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Form 1040 Line 77(Year 2014) is empty

Lat year I used TaxAct software to report my tax for the year 2014. At the final stage, the software asked me whether I would estimate the next year tax and pay it in advance. So I clicked yes and I ...
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IRS Form FBAR FinCEN 114

The situation is I have a foreign account but it is for my business. It was there just as a flow in the middle to pay the foreign suppliers. It is just a regular foreign checking account under my ...
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Just got a side job - w4 allowances section

I recently started a full-time M-F job which has a total annual gross pay of just over 20k. Now, I have been offered a "when-available" (tell them what days I'm available in a 7-day week and they ...
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This is my pay stub. Am I paying too much?

I have decided to make this post on behalf of a close friend. He is a young professional working in San Francisco and making ~ 132K USD per year paid in biweekly fashion. Single and he doesn't own a ...
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Will there be any complication at the time of withdrawal by opening Roth IRA as a non US citizen?

I am currently on a H1B visa. A senior colleague at my work recommended that I open a Roth IRA. I did some research and I like the idea of it, but I was unable to find answers to all of my questions. ...
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How late is Roth (rather than pretax) still likely to help?

Given the choice, should one switch from Roth to traditional IRA/401k contributions as one approaches retirement, and if so is there any good way to decide when? If it affects the decision, I am ...
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Does a Roth 401(k) rolled into a Roth IRA count toward the annual contribution limit?

I am trying to max out my Roth IRA for the 2015 tax year, and am wondering if Roth 401(k) rollovers count as a contribution. Roth 401(k)'s are not offered by many employers, so I couldn't find much ...
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US bank offering Euro-based card?

I'm looking to open an EUR account within the US that offers a Maestro card (in Holland it's called "Betaalpas" which is the only type of card that you can use in all Dutch shops, and with which you ...
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Is losing money in my 401K normal?

I had about $10.5K in my Fidelity 401K account invested in their target fund. I started it a year ago. This is my first time with investing in the stock market. For the past 2-3 months, it keeps ...
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How much does credit score matter?

The higher your credit score, the better. If you ever had the choice of two different credit scores, you are always better off preferring the higher one. However, while the utility of a higher score ...
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Timeline of Economy/Market [on hold]

Is there a resource out there that provides a timeline of the conditions of the economy/market from the past to the current state? The ideal resource should show the year, the state of the ...
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Can I operate whole investing and trading in US stock exchange staying outside USA?

My sister has just gone to USA and will try to settle down. She wants to invest some money in US stock exchange. But she hardly have any idea of stock market. Now she wants me to operate her investing ...
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How do you calculate your “alternative tax net operating loss”?

In 2013 I had gains from trading futures (Section 1256 contracts) and then in 2014 I had losses trading futures. A few months ago I amended my 2013 tax return to claim a refund via a futures loss ...
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Can someone steal my government check and cash it?

I get an adoption check every month from Raleigh. I haven't received it for February yet. It always comes by the 6th of every month. I was wondering: could someone have stolen it and cashed it at ...
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Real estate agent wants a loan introduction letter

I was talking to a real estate agent (USA, CA bay area) who told me that I need to not only fill out a loan app, w2, and account statements but also write a introduction letter for the lender. I've ...
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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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Can you transfer a Roth IRA to someone else?

My friend's uncle manages a Roth IRA for him that is in my friend's name. He has had this account open since my friend was little (obviously before he was earning any income of his own). I don't know ...
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Can I contribute to a SEP-IRA and a Solo 401(k) for the same business?

This money.SE question and this BogleHeads forum thread both seem to ask about whether or not you can contribute to both a SEP-IRA and a Solo 401(k) at the same time for the same business. I'm not ...
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Would I be taxed on a long term currency exchange?

Recently, USD has been doing really well. I've been considering moving a bunch of money into CAD, to use when I visit there or if I ever move back in the future. It seems likely to me that by the ...
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After-tax 401(k) conversion

I have some questions regarding converting my after-tax 401(k) to either my in-plan Roth 401(k) or an external Roth IRA: When I convert, can I transfer stocks/funds I own in my after-tax 401(k) ...
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Using a Roth IRA instead of a college savings account

This might be a foolish idea, and if it is please tell me why. Last night I got the idea that it might be a good idea to invest the money that I'm saving for my children in a Roth IRA in their name. ...
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Will I be able to purchase land?

I am 19 and I plan on working on a cruise ship to save up around $20,000 to buy a plot of land in Oregon and build a tiny house for myself; however all of this is just an idea at the moment, nothing ...
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Pay off car loan entirely or leave $1 until the end of the loan period?

Background information: I have a car loan that doesn't require payments if I'm ahead on the loan (but accrues the interest, of course, on the balance remaining). I still have a year and a half on my ...
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If I only have international health insurance will I be fined by not having Minimum Essential Coverage?

I am an international student holding an F-1 visa, and I am working part time where I cannot apply for the employer health insurance. I only have international health insurance (bought in the US) and ...
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Transfer funds from Scotiabank to US account at Bank of America

What is the best way to transfer a large sum of money from my checking account at scotiabank to my new account at Bank of America?
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I was in USA for 4.5 months in 2015 and am married. Should I file my tax return as single or married?

