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Self employed applying for mortgage

I talked with a mortgage lender several months ago, but was dismissed because I did not have two years at my current self employed business. They said they needed taxes for the last two years. The ...
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Taxes on AirBNB income for renter

I have been living by myself in a large multi-bedroom apartment in a 3-apartment house owned by my landlord, who lives downstairs. We have been renting out the apartment I live in from time to time on ...
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House inheritance tax question

I am a little at a loss. A couple years before my mother-in-law passed away she signed her house over to my wife and her sister via a quitclaim deed. After she passed we sold the house for ...
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Realtor Credit or Kickback

Its our first home purchase in Maryland, USA. Our realtor agreed to give us 2% kickback (towards closing cost) and she keeps 1% from the 3% commission she gets. If base price of our home is 400K, ...
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Price drop protection on Apple iPhone

Two of my credit cards (Discover and Citi) have programs for cardholders that allow you to buy a product and if the price drops in certain amount of time, file a requests to be reimbursed the ...
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Fair Market Value Vs. Assessed Value

As my research, there are two criteria on home values. Market Value and Assessed Value. Market Value used between buyer and seller to get agree on sales price and Assessed Value is used to calculate ...
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Mortgage sold to yet another servicer. What are my options?

I purchased my first home back in June (roughly 2.5 months ago) with a smaller, but very reputable, mortgage firm in the area (Maryland). It has great reviews online, and everyone whom I know that has ...
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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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Selling mutual fund and buying equivalent ETF: Can I 1031 exchange?

I have a taxable investment account consisting of Vanguard mutual funds that I have held for less than a year. I recently learned that ETFs are more tax efficient in nature because the managers don't ...
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What is the psychology behind the Dead Cat Bounce Pattern and how can it be traded?

With the turmoil that hit most markets in the last two weeks followed by a small recovery late last week, are we seeing a classical Dead Cat Bounce appear infront of our eyes? Looking at the charts ...
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30-year-old saved $30,000: what should I do with it?

I'm a 30-year-old living in NYC with a decent job, not married / no kids. I've now saved $30K and it's just sitting in a savings account, earning next to nothing. I have never invested in the stock ...
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Administrator vs Broker vs Custodian for a Solo 401(k)?

I'm planning to open a Solo 401(k) with Schwab. There are some provisions that are decided by the Plan Administrator, which I assumed would be me (my business, technically). However, doing research, ...
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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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Did not file W-8BEN but received dividend income from US stocks and zero withholding tax

I am an Indian citizen who worked in US for some time and returned in 2002 to India. I last filed a 1040NR return in 2002 and after that did not file 1040NR. I just realised that I have been receiving ...
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HSA contribution cap on a new HDHP plan?

What is the HSA contribution cap for single enrollment in a HDHP partway into the year? Assume that the participant was not previously enrolled in any other health plan has not made any HSA ...
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How does one transfer funds between a French bank account and a US bank account?

Say Person 1 has a French bank account, and Person 2 has a U.S. bank account. Person 1 wants to send funds to Person 2. Person 1 can add a new person to their list of beneficiaries, but the French ...
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Split Roth 401k Rollover between Traditional IRA and Roth IRA

Does the guidance in IRS Notice #2014-54 apply to Roth 401k rollovers? Specifically, is it possible to do a out-of-service rollover on a Roth 401k such that: The earnings are put in the Traditional ...
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Taxable income computed by date earned or pay date?

Is taxable income for a given year computed by the days where the income was actually earned or the pay period in which the pay is issued? For example, suppose the pay period for an employee spans ...
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Why would most US companies allow Direct Stock Purchase Plan (DSPP) for US residents only?

All companies I would be interested in to contract a Direct Stock Purchase Plan (DSPP) links to computershare.com which requires the buyer to reside in the US (with a valid security number). Is there ...
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Do I have to file a tax return on a federal work study job?

I recently obtained a federal Work study job at my college. I filled out paper forms that were a bit obtuse to me. A I-9 form and a w-4 I think. I obtain $1200 maximum from this job. So do I have to ...
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Does Form 8938 have to be signed?

Unless I'm blind, I don't see any place on Form 8938 for a signature. As it's submitted with the normal tax return, presumably the signature on the 1040 covers this - correct?
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Seller is eager to offer a nice-looking house on a rent-to-own scheme: could this be some kind of scam?

A couple of years ago I was looking to move from the townhouse I was renting. After checking the rental adverts at craigslist I made an appointment to see an townhouse that looked quite nice and clean ...
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Does my net paycheck decrease as the year goes on due to tax brackets filling up?

I am trying to budget my money for the next few months to save up money to move out. In a month, my taxable wages for the year will have crossed the bracket from 15% - sub $37450, into the 25% ...
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How to get individual long-term disability insurance when you already have a group LTD plan with your employer?

I am a tech worker. My employer offers group LTD that covers 60% of my salary? I went out in the market to get an individual policy but my agent cannot find a company who will underwrite a policy with ...
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Is IRS Form 8938 asking me to double-count foreign assets?

FBAR and Form 8938 require the reporting of the maximum balance/value of a foreign account during a tax year. If, say, I sell $100,000 worth of stock from my (foreign) securities account and desposit ...
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Can S-Corp loss offset gain?

