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Rental Application Fees

I've been trying to find a new apartment. Each application I've submitted cost between $20-$35 and I've yet to find a new place. A lot of these places have me just write out a check which I never see ...
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Can you subtract credits/returns/refunds from statement balance?

Most credit card companies in the US do not charge any interest on any purchases if you pay at least the statement balance every month. E.g. you effectively get between 25 and 30+25 days of interest ...
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First job! I need some DE 4 tax form help

I just got my first paying job and they need me to fill out the DE 4 for California income tax. And to be honest it's a little confusing. http://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de4.pdf Firstly ...
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Does liability auto insurance protect any of your assets?

I'm confused about the Liability auto insurance. Some online resources appear to say that you must have as much liability insurance as the total value of all your assets, whereas others just say to ...
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Independent Contractor Status [closed]

We have an employee who was hired to be a General Manager of a California Solar company. He receives a generous monthly salary through payroll. In addition, he is compensated for 1% of overall sales. ...
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Is ScholarShare a legitimate entity for a 529 plan in California?

I am researching a 529 plan for my kids. We are in California. It seems that a lot of links point to ScholarShare plan. Yet, I can't tell whether it is legit or not, mostly because I haven't heard ...
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California LLC statement of information filing (LLC-12R)

I received a notice that my California LLC is required to file another statement of information filing. It requests that I use form LLC-12R, however, I can only find LLC-12 listed on the official ...
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Inherited deferred comp by minors - tax advantageous approach

If minors who are not currently earning income were listed as beneficiaries on a deferred comp plan and owner of that plan passed away at age 63, what's the right approach to minimize taxes. From ...
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Is interest on a personal loan tax deductible?

My father loaned me money to invest in a company and the company pays me quarterly profits. I have to pay back the loan to my father plus interest. What I would like to know is whether or not the ...
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Is it legal for Shutterfly to expire their Prepaid Plan in CA, USA

Sorry if this is off topic, but thought it was the best site for this question: I was just on Shutterfly and noticed that I had an expired prepaid plan. I live in California and remember there are ...
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Should I pay for lousy tax preparation service?

My tax accountant this year did lousy job - Form 8942 was not filled according to IRS instructions. Also, I had to figure out myself why ESPP, NQSO and RSUs cost basis this year was incorrect on my ...
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How to correctly adjust cost basis 8949 for Employer stock starting from 2014

Since 2014 brokers don't include "compensation element" in cost basis on the 1099-B form for RSUs, ESPP and NQSO stock. This means that I have to adjust cost basis myself to avoid being double taxed. ...
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merging transactions in 8949

This year I received NQ Stock Options, RSUs and ESPP shares from my employer (I work as a full-time engineer in a tech company). In my 1099-B form all of them show up as separate transactions ...
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Income tax filing for F-1 OPT student non-resident in California

I am an international student currently working full time on F-1 OPT status. In 2014, I worked as an intern for 3 months in California. I am confused if I should be filing 540NR short form or long ...
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Are short term disability payments taxed?

Last year, my wife was on short term disability leave (maternity leave) for 6 weeks. CA SDI took care of 80% of her paycheck which I believe is completely tax free. 20% of her paycheck for this ...
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S-Corp Distributions Estimated Tax Payments and Tax Brackets

I'm confused as to what tax brackets I should be using to estimate my taxes due for my s-corp's distributions. For example, let's say my salary is at $37,450, which would put me in the 15% bracket ...
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How to fill L1 of California 540NR Schedule D as a part-year resident?

Do I need to fill in all the transactions in the entire year? Or just the transactions happened when I was a CA resident and CA source transactions? If it's the former, why doesn't CA ask a copy of ...
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How do I deduct state tax overpayment when going from “married filing jointly” to “single”

In 2013 I was married filing jointly. We had underpaid our state taxes by $24,000 so we wrote a check to the state for $24,000. In 2014 we divorced, and are filing separately. The $24,000 can be ...
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Can I deduct the full amount of a rental loss in two states?

Last October I moved from California to Connecticut, converting my primary residence to a rental. I didn't get it rented out until December, so I ended up with a loss for the year. My California ...
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40 year old A and J makes 1M a year. What is the best investment to save on tax?

We have been very fortunate, also hard working and frugal . Now A and J all had several promotions in the past a few years, and the rental properties are paid off. The tax bills are getting pretty ...
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Working from home in Vermont as W2 employee for employer in California. Need I file a CA tax return?

I work for a company registered in CA; they have no offices in my state. I'm a W2 employee and they are withholding taxes for VT, where I reside. Will I need to file a CA income tax return? This ...
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Sales tax “trick” while buying a used car; i.e. declaring sale at lower than actual transaction value?

I am selling my car and have found a potential buyer. After I transfer the vehicle ownership, the buyer will have to transfer the vehicle title to himself, and will also need to pay sales tax on the ...
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Next steps for (not me): a recently-divorced single mom, in California, with a 2yr-old

A new puzzle for personal finance experts, that is on the bottom end of the ladder rather than the top. A series of unfortunate events has hit a friend (not me). The situation: recently divorced ...
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Why can't I file my California LLC Statement of Information online

I am trying to file my required statement of Information using the form at https://businessfilings.sos.ca.gov. The site fails to find my Limited Liability Company by name. I have gone through all my ...
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Should I treat HSA as taxable or non-taxable in deciding on bonds if my state does tax it?

