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Renting out rooms in my home, what's the proper way to deal with utilities for tax purposes?

I rent out two rooms in my home. Currently we split the utility bill between 3 people, i.e. the utility bill is in my name, and I pay the utilities and then get reimbursed for the other two thirds by ...
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Pay for my parent's PLUS loan - tax implications?

I recently payed off my college loans and now want to pay for the PLUS loans that my parents took out to pay for my education. Does the gift tax apply if I pay the loan provider directly? I'm not ...
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Can you lease a secondary residential apartment for a job in NYC, and declare it as expense in tax return?

Currently I commute over 2 hours to work in NYC. Thus I would like to rent a apartment close to where I work. Is there a way to have your rental payment declared as expense in your tax return? One ...
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Q2 income and TDS on TRACES form 16 includes only July salary?

My current employer has deducted TDS in July by error. I am below tax bar, so on my TRACES form-16 "amount paid" or "TDS" for Q1,Q3,Q4 TDS details are not mentioned. But it mentions only July's ...
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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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Clarification on Taxation for Education Expense

I work as a Computer Programmer for a Healthcare Company. I am in the process of applying for Part Time - Master's Graduation Program in Healthcare. I wonder whether i would be able to get Tax ...
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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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H1b Visa - Any way to save taxes?

I am in the US on H1b visa for a period of 3 years. Are there any ways I can save the income-tax to be paid for the first year? If yes, then how?
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capital gains vs operating losses

Let's say an LLC owns some shares in company XYZ, and it also owns a small retailing business. The shares are sold and they make a capital gain of $1,000 this year. And the retailing business loses ...
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Taxes deducted for NRO account

Are there tax deductions while converting an existing SB a/c to a NRO a/c & also when remitting funds from the NRO a/c?
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Can standard deduction lower my tax bracket?

I am an independent college student, and I will be living on campus starting next semester. I am aware that only tuition and required fees are considered as qualified education expenses and that the ...
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Can I deduct IRA contribution even though job offers a 401k which I don't contribute to?

My job offers a 401k, but I don't contribute to it (because it doesn't have a match). Instead, I would rather contribute to an IRA where I can control what I invest in exactly. Here's what the IRS ...
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Is there an IRS “use or lose” it rule on taking charitable deductions up to the 50% limit of AGI?

In 2014, I made a large cash contribution to my school. (As cash, this contribution is subject to the 50% rule on deductions, not the 30% rule.) At my expected AGI, and my expected level of other ...
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How do I take the state sales tax deduction if my spouse lives in another state?

My wife and I live in two different states, and I'm currently in the process of filing our 2014 income tax return. We are Married Filing Jointly. I have income from only the state that I live in, and ...
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Recapture (repay) all or part of that credit or deduction

I use TaxAct to prepare my tax return for 2014. I got the warning below. Warning: Form 1098-T Prior Year Entries One or more of MySon's 1098-Ts contain entries in box 4 for prior year ...
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Estimating independent contracting taxes when I am ALSO separately a full-time employee

I currently have a full-time job where I make $80k/year. To supplement this I am going to do some independent contracting (evenings/weekends). I have seen advice for estimating taxes directed to ...
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Tax Exemptions: Live in One State, Work in Another

So I'm pretty young and don't completely understand how I should be handling my taxes. I've been burned year over year recently by being a contractor and have recently started to pay attention closely ...
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Tax me more: Can I pay extra to the government so I don't have to deal with all this paperwork? [closed]

Is there a way to tell the US government: Just take all the money you like and save me the effort of the yearly filing of taxes? Doing all this tax work is so annoying to me that I really would like ...
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Is there a way to make the mortgage interest or deduction apply towards next year's tax?

This is related to USA and California tax: in 2012, I can deduct $40,000 of mortgage interest for personal income tax, and the same for 2013. However, since I worked only for 2 months in 2012, and ...
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Can pretax lottery winnings be donated to charity?

Can pretax lottery winnings be donated to charity in the US simultaneously creating a deduction of the taxable lottery winnings and putting pretax proceeds to a productive cause?
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Who gets to write off (deduct) interest part of a mortgage payment?

On a U.S. Federal tax return, you can write off interest and property tax payments on a mortgage. Who gets to do that? Just the person in whose name the mortgage is? Or anyone on the title of the ...
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Reporting 988 transactions on tax returns?

How do you report a 988 transaction on a tax return (on which IRS form) and how do you elect it as ordinary income/loss vs. capital gain/loss? I believe its covered in: 26 U.S. Code § 988 - Treatment ...
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Tax form to prove state tax payment

My state tax for 2013 turned out to be larger then was withheld. As a result, the extra state tax I paid was included (by Glacier software) into the "Itemized deduction" line of my 2014 federal ...
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How to list child care for taxes when not married and splitting the costs?

My girlfriend and I have one child and it is my understanding that only one of us can list our child as a dependent on our taxes since we are not married. She lists him as a dependent, I do not. We ...
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What is approximate tax deduction for this scenario?

I am working as software Er and my finance status is like this: Basic salary:18750 House rent allowance:7500 Medical allowance : 800 Conveyance Allowance : 1250 Special allowance : 9200 Total earning ...
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1040NR-EZ: Previous year's paid state tax & Itemized deductions

I am a using the online-tax software (Glacier) to generate my 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR form, and have paid a state tax in the previous year tax return. For this year's return, I am unsure whether I should ...
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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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Is the UK 'Cycle to Work' scheme worthwhile?

