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Does setting a business on an Indian reservation avoid taxes? [on hold]

I was reading this article on Forbes and found the following: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos famously said that he investigated setting up Amazon on an Indian reservation to avoid taxes Does this ...
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Do proceeds from a sale count as income for the decedent or the estate when agreement is prior to death and payment is after?

This is a question about US taxes and accounting. The documentation I've read says that if an estate is run on a cash accounting system, then any income received after the decedent's date of death is ...
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Using stock options to lower income tax in the USA?

Lets say I have a small company and I pay myself a salary of 200k / year. I'm in the 33% tax bracket. I've thought about a strategy to lower my taxes to about 20%, but not sure if it's viable. Would ...
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To whom should I report fraud on both of my credit cards?

I have two credit cards with separate banks. In the last two weeks, I've had one fraudulent charge on each of them. Both fraudulent charges were from businesses in the same city, that is not where I ...
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Index ETF or Index mutual fund - standard brokerage account

If I plan to hold an asset for 10 years, the asset is offered as a mutual fund and an etf, with the same 0.25% fee, and quarterly dividends of 100.00, from a tax and reinvestment standpoint, which ...
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Can I become a secondary lessee with no credit history?

I want to rent an apartment with my girlfriend. At the moment I don't have any credit or proof of income, but I am finally earning enough through freelancing to afford the rent. I have an emergency ...
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Higher returns from international markets?

I've heard that part of your portfolio should be invested in international markets. One argument for it is higher returns. However, browsing through some funds (FOSFX, FIEUX, FWWFX), all I can see is ...
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How to build a U.S. credit history as a worker on a visa?

I am 30 and looking serious at moving to the United States to take a lucrative (career wise) job. Assuming I get the job offer and accept it, how can I go about getting credit in the US? I am from ...
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As a J-1 visa holder, am I allowed to make additional income in the US?

I am living in the US under a J-1 visa. I am thinking of building and launching an iOS application that might bring in some additional income from the App Store (potentially hundreds to thousands of ...
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1 EIN doing business under multiple business names

I have 2 small business LLC's registered in Wisconsin, each with their own EIN. Call them Company A LLC and Company B LLC. I'm converting Company A LLC into an S Corp. Company B LLC will have it's ...
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How to deal with IRS response of no action to 83(b) election?

Pursuant to advice on forming a small company that issues restricted stock such as described here. I filed an 83(b) election with the IRS last fall via certified mail return receipt and for which I ...
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As non-resident of NJ, should I mention all my earnings on NJ tax return?

I am confused. If anyone's from New Jersey and knows this please answer. On the NJ-1040NR form, the income needs to be stated at line 14 in two columns, one earned in state and one from everywhere. ...
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Should I move out of my actively managed IRA at Fidelity and put it all in index funds?

I have an IRA at Fidelity. It is where I have rolled old 401k plans into. Currently, I am paying Fidelity to actively manage the account. It is currently invested is many mutual funds, bonds and ...
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Is Buying American Shares in Canada a Good Idea?

I am looking at buying some American based shares such as SPY (the S&P 500 Index ETF), but I am in Canada. I am wondering if buying something like this will have any consequences (e.g. I have to ...
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How do I compensate for an incorrect 1099-MISC?

I received a settlement from my former employer for unpaid wages. In addition to the unpaid wages, the settlement also included attorney's fees and statutory damages. (The settlement agreement clearly ...
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401k plan employee rights?

Is it legal for my employer to know what I'm doing with my money that is in the 401k, that comes from my employer, without my consent? Is the financial services company that manages my 401k permitted ...
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do i need to pay tax in US for the provident fund and gratuity money that i received after quitting Indian IT company while i was deputed in US

I was working for an Indian IT company. I worked in India for few years and then was deputed to a client location in US. In the middle of last year, i quit the Indian company and joined an American IT ...
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Can I freeze my credit file with no credit history?

I recently received notice from a major company that my personal information (SSN, DOB, address, etc.) has been compromised. As such, I would like to put a freeze on my credit. However, I have no ...
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Is a pension considered part of an estate

I am receiving half of my husband's pension since he died. Is it considered part of his estate? We had a small business which we sold prior to his death, but his sons think the pension I am receiving ...
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How to report 1099 Misc income while working for a different employer

I was in a company A, which got acquired in 2012. All the stocks I owned were vested immediately and 10% of the amount was kept by the acquiring company for 18 months. I left the company and joined ...
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Do i need to declare property in India when living in USA

I have been living in US and paying taxes, filing FBAR to declare the foreign bank accounts. My question - do i also need to declare my property like the house in which parents are living (but its in ...
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Do tax preparers have to report findings of illegal activities to any IRS?

Do tax preparers have to report findings/suspicions of illegal activities —e.g. failure to file for multiple years— of clients or even potential clients (seeking advice) to either Federal and/or any ...
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When is there a difference between short- and long-term capital gains?

I have always heard that short-term capital gains are subject to more tax than long-term capital gains. While preparing my 2014 federal tax return, though, it seemed as if all of my gains were being ...
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Income tax laibility in India for Stock traded in USA as a resident Indian

I lived in US for more than 9 yrs on H1B visa and was maintaining US stock portfolio and was filing taxes in US as 1099 for stocks plus my salary as 1040. Now I am planning to return to India but ...
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Form 4797 for listed property that never exceeded 50% business use

My tax software is setting up an IRS Form 4797 for business property that is no longer being used for business. The asset in question is a vehicle that is also listed property and has never been used ...
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Municipal Bond Fund tax risks?

