a generic tag related to spending. To be used along with other related tags like accounting etc

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Will work for donations [on hold]

We are beginning our meetings in 3 weeks for our youth ministry and haven't gotten one donation so my husband and I are offering to do work for donations for the youth ministry anything for the kids ...
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What does HMRC (the UK tax agency) view as valid expenses for travel?

I understand that any expenses must be wholly for business purposes, so that means normal eating doesn't count, it has to be outside the usual pattern of business. However there seem to be a lot of ...
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Personal credit card for business expenses

If I have a personal credit card that is only used for business expenses, is there any disadvantage? The company is a sole prop. If the company becomes an LLC, will that make any difference?
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How do I evaluate reasonability of home improvement projects?

Assuming that I could afford to make improvements to my home, how do I evaluate whether a project is worth undertaking and not too expensive for the value of my home? I'm not running my household as ...
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UK tax returns with expenditure higher than income

I live in the UK and work a day job, but I also have a small freelance income, for which I file a tax return. The work I do demands that I have access to fairly powerful computer hardware, so buying ...
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Can I claim GST/HST Input Tax Credits (ITCs) on Uber, taxi, or limousine fares?

Uber invoices do not include a GST/HST number, and tax is not separated. On the other hand, Uber drivers ARE required to be registered for GST/HST and collect & remit the tax. http://...
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GnuCash register reimbursements

I just started using GnuCash for personal finance, and I'm still figuring out how to register different types of movements of money. The issue I'm not sure about now, is how to register ...
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How much of my spendable income should I set aside for travel and tourism?

Some indications about my income and expenditure patterns may be in order. I save more than 50% of my salary and I earn about 5 times the minimum wage in my country. I am in my early forties. I am ...
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Can I deduct coffee as a business expense if I work from cafés? (UK)

I have a UK limited company of which I am the sole director and employee. I work from home most days, but occasionally work from my laptop in a local coffee shop when I need to get out of the house. ...
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How does revenue shared with someone else go into my tax return in Canada?

I'm contracting to publish a game for someone on Apple's App Store. I will take 15% of the revenue, he gets 85%. But Apple will report the full amount to the government. Let's say for example this ...
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Claiming business expense from personal credit card

I started my business (LLC) by filing online, and paying a fee for a registration, and that makes it a business cost right? Also in the meantime while I bought some electronics to use for my business ...
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For dependent care benefits, what's the dividing line between “camp” and “music lessons”?

For dependent care benefits, what's the dividing line between an eligible expense and one that's not? According to IRS publication 503, "The cost of sending your child to a day camp may be a work-...
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Can you lease a secondary residential apartment for a job in NYC, and declare it as expense in tax return?

Currently I commute over 2 hours to work in NYC. Thus I would like to rent a apartment close to where I work. Is there a way to have your rental payment declared as expense in your tax return? One ...
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How to report a personal expense for an LLC partnership paid in one year and reimbursed in another?

My business partner and I have a very small partnership LLC. This is my first year filing IRS tax forms for the LLC. In late 2014 I made a $30 purchase (from my personal money) on behalf of the LLC. ...
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How do I efficiently add credit card expenses to my monthly budget?

I use a credit card for most of my purchases as I get to keep money in my account for a longer duration and that earns me extra interest. But I have been having a little difficulty to include the ...
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Does CAPEX include intangible assets?

CAPEX is defined here as funds used by a company to acquire or upgrade physical assets such as property, industrial buildings or equipment. The video states that "the value of the capital ...
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Must tangible assets be depreciated or can I take a one-time expense? [closed]

Let's say my company purchases some tangible/fixed/long-term asset. Am I required to take a prorated depreciation expense each year for the life of the asset? Do I have the option to report the ...
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Accounting for reimbursements that exceed actual expenses

When I travel on business, my employer pays for my meals by reimbursing me at a statutory "per diem" rate. Often this exceeds the amount I actually spend on meals. How should I account for the ...
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Maintenance costs for home geothermal heating & cooling / ground source heat pump systems?

My realtor showed me a brand new house that has a geothermal cooling and heating system built in. I did some online research and here is the link to that builder's geothermal system explanation. ...
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How much should be our expense and savings ratio? [closed]

What is the right ratio of expense to savings ? is 80-20 alright ? Although we follow high standard living, here in Bharat(India) we can save upto 50%.
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Changing jobs but ended up in same city after moving away for a month. Can I deduct both ways?

I'm referring to the moving expenses deductions listed here: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p521/ I lived in City A for 1.5 years, briefly moved to City B for about a month (never established ...
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Square reported my credit card transactions as personal income?

I run a TNT Fireworks tent one week every summer and use Square to process my credit card transactions. I've had no issues with that setup until this year when I received a notice from the IRS ...
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How should accounting software be categorized in terms of business expense?

I'm using online payroll software to manage payroll for employees and contractors. What category would the expense of this software fall under?
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What home expenses can I claim back from working full time at home for a business in the UK?

Our company is considering no longer having an office and making all the staff work from home. We all work primarily online running a website, so our work is done purely on a computer. With working ...
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Recording claimable expenses in GnuCash

I am new to accounting and trying to learn a few things as my accounts get more and more complicated. I currently use GnuCash to record simple income/expenses/assets/liabilities and have had a new ...
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Total Yearly Expenditures for a Single Person in the USA

I recently calculated every single penny I spent in 2014 (literally everything). Let's round up and say the total came to $21,000. I would like to know where I stand in terms of spending. I was trying ...
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Can I deduct expenses incurred to earn side-income, while full-time employed - in Canada?

