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Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)?

I just graduated, and I'm starting a new job soon. My employer has pretty good policy for matching 401(k) contributions, so I want to invest as much as possible, especially during this first year. My ...
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Wash sale rule + Mutual Funds/ETFs?

According to IRS rules, you can't sell a security, take a capital loss on your taxes, and then buy back the same or a "substantially identical" security within 30 days. However, "substantially ...
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Will it be taxable if I transfer money from UK account to India account?

I am a resident of India and currently in UK for 1 year on a work permit where I am getting salary in Pounds. My Indian salary has stopped till the time I am back in India. Now, I have a Home Loan ...
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Deduct Health Care Premiums for Family When Employer Only Pays for Me

My employer offers insurance coverage, pays a substantial amount for me, but pays nothing for my spouse or my children. The difference in cost is around $127/month for myself and $1,330/month if I ...
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If I leave my job, what happens to my flexible spending account?

I am about to decide how much money to set aside for my 2013 Flexible Spending Account (FSA). (The max this year is $2500.) But I am wondering what happens if I switch employers during the year. Does ...
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Determining the minimum dividend that should be paid from my S corporation

I am the sole shareholder and only employee of an S corporation. I understand that all profits of the corporation are passed through and taxed as income to me. I also understand that all dividends ...
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Sales Tax: Rounded Then Totaled or Totaled Then Rounded?

E.g. There is a sale with 3 items, each costing $1.00. Sales tax is 12.4%. In calculating the tax for each item, do I round the tax amount first and then total everything up? Like this: ITEM 1: $1.00 ...
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How should I handle taxes for Minecraft server donations?

I run a Minecraft server and there is a donation button so players can help support the costs. I pay out of pocket for the rest, it's $125/mo. The money they donate goes right to paypal which is ...
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How do I loan money as a non-resident Indian (NRI)?

I am a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) and want to send approx $10,000 as a loan to my father's account in India as a contribution for a new home purchase. How do I set this up as a loan so if he wants to ...
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Taxes and part-time consulting

I'm married and my wife and I work full-time. And I also started part-time consulting on the side (less than 10 hours per week or no hours during certain weeks). This is my first time doing consulting ...
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Trading US stocks from India

I used to live in US on H1B visa. I have opened a trading account in US. Now I have moved back to India but I am still doing trading with US account. Also I have not closed my bank account in US. My ...
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Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank to an Indian savings account?

I am currently in US, and would like to transfer some amount from my US Bank account to a savings account based in India on a monthly basis through a third party like Xoom or Transfast. If I'm going ...
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Tax implications for a 100% 401k contribution limit

My company permits a contribution of a 100% of the paycheck towards the 401k. My question is, if I were to pick a 100% contribution amount, would I be liable for any taxes in the number of paychecks ...
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Has anyone compared an in-person Tax Advisor to software like Turbo Tax?

I've always been curious whether an in-person "tax man" would be able to save me any more money on my taxes. They normally charge more, so I've never done that. I have noticed that some softwares ...
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ITIN Application - IRS requesting original passport

I have filed joint tax return for 2012 tax year. My wife is not eligible for SSN (she's on H4 visa) so we included the W7 form (application for ITIN) into the package. This year the rules became more ...
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Can I receive “gifts” from my friend (who happens to be my employer)?

Take for example, I'm an employee and my employer is my good friend. We are both US persons living in the US, and I'm working for my friend for a monthly wage of $5 USD which is subject to income ...
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I have $20k of imaginary gains from trading last year due to wash sale rules. Should/can I take mark to market?

I have traded for most of the year while I work at my full time job as a software developer. I am using it to augment my income. I like working in academia but it just doesn't pay that well! I started ...
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Should I pay off my braces all at once so that I can write them off this year as a health expense?

Should I pay off my braces all at once so that I can write them off this year as a health expense? Or should I pay off my braces over the long haul? P.S. I live in Pennsylvania.
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How do you declare an interest free loan?

In the discussion around this question about gift tax it was said that a loan must be at market rate, or it is not considered a loan. Respecting the wisdom of the people who said that, I'm unclear ...
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Are there taxes for exchanging goods in a barter transaction?

For example, if I trade someone 10 apples for 10 strawberries, do I or my trading partner need to pay taxes? Do I need to pay taxes if I do business without using officially issued currencies? If ...
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What should I do with the stock from my Employee Stock Purchase Plan?

I've got an employee stock purchase plan program. The details are a little tricksy, but I basically get to buy about 2500 shares of company stock at something like $2.33/share... and the stock has ...
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When and how should I pay taxes on ForEx trades?

I am an Israeli citizen. I've bought BitCoin (let us agree for sake of discussion it is a currency) using US dollars. Let's also assume I never convert the bitcoins to any other currency (but instead ...
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Can I get US sales taxes refunded for electronics purchased while on vacation?

I'm visiting the US for vacations (specifically Manhattan) and wanted to buy a digital camera. The guy at the shop told me that I can get back what I pay in NYC taxes for that camera if I present the ...
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My bonus is taxed at a higher rate than my regular paychecks, so should I contribute 100% of my bonus to 401k?

