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Do I Need to Start a Company to Get Tax Writeoffs For Expenses?

If my friend owns a company that I invest money into, can I list my expenses on my taxes as business expenses thus tax writeoffs or do I need my own company to do that? For example, if I invest $1k/...
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Do I have to use a 8282 form or 10 receipts?

Will the IRS accept 10 receipts of $500.00 each for a total of $5,000.00 instead of a former 8283?
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Does a Roth IRA conversion make some income completely *tax-free*?

Let's assume there are exactly $5500 in my Traditional IRA at the beginning of the year. Early during the tax year, I convert these $5500 to a Roth IRA. I will now owe taxes on these $5500. Later in ...
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PF transfer taxed under 194A India

I have changed my job (previously TCS) in August 2015. I Transferred my PF in May 2016. As far I know PF is not taxable. But in my Form 26AS I see 800(10% of interest accumulated from September 2015 ...
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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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Are the tolls to school an education tax write off?

My wife is enrolled in a college that the only way for us to get there is via toll roads and a couple of bridges. It costs almost $30 per day. This wasn't an issue last semester because all of her ...
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Loan to S-Corp cannot be paid back, how to deduct from personal taxes?

I gave a $15,000 loan to an S-corp where I have a 10% stake. The K1 I got this year only allows me an ordinary loss of $600. However, I know that this business will soon be shut down without the ...
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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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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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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 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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Explain me the benefit of insurance policy

I have taken a life insurance policy from ICICI called "ICICI Pru Saving Suraksha LP". The details of my policy is given below. Term: 15 years Premium Amount: Rs 50,000.00 Sum Assured: Rs 500,000.00 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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U.S. income tax & charitable donations: How much is income tax reduced by donations?

In the U.S., how much is income tax reduced by charitable donations? When filing, are there any special requirements to qualify for the deduction or credit?
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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 an old UGMA account loss tax deductable?

In 2008, my father-in-law let us know about a UGMA account that was for my wife. We gladly took control of the assets and noticed the value of the account crashed at some point. At the end of 2008, ...
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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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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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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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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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First salary in the UK not being taxed

I just started working in the UK for the first time and received my first payslip. Another colleague of mine got his second payslip here, from the same company. We were surprised that in the detail ...
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Does the FATCA laws also relates 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...