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Medical bill accidentally paid twice in different tax years

Suppose a medical service is provided on December 30, 2015 and the bill is paid on the same day. The provider accidentally re-bills for the service in January 2016, and the bill is paid again. Shortly ...
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“Memory Care” tax deductible as Medical expense?

IRS regs that I've seen show that "nursing home" expenses are medical expenses that can flow to the medical deduction part of one's schedule A. It's hard to tell what the line is between general '...
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My tax deductions are different from last year

I am working in a company for my summer internship in California, and today I noticed a weird point that raised a question: Last summer I was working in a big tech company in California. While the ...
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Buying a truck to write off on taxes

I am getting ready to buy a truck for pulling and hauling loads, particularly an f350 super duty. I am also wanting to offer a service to people for hauling loads such as construction supplies. Is ...
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Am I eligible for Home mortgage interest deduction if I live outside the US?

I am a US citizen living outside the US, and I have a mortgage. Am I eligible for Home mortgage interest deduction?
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Can expenses for attending stockholders meetings be deducted in U.S. income taxes?

I have a few different common stocks holdings from which I receive quarterly dividends. In addition I receive an annual notice of a stockholders meeting and of course the voting proxy. I have often ...
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24% tax on first pay in the UK?

Quite a similar thread to others I've seen here - hope I'm not repeating the same questions again! I just got my first payslip after arriving in the UK and noticed that the tax is far higher than ...
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Re-financing rental property in excess of original basis

Is the interest deductible on a rental property mortgage that is in excess of the original basis plus any improvements, less depreciation?
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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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New 1099 employee with Cobra insurance

I've just started my new job as a 1099 employee having worked as a full time employee for 4 months. For health insurance I'd like to do Cobra since my family has already met their deductibles for the ...
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can S-corp deduct my medical insurance premium

Can I deduct my health insurance premium, for myself and family, from my S-corp (IRS form 1120S) before transfer of shareholder distribution (K-1) to me personally? And, must I pay myself a payroll, ...
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Will I have to pay tax in India for the money I earned in the us?

What is the rate of income tax in the united states? For example- I am a resident alien. I earn around $50k(33 lakh)per annum. As I am a citizen of India. Which government should I pay my income tax ...
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Splitting Hackathon Prize Money to minimize tax debt

I won a hackathon, the prize was $2000 in the form of a check made out to me. I was part of a 6-person team and we split the prize money as follows: $300 to each team member (including me) ...
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Is there income tax on my one-time sale of my California primary residence?

Bought house in 1998 for $850k, primary residence the whole time, thinking about selling it now for $2.2M Is there Fed or Calif income tax on the profit?
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US Account Taxes

I'm an Australian resident with a US brokerage account. At what point would have to pay taxes in the US after realising gain through my brokerage account?
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Mortgage Interest and Property tax for a multi-family rental property I live in

I own a two-family house (duplex) and live on the first floor. Traditionally I've been reporting half the taxes and mortgage interest as expenses against the rental income, and the other half as my ...
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Why would an error in sales tax not affect IRS tax due?

Someone filed out their US 1040 using H&R Block Tax Software. They have under $2K tax due: less than employer withholding, so they have a refund coming. They live in a state with sales tax but no ...
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Overpay state income tax this year to offset federal taxable income to the next year?

This year (2016) I am a waged employee and will earn something close to $100K. Next year (2017) I don't plan to work at all so my projected income for 2017 would be $0. Since the state tax that I ...
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Can I claim home-improvement expenses on a rental I live in but do not own?

My father owns a house that he rents to me. I take care of all the maintenance and upkeep like lawn care, and repairs. He doesn't claim any of these on his taxes. Can I claim these expenses on my ...
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Allowed to make a post-tax HSA contribution if pre-tax contributions are available through employer?

I have a HSA, and my employer allows pre-tax HSA contributions. I'm working on my 2015 taxes and it turns out it would be beneficial to make a contribution now for 2015 (which I believe is possible?) ...
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Tax deductible travel and lodging expenses

I'm wondering if travel and lodging expenses are tax deductible in the following situation: I live with my family in city A (in California). I have a full-time job in city B (also in California). The ...
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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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Can I deduct child's charitable deduction from my taxes?

My five year old daughter negotiated $20 in back allowance (we hadn't paid her allowance in a while, and she's a better negotiator than me) and then donated that money at her school to a charity for ...
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How can I deduct fraud-loss (occurred out side of the US) in my tax return?

Couple years ago I had lend some amount of money to my mother via SWIFT, and I have records for this transaction. She does not live in the US (She is not resident of the US either), and her bank ...
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Foreign Tax Deduction vs Credit

As I understand it, the Form 1116 Foreign Tax Credit is intended to allow you to avoid double taxation on foreign income. You are allowed a credit up to the amount of US tax that is due to the ...
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How much tax do I have to pay in Redmond, Washington form my Microsoft Research Internship income?

