Internal Revenue Service which is the US Federal Tax authority.

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Report taxes from U.S. dividends with Computershare and Questrade

I read that holding a U.S. stock in a Canadian non-registered account (or even a TFSA), the Canadian resident will pay withholding taxes. But in order to reduce the rate to 15% you'll need to fill out ...
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Is it a gift or not?

IRS rules are not always black or white, and something that I find myself struggling with is what is considered a gift. Hypothetically, suppose I am moving soon and have a broken leg so I cannot do ...
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Tax form requirement - irs

This sounds a stupid question but I need to ask - I have two other houses besides the one I live in - on a tax form are they both called second homes or does one get designated as third home
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Details behind Geographic Jurisdictions for IRS Form 2555

For the Housing Exclusion and/or Deduction, Line 29b limit on the maximum deduction - How can one establish a level of confidence in the geographic borders drawn up by the IRS? https://www.irs.gov/...
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Paid my tax online, but received a non-payment notification from the IRS

I filed my Federal taxes correctly as a Non-resident using 1040NR-EZ form, and I had to pay a certain amount. I paid online using payusatax.com (on-time) but used the "pay 1040 balance due" option. I ...
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How do I get into contact with the IRS to ask some tax questions?

Way back in March I filed my taxes, and applied for a payment plan. My request actually never went through, and I ended up having to re-apply on April 20th. The representative I talked to said that my ...
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What is the US tax owed when gifting India Shares to my brother?

I am planning to gift my India Shares in Stock Market to my brother, which has an overall value of 400,000 USD. According to Form 709 I can do a 14,000$ per year gift tax and file. My question is, can ...
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IRS sent incorrect tax refund. How to correct this?

I sold a house in the US last year and as a non-resident alien there was a federal tax withholding of $4200. I filed form NR1040 to get this tax withholding back. This should have been a simple ...
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Can I mitigate lottery withholding tax by making an epic Vegas trip?

Lottery withholding taxes are quite substantial, and from my understanding of the federal tax regulations, gambling winnings can be offset by gambling losses up to the amount won. So if someone won 5 ...
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Should rideshare drivers log mileage of individual trips, or is a daily entry acceptable?

A rideshare driver (Uber, Lyft) can deduct vehicle expenses for business use of the vehicle. Should the driver log each trip individually, or is a daily entry of beginning odometer, ending odometer, ...
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Does the IRS report Loan Repayments to the credit bureaus?

Having lived abroad for 15 years, I've returned to the US almost 1 year ago and am preparing to buy a house via a mortgage. Naturally, I'd like to get favorable rates. I face a couple of challenges ...
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How far does the IRS usually go when they uncover unreported income?

I have had a Google AdSense account for a while. In 2013, Google started requiring to fill out tax information. I was an idiot and decided to claim that I lived in another country and that I had no ...
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Does a U.S. citizen living in Mexico and getting paid from U.S. company, have to pay taxes in Mexico?

I'm a U.S. citizen living and working in Mexico to help expand operations for a U.S. corporation I work for. I currently file and qualify for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion under IRS rules. My ...
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Do I need a W-8BEN if I pay non-US citizens via PayPal?

I am getting most of my information from this page: http://www.kahnlitwin.com/blogs/tax-blog/form-1099-requirements-for-foreign-workers I pay both US citizens and non-US citizens as independent ...
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Can I change my mind, and expense the remainder of an asset?

I purchased a computer in the year 2013. That year I had no available section 179 deduction available, so I am depreciating the asset over 5 years with the 200DB method. Can I change my mind, and ...
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I've made an addition to my home: how to I reflect the adjusted basis for home office deduction purposes?

For some years I have operated a home office, and taken the home office deduction. The home office deduction (at least prior to the introduction of the simplified method) mandates calculating ...
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Can I pay estimated taxes based on last year's taxes if I anticipate more income this year?