I am looking at Tax-Exempt Municipal Bond Fund as a hassle free investment option. This is the first time I'm looking to invest outside of a retirement account, and having read up on the process of ...
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Minors and taxes?

I am 15 years old and I just started freelance development. Currently I am making $200-$400 a week and I live in the US. Anyway, my question is do I have to pay taxes and how?
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Does 1098-T need to be filed by student?

I am filing my taxes via TaxAct, and I am not sure whether my 1098-T Copy B (for students) needs to be reported. On my Copy B it states "This is important tax information and is being furnished to the ...
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Can an early withdrawal from a Traditional IRA be done in two parts?

Let's assume that we've already determined an early withdrawal from a Traditional IRA will be taken and that it does not qualify for any of the tax-free conditions. I am aware of the lost opportunity ...
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How to troubleshoot identity verification issue when requesting credit report?

I have a long credit history (slightly more than 2 years) and so far I have no success in requesting my free credit report. There is a small caveat, I am successfully able to verify my identity at one ...
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Can self-employed individuals deduct their mileage spent commuting to events?

I'm a self-employed individual who works in the event setup/execution/teardown industry. I am preparing my taxes and I'm trying to figure out if I can deduct my mileage spent commuting from my house ...
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What to do with $50,000?

I've been splitting my paycheck into two banks, 80% weighted towards a high yield savings account (0.9% interest) and a local credit union for ATM access to cash. All of my other payments are through ...
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Buying a home-Make as large a downpayment as possible, or keep cash to invest

I'm trying to decide whether to put a full 20% down on a new home (primary residence), which would eat up most of my cash from sale of current home, or do something like 10% down, 80% conventional ...
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What are the possible negative repurcussions of letting the IRS compute the taxes, as described in instructions for Form 1040A, Line 28?

On Form 1040A, Line 28, the IRS appears to be offering to do my taxes for me. Do you want the IRS to figure your tax for you? What are some reasons why one would not want them to do this?
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Withrdraw funds that were converted from Traditional IRA to Roth IRA

From a previous employer, I had a traditional 401K which upon leaving that job I rolled into a traditional IRA. With a Roth IRA you can withdraw the "contributions" but not the gains. My question ...
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Tax consequences of working for US company from India

I found a job at a US-based company, and I would like to do all my work for that company while residing in India. My questions are: Can said company deposit my salary check directly into my account ...
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With no pay stub, could employer be screwing us over?

Recently, my wife has been working for a local day care; she's hourly and gets paid biweekly. Since she started a few months ago, she has been paid by direct deposit a few times but has received no ...
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Could my employer give me a raise in terms of employer 401k contributions instead of salary?

Personal contributions to a 401k are capped at $17,500 per year, but personal + employer contributions are capped at $52,000 per year, and I'm already maxing out my 401k. Assuming I was eligible for ...
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Can I contribute to a 401k for employer matching and then immediately withdraw it?

I have some friends who work at a company which offers 50% 401k matching up to some amount, but they don't take advantage of it because they want to use the money for non-retirement purposes. Ignoring ...
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Should my mother be an Independent Contractor or my Employee (for tax purposes) as she provides babysitting services to my young children?

My 65-year old mother lives with us in Florida, and she takes care of our two young children while my husband and I are at work. My husband and I pay my mother about $6,000 a year in cash, and we use ...
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Checks made out to multiple parties with 'and'. How can I deposit it with one signature?

I am receiving payments from a lawsuit in my favor, with three other plaintiffs. The payments we are receiving are personal checks, made out to all off the plaintiffs with 'and' joining the names. ...
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Should I wait until I absolutely need the money to draw income from Social Security?

I started collection at age 62, but could pay it back. Sometimes I think I should put the money into one of my houses while I am able to do the work myself. I could take a loan from a 401k, but paying ...
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Do “Instant Approved” credit card inquires appear on credit report?

I have a very good credit score (just shy of excellent) and I wanted to purchase a fairly pricey item on Amazon. They have a couple of decent credit card offers, one with Chase that gives you $70 ...
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While working overseas my retirement has not gone into a retirement account. Is it going to kill me on the FAFSA?

I am a US citizen but I have worked most of my life overseas. So I qualify for the "foreign earned income exclusion" which makes my tax bill basically zero. Because of this I haven't been trying to ...
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How Do I Make Sure the IRS Receives My Tax Return on Time?

Can I and my friends send together in the same envelope the tax refund declarations via DHL Express service? Who will sign receiving the envelope?
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Is there a way to open a U.S. bank account for my LLC remotely?

I'm operating a company remotely — I'm not in the U.S. Is there a way to open a bank account without going to the U.S.? I've called a few banks and most of them require myself to go the a ...
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How to correct a tax return filed electronically and already approved?

I know just the basics when it comes to taxes and IRS. So I went to a tax professional to prepare my taxes. He filed my taxes electronically (e-file) and it was approved right there. I double-checked ...
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Can I deduct a 2013 donation to charity on my 2014 tax return?

In 2013 I made a donation to a charity. In early 2014, I included a copy of the donation receipt with all the paperwork I sent to my CPA. When he filed my 2013 tax return, he forgot to deduct the ...
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How to handle two K-1 forms from same company?

I have shares in an MLP in two vehicles: A small position from employee stock purchases when I briefly worked for the company A larger position from after I left the company and bought shares on my ...
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Moved with my girlfriend for her new job, I paid moving expenses, which she later repaid. Can she claim moving deduction? (USA)

Moved with my girlfriend for her new job, I paid moving expenses, which she later repaid. Can she claim the moving deduction? (We're in the US)