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What are tax implications of short vs long term capital losses?

I have read in multiple places that you can use investment losses of up to $3,000/year against your taxes. Is this as a deduction or credit? Does it count as an addition to itemized deductions or is ...
2
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2answers
116 views

Live in Florida & work remote for a New York company. Do I owe NY state income tax?

I have been down in Florida for the past 3 1/2 years and continue to pay New York state taxes out of the money I earn for a company I work remote for that is in New York. Should I be paying New York ...
10
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696 views

How does tax work with donations?

My understanding of the gift tax is that the donor has to pay the tax, but up to a limit they don't have to pay tax. I'm a developer. Suppose I offer my software/libraries/blog for free on my site ...
2
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1answer
53 views

How can I calculate deductible percentage of business trip?

Here's my complicated situation. My wife is an author, and when her first book came out in January 2013, she, I and our two kids went on a 7 month book tour. This was an extreme but totally legitimate ...
0
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1answer
51 views

Do I live in a state for tax purposes if my permanent home is in another state?

I lived in New Jersey for 20 years, but relocated to New York on 9/1/2013. I still own my house in NJ, my car is registered there, and almost all of my business for 2013 (except health insurance) is ...
0
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1answer
25 views

Can I resubmit W8-BEN with W9 form?

I am a dual citizen, both US and another country. Early this year I was requested by my stock broker (out side the US) to file either W8-BEN or W9 forms. As I was born outside the US and have never ...
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1answer
62 views

Elect corporation S status for my LLC

I'm the sole proprietor of an LLC in the state of Michigan. I'm not looking to do anything fraudulent or alike. I simply want to know if I elect to have my LLC to be treated as an S type corporation, ...
2
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2answers
72 views

LLC v. W-2 Taxes when filing in Florida

I'm considering working as a contractor in Florida. Currently I'm a W-2 contractor, but considering a Corp-to-Corp contract since it's a higher rate. Just now I read Florida's Tax Page - ...
0
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1answer
42 views

Does an employer pay payroll taxes on non-taxable wages like 401K matches? [duplicate]

In addition to what the employee would pay in income tax on taxable wages an employer also pays their own payroll taxes on all taxable wages like: FICA FUTA SDI SUI ETT Are these taxes due from ...
2
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1answer
81 views

Uk citizen working freelance for companies worldwide. Who do I pay tax to?

I'm a designer from the uk who works from home in the uk for companies here & overseas, namely the US. I've worked for a few years to these companies never with any problems, but have now been ...
2
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2answers
75 views

Tax difference in working in New York City compared to NJ

Because of taxes, everyone says that you make less money if you work in New York City compared to New Jersey. Is there a way to estimate the difference? Edit: I should have specified that I am trying ...
2
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2answers
122 views

Pros and cons of opening joint portfolio

From a tax perspective, what are the pros and cons of opening a joint investment account? To be more specific, I have a portfolio made up of Vanguard index funds. My girlfriend would like to start ...
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6answers
3k views

How can I adjust tax withholding so that I don't get a large Tax Refund?

I'm a few years out of college now. I've filled out my W4 accurately and I still get a tax refund every year of a pretty sizable sum. The thing is, I have student loans and I would much rather have ...
1
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1answer
177 views

How would the following income be taxed?

Excuse the lack of terminology here. A general contractor who is also a friend is seeking money to purchase, redo and then sell an existing home. He has about 85% of the total amount to purchase the ...
1
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1answer
50 views

How is Massachusetts state tax on unrealized capital gains calculated?

My state (Massachusetts) imposes a 5.2% tax on unrealized capital gains. [1] I'm trying to understand how this tax is calculated. Here's an example: John Doe makes $50,000 in a given year. Meanwhile, ...
2
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1answer
50 views

Are distributions from an S corp taxable as long term capital gains?

We have several shareholders. As needed, we will do a distribution for taxes. We are being told that these distributions are taxable as long term capital gains. Is that right? Should shareholder ...
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49 views

I am filling out a W-8BEN from india

I am living india,I won a prize amount on a Software developer contest for building software. For getting the amount they have asked me to fill a W-8BEN form. in the form i have part I,II,III In ...
6
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2answers
246 views

How is a relocation fee of more than 40k taxed?

I'm vacating a rent control apartment in California. The owner of the property is paying me more than 40k in early termination of the rent. How is this money going to be taxed? Will I end up paying ...
2
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0answers
40 views

What are some pre-tax programs similar to FSA that I can take advantage of?

I recently found out about Flexible Spending Accounts and was surprised to learn they could be used for Lasik, essentially saving me a good portion of the cost by making that income not be taxed. Are ...
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1answer
50 views

Why are some moving expense reimbursements taxable while normal employee expense reimbursements are not taxable?

I will be moving for a job shortly, and my new employer is reimbursing the costs. If I understand correctly the reimbursement is taxable, but most of it is deductible. If all of it were deductible ...
1
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1answer
43 views

Deciding between Pre-Tax 401(k) and Roth 401(k) [duplicate]

Suppose I want to put 10% of my income in a 401(k). There are two options: (i) put it in a pre-tax 401(k) of a a Roth 401(k). If I expect the tax rates to be higher in the future, would this be a good ...
6
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2answers
681 views

Does a U.S. citizen working in Mexico have to pay taxes to the United States?

