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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 ...
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Are Credit Card statements sufficient for receipts to itemized deductions?

I was wondering what the general consensus is on using a credit card statement as a receipt. Only for purchases that are clearly for a specific vendor and/or related-expense. Not just a general ...
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Can I legally include an expense made to a school that was later refunded? (American Opportunity Tax Credit)

This is ethically questionable, I'm sure of that. However, this is an expense that was made and should be, according to the information I am provided, acceptable. This is also a purchase that will not ...
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Are tax deductions voluntary?

If I did something that I know is a deductible expense and did not deduct it, is that a sanctioned tax filing? The result is that I would end up paying MORE tax. This also results in me reporting a ...
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Can I claim my parents as dependents on my tax return if they stayed with me for 5 months?

My parents are retired and support themselves with pension and savings I send them. They both stayed with me for 5 months last year in the US, but mostly spend their time in India. They both have SSN ...
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What are some quick ways to lower tax bill due this year?

I'm married with no kids and my wife owns the house we live in. We both have claimed a withholding allowance of 1 (each on our individual jobs). We both invest in our 401(k)s. I contribute 6% of my ...
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Can I deduct “Non-Reimbursable Expenses”?

I have this item in my pay stubs: Non-Reimbursable Expenses I wonder if I can deduct it. My employer told me that it is for 'legal and accounting expenses'. My W-2 makes no mention of it. The total ...
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Roth IRA vs. Traditional for married couple with AGI over $120k?

My wife and I have an AGI somewhere between $120k - $140k depending on how much I make on side gigs throughout the year. We both started new full-time jobs within the last 12 months. Here is the ...
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If I take a loss when I sell my car, can I claim a capital loss deduction on my income tax return?

If I sell my car off at a loss, can I write that loss off against my income to save on tax? Does it matter if the car was used just for personal leisure use, or if I used the car to generate business ...
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Can I claim my girlfriend as a dependent?

My girlfriend does not work and is on disability. I think she collects $700 a month in disability payments. We live together year round. Can I claim her as a dependent on my taxes? I live in ...
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How to fill tax return for income received to paid the health insurance premiums that my spouse pays for me?

My health insurance is provided by the employer of my spouse, but my employer wanted to provide the benefit of insurance so he paid me the money that my spouse was paying, so if my spouse pays $40 for ...
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Is the interest on money borrowed on margin in/for an RRSP considered tax deductible?

If I borrow cash in my margin trading account which happens to be an RRSP account, does the interest on that money become tax deductible from my income? I know if I put money in my RRSP from my salary ...
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Is impounding property taxes and homeowners insurance into a mortgage cost effective?

What are the pros and cons of impounding property taxes and homeowners insurance into the mortgage, for the homeowner? Are there any economic advantages to paying them separately? Tax benefits, non ...
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Are the Social Security Tax and Medicare Tax on W-2 considered tax deductible?

Are either the Social Security Tax (Box 4) or Medicare Tax (Box 6) deductible? I don't see anywhere other than line 69 of 1040 (Excess Social Security Tax) that mentions either, so I don't think they ...
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Gym membership tax deductible?

I am a self-employed contractor. My wife and I have a paid position with our church doing campus ministry at our local university. Our position is really all about contacting people and spending time ...
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Usage of non refundable tax credits

I have spent 5 years in Canada. The first four were as an international student whereby even though I did not have any significant or no income, I filed my taxes so that I could accumulate ...
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Are stores that offer military discounts compensated by the government?

I read an article on CNN titled My grocery bill will skyrocket if military stores close about the possibility of cutting back funding to military grocery stores due to government spending cuts. I was ...
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Can a company donate to a non-profit to pay for services arranged for before hand?

For example - a non-profit is in need of a website. Can a company say "StackExchange" donate to a non-profit company say $5,000 in agreement that they will spend that on paying a designer for a new ...
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How do I claim moving tax deductions in new year?

How do I claim my moving expenses incurred in 2013 in my 2014 tax return? I won't be filing 2013 tax return because I didn't work in 2013 tax year. I recently moved to US and will start job from 2014. ...
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Possible for me to purchase my own health insurance pre-tax? [duplicate]

From what I understand, if I get insurance from my work the amount I pay is pre-tax (correct?). Is there any way for my work to allow me to purchase my own insurance on the exchange with money that ...
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Is this understanding of S-corp taxes correct?

I am putting together a business plan for a s-corp and trying to figure out how the taxes will work. Below is the scenario and my understanding: S-corp shareholders: 2 partners (husband & ...
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Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) require insurance to be paid with pre- or post-tax dollars?

I would like to continue paying for health insurance with pre-tax dollars. But, according to this Washington Post article, buying healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires ...
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How to declare/deduct owner occupied multi-unit property that only owner occupied one year, but is partially rented the next?

Context: I'm still doing 2011 and 2012 taxes. I purchased a house in the beginning of 2011 that is 3 units all of which needed some level of renovation. For the first year, 2011, I lived in the whole ...
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What is the difference between pre-tax and post-tax paycheck deductions?

I am getting insurance for about 4 months, the length of my contract with a company. I am given the option of having the cost deducted from my paycheck pre-tax or post-tax. What is the difference? ...
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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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Should the cost of using public transit get deducted from my personal income or my corporations' income?

As a full time employee, certain costs are deductible from personal income. (e.g cost of public transit pass.) When the full time employee becomes an independent contractor, do these expenses ...
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Why are mortgage interest and taxes considered tax deductible?

I have trouble understanding the rationale behind why certain things are tax deductible while other things are not. For example, I understand that RRSP contributions are tax deductible because I am ...
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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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Tax implications in India for sending money to India from US

I am planning to transfer around $8K-10K in my parent's bank account(Joint bank a/c) in India . I have read a lot of posts(like Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank ...
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Can I somehow claim my live-in brother- and sister-in-law on my taxes?

For most of this year (since February of 2013) my brother- and sister-in-law have been living with my wife and me. I own my home if that matters. They moved from Alabama to Wisconsin for better ...
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Are there any tax deductions I can claim if my in-laws move in with me temporarily?

My in-laws recently found themselves in a bit of a bind after unemployment/foreclosure and will be temporarily moving in with my husband and me. All told right now there are 2 additional adults and 4 ...
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Are there any tax benefits for job-related expenses?

I'm fresh out of college and am currently in my first full-time job. I would like to get a few books to improve myself in my job (I'm a developer). Are there any tax-related benefits to this, or ...