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How much sales tax should I charge on Instaproofs.com?

How much sales tax should an individual in VA, USA charge for stuff on instaproofs.com? I've attempted to find online sales tax rates for VA, but I'm not familiar enough with the terminology to ...
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Why are U.S. Treasury interest rates are so low vs. other nearly risk-free rates?

I was reading Options,Futures and Other Derivatives by John Hull and I came across the question: Why are US Treasury rates significantly lower than other rates that are close to risk-free? I ...
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Interaction between health exchange and under-65 Medicare coverage

I purchased platinum-level family coverage on the healthcare exchanges this year. Shortly after the start of the year, my wife's disability application was approved (after ~2 years in progress) and ...
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Do my kids need to file a tax return?

My kids (minors) each received a gift of some stock from my wife's parents last year. The stock is in the kids' names, with my wife listed as the custodian. They each made just slightly over $100 in ...
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Do companies offer student loan repayment assistance?

Does anyone know which companies offer some type of student loan repayment assistance programs? I'm going to be helping Congress look at a new bill being proposed to make student loan repayment a tax ...
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1099 versus corporation to corporation for payments?

I have an S corp and am starting a new relationship with a business partner, who is going to contract my services. They said 1099 or corporate to corporate, in terms of how I get paid. If they pay me ...
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Paid via PayPal with bank account, but was a couple dollars short

Paying for an item from a store in another currency. Last time I did this, to the same store, PayPal showed me the current USD charge instead of just the foreign currency before I actually hit submit, ...
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What states base income tax on world wide income?

I've seen several questions that state CA taxes worldwide income for anytime spent living in CA. I'm curious what other states might do this (vs not taxing income which was earned wholly outside the ...
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IRA advisory fee?

I have a traditional IRA which I rolled my previous employer's 401(k) into. I've noticed that there seems to be a quarterly advisory fee, which seems to be about 0.5%. Is this reasonable? I ...
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Do I have to report gift money from my spouse and family?

My husband and I got married in January 2014. He is from Australia and works from home as a web designer for clients who are all abroad. He received his green card in April 2014. All of his income is ...
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Can you replace Roth IRA contributions that you withdraw from the current year?

I know that if I remove principal from a Roth IRA for longer than 60 days from previous year's contributions, that I cannot put that back into the Roth IRA. However, assume I deposit 5500 in January ...
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Is state tax based on work location or home location

I live in NJ but work in NYC. Which state tax should I pay? Is there a separate city tax as well?
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I have more than $250,000 in a US Bank account… mistake?

I'm currently carrying a balance of $356,000 in one bank account, which is in excess of the FDIC insured maximum of $250,000. I owe $100,000 in 2014 taxes (which will be paid by April), and the ...
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Planning to invest in stock, age 16

I've been planning to invest in stock to get started for the future, however, I'm concerned about taxes... if I was to get capital gains, and in a short time period reinvest it in another security, do ...
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Working from home in Vermont as W2 employee for employer in California. Need I file a CA tax return?

I work for a company registered in CA; they have no offices in my state. I'm a W2 employee and they are withholding taxes for VT, where I reside. Will I need to file a CA income tax return? This ...
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Is paid time off (PTO) considered taxable income?

I am a salaried full-time employee at my company in California, USA. I noticed on both my final 2014 paystub and on my W-2 form that the paid time off (PTO) I took for vacation last year was listed ...
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For a non-resident, Is it worth investing in a 401k?

I'm planning to stay in the U.S. for 3 to 5 years. My company offers a 4% match for 401k contributions. Is it worth investing in a 401k plan with all the fees and penalties? Or is there a better way ...
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What would you do with a large land inheritance with high tax rate?

I just inherited a couple hundred acres of pristine woodland in New England. I'm a nature-lover, so my first impulse is to keep the land as-is, letting campers, trekkers, and wildlife just use it as ...
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Calculation, timing, and taxes related to profit distribution of an S-corp?

My life partner and I opened an S corporation at the start of 2015. My life partner will be employed by the S-corp and we've established a reasonable salary for him. I won't be employed by the S-corp, ...
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Does this Budget Make Sense for a New Condo?

I’ve been obsessively reading for the past week or two about how much of your gross/net income to be spending on Mortgage/Insurance/Taxes/HOA. More conservative estimates were at 25% of your gross ...
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Sales tax “trick” while buying a used car; i.e. declaring sale at lower than actual transaction value?

I am selling my car and have found a potential buyer. After I transfer the vehicle ownership, the buyer will have to transfer the vehicle title to himself, and will also need to pay sales tax on the ...
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What tax filings are required for real estate transactions?

I intend to purchase real estate with cash from a family member via quitclaim. What tax forms are we required to file reporting the sale?
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Tax consequences when foreign currency changes in value

As a US taxpayer, if I hold some foreign currency that gains or loses value, what are the tax consequences when I exchange the currency for US dollars or other goods or services? Let's take a ...
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Opening US Bank account for US citizen while abroad

I am an American citizen with a social security number, but I'm currently living abroad and am not planning on visiting any time soon, and I don't have any state-issued ID. Is there a bank that will ...
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Reporting ESPP ordinary income on shares purchased living in Europe

I have shares acquired through an American company I was working for. They were purchased through the company ESPP plan. I was living and being paid in Europe at the time ( I am not a US citizen). 10 ...
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Sitting in India, can I buy goods from China on internet using a credit card, deliver it to USA and receive payments through western union from USA? [on hold]

I reside in India. I would like to buy goods in China through e-commerce (dhgate or alibaba) using my Indian credit card, and have it delivered to the USA for final sale. Further, I need to receive ...
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Which 2014 TurboTax Edition Do I Need?

