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Can I deduct work equipment I am not required to purchase by my employer?

I am a software engineer and I find myself more productive and less fatigued with certain equipment: a mechanical keyboard, an IPS monitor and noise-cancelling headphones. My employer does not ...
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Can I deduct IRA contributions and take the standard deduction?

If I have the standard deduction on my taxes (that is, I don't itemize), can I deduct IRA contributions? If so, would that be for Traditional or Roth IRAs?
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Can I deduct the cost of painting and replacing flooring after a renter moves out and we move in?

We have been renting our retirement home out for several years. The renters have moved out and we are moving in. Can we deduct the cost of repainting and putting in new flooring?
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Tax implication for Indian citizens working in US on L1 visa

I am a citizen of India, currently working as a software engineer in India. Thus I am paying income-tax to Indian-Govt. I am moving to US in November-2014 on L1-Visa. I had following questions in ...
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Can Health-Releated Services be a Business Expense?

I own a small S-Corp. I am considering subscribing to a monthly meditation service ($5/month) to help me with my focus, creativity, etc. 1 - Can I charge this on my business account? 2 - Is this tax ...
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Profits vs. losses from stocks, options, and futures: separate, or combined?

Are stocks, options, and futures all considered part of the same basket for tax purposes? E.g., if one make some profits on stocks and losses on futures, does the IRS allow one to deduct the losses ...
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Deducting side work sole proprietorship expenses from regular employment earnings?

I have a day-job which gets me a salary. I'm about to start some websites on the side with the intention of making money off advertising. For the time being, I plan to remain an unregistered sole ...
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Why isn't money spent on necessities deductible from your taxes?

I'm semi-recently graduated from college. In my job(s) I've had a flex account that lets me pay for medical expenses tax free. Similarly for my commute I'm able to pay for my ticket with pre-tax ...
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How would IRS treat reimbursement in a later year of moving expenses?

In the U.S., if one claims a moving expense using Form 3903 in one year because one is unsure whether a startup business will be able to even reimburse you for those expenses, but in a subsequent ...
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Passing on non refundable tax credits

I'm planning on doing some volunteer work and during this work, I'm going to amass a decent amount of non-refundable tax credits via charitable donations. I can't claim those this year, though, ...
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How do donation tax receipts work when I have no taxable income?

I currently refurbish computers as a side volunteering thing, and all refurbished computers go to charity. I will receive tax receipts for these donations. The thing is though, I am still <18 and ...
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Claim tax relief on purchase in UK as full time employee

As a full time employee in an I.T. company can I claim tax relief on purchases related to my job? My employer does not provide a laptop so I was considering buying one myself and was wondering if ...
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Downsides to Salary Sacrifice? (UK)

My company are starting a scheme where I reduce my gross salary by the amount I pay into our pensions. They increase their pension contribution by the same amount, saving us both National Insurance ...
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Financial implications of purchasing a first home?

My girlfriend and I bought our first home and I'm wondering what finance topics this touches on? Some relevant info might be: We're in Vermont We aren't married We bought the house in late June ...
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How can I calculate my income for purposes of an IRA deduction when I have HSA/401k deductions?

This chart here has the income restrictions for IRA deduction income limits. It does not use your AGI but a modified AGI. I have been unable to find any resources detailing how this income ...
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Side work and managing finances?

I recently started taking on some side work which is making a decent amount of money for me on the side. I am operating it under my own SS# currently and not an LLC. I was hoping someone could provide ...
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Employer is making a student loan payment on my behalf. Does this need to be claimed as personal income?

As an incentive to employment my company is making a large lump sum payment towards my student loan debt, lets for this example say $5,000 (the real amount is different). They have inquired about my ...
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Why is paying mortgage interest considered by some to be beneficial?

When discussing buying a home I often hear people say they like having a mortgage because they get the benefit of writing off the interest. Am I misunderstanding something? My simple thought is if ...
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What does this 401K statement mean?

"Your employer will match up to 10% of your compensation that you elect as pre-tax contribution. When you contribute to your plan, your employer matches 50% of the first 10% of your pay." I don't get ...
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Does dividend payments to a holding company invoke tax in Australia

I've been doing some reading about holding company tax law, and from what I've read, most of the time when dividends are paid from a operations company to a holding company there is no tax. But I can ...
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Married filing separately - Can I take standard deduction if spouse has zero itemized deductions

I read on IRS website "Your standard deduction is zero and you should itemize any deductions you have if: Your filing status is married filing separately, and your spouse itemizes deductions on his or ...
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Can I use an HSA to pay financed payments for LASIK?

I understand that an HSA can be used for qualified medical expenses, and that LASIK falls under this category. I'm considering getting LASIK done and would like to use my HSA to pay for it. However, ...
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Tax deduction for rental repairs after tenant moves out?

I purchased a home last July and began living there, while renting out a second bedroom in the property to a friend. I am now getting married in August, so the friend has moved out to his own place. ...
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Can I deduct my individual Health Insurance Premium in Tax

I have a my own LLC and working as self employee for this company. I am working on 1099 for this company. Since there is only 2 employee (including my spouse), I can't take health insurance from my ...
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Why does the IRS only allow for the itemized deduction of one type of state tax?