If my home state of California taxes the gains in HSA, should I use tax-efficient investments (for example Muni bonds), or should I assume that the market arbitrage on the taxable accounts so using ...
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Do I have to file California tax return for worldwide income?

I'm a new immigrant (green card) to US, and not live in California yet. I use my friend's home in CA as the mailing address for receiving my letters, packages, and California ID. I plan to move to ...
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Can I claim a parent receiving Medi-Cal benefits as a dependent on my tax return?

My mother got her green card this year. She won't work here. All her expenses will be paid by me. Since she is 67 years old, I am planning to apply for Medi-Cal health coverage for her. My question ...
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How long does a business have to give a refund?

My dentist's office requires payment upfront, and then they wait to get paid by the insurance. On Yelp, people say that it takes a lot of sweat and tears to get a refund from them. (In my case the ...
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Employer 1099 Pointing to the Old Address Instead of New Address [closed]

Maybe I did not explain the situation correctly. My wife was in TEXAS but the company used her old address (California) address in the 1099 forms. What can I do to remedy the situation?
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Does it make sense to look for medical plans outside “Obamacare”?

Does it make sense to look for medical plans outside of the ACA Exchanges (such as the https://calheers.ca.gov/ in California), or are those as good as it gets? If it's illegal for the insurer to ...
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How does AMT/state taxes work for stock options in California?

I'd like to know how to roughly calculate tax for stock options, for the following fictitious scenario: Suppose Little Susie joined a rare private company in California as a normal employee, and ...
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How high should I set my KickStarter funding goal in order to have $35,000 left over?

I'm creating a KickStarter to raise enough funds to take 3 months off from my full-time job and finish an iOS game that I've been working on for about 3 years now. Put simply, all I need is about ...
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Renting or owning my home?

I have been renting a home now for about 4 yrs. The money just seems to go into the monthly rent and its gone. Would I be better off purchasing and owning my own home. I live off of Social Security ...
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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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Does an employer pay payroll taxes on non-taxable wages like 401K matches? [duplicate]

In addition to what the employee would pay in income tax on taxable wages an employer also pays their own payroll taxes on all taxable wages like: FICA FUTA SDI SUI ETT Are these taxes due from ...
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California S Corp Net Income and Employee Compensation

I was looking into S-Corp structures. In California, S-Corps are taxed at a 1.5% rate on their net income. What I couldn't figure out is if this 1.5% rate applies to the income of the S-Corp after ...
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Pros/Cons of Buying Discounted Company Stock

For my company (large international software firm) I am allowed to buy company stock at a discounted price. To me all I see are pros such as: Being able to sell the stock right as I buy it, ...
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Reporting of amortization expenses to FTB California

I have registered a corporation in Californa. So far, there have only been start up costs and no income. I have lodged a Form 1120 with IRS and amortized the expenses over 60 months. Do I report the ...
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Live in California but work for Illinois-based company

At my office job (in Illinois), we've recently been offered the option of working from home. Many people have jumped at the chance, and the company has reported a great success rate in those who are ...
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How are part-year California resident income taxes calculated?

For the sake of simplicity, let's suppose that a person's total yearly income is $100,000, all as W2 wages from the same employer. That person lived in one state from January 1 - June 30, and then ...
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Is a non-cash prize form a work event in California taxable compensation?

I won a non-cash prize as part of my company's wellness competition. The nominal value is maybe $300-$400 (T-shirts, misc sports clothing). Now they told me after the fact that this is taxable ...
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Tax on graduate research assistant salary paycheck in California

I have been admitted to an University of California program. They are giving me $2209 graduate research assistantship salary per month. How much can I expect to make after taxes in California on the ...
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Why do I need an attorney to buy a house?

I thought my real estate agent would cover the whole thing. How does an attorney get involved? Why do I need to hire one on my side? I ask this because I have read about it in first-time buyer help ...
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Amend 540 to 540NR (California State Tax)

A few of my friends and I are on F1 Visa and had to file our 1040NR and 540NR tax return forms. We used the e-file option at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/ to file our state tax and it had generated a 540 ...
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Continuing group health benefits from old employer after resigning

I will be resigning from my current employer next week and moving to another company: the new employer is a much smaller fabrication company and does not have as good health insurance. For example, ...
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Insurance quote - Report Moving Violation

I am trying to get renters' insurance and move car insurance all to the same company for a multi-line discount. I live in CA, USA, and had a speeding ticket last year, but it was held confidential ...
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What sustains residential real estate prices in California when household incomes are low? [closed]

I have a question which assumes the accuracy of two links (here, for median income, and here, for median home price, both of which are in California). I'm going to make an erroneous assumption and ...
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Are U.S. salaries typically measured/reported before tax, or after tax?

On each of the two sites below, the average salary in California for C++ developers is reported. Would the average reported be before or after taxes? ...
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What is the “California SOS file number” and where do I find it?

My LLC's taxes are due soon and I want to pay the $800 annual tax here in California. I'm a little confused about something I'm supposed to write on the check: the "Calfirnia SOS file number". Google ...
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California state taxes on Health Savings Accounts

I recently started an HSA. For federal income taxes this is a great deal because I get to contribute pre-tax and take tax-free distributions for medical expenses, or after age 65 I can take ...