There is a cycle to work scheme my work is offering which works roughly like so: Change some of your pre-tax salary into vouchers to use to buy a bicycle, and bicycle equipment (helmets, lights etc). ...
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Principal amount on house loan shown in saving 80C

I booked a property in April 2014. This property is under construction. I got a loan on this property and paid EMI from May 2014 with Principal amount and interest I want to know:- Can I get benefit ...
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Can I get home loan and claim tax benefit if I repay the loan for a property in India which is in my mother's name?

We are planning to buy a new house in India of which my mother will be the sole-owner. At present, she doesn't have any source of income. Now I have two questions in it. Is it possible for me to ...
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Income tax paid in India as well as in U.S. Anyways to claim double taxation?

I had been on Short Time Assignment for 92 days (1-Jan-2014 to 1-Apr-2014) in U.S. During this period income tax on my salary (for duration of my stay in U.S) has been deducted in India. I also ...
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Is it possible to use a 529 plan solely for myself, without any educational expenses?

I was setting up an Illinois 529 plan recently. Contributions to the plan are state income tax deductible up to $10,000 per tax payer per year. It got me thinking: What is to stop someone with no ...
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Tax Exemption on Home loan on property on Father's name in INDIA

We have an independent house registered on my father's name. I took a loan for construction of first floor. The bank has granted the loan after submission of documents and verifications. My father is ...
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How to correctly deduct purchase of a laptop dedicated to my consulting work?

I was thinking about buying a laptop to use dedicated for consulting. Currently I've been using the same laptop that I do my personal stuff on for my consulting work but I'd like to have a separate ...
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Mortgage or not?

I am 57, spouse 53. I lost my 30+ year business in 2009, decelared personal bankruptcy and now have only $4K in retirement accounts. The positive news is that I am employed; my income is 110K, hers is ...
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Can I deduct state and local taxes on a 1040A form?

I just finished filing my 1040A tax form when I read that I may be able to deduct state and local taxes from my federal filing. I can't tell though if there is a way to deduct this on a 1040A form or ...
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Under what circumstances is a membership a deductible donation?

I'm a member of the Chicago Children's Museum, which is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization. I pay $115 a year in membership dues. That membership includes free admission and a 10% discount on food ...
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Where do I deduct convention registration expenses?

My wife does direct sales as a home business and I am trying to figure out the proper place to deduct the expense of a convention registration associated with that business. It seems to me that there ...
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Property Tax Deduction in Illinois After Home Sale

We sold our condo last year in Chicago. Whether this is common knowledge or not, Illinois residents pay property taxes in arrears. At the closing, the seller pre-pays a prorated amount of taxes for ...
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Underpaid federal tax by $5K in 2014 when claiming 0 with very “standard situation” (married filing jointly). Why?

Assumptions If I look at the tax brackets for 2014, if you're a couple filing jointly you have to have an AGI of more than 178,700 to start to see federal tax savings over if you were both not ...
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Do I owe taxes if my deductions are higher than my income?

My total income this year was $16,604 (wages, interest, and business income). My deductions (including IRA, personal exemption, standard deduction, and self employment tax) was $17,404. TurboTax ...
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Claiming apartment rent as unreimbursed employee expense

a friend of mine visited a tax consultant in USA. The friend is an employee of a software firm and is on a non-resident alien category visa. The consultant told him to mark the apartment rent as ...
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Resident Alien after substantial presence test, and employer did not deduct FICA for that year. What to do?

My F1 visa started in Aug 2009, so 5 years ended in 2013 inclusive. 2014 counting 183 days, I would be considered a resident, but my employers exempt me from FICA on the pretext that I was on F1 visa, ...
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Changing jobs but ended up in same city after moving away for a month. Can I deduct both ways?

I'm referring to the moving expenses deductions listed here: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p521/ I lived in City A for 1.5 years, briefly moved to City B for about a month (never established ...
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Is my contribution to my company pension plan (not RRSP) considered tax deductible?

My employer (a big bank in Canada) has a pension plan where I am allowed to make optional contributions. There is no matching contribution from the employer, but they do already contribute a tiny ...
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Personal loans and their tax consequences?

In the year of 2014, I had some personal loans from friends, family members, ranging from $1000 to $10,000 for each loan. As a result, my business net was negative because I used the loans to expense ...
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Are 401K loan repayments considered tax deductible?

I took out a 401k loan 1.5 years back for a home down payment. The loan had a 36 month term, and I was making payments thro' payroll deductions from my employer. I recently quit that job, and I am ...
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Is it true that if I work 6 months per year, it is better than to work for 1 calendar year and take a break for 1 year?

For USA taxes, if I have two choices of either working from January 2015 to January 2016 and not work for a year, versus working from June 2015 to June 2016, and not work for a year, isn't the second ...
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How to book past year's transaction, performed in the current year?

I have a small business. I contributed $1000 towards SEP IRA for year 2014. However, the transaction was done in January of 2015 using the retained earnings of 2014. Obviously, this money is tax ...
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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 ...