I was thinking about this after reading this excellent answer to another question. Excluding the obvious cynical answer (to bring in more tax dollars), what is the logic behind the IRS allowing a ...
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Why are businesses allowed to deduct expenses from their income, while individuals generally cannot?

In general, it's an accepted principle that businesses should be allowed to deduct expenses. How did this principle come about? And why doesn't it appear to apply to individuals to the same extent? ...
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Will I owe any taxes if I can write off every cent?

Does anyone know if I will owe any taxes for my small business if I can write off every cent? My business is based in the United States. I started a small web design business this year and anticipate ...
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Tax rebate on home loan

I am govt. employee & got a home loan from SBI to construct new building on my mother's property and map also passed in name of my mother . I am borrower and she is co-borrower on the the loan. ...
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If I donate depreciated stock to charity, can I deduct both the market value and the capital loss?

I have stock that's depreciated in value since I bought it. Just to make up some numbers, I paid $8000 for it, and it's worth $1000 now. If I donate the stock to charity, can I take the charitable ...
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Does hitting one type of deduction cap exhaust deductions for other types of donations?

For appreciated securities the IRS allows certain caps on how much of AGI can be deducted. Here is a chart: http://www.nptrust.org/donor-advised-funds/daf-vs-foundation/ The short version is 20% (of ...
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Claiming business expenses for a business with no income

I'm currently working on a web application on the side to turn into a business one day. I probably spend upwards of 20-30 hours a week working on it (I would like to spend more but not ready to quit ...
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Tax on Stocks or ETF's

This is a really stupid question, but just to confirm: tax (credit) is accessed only on the realized capital gain (loss) from selling of stocks or ETF's, correct? To answer the question from the ...
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Opening and funding an IRA in three days - is this feasible?

I'm doing my taxes. (I'm doing them really late this year because I became an independent contractor and I've been paralyzed by fear - I've procrastinated quite a bit.) Turbotax is telling me that I ...
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Do I need an official receipt to claim a charitable tax credit?

I made a charitable donation in December of last year, and have yet to receive the official tax receipt for tax-return purposes. Contacting the charity, I was told that the receipts had already been ...
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Is there a tax deduction for renting office space in service of employer?

Can I get any kind of tax deduction for paying rent on office space that is entirely in the service of my employer? Let me explain: I work remotely. My company is in California, but I presently live ...
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Roth conversion: US tax brackets for Non-resident Aliens (residing in India)

Question 1: If I move money from a traditional to roth IRA (or pretax 401k to roth) account, what are the US tax brackets? Are there any standard deductions? Will I have to pay any taxes in India for ...
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How do self employment equipment/software deductions work?

General tax-related question, here. Let's say I do freelance work and need to buy special software or equipment to do that work. When I claim that work as income and pay taxes on it, I know that I ...
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Do the FATCA laws also relate to individuals incomes?

I'm wondering about the American FATCA laws which apply various tax rules on American citizens' foreign accounts around the world. Except for tax withholdings from investment income, does this law ...
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Why isn't student loan interest deductible for married filing separately?

I understand one of the qualifiers for taking student loan interest deduction, as outlined in topic 465, among other places, is that you are not married filing separately. I always assumed this was ...
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Can I claim a tax deduction for college tuition paid but was then reimbursed by my company?

I paid the college tuition for my kid with my credit card and I have received the corresponding form for the tax deduction from the college. However, my employer has the benefit to cover the fee. In ...
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What are the consequences of being claimed as a dependent in the US?

What are the consequences of being claimed as a dependent (for the dependent that is) in the US?
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401K participant for part of year - Can I contribute to an IRA?

I have participated in my previous employer's 401K plan (traditional and Roth) for three months of 2014. My new employer does not allow participation in their plan until one year of service. Can I ...
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Can I claim a dependent care credit for a dependent autistic adult?

I am preparing 2013 tax return forms. Here is the thing: I took the kid to autism therapy several times, and a related conference. I also took the kid to an autism training organization and paid the ...
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Home office deduction using simplified method & expensing of non-permanent office modification?

This year (2014) I'm planning on taking a home office deduction as I have recently become an independent contractor doing computer programming. I have set up an area in the basement about roughly 300 ...
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If I own 50% of the house, and my partner rents the home how is the rental income taxed?

I own 50% of a home, which I would like to use to write off the taxes, as I will be paying the bills. The other person invested 50% up front and they would like to rent out a room in the house. If ...
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Rollover IRA vs traditional IRA (can I make contributions to the rollover IRA?)

I am single and used to contribute to a Roth IRA (my last contribution was years ago), but now my AGI is over the limit to contribute to the Roth. I have a "rollover IRA" that I opened a few years ...
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Is the interest on a non-bank loan for a house still considered tax deductible?

I'm trying to buy a house that's listed as not inhabitable in its current state. I want to buy it so I can repair it and live in it. I have all the financials I need, and I have excellent credit, but ...
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If you hire a tax attorney to do your OVDP paperwork, are the fees tax deductible?

I know that tax preparation fees are tax deductible in US federal taxes, but I'm not sure if the failure of FBAR and reporting international passive interest income (followed by a subsequent ...
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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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Tax Deduction under section 80C for Indian with foreign family Paying International Premium

I am Ronit, indian holding indian passport. My family, my wife and kids are foreign nationals and holding foreign passport. I have purchased insurance from AIA and I am paying insurance premium for ...