For questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products of the United States.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

0
votes
2answers
11 views

Can I write off time spent learning my trade - Two-Man S-Corp

I am a full-time freelance copywriter for an ad agency, who is my sole source of income. I am in the process of forming an S Corp, wherein I will pay myself a salary and take the rest as a ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

401k contributions explanation

I have a basic question on 401k investment. Below is what my company is matching: XYZCompany will match your contributions, up to 4% of your eligible compensation, to a maximum of $10,600. Now ...
2
votes
2answers
70 views

How to buy a house without being over-exposed to real estate

Buying a house can all-of-a-sudden make 90%+ of a person's portfolio be invested in real estate, actually one very specific piece of real estate! Which is against all the advice we're given to ...
5
votes
0answers
26 views

How does a tuition insurance payment affect 529 withdrawals?

Qualified college tuition and expenses were paid from a 529 plan in 2014. The school sent a 1098-T and the 529 plan sent a 1099-Q and everything was fine on my 2014 taxes. In 2015 my child has left ...
3
votes
2answers
48 views

Can I enroll in an FSA if my employer doesn't offer it?

I'm really REALLY interested in opening an FSA. I've asked my employer and they say they don't offer it. We have insurance through them with BCBSGA. It isn't a HSA qualified plan. So is there a way to ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Can large long-term capital gains be offset by not being employed?

If I understand correctly, you pay 0% long-term capital gains tax if you are in the 10% or 15% income tax brackets (i.e. if you make $37,450 or less). If I knew I had to sell my stock that had, ...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

Setting up a LLC for two partners in different states, what should we look into?

My friend and I are looking into starting our own design agency. The LLC would be based out of Texas, but the other employee would be based out of North Carolina. We would both be full time employees ...
0
votes
3answers
67 views

Can a custodian refuse prior-year IRA/HSA deposit postmarked April 15?

When switching from a bank to a credit union for an HSA. The old bank had the following text on the DEPOSIT SLIP, which was provided in the envelope together with their VISA debit card: Prior ...
1
vote
2answers
45 views

Can I deduct retirement plan contributions from my self-employment income?

I'm self-employed. I pay self-employment tax on ( income - business deductions ) * 92.35%. Can I make contributions to a retirement account that counts as a business deduction? More details: I'm ...
1
vote
0answers
34 views

Undo IRA conversion to an existing Roth IRA?

I have two retirement accounts at the same brokerage. One is a traditional IRA that was rolled over from a past company 401k plan, the second is a Roth IRA that I contribute to with taxable income. I ...
1
vote
2answers
39 views

How do I correct an HSA distribution when I was refunded by a health provider?

At work I'm covered by an HDHP with an HSA. My dentist has the policy of estimating the amount that my insurance will cover and asking for the remainder at the time of service. On my most recent ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Can my contribution to 529 plan vary monthly?

I want to start 529 plan for my son. I am not sure if monthly contribution has to fixed or I can increase/reduce my contribution as per my financial situation. Eg if I loose my job I may decide to ...
3
votes
3answers
165 views

Advantage of Traditional 401k over Roth

I am trying to understand the differences and benefits of putting money in Traditional 401k over Roth 401k. If I have to still pay tax while withdrawing money from my Traditional (pre tax) 401K after ...
2
votes
2answers
34 views

Do I need to calculate my cost basis for S corporation stock and distributions I've received to determine tax owed on K-1?

I'll be using hypothetical numbers to make this easier to visualize. I purchased 2000 shares from an S-corporation for $4000 in December of 2014. I received $1000 in distributions for the shares (box ...
5
votes
2answers
748 views

Should I seek loan forgiveness, or paying off my loan quicker?

A little background: I am a public worker who recently learned about a loan forgiveness program. I have already been paying off this loan (since before the program began) and was not aware of the ...
2
votes
0answers
18 views

If I forfeited my entire dependent care FSA, can I claim dependent care credit?

