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Is there a way to claim a car purchase in the tax return?

I purchased a car for $19K; $6K was paid upfront, and the rest is financed over 3 years. Is there a way I can deduct the car purchase in certain circumstances? This vehicle is primarily used for work. ...
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Basic bookkeeping account entries for a house purchase and mortgage?

I borrow 200,000 to purchase a house worth 250,000, putting down 50,000 of my own. The borrowing is at 5% over 30 years. What are the basic double-entry bookkeeping entries I must make to record this ...
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Saving for a non-necessity

How can I responsibly save for a non-necessity purchase? I'd like to buy a PlayStation 4. As you may know, I can't eat or live in said PS4. Buying something that is more than a week's worth of pay ...
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What is the difference between the closing date and due date for a credit card?

I just got my first credit card ever to begin building a credit. I got the chase credit card called Freedom. I have heard so many stories of credit cards that I got a little scared and that is why ...
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Sleazy Bait and Switch Marketing — Is this legal?

I just saw a mail out advertisement for a pretty unbelievable price on a new car. The advertisement is repeated online, link here. When you start to read the fine print, you realize that there are ...
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How can an Indian purchase shares of a US based non-listed corporation?

I'm an Indian and living in India. I want to purchase the shares of a Arizona, US based corporation having single class of shares only and that is common shares, and the company has only one ...
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Can I buy IPO stock during the pre-market trading on the day of IPO?

Is it possible to buy a company's stock from 8 am to 9:30 am on the day of the company's IPO using an online brokerage that is? Or does the IPO stock only become available when the market opens at ...
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Can I add different billing person and card holder?

I am going to purchase some goods on an online shop. At the checkout I need the add the details of the billing person as well as the details of my credit card. Is it acceptable that I add the details ...
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Are all sellers required to comply with the FTC's Cooling-off rule?

I live in Texas, but the Texas rules seem to mirror the US CFR in this instance. Under 16 CFR Part 429 (and Texas Business & Commerce Code Section 39), there is a so-called FTC Cooling-off rule ...
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Are car buying services worth it?

I have to admit, all my car buying experiences have been traumatic. The car salesmen are a nightmare, the dealers are tricky, and prices are less than consistent. Because of this, through the years, I ...
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Paying restaurants in cash instead of credit card - how signficant is this?

A friend of mine (this is in the United States) said that he always pays cash when he goes to a restaurant or a business that he particularly likes, so that the restaurant owner (he often does this in ...
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New or Used Car Advice for Recent College Grad

I am a recent college grad living in Los Angeles with a current salary of $35,000 at one job and an internship at the other. I used to drive a great 93 Honda Accord, but after 365,000 miles (my dad ...
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Does ownership of a mutual fund in another account sufficient to buy more if it is “closed to new investors?”

I would like to purchase shares in a mutual fund that has closed itself to new investors. The account in which I would like to purchase the shares is in my current employer's retirement plan. I ...
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Are there loans for buying businesses?

You want a house or something, you get a mortgage. But what if you're buying up a hotel, or a restaurant? I see these things for sale online at reasonable prices but not so reasonable that I could ...
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Is it always bad to purchase a business you don't understand?

...YET. A business you don't understand yet. Say you're a random fellow. You work in, I don't know, a retail store. In so doing, you somehow build up enough money to purchase a restaurant that ...
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What's my risk of buying a house for a friend and sell back to him?

I'm in a situation and need some advice. A friend of mine is in the middle of Chapter 11. He asked me to help to buy his house and in a few months sell back to him, so he can force the bank to lower ...
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Can I get a chargeback from Visa or MasterCard if a product I bought did not match the description?

If I buy something from a retailer and later on, when I go pick up the product, I find out that it was not the same product agreed on and they refuse to give me a refund (even through they legally ...
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When to trade in a relatively new car for maximum value

I am considering purchasing a new car in the next year to replace my current car. I currently own a 2010 model year vehicle which I estimate to be paid off early spring 2012. My question is, in ...
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Can I get a discount on merchandise by paying with cash instead of credit?

I heard that if you offer to buy a car or a flat screen TV for example with all cash, you can usually get a discount instead of using credit. Is this true and has anyone tried it? I also heard that ...
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Can I recover my deposit (for a future purchase) from a company whose assets are frozen?

We recently paid a catering company $1400 as a deposit for our upcoming wedding. The company was highly recommended by a number of previous clients and had been in business for over a decade. Then ...
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How does buying stock work when orders are queued while the price is changing

Let's say we want to buy stock X at $1 We say we will buy at $1, but by the time our request arrives to the seller/transaction broker, the price has moved to $1.05 Does our request just get denied ...
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Should I buy a house with a friend?

To give some background, I currently live with a couple of friends in a 3 bedroom apartment. The living arrangement is good however I'm tired of not building equity. I've tossed the idea out for two ...
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Purchasing an extremely affordable home with 10% down VS renting and saving for 20%

Background: Current Rent: 710/mo or roughly 20% of my 3700 salary take-home pay. Wife is currently in school and will graduate in two years, at which point she will likely be making a teacher's ...
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What's the best time of a year to buy a car or a house in Canada?

Are there any months where car or house prices usually drop in Canada? Is the difference noticeable enough to justify the waiting?
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If there's no volume discount, does buying in bulk still make sense?

If I'm buying household items that get used up (e.g; furnace filters, soap, etc.) is it still worthwhile sometimes to buy a bunch, even if there is no volume discount, or am I wasting money? p.s. ...
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I'm thinking of getting a new car … why shouldn't I LEASE one?

Why is leasing a car a bad idea?