at. ...
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What is an inclearing check?

My US bank showed a transaction without a check number and called it an "inclearing check". The month is not over, so i haven't seen how it's shown on a statement. But a bit of searching on the web ...
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Ink Stamp for Depositing Checks

If I had a personal checking account that I made frequent small deposits into, would it be possible to use a custom stamp instead of a signature endorsement? What information would need to be on the ...
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What could a malicious party potentially achieve by having *just* a name, account number, and sort code?

There seem to be many conflicting points on this issue, most prominently this story published in the Daily Mail not so long ago , so I ask the nice community on stackexchange to shed (researched) ...
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How can I get free or discounted checks for my bank account?

I bank with chase and my account type does not qualify me for free check books. I have to pay a fee to get a check book. Is there a way I can: Get a free check book for my account? Print my own free ...
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Should mainland Chinese invest in the US market?

Forgive my poor financial vocabulary to put this properly. I'm a Chinese in China and for now most of my money (USD earned from US, transferred to China and then exchanged into CNY) are being managed ...
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How do banks lose money on foreclosures?

I read that when banks give out a mortgage the bank itself doesn't actually lend any of its money out. It is just accounting that adds the money to the borrowers account and adds the same amount of ...
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Digital money pots?

I want to be able to create digital money pots, similar to the physical piggy banks people keep at home, i.e. Pot 1: Money for food per month Pot 2: Money for car fuel per month Pot 3: Money for fun ...
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How to reactivate my dormant bank account in the US as non US resident?

I opened a bank account with Capital One in 2009 when I was in the US for work and travel. Last year I started Android app development and I used this Capital One account for Android app sale ...
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Can I get my savings from my mom's bank now that I'm 18?

I turned 18 two weeks ago. My whole life I've had a savings account with my mom at Wells Fargo/Wachovia. However, I have a personal checking/savings account with my dad over at Bank of America which I ...
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Are there any alternatives to ING's Electric Orange that have similar features?

I currently utilize ING Direct for savings and checking via Electric Orange and Orange savings accounts. However, two features of their bank have stopped me from truly utilizing their services to the ...
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Funds in closed bank account have gone to the government

My son was advised by his accountant to close his limited company and start a partnership instead. He did this but he was not told that he needed to clear the company bank account - he left this open ...
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leaving the amount on a check blank

Suppose a person writes a check out to someone that they owe $500, but does not specify the amount on the check and instead tells the person to fill out the amount for five hundred and cash it. If the ...
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Can I check multiple lenders for mortgage rates, via preapproval, and have it only count as one hard inquiry on my credit?

Note: This applies to the State of New York (the NYC metro area), in the United States. I'm shopping around for mortgage rates. I'm not sure if I have to get a preapproval mortgage to get their ...
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I have an “excellent” credit rating. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter?

I'm in the infancy of buying a residential property. I have a credit rating of EXCELLENT. Do I need to get a preapproval mortgage letter? I thought that getting preapproved would expedite the ...
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How can banks afford to offer credit card rewards?

I understand Visa and MasterCard make money on transaction fees, but how much (if any) of those fees do banks see? Do banks make money on people who pay their bills on time, or are reward programs ...
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Having trouble with APR calculation

I am using the formula listed on the following site to try to calculate APR: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/6500-1950.html#fdic6500appendixjtopart226 go to appendix J, if it doesn't auto ...