I'm having trouble understanding which version of TurboTax I need to do my personal taxes. I don't know if the online and CD editions are equivalent, but I'm planning on getting the CD edition since ...
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Question about being a resident

I moved to Oregon in July 2014 from Nevada. I have OR DMV and Voter's registration. Am I considered a resident of Oregon now?
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Can I avoid tax on sale of home after only 1 year of residence? [duplicate]

I'm selling my home just one year after purchasing it (to move into a home with my husband). I might make as much as $6,000 profit. I intend to use this money for improvements on the new home. Will ...
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Can a store/company deposit a refund into a bank account, then take it back out again?

Refund amount is already in bank account and has been cleared and posted for a few days, but I'm surprised by the amount; is it possible for the company that issued the refund to go back and change ...
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When is credit card utilization calculated?

I'm confused on how and when credit card utilization is calculated for one's credit score. Is the credit card utilization percentage calculated based on the maximum balance you had in a given month? ...
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Getting money paid to a US based bank account for Indian company based invoice

I work for an american company and I used to get paid before directly by check. But now, I am raising invoices (for the work I do) from my Indian company. Is it ok if the USA company pays the Indian ...
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Student on F1 VISA; trouble filing taxes | Unique case

I am an international student in USA on F-1 VISA. My fiance works as an independent contractor from India and received his income in my US bank account which I sent to him in India. We did this for ...
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Investment strategy for 401k when rolling over soon

I'm a contractor at a company interesting in investing in their 401k. If I know I'll be leaving this company in a year or so what sort of time horizon and risk exposure is applicable? I'm not sure how ...
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Need something more basic than a financial advisor or planner

Is there a professional that one can go to in order to assess one's current financial situation and get advice and follow-through on what one can do in order to correct financial errors one has made, ...
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Tax liability in US for LLC's owned by an Indian Citzen

I am located in Pune, India and looking forward to form an LLC (Service Industry) in FL only as a face for my Indian Company in the US market. My clients would be making the payments in my Indian Bank ...
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Common Stock Options Value

Definitely related to this: Job Offer - Explain Stock Options [US] This is the language of the employment contract: At the outset of your employment you will be provided with an initial grant of ...
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What is the best way to increase the earned money staying in US for an NRI?

Im living in US from last 1 year due to work assignment and will be here for another 3-4 years. What is the best way to earn interest on earned money? Shall I send all earned money to India ...
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Collecting pay while on leave of absence?

Can you still get paid if you are on leave of absence from work? I was told when I run out of sick time to go for leave of absence, what does that mean and can I still get paid?
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Arguments on the “unconstitutionality” of income tax: What acts, etc. of Congress require payment of income tax?

I've heard that while the 16th Amendment gave the U.S. Congress the authority to enact laws for the application of an income tax on US citizens, but I've also heard that there is currently no law on ...
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Starting late for retirement

I am 68 years old and am a minister. Hope to keep working indefinitely. Wife and I have no debts and have just begun to put our SSA money into savings and a Roth IRA. What other investments would ...
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Teacher moving to another state: transfer retirement savings from previous TRS?

I am a teacher who moved from GA to CA. I have money in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) there and I am wondering if I should move it to a CA-based fund. What are the pros and cons?
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What quarter does a payment on the first of the month belong to? [closed]

We pay employees on the first of the month for a pay period from the 26th of two months ago to the 25th of the previous month. That means the period worked and the paydate often occur during ...
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question about early exercise of a NQSO

Hypothetical scenario: 10k option grant size the grant price (and FMV/409a valuation at grant time) is $1.00 assume $2.00 FMV at time of exercise/purchase If these options are early exercised (and ...
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Tangible alternative to paper U.S. savings bonds?

When I was little, it was fairly common to get US Savings Bonds from relatives. It introduced me to savings, financial instruments, and the idea of delayed gratification. I know there are 529 plans, a ...
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insuring my car under girlfriends policy

I live in Indiana in an apartment with my girlfriend, just bought a car with her as a cosigner but her name is not on registration. Can she insure the car under her policy with me as a driver.
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How much can I deduct as far as tax preparation costs?

Last year I paid a tax preparer to prepare some back filings as well as the filing for the year prior. How much of that is deductible? US, by the way.
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Non US-resident, need to file 83b election TODAY with the IRS - I have an SSN but it says “valid for work only with DHS auth” - is this OK?

I am Canadian and are back in Canada. Last year I had a J1 visa to work in the US and I obtained an SSN while there, it says "valid for work only with DHS authorization" on the SSN. My J1 visa has ...
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How to make use of EUR/USD fluctuations in my specific case?

I live in the Euro zone, and my main bank account is here. However, I also have a USD bank account located in the USA. I don't usually pay attention to the currency exchange market, but looking at ...
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Should I open an IRA, or will it be redundant once I get a 401k?

I'm 28 years old and currently a 1099 self-employed contractor at my job, and have been for 2+ years now. I make about $70k a year before taxes. I'm hoping to eventually get hired on full-time and ...