I'm a U.S. citizen who lives in the U.S., but I'm going to be working in Mexico for a Mexican company. Do I still have to pay taxes in the U.S.?
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1answer
38 views

New York State - NY Tax on Foreign Sourced Income for NY Non-Resident

I live in Connecticut (file as CT Resident) .. Work in NYC ((file as NY Non-Resident) Question: Can NY State tax any income that I earn while in Germany ? I understand that the United States taxes ...
5
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1answer
270 views

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?
5
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2answers
640 views

Tax consequences of partially selling a stock

I bought a company for $71 5 months ago. It is now over $100 but I am afraid it might fall. I plan to sell only enough to get back the money I put into the stock and own the gained amount until it is ...
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2answers
74 views

Tax benefit to paying off student loan interest while in school

I have a substantial amount of loans from my bachelor's degree. I worked for a few years, saved money, and then returned to school full time. While working, my Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) ...
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1answer
138 views

Leaving US (I was working with a L1 visa, not coming back), better cash my 401K or leave it until 59 1/2? Thanks

I moved back to my country, I was working in US with a L1 Visa for a couple years, I have 6K in my 401k, what is your best advice, leave the money until I can cash out with out paying taxes or ...
2
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1answer
30 views

line 1a on form 1040 es: for what time period should i be estimating taxes for?

Line 1a on IRS Form 1040ES says "Enter your expected income and profits subject to self-employment tax". My question is... for what date range? Do I do "expected income for the quarter" or expected ...
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1answer
88 views

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 ...
4
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1answer
92 views

Exempt from US Social Security, too few credits for benefits

I am an employee of a US state government which does not participate in Social Security, so neither I nor my employer pay Social Security taxes. (My employer offers a defined-contribution plan ...
2
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1answer
42 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
122 views

Paying tax for non- us citizen

I am a non US resident and not a US citizen. I live outside US. I don't have any relation with United States. I just visit US often for pleasure only. I sell items on eBay and my items are NOT in US. ...
2
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1answer
91 views

Improper withholding of FICA from student: Getting a refund

A friend of mine in the U.S.A. works for an employer who, we believe, improperly withheld FICA (should have been exempt: they are a student at the same university that they work) due to an ...
2
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2answers
142 views

Parking money for a few months or a year

We are planning to get our kitchen remodeled, so we've allowed a big balance to accumulate in our bank account. We're not making very rapid progress on soliciting quotes on the remodel, due to our own ...
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2answers
133 views

How can I bring loaned money back to US from India

I am a US permanent resident and I loaned some money to my father in law in India early last year. I transferred US dollars from my US bank account to my NRI (Non resident Indian) account (Indian ...
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1answer
31 views

FATCA compliance for small Foreign Company. What do I need to do?

Regarding, FATCA compliance for a new small business in Japan owned by a US citizen, I read parts of the related IRS website but still have basic questions. ...
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1answer
74 views

Proving sale of stock is not short-term

Here is the scenario I am faced. I've transferred DSPP stock from my former employer's stock transfer company (Computershare) to Etrade a few weeks ago. These stocks are from 2010 and 2011. I ...
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1answer
30 views

California S Corp Net Income and Employee Compensation

I was looking into S-Corp structures. In California, S-Corps are taxed at a 1.5% rate on their net income. What I couldn't figure out is if this 1.5% rate applies to the income of the S-Corp after ...
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0answers
28 views

How can I invoice a US company being a foreign non resident in USA?

I'm a nonresident alien in US and I need to invoice a US company due to service. The company can provide W8 or W9 forms to proceed with the payments, but I need to provide an invoice confirming that ...
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4answers
1k views

Who pays the property tax on a home for the year of sale?

I sold a condo on the 2nd of January this year, and I was a bit taken aback when I got a property tax assessment for that property from the county for this year (this was not a bill just an assessment ...
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1answer
137 views

How to fill out form W4 when I'm earning $1600 extra income per month?

August 22 was my last day at a job that paid $76,000 / yr. Afterward, that job is supposed to pay me $400 / wk for consulting for $1,600 / month. At the new job (which I started on Aug 26) I'm making ...
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0answers
31 views

how to fill out W4 when i'm getting $1600 extra income a month [duplicate]

Aug 22 was my last day at a job that paid $76,000 / yr. After that that job is supposed to pay me $400 / wk for consulting for $1,600 / month. At the new job (which I started on Aug 26) I'm making ...
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1answer
431 views

Wash Sales and Day Trading

Let's say a Day Trader buys and sells a stock on the same day and makes a loss of $1,000. Then she buys and sells the same stock the next day and makes a profit of $500. On the third day she files her ...
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2answers
62 views

Working for recruiter on W-2 vs. working for client on 1099?

My husband has been offered a job at a large company on the other side of the country. He told them he would commit to a long-term contract of up to two years, but that we did not want to move ...
2
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3answers
98 views

About to start being an Independent Contractor - Any advice on estimating taxes?

I am a grad student that is about to pick up 10-15 hours of independent contracting work per week. I work and live in Syracuse. I make $19,000 per year (pre-tax) as a grad student, and will make ...
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1answer
86 views

183 day rule in conjunction with expatriate

I am a US citizen but have lived and worked n Germany for 4 years. From Jan. 2013 - March 2014, I was working on a Project in the US as an expatriate. I have taken some Business trips back to the US ...
2
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4answers
253 views

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 ...
5
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2answers
146 views

I started some small businesses but need help figuring out taxes. Should I hire a CPA?

I've got a couple of small businesses I run. I started them in the last couple of months. I feel lost when it comes to my taxes. I know I should be paying something, but I'm not real sure where to ...
5
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2answers
192 views

Issues with unfiled tax returns

My husband and I have 2010-2013 taxes to file. He refuses to give me his income information because he believes the federal govt taxing us is unconstitutional. So I just had 4 years of taxes filed ...
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4answers
170 views

Why invest in IRA while a low-cost index fund is much simpler?

I'm currently investing in a low-cost index fund and wonder what's the point of opening an IRA (either Roth or traditional). The big con of IRA is that you can't withdraw before retirement age ...