My question is related to this one (Do I have to pay estimated taxes if my income will be much lower this year?) but in the opposite direction. Last year my wife started a new business and with all ...
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When is the Quarter 1 Estimated Tax form Due in the US?

I am new to filing form 1040 ES for estimated taxes; when is this form due? The form itself says April 18th, 2016: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040es.pdf This seems simple enough but I am ...
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What are considerations for an IRC §501(c)(3) donating to an IRC §501(c)(7) Social Club?

What fiscal considerations may there be for a §501(c)(3) that, consistent with promotion of it's mission, wishes to make a donation to a for-profit corporation or a §501(c)(7) social club? Clearly ...
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I have paper-filed my federal tax but I am not sure if IRS has received it. Should I file an extension?

Because of my immigration status in the US, I have to paper-file my tax form 1040NR-EZ. Then I lost my USPS tracking number and IRS's Where's My Refund doesn't have my info. Should I file an extension ...
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IRS “convenience of the employer” test when employee lives far from the office

I'm looking for a reliable general reference to the IRS "convenience of the employer" test regarding a home office employee deduction. The IRS test is, the home office must be: a condition of ...
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Is a fellowship grant for research automatically “for personal services”, and thus wages?

(I would like to note beforehand that I am not discussing the taxability of a scholarship or fellowship here. This is purely about finding the right category for some certainly taxable income, for ...
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If my business is under FTB audit, can I close my old bank account?

We plan to switch from Bank A to Bank B and we are currently under Franchise Tax Board audit. We also recently realized that account in Bank A is with outdated EIN that we forgot to update to SSN when ...
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Can I take tax deductions for a second residence where my son lives?

I own a small second residence where my disabled son lives. He is unable to pay any rent and probably never will. For income tax purposes, can I depreciate the house, deduct property taxes and ...
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If the IRS asks for a proof for a medical expenditure, can we provide a scan, or do we have to provide the original receipts?

In the United States, one can deduct part of the expenses a taxpayer paid for medical and dental care for themselves, their spouse, and their dependents. In case the IRS asks for a proof, are scans of ...
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Why does IRS propose to add in 1099-MISC income I already reported on Schedule C?

I received several 1099-MISC and reported this income on line 1 of Schedule C plus a bit more for which I did not receive any 1099-MISC. Now I'm getting a letter from the IRS proposing to change my ...
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Does payment in goods count as “income” for tax purposes?

Can someone help me elucidate the definition of "income" from a tax perspective? More specifically, if Joe is paid for his work in avocados instead of dollars, then would Joe be exempt from paying any ...
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Dealing with Form 1099

I'm running a small U.S. business. Some users make profit by referring customers to purchase services from me. I've been told that I have to send form 1099 to both users whom making such profit from ...
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How to handle taxes related to affiliate marketing?

I'm running a U.S. registered business, selling intangible services online. Part of my business is offering an affiliate account registration to individuals and companies who wish to earn money ...
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Determining residency status for IRS with “closer connection” (Form 8840)

I am trying to determine my residency status for US tax purposes. According to the substantial presence test, I am a resident alien of the United States. This is going by the days that I've been in ...
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Can one be non-resident alien in the US without being a resident anywhere else?

My question is as above: Can one be non-resident alien in the US without being a resident anywhere else? Let's assume the following simplified case: a former resident of Germany visits the US for a ...
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A US citizen, working part time in Ireland, some earnings on Amazon.com. What to do about my US tax obligations

I am a US citizen living & working in Ireland. I pay Irish tax on my wages. I also earn some pocket money selling on Amazon.com. What should I do about my Amazon.com income with respect to the IRS?...
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IRS Form 5500-EZ (5500EZ). How to file late

I had an S-Corp that I closed down in 2013. I didn't realize I needed to file a form 5500-EZ because although the assets in the Self Managed Individual 401K were less than $250,000, you need to file ...
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How FTB and IRS find mistakes in amended tax returns? Are their processes reliable?