I came to USA in Aug 2015 from India and am married. Should I file my tax return as single or married?
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Continue with old Health policy with current employer

I am from Indiana. I want to change my current Employer. I have a Group Policy from my current Employer. So I want to ask that Can I continue with my Old Group Policy with new Employer..?? or have to ...
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Should amended taxes be filed if refund remains unchanged?

I received a 1099-R form from a previous employer after my federal and state taxes were filed and accepted. It was for a small distribution from a pretax account that was part of a profit sharing ...
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What is a reasonable amount of time to wait for a company to correct an incorrect W-2?

My previous employer messed up my FSA in 2015 (see this question for more context if you are curious). I have noticed in filing taxes that my W-2 unfortunately is also incorrect, showing FSA ...
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Worked in two states for same company, state taxes look odd on W-2

I worked in NYC until the end of May, then moved to Maine while keeping my job as a remote worker. My W-2 has arrived and in the state withholding section it shows my full wages under New York state ...
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Open an ordinary bank account in USD without setting foot in the US and without paying a single cent in additional fees

I live and work in the UK and I often pay fees in USD (mostly to hosting companies) and receive payments in USD (for freelance jobs). Is there any way I can legally and practically open a bank account ...
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Can we make traditional IRA deductions to reduce last year taxes if we have 401ks and I already contributed to a Roth?

I need help understanding IRA deduction rules for Tax year 2015. My wife and I both have 401K accounts from our work. Our filing status is married filing jointly. Our MAGI for 2015 is about 105K. I ...
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Is there a deadline to respond to an IRS request for additional documentation?

When I sent in my 2014 tax return late last year, I also sent in an amendment to my 2013 tax return due to a Section 1256 contract loss carryback (I had Section 1256 gains in 2013 and losses in 2014). ...
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Questions on India income for US taxation

I am in USA for last 5 months of 2015 and was there for 4.5 months in 2014, so I am a resident alien in USA for year 2015. I have below questions for the IT return for year 2015 in USA: Do I ...
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F1 OPT Visa Tax return queries

I have few questions on tax returns filing, please help. I am on F1 EAD OPT visa, can I still file returns on 1098-E form. Many were suggesting to do paper file rather than e-file. Can I e-file too. ...
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Emigrating from USA to United Kingdom

How much money can I take with me when emigrating from USA to United Kingdom without having to pay tax?
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Are gifted health insurance premiums tax deductible for the recipient?

Amanda paid some health insurance premiums for Bill in 2015. The payments were made directly to the insurer and intended as a gift to Bill. Amanda doesn't have to report payments for medical ...
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FBAR, just found about it. What to do?

Just found out about FBAR. I have a pension investment in India (over $10K) that involves paying yearly premium (I've paid 8 of the 20 premiums) to it. It matures in 12 years and until then I do not ...
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how do capital gains work if you don't know the original purchase price?

So let's say my grandparents bought me 1,000 shares of some stock. They used the wrong address, however, and I never knew about it until after they died. The state got the stock and then, a bunch of ...
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Question About Tax Situation While Living Abroad - Need Advice

I have a somewhat unique situation, and I'm not sure how to handle. I moved to Sweden with my girlfriend late 2015 because she obtained a job in Sweden. I was able to come along and establish Swedish ...
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How do I tie up an inheritance?

I stand to inherit a large estate over the next ten years or so. The inheritance will come from my direct parents and step parents, who have no other children. However, I know that other members of ...
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Calculate Estimated Tax on Hobby Business LLC

I live in NYC and make $90k as a salaried employee, but I also have a freelance LLC (with separate business account) for freelance projects. I've set up the LLC as a disregarded entity (Schedule C on ...
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What do I enter for my “2010 HSA, less 2011-2014 distributions” when my HSA started EOY 2011?

TurboTax is pretty insistent that I put something in this field, corresponding to the Wisconsin adjustments worksheet. The field says: Balance of HSA as of Dec 31, 2010, less amt distributed in ...
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Help me apply Windfall Elimination Provision to my situation

I struggling to understand exactly how the Social Security's Windfall Elimination Provision applies to me in my situation (and thus what it specifically means for how long I should keep my part-time ...
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When making a credit transaction, why does it take the transaction a couple days to clear, but it can communicate the hold immediately?

I find it interesting that if I make a purchase as a credit transaction -- that it takes a couple of days to clear, but yet, the hold can be communicated immediately. If the networks in place can ...
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Where can I put savings for my kid that I literally cannot withdraw from?

I currently have a second savings account where I'm saving money for my child's future - most likely it will be used for their college and/or wedding. I've heard horror stories of parents stealing ...
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How do I file a 1040x amended tax return when we are already paying off an error for the same tax year?

For tax year 2014, we submitted our tax return through TurboTax in early 2015. We received our refunds (Federal/State) a few weeks later. In the summer of 2015, we received a letter from the IRS ...
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Stocks and Bonds in Roth IRA vs non-tax-advantaged

I have an account with Vanguard. I have a Roth IRA, Rollover IRA (from my 401k from a previous job), and I have a standard non-tax-advantaged account. Currently, all 3 accounts are fully Vanguard ...
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Do international students in the US without income need to file tax return?

I am an international student holding an F-1 visa since August 2009, and I did not have any income last year (2015). I got a part-time job early December 2015 but the first paycheck came January 6 ...
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why do companies do a 1099-MISC at all?

I've done consulting for a number of companies and some of them give out 1099-MISC's and some don't. My question is... why do any of them give out a 1099-MISC? If I wanted to subcontract out some ...