I missed the deadline to claim my dependent care FSA for a previous year. Since the entire FSA amount was forfeited, can I claim dependent care credit instead for that year ?
1
vote
1answer
21 views

Tax implication of loan from Korea to US

I'm trying to borrow a large amount of money to buy a home from a friend overseas, is there any tax implication in this case? And is there any limit on the amount?
3
votes
2answers
64 views

Is it possible to use a 529 plan solely for myself, without any educational expenses?

I was setting up an Illinois 529 plan recently. Contributions to the plan are state income tax deductible up to $10,000 per tax payer per year. It got me thinking: What is to stop someone with no ...
1
vote
2answers
28 views

Questions regarding taxation for Indians living in U.S.( citizens of U.S.)

Greetings of the season. I have some clarifications and questions regarding taxation for Indian's living in U.S. What is the maximum cash gift a person can receive from Indian parents? Beyond what ...
1
vote
2answers
175 views

Why are Rausch Coleman houses so cheap? Is it because they don't have gas?

I have been looking for a new house for 5 months now. An average price per square foot in my area is $100. However, Rausch Coleman Homes is offering very nice and SUPER CHEAP houses for $75 per square ...
6
votes
2answers
394 views

Can my mortgage company force me to buy condo hazard insurance?

I live in the United States and have a mortgage for my condominium. After 10 years under my current policy, I suddenly received a letter from the lender, saying "A review of our records indicates we ...
4
votes
2answers
63 views

What payment options are there besides checks and direct deposit?

My employer is planning to require all employees to be paid by direct deposit. A number of our employees are unbanked, and opening an account is not practical. I understand the employer's concern to ...
6
votes
3answers
180 views

Why would a bank refuse to open a bank account?

About 4 years ago, I try to open a bank account for my wife and they refused to open an account after they ran her passport. I asked the manager lady why, but she wouldn't tell me why or she refused ...
0
votes
1answer
136 views

How May Cash be Spent Approaching Bankruptcy?

During the bankruptcy filing process, after declaration of intent and prior to actual filing, how may money from the sale of assets be spent? I understand there is a limit to what can be repaid to ...
2
votes
0answers
54 views

Laid off what happens to FSA money? [duplicate]

My husband was laid off from his job and he had an FSA healthcare account. The account shows there is over $600 available. What happens to that money now that he's laid off and no longer worker for ...
3
votes
1answer
117 views

Should I pay for lousy tax preparation service?

My tax accountant this year did lousy job - Form 8942 was not filled according to IRS instructions. Also, I had to figure out myself why ESPP, NQSO and RSUs cost basis this year was incorrect on my ...
3
votes
3answers
207 views

Strategies for paying off my Student loans

For some background info on myself, I just graduated college a bit over a year ago with a Comp Sci degree. I've saved up just enough to pay off my student loans in its entirety, however, I have ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

Tax implications of dad paying cash for my home, and me paying him back?

My father found a better loan than us, so we are thinking about him giving us the money for the house, we pay cash for the house so we get it under our name, and then we pay to him every month for the ...
1
vote
2answers
130 views

Get a loan, and then repay that loan with the loan itself

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, my credit score dropped 300 points in less than a year. I had a procedure done at the local hospital, which ended up costing around $800. I gave them my ...
4
votes
1answer
75 views

Can I put IRA $10K withdrawal back into account within 120 days?

If I take $10K out of IRA for first time home purchase, use it and then come up with extra $10K within the next 4 months, can I put that $10K back into the IRA within the 120 day period (i.e,. ...
3
votes
1answer
179 views

How to correctly deduct purchase of a laptop dedicated to my consulting work?

I was thinking about buying a laptop to use dedicated for consulting. Currently I've been using the same laptop that I do my personal stuff on for my consulting work but I'd like to have a separate ...
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Maternity payments taxable income?

Paid maternity leave in my country of residence is paid by the government as a social security insurance benefit, rather than by the employer. Is it treated as taxable income on my US return? Edit: ...
2
votes
1answer
102 views

How much should I charge a U.S. company for IT work I'll do remotely from Canada?

I'm currently living in Canada. I have very nice job and I'm happy with it. My previous company in the U.S. contacted me and they want to hire me as a 1099 (independent contractor) working remotely. ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

Are Target Funds Unsafe - Post Q.E.?