Is there a tax advantage to putting 100% of my bonus into 401k? From looking at my pay stubs, my bonus gets taxed at a higher rate than my regular paychecks. And since traditional 401k contributions ...
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Tax treatment of repaid tuition after employment termination

I am getting audited....yay! So here is the situation In 2010 I worked for mega corp that paid my tuition for a qualified master degree program. Obviously I am not entitled to an education tax ...
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Are 401k Employer Match amounts subject to FICA or any other tax?

When my employer makes a contribution to an employee 401k account, are any taxes payed by the employee (e.g. FICA)? And does the employer match amount show anywhere on the employee's W-2 or 1040?
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Do I have to pay taxes on money sent to me in the US by wire transfer from another country?

I have a green card and I live in the US. I'm starting to do business with people in Vietnam, and they transfer money to my checking account using wire transfers from banks in Hong Kong or Cambodia. ...
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What accounts for the “average” FICA payroll tax paid not being close to its 15.3% theoretical maximum?

This is a question regarding the social insurance tax in the U.S. The effective payroll tax cited by the Congressional Budget Office as well as the Tax Policy Center is lower than I would expect for ...
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Is it advisable for a new PhD student to enroll on a Roth IRA?

My parents are telling me to do it, but I do expect to pay a lot of money for the first year just because I need to move in and get a lot of things set up (like an ergonomic working environment). So ...
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Can I write off time I spent working on my business?

So, I'm a freelance web programmer by trade, which means that my time really is money. I, occasionally, work on side projects of my own and forgo the possibility of earning direct income for that ...
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Transferring money from the Philippines to the USA?

I would like to bring in $150,000 from my bank in the Philippines to another bank here in the US. This money is from a lot I sold which was given to me (under my name) by my dad who has already passed ...
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Am I eligible for a refund of Social Security and Medicare taxes for when I was on an F-1 visa?

This question is for a friend. They came to the United States as a student in 2009 on OPT/F-1 visa. In November of 2011 they started to work for the Department of Defense as a teacher. They had Social ...
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Nanny taxes and payroll service

We are employing a nanny for our 6 month old. What service do you recommend for managing taxes and payroll? Is it possible to do on our own? If so, where do we start?
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“Cap gains exposure” of an ETF — what does it mean?

Morningstar provides an ETF data point called potential cap gains exposure. For example, here is Vanguard's Europe ETF (VGK): This value is negative 78% for VGK. I understand that this is a good ...
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233 days India/132 days US - entire US salary taxable in India?

I was living in India for about 7 and half months in FY2013-2014 working as an independent consultant for a US company. I moved to USA for employment on Nov 20 2013 to work as an employee for the same ...
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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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I file 83(b) election, but did't include a copy of it in that year’s tax return

I filed an 83(b) election for stock I purchased in 2011 with the IRS with the 30 days window, but later did not include a copy of it in that year’s tax return. The the purchase price and the fair ...
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cross-currency accounting

I am an American and pay taxes in US dollars. I have some holdings in another currency, for instance, the Euro. Obviously the funds have never been repatriated but this lack of tax event is messing ...
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US Simple donation taxation question

If i take in 50k of income and donate 40k to a 501(c)(3) non-profit, how much money will have to pay taxes on? I am a sole proprietorship. Thanks!
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Emptying a Roth IRA account

If I withdraw money from my single Roth IRA account to make it empty, will the account be closed? Is there any expense to open a new Roth IRA account? If my purpose of emptying my Roth IRA account is ...
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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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Moving from full time to contractor

For many reasons I am moving from full time employee to a contractor with an associated company in a different city. Everyone I have spoken to says contracting is great except for the taxes and lack ...
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Solid reading/literature for investment/retirement/income taxes?

I'm striving for financial literacy and education. I've been really frustrated with most of the literature that's out there surrounding retirement, income taxes, and investment. Most of it seems ...
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How can I make “four equal” quarterly tax payments when I don't know what my income will be?

I'm running my own business for the first time and I noticed while filing my first quarter's estimated taxes that the instructions ask you to make "four equal payments" throughout the year. But many ...
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Where does most of a salary go?

I'm not working and earning a salary yet, as I'm still in college, but I was wondering: where does most of a salary go? As a software engineer, I might earn around $70,000 a year. I find it hard to ...
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I'm giving my car to my sister. Should I gift it or sell it?

I have a car registered in Connecticut. I want to give the car to my sister in Oregon. The blue book value of the car is approximately $5000. (It will be a very generous gift - but the car was a gift ...
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Are there capital gains taxes or dividend taxes if I invest in the U.S. stock market from outside of the country?

Recently, I invested in some stock in the U.S. stock market. I was wondering: Whether there are capital gains taxes if I sell stock? Do they take account into my foreign exchange loss? Are there any ...
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What's the difference between Term and Whole Life insurance?

How would one decide which is most appropriate? Are there tax or benefits differences that one offers over the other?
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New to working as an independent contractor, what do?

I'm already in the independent contractor boat. So my next steps are to learn how to pay quarterly IRS payments (fun). Should I just follow the form or do I need to use a software tool to better ...
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Can I be my own administrator for an Individual/Solo 401k?

I'm interested in creating a company and rolling my 401K into a Solo or Individual 401k so that I can have more control over my investments. From what I've seen so far, it looks like you need an ...