I've just been hired full time at a firm I used to independently consult at. As a sole proprietor, I'm used to writing off my home office space, various software subscriptions, equipment, web hosting,...
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Would it save money to have company pay for living expenses by taking it out of salary?

If one necessarily has to live in an apartment in order to be able to perform work for a company (e.g. relocation to a big city in Europe), would it one save money (in taxes, etc.) if the company ...
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End of year crowdfunding and taxes

I am about to run a crowdfunding campaign, which will end mid-november. That gives me 1.5 months to spend the funds on project expenses--not really feasible given that it's all destined for ongoing ...
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Shared groceries expenses between roommates to be divided as per specific consumption ratio and attendance

My apologies if this question is in the wrong section. Couple of my roommates & I (total 5 people) share the groceries expenses. We record the purchases in an Excel sheet, and also have the ratio ...
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what's the best option to save money on everyday expenses? [closed]

It's difficult to manage everyday expenses in this tight economy. How can I discover changes in daily spending habits that will yield the greatest results?
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Need exit strategy for aging mother who owns aging rental properties, please

I'm terrified for my 71-year-old mother's immediate future. She owns 12 residential rentals. We desperately need an exit strategy but she owes as much as or more than market value, and cannot afford ...
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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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What are the variable costs for an information company?

For a company like GoodGuide, who make their money not by selling a hard product (with investment costs etc) but by selling product placement and business intelligence, what are their variable costs? ...
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What is fuel surcharge in India?

In Bangalore (INDIA), when you purchase fuel with cash, you never have to pay for a 'fuel surcharge'. When you pay for it using your credit or debit card, a fuel surcharge is added on later? What and ...
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Should I remodel or buy a bigger house?

My husband and I have two children under 2 years old and have outgrown our current 1400 square foot home. My husband and I both work from home, and we have a day nanny who comes and helps with the ...
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San Francisco vs Madison

I am currently getting a 102K salary in Madison and have an offer for 125K from SFO. Should I accept this offer from a monetary perspective or not? I will like to maintain the same life style that I ...
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When claiming a moving expenses tax deduction in Canada, does order of events matter?

I know I can claim moving expenses if I move because of a new job. But does the sequence of events matter? While I'm doing interviews, I'd like to sell my house and buy my new house in the new city. ...
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Saving money on the electric bill: What are some worthwhile ways to reduce consumption & costs?

What are some worthwhile ways to reduce household electrical power consumption & costs? Here are some of the actions I've taken so far: AC - turned thermostat to uncomfortable level Electric ...
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How to find cheaper alternatives to a traditional home telephone line?

I cancelled my home phone line last year after many years with POTS (Plain-Old-Telephone-Service), and I replaced my home phone with a VoIP service provider which provides a variety of services ...
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What percentage of my income/assets should I commit to vehicles?

The past few years have been rough financially (housing crisis and collapse in real estate prices). As a result I have been educating myself about personal finance (credit, debt, budgets, etc). I ...
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Should I deduct or capitalize the cost to replace a water heater in my rental property? (details Below)

Recently had a water heater die in my rental property and it had to be replaced with a new one. Here are the specifics: Old water heater that was in the unit when I bought it. The property was ...
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What percentage of my income should go towards expenses?

Graduated in May from school. Student loans are coming due here in January. Bought a new car recently. The added monthly expenses have me concerned that I am budgeting my money correctly. I currently ...
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In what category would I put a loan I took to pay an expense

If I have to pay my phone contract which is 1000 and I took a loan of 2000 with interest of 300 to pay that phone contract, in what category would you put the loan - an expense, an income or both ? ...
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Does it make sense to incur a business expense just because it can be deducted?

I am trying to prove to myself that incurring expenses just for the purpose of writing them off never saves money. It is always better to not incur the expense at all if you can avoid it. This is my ...
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Can my own corporation deduct my expenses even if I am a full time employee?

Say I decide to become a software developer contractor and open a corporation. So, I am allowed to write certain things off as corporation expenses (e.g restaurant bills, gasoline bills, etc.) Then, ...
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Should withheld income tax be included as income?

Situation: Company C buys a flight ticket for employee E, for him to relocate. Ticket costs $X, so C increases the income of E by $X, and reports it as income on Form W2 form, Box 1 (Wages). C also ...
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Processing PayPal transactions Via GNUCash

I am taking the time to set myself up to record finances in GNUCash, and I have slowly been refining my recording processes. I am curently twiddling my thumbs about how to treat "Middleman" ...
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Which expenses eat up investments the most: sales charge (front / back-end load), foreign exchange spread, or expense ratio?

I am a bit confused as to which expenses eat up most of the investment. Some brokers have low sales commission but the foreign exchange spread is high. Some have higher sales commission but lower ...
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Can the interest on a cash out refinance for a rental property be claimed as an expense?

I currently have my home all paid off. I am thinking about purchasing another property as my primary home, and renting out my paid off current home. My question is should I: Get a regular loan for ...