It appears that Target Funds are becoming more common for employer sponsored plans, and these are billed as a safe way to prepare for retirement. For people who plan to retire over the five to ...
2
votes
0answers
20 views

Receiving $10,000 grant from U.S company as a UK citizen using W-8BEN form, how much is taxed before and after using a tax treaty?

I'm going to be travelling to America to take part in a fellowship/scholarship/training program ran by an American company. I am a UK citizen. I am receiving a $10,000 grant from the U.S company and ...
2
votes
1answer
71 views

Does the IRS penalize for overpaying and underpaying state income tax?

I used TurboTax for filing my taxes this year (for 2014) and came across an oddity that either means TurboTax is buggy or the IRS penalizes for overpaying state income tax. When using turbotax (and ...
3
votes
1answer
67 views

Why do mutual fund trading limitations exist? e.g. 90 day transfer limits?

I recently moved money from one mutual fund to another fund in my 401(k), and was warned that I'd be prohibited from transferring out money from said fund for a period of 90 days. I know such ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

How to report Canadian T4 slip items (e.g. CPP, EI) on a U.S. tax return?

I am a U.S. citizen resident in Canada. Does anyone know how to report the various items on a Canadian T4 (a rough equivalent of a W-2) on a U.S. tax return? I am not sure about the following items: ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

How can a Canadian establish US credit score

I don't have a SSN or US address. I would like to start establishing a credit score in US. What are my options? What is the fastest way?
2
votes
2answers
80 views

Soft Inquiry vs Hard Inquiry

For the following scenarios, I was informed that there'll be a soft inquiry involved Opening a Checking account at a credit union Requesting a Credit limit increase on a Credit card Signing up for ...
0
votes
1answer
11 views

When filing a US 1065 as a General Partnership, do we combine our expenditures for a home office?

I am in a General Partnership with 1 other person. We both work out of our respective homes. When filing expenses on a 1065, do we line item each of our home office expenses? For example, if I use my ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

Loan Repayment and Salary Decisions

I have an LLC in CA with my brother acting as the primary member of the company. In an effort to get the company started and to get us through some growing pains I loaned the company money, around ...
1
vote
1answer
19 views

Can subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans be repaid independently of each other?

For an undergraduate student in the U.S., Stafford loans are offered to students and may contain a portion that is subsidized and another portion that is not, both in a single year. Can the ...
1
vote
3answers
104 views

Wouldn't it be better if reinvested dividends were simply treatable as capital gains for tax purposes?

Suppose I own 100 shares in XYZ corp purchased for 25c in year 2000. If XYZ corp pays me 5c in dividends in year 2001, I will owe tax on the 5c dividends, hopefully as qualified dividends(?). If on ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Do I owe a finders fee to my tenant's broker if they didn't bring me the referral?

I am currently using a broker to help me find new tenants for my rental home. Currently, she has only advertised the home on Craig's list. However, at an open house that she was hosting for another ...
4
votes
2answers
1k views

Buying a condo to attend schools in another district [closed]

I live in a area with bad school district. I pay a lot in property tax and I'd like to avoid paying private school for my children when they start in 2 years. The option would be to move to a better ...
0
votes
0answers
37 views

401K or Indian CD

I am debating on contributing to 401k(which is being invested fully) va putting a sum (say $10k) in Indian CD. I am assuming investment in stocks would return about 6-8% where as Indian CD would ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

Is it illegal to sublet apartment to someone not on lease? Penalties?

I have a 2 BR apartment which I have been using to sublet to tenants for several years. I don't put them on my lease. Is this illegal, and if so, what are the penalties?
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Taxes for a UK citizen interning in the US for 3 months

I am a student and UK citizen. This summer I will be interning in the US for 3 months on a J-1 visa. The internship is paid and my salary will be paid into a US checking account. I understand that ...
0
votes
1answer
65 views

What do US banks look for while processing a check

I recently had two issues with banks & checks I deposited a check payable to my spouse & me in our joint account at the bank ATM. It was accepted, then rejected - missing endorsement. Turns ...