I made 2 investments via my S-Corp. The first, in apartment buildings which is being sold for a gain, and the second in a hi-tech startup which failed and closed. Can the loss from the startup offset ...
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How to interpret the interest rate of treasury notes?

I am new to investing in the US and money terms in English, so forgive me if this is a stupid question. From this table, I can see, for example, that the most recent 2-year treasury note sale had an ...
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Employer Won't Release 401k [closed]

A client of mine came today with a scenario that I had never seen. She had worked for a company for three years, held about $60K in a 401K, but after four months from being laid off, she hasn't been ...
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Condo in HOA building that has been disbanded

I found a listing for a property that is in a high rise building where the HOA has been disbanded. This is the note from the listing: HOA is disbanded and HOA has past taxes. What pitfalls ...
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Date of sale in real estate - is it date of Close or date of Signing

I'm in the process of selling my home and am getting very close to the time limit on the gains exemptions (2 months from now). The IRS says that the date that matters is the 'date of sale' - is that ...
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HSA and FSA Concurrently

Our family's health insurance is through my wife's job and it is a high deductible plan. She opened and started contributing to an HSA in 2014. I started contributing to an FSA through my job in 2015 ...
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When do I need to transfer money to the owner when buying a used car? Used car transaction paperwork and details

Dear financial experts ! I have never bought a used car before. I bought my first car brand new from a dealership, so I was not worried about the paperwork. Now I am looking to buy a used car from ...
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Will an HSA save me money on chiropractic or dental?

I live in NJ and have a full time Job. I am mid 35's and my friend is on mid 45's. We both have our Health Insurance. However, it doesn't support Chiropractors or Dental. Will having an HSA Account ...
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Any downsides of using 3rd party remittance services?

Are there any downsides of using 3rd party remittance services to send money from US to India ? Like for example I use transferwise to send $x to my dad's account in India, would it show my name as ...
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My credit score has been erased. What happened?

In 2006, I bought my first car with a loan. In 2008, facing a number of emergencies, I took out a credit card and maxed it out. I worked hard not to miss a single payment on either and to pay off the ...
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Is this 401k statement odd or is it normal?

I'm trying to help someone compare benefits for two different companies. However, we have both interpreted the 401k match statement in the benefits summary differently for one of the companies. ...
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Is US salary taxable in India and is there any provision to save tax?

I have this question about the tax filing that I am planning to do in India for year 2013-14. I worked in India for an Indian company for almost 7 months and I also worked 4 months in the US (as a US ...
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New business owner - How do taxes work for the business vs individual?

I have a business that is in it's 2nd year and has now made $400ish. I have the money just sitting in the business bank account. I do have a business partner. A couple of questions? If we leave ...
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What needs to be done to transfer IRA accounts when someone dies?

My mother has died, and she had a number of IRA accounts in her name for which I am a 50% beneficiary. One was a Roth IRA. The Financial Advisor she was using wants to charge me exorbitant fees just ...
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Are there any US banks that allow you to make an international wire transfer online?

I am an expat and right now I have to get someone to physically go to the bank to make the transfer for me each time. It seems a bit ridiculous in this day and age of high tech and is a royal pain. ...
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FATCA - Streamlined Foreign Offshore Procedures

I’m German and my wife is American with US passport + SSN; she has lived in Germany nearly 30 years and after the kids left the house started work again with a part-time job 5 years ago. Our joint ...
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Clarification on 529 fund

I am more than 30's, having a full time job. I am looking for Part Time Master's Graduation Program which will enhance my career. Can i deposit around 5000 for this year in a 529 fund. Whether this ...
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Need some advice on how to manage multiple income sources

I need some advice on how to manage multiple income sources. I am a programmer/entrepreneur that has started a couple of side businesses online and just need some help. Here are all my income ...
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How to find out IRS notices on a topic?

Is there a way to find out IRS notices on a topic? I had a question about HSA and found my answer in this notice but since its more than 10 years old, I wonder if the information therein is current or ...
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Is there any drawback in putting all my 401K into a money market fund?

As you may know, the stock market drops like crazy, I did sense that a couple weeks ago and transferred some of my fund to money market - well, at least to keep it as dollar value... However, I am ...
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Is it possible to add money to an existing rolled over IRA when I have a 401(k) from work?

I contribute about 12% of my income to 401(k) which comes to about 15000 a year or so. My employer doesn't match anything due to nature of the contract. I have been investing in 401(k) since 2012. ...
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If/When the Fed raises the interest rate, how much will this affect my ARM?

I have a home equity line of credit with an adjustable rate. Currently (as it has been for quite some time), it's sitting at 3.5%. I understand that we're not sure how much interest rates will rise, ...
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Closing a home loan and credit card use

I'll be closing on a home loan in the next month. I'm aware of the risks of running up credit during this period. Right now I have a very low credit utilization ratio (~5% or less). I'd like to make a ...
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Buy house as soon as possible or wait

I was planning to buy a house next year with around 5% - 10% down, but I decided to step back a little, and instead of buying a house next year, I plan to wait paying all my outstanding debts (around ...
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What if an employer sets up and contributes to an HSA for an ineligible employee - can he withdraw the excess contributions with no penalty?

My son is 21 years old and starting his first job. He is covered under my health insurance, which is a non-HDHP PPO, until he turns 26. (Because I have other children, I wouldn't save any money by ...