I helped my friend to fix her 2011 Tax Return. She initially incorrectly filed form 568 (LLC) for her business that was actually operating under General Partnership structure. After FTB received the ...
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If I helped my friend to file taxes; can I represent her on a phone call with FTB?

I helped my friend to amend taxes. However, Franchise Tax Board is still not satisfied - they expect that on form 565 box 24 we should pay $800 annual fee for her General Partnership. General ...
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Living abroad with Mexican insurance and HSA contribution

I am United States Citizen. I lived in Mexico all of 2015, I had a high deductible health plan (HDHP) from a Mexican insurance company all of 2015 as well. My plan meets United States IRS HDHP ...
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child care expenses not taken into consideration by my tax consultant

I am paying huge amount of money for last 3 years for my children's daycare. I see here that i can claim the expenses incurred for child care so i and my spouse can work. I checked all the 10 clauses ...
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Claim expenses incurred in 2014 during 2015 filing

I have incurred some expenses in year 2014, which for some reasons i could not file during filing my tax returns for 2014. Now i am going to file my income tax returns for 2015, can i file those ...
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Are there any guidelines for having a low risk of getting audited by IRS? [duplicate]

I know the question might be too broad. But maybe top 5-10 guidelines will suffice.
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Taxing of an LLC Member of a Foreign Company in USA

We want to form an LLC (%50 me, a real person and %50 a company in Turkey). So even its an LLC, I guess it will be taxed as partnership? by the IRS rules. (if we select so) I will be working on that ...
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Must I go on a quarterly payment plan if I owe the IRS a lot?

Context: I've heard from a couple people that if you owe a significant amount of taxes to the IRS (say several thousand dollars) at tax time, then the IRS will require you to start paying future taxes ...
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Do I need to file quarterly taxes if I make no money this quarter? [duplicate]

Last year I filed taxes quarterly to the IRS. In the 1st quarter of this year I will not have any income because I've been unable to work. Do I still need to file a quarterly tax payment that is 1/4 ...
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Are missed "estimated tax payment' penalties really enforced by IRS and FTB(CA)?

I am a regular employee in a tech company and receive annual W2 form. I moved to US in 2010 from a country where tax system is simple. These years I also have traded stocks in my free time and made ...
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What Qualifies as “Business Deduction for Work-Related Education” Under US Tax Code Publication 970

I work as a Software Developer. Using Topic 513 Publication 970 Chapter 12 of the US Tax Code would I be able to deduct any of the following? Paying for and taking PTO to attend a conference and ...
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F1 student in US, correcting mistake in wrong tax form filed

I noticed a similar question In the US as an F-1 student, filed the wrong form last year. But I have something additional to ask. I am a F1 student nonresident alien and, in 2014, I filed form 1040EZ ...
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Car as business expense, but not because of driving

I was brainstorming a not-documented way of possibly deducting a car and associated costs as a business expense. But not because of normal driving. So I would like some insight into it. I would like ...
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Treatment of donations of appreciated stock to a IRC §501(c)(7) Social Club?

What differences or special considerations are there in IRS tax handling of bequests made to a §501(c)(7) social club, compared to the same bequest made to a private party or a §501(c)(3) In ...
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How do you calculate your “alternative tax net operating loss”?

In 2013 I had gains from trading futures (Section 1256 contracts) and then in 2014 I had losses trading futures. A few months ago I amended my 2013 tax return to claim a refund via a futures loss ...
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Is there a deadline to respond to an IRS request for additional documentation?

When I sent in my 2014 tax return late last year, I also sent in an amendment to my 2013 tax return due to a Section 1256 contract loss carryback (I had Section 1256 gains in 2013 and losses in 2014). ...
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why do companies do a 1099-MISC at all?

I've done consulting for a number of companies and some of them give out 1099-MISC's and some don't. My question is... why do any of them give out a 1099-MISC? If I wanted to subcontract out some ...