I am an Indian student studying in Europe. I will be interning at Microsoft Research for 3 months during this summer. I am not sure yet, but most probably I will be visiting US on a J1 visa. Can you ...
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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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Is the Personal Exemption included in the Standard Deduction?

My question is: do the numbers below include the personal exemption? I found this tax data for 2016: Table 2. 2016 Standard Deduction and Personal Exemption (Estimate) Filing Status ...
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Lending to SMSF

I have owner occupied/investment property. I have $2M loan on my property, and $2M sitting on my offset account, therefore paying no interest. Can I use my cash in the offset to lend to my SMSF to ...
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How much can I deduct for moving expenses

I moved this year for work. I qualify for a moving expenses deduction but I'm not sure how much of the expense is deductible. I flew to my new location with my parents on a Tuesday. We rented a car ...
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NYC/NYS Tax form IT-2104

I started a new job in NYC Aug 2015. I completed a W4 and claimed 1 allowance, for "single"; and not sure what I did for state/local but I ended up owing the IRS because local taxes werent taken out ...
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Do I have to explicitly apply for claim of tax rebate u/s 87A in India

In Budget 2016, Indian Finance Minister increased the tax rebate under section 87A from 2000INR to 5000INR. The section 87A says following: The requirement to avail tax rebate u/s 87A ...
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Making a personal loan to my business from the proceeds of cashing out my 401k

I had to cash out my 401k and lent the proceeds to my graphic design business to keep it afloat. It was used replace a computer and to pay off business debt. Total loan is $22,000. We had a ...
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tax deduction for 30k loan

I recently sold my condo. I sold it for less than I owed but took out a 30k loan to pay off the difference (traditional sale, NOT a short sale). Are there any tax breaks or deductions I can take ...
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Is there a way to get more money monthly and not a big tax return, but not owe?

I am about to purchase a house and our realtor told us that most people change their w4 so that they get a bigger paycheck and no tax rfund. My question is complicated (or at least to me). What can we ...
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US: House bought in Feb '16 and tax returns for '15

My wife and I bought our first house in February, 2016. We used a conventional loan to acquire the property. Now (March, 2016) I am preparing a tax return statement for 2015 year. I haven't made any ...
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Tax treatment of renovation costs and mortgage interest on a second house

In mid 2015 I purchased a house with the intention of completely renovating it and renting it out. The renovation is now complete with approximately half of the renovation cost incurred in 2015 and ...
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What could be the best tax saving option before a month of financial year end

I live in India. I am in 250000-500000 tax slab (10%). This year I will be paying approx 11000INR tax. So to get it refunded I have to investment of at least approx 100000 INR. I was wondering what ...
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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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Do I qualify for Traditional IRA tax deduction based on Gross or taxable income?

I am married filing jointly, and we are making above $181k (above IRA tax deduction limit). However, after 401(k) contributions and charities, we are well below $181k. Do we qualify for a fully tax ...
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Confusion about tax bracket?

So until last year, I was least concerned about tax brackets because I was getting money back every year. However, my wife started working this year and sounds like we do owe some money to uncle SAM ...
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Automatically get pre-tax funds in a self directed Traditional IRA

A company I am employed with doesn't offer a IRA. Self directed Traditional IRA isn't a problem, but I would like the pre-tax contributions to come out of my paycheck, instead of waiting till the next ...
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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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Will a retirement account with more than $3,400 in it bar me from getting EITC?

EITC (earned income tax credit). Is a retirement account considered investment income by the IRS? The IRS considers these as investment income: Interest (both taxable and tax-exempt) Dividends ...
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Bartering Services

My brother has a friend and her two children living with him. They get to live there based on the fact that she does farm work (provides a service). They have agreed that the services and rent equal ...
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Income tax rebate on Housing Loan Interest for under construction house pending more that 3 years

I have booked a flat in Hyderabad with reputed Builders. I have booked the flat in December 2012. Loan of about 35 Lakhs was sanctioned in August 2013 and about 30 Lakhs was disbursed to Builder in ...
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How gifting money to Parents helps in Tax saving in India?

My Salary in a FY is Rs.6,50,000. If I gift 50k to my Father who is retired but getting pension, will I get a 50k tax benefit? If Yes, then under which section would it be? 80C or other? Secondly, if ...
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Supporting Parents by Paying Monthly Payments Tax Benefits

Each month I pay my parents $300 so they can support themselves. My father still works and so is my mother. They filed a joint return themselves. They DO NOT live with me. Can I get any tax benefits ...
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Itemized Tax deductions by a Tax consultant H-1B Visa holder

I am not US citizen yet. I am an employee. I recently consulted a tax attorney who provided me with the following questionnaire to calculate my tax deductions. I tried Turbo tax which 1/4th tax refund,...