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Limitations of the 401(k) to Roth IRA conversion escape hatch

I'm currently planning on retiring before the 59 1/2 year old milestone where 401k's and IRA's become accessible penalty free. One workaround I've heard of to access your retirement funds early is to ...
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Which has the greatest lifetime value? Company 401k or State/Federal retirement plan

I want to know which of these has the greatest lifetime value: A typical company 401k, Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Can somebody help me ...
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Is “Vendor credit note” has to be reported in 1099 form

Say I have, $10000 paid to my vendor. Then after which I have raised a Vendor Credit note for $5000. Now in my 1099 form, in the non employee compensation ( Box 7 ), do I need to include the debit ...
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Can I make a lump sum contribution to my employer's 401(k) plan?

I recently sold a rental property and have a surplus of cash sitting around. If possible, I'd like to make a lump sum contribution to my employer's 401(k) plan. Is that possible? Or would I need to ...
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How much more can I contribute to my 401(k) this year after I made some Roth IRA, Roth 401k, and 401k contributions?

I've just started a new job, and would like to max out my pre-tax 401(k) contributions before year end. I have contributed to various other investment accounts earlier this year and am struggling to ...
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How safe are withdrawals made using checking account number and routing number? [USA] [duplicate]

I am new to the US banking system and it makes me wonder how easily third parties like xoom.com can withdraw money from your checking account with only the account number and routing number. I ...
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Wash Sales and Day Trading

Let's say a Day Trader buys and sells a stock on the same day and makes a loss of $1,000. Then she buys and sells the same stock the next day and makes a profit of $500. On the third day she files her ...
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Working for recruiter on W-2 vs. working for client on 1099?

My husband has been offered a job at a large company on the other side of the country. He told them he would commit to a long-term contract of up to two years, but that we did not want to move ...
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About to start being an Independent Contractor - Any advice on estimating taxes?

I am a grad student that is about to pick up 10-15 hours of independent contracting work per week. I work and live in Syracuse. I make $19,000 per year (pre-tax) as a grad student, and will make ...
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Roth vs Traditional Investing assuming same tax bracket in retirement

I've done a little (simplified) math to determine the difference in investing in a Roth account and a Traditional retirement account. I'm assuming that I will be in the same tax bracket in retirement ...
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Additional credit card with different limit on same account?

Does anyone know of a way to get another credit card for an authorized user but with a much lower credit limit? I'd like to use my existing credit card account but I don't really see a way to do ...
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Am I supposed to pay taxes when living outside of the states?

I am a greencard holder and beyond going there for 2 months every 6 months ( up until last year when I applied for an I-131 form ) so far I have never worked in the states nor have I made any money ...
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Roth 401k rollover into Roth IRA: How are earnings handled?

I have a Roth 401k from a prior employer and I want to roll it into a Roth IRA. For simplicity, let's assume there are no pre-tax employer match funds in the 401k, only my after tax contributions and ...
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183 day rule in conjunction with expatriate

I am a US citizen but have lived and worked n Germany for 4 years. From Jan. 2013 - March 2014, I was working on a Project in the US as an expatriate. I have taken some Business trips back to the US ...
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Can I use a loan from a Roth 401K as a return option?

For the sake of this question presume that my Roth 401K is invested in low-risk bonds paying prime rate. Can I take a loan, put the money into a similarly low-risk investment paying the prime rate, ...
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When borrowing from a 401k, is the 401k the source of the funds, or the collateral?

I understand that borrowing from a 401K is not a good idea. But I still want to be familiar with some of the mechanics. If someone takes out a $5,000 401K loan, is the money taken from the 401K ...
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Need a loan to buy property in India. What are my options?

I have seen a property in India, and I am planning to buy it. The total cost is $105k, out of which I have $30k of my own. The remaining $75k needs to be financed somehow. I can get a loan in India, ...
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Home owners association for houses, pro/cons

(there is a question about home owners associations for condo communities here, so this is a) not a duplicate and b) fit for this website) In most contexts where I hear about a home owners ...
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Why isn't money spent on necessities deductible from your taxes?

I'm semi-recently graduated from college. In my job(s) I've had a flex account that lets me pay for medical expenses tax free. Similarly for my commute I'm able to pay for my ticket with pre-tax ...
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401k Rollover into IRA (First Time Home Buyer)?

WALL OF TEXT AHEAD. Ok so I don't even know if this is even "possible" but I figured I'd ask. My 401k plan I have is honestly pretty crap, zero matching, really poor rate of return (1-2% on average ...
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Cash a US Government check without bank account

A US citizen, long-term permanent resident in Canada, with no financial presence of any type in the US. He holds a valid US passport, and is up-to-date with all IRS and FBAR reporting. He has a $400 ...
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Investing in 401k and a Roth IRA

I am a senior in college and I have $3,000 dollars from my summer internship that I want to invest. I was thinking of investing it in a Roth IRA in an index mutual fund. However I am questioning my ...
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Get money from USA to India

I am a freelancer and need to get payment from a client living in USA. I am in India. I am using paypal and they charge a lot of fees and I hate to use them. What are the alternative to get ...
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How would IRS treat reimbursement in a later year of moving expenses?

In the U.S., if one claims a moving expense using Form 3903 in one year because one is unsure whether a startup business will be able to even reimburse you for those expenses, but in a subsequent ...
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If I sell my house, will I have to pay taxes on the profit?

I am in the United States, in Colorado. I purchased a house in July of 2013. It was in poor condition, so I spent the first two months repairing things before moving in. Now, 11 months after moving ...
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I started some small businesses but need help figuring out taxes. Should I hire a CPA?

I've got a couple of small businesses I run. I started them in the last couple of months. I feel lost when it comes to my taxes. I know I should be paying something, but I'm not real sure where to ...
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How are retirement needs calculated for a couple with disparate ages?

Given typical assumptions about changes in expenditures in retirement versus earning years, retirement advice and calculators do not appear to adequately address retirement planning for couples with ...
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Issues with unfiled tax returns

My husband and I have 2010-2013 taxes to file. He refuses to give me his income information because he believes the federal govt taxing us is unconstitutional. So I just had 4 years of taxes filed ...
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Why invest in IRA while a low-cost index fund is much simpler?

I'm currently investing in a low-cost index fund and wonder what's the point of opening an IRA (either Roth or traditional). The big con of IRA is that you can't withdraw before retirement age ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on PPF in USA?

I am going to work on H-1B in US for next 3 years. I am sure that I will return to India after 3 years and do not want to permanently settle in US. In order to invest money in India I am planning to ...
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How much tax should I pay in US on interest earned on my NRE a/c in India?

I am a person on H-1B who passes Substantial Presence Test. I have transferred money which I saved from my salary to my own NRE account in India. I think that I can transfer any amount without paying ...
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Senior in College, need advice on my investing plan

I am a rising senior in college and saved up $3,000 dollars from my summer internship. I have done a lot of research online about investment options for my age and I decided that opening a Roth IRA ...
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Can FHA mortgage insurance premiums go up after a loan is issued?

Is the FHA monthly mortgage insurance payment determined at the time the loan is written? I have a friend who streamlined her FHA loan in about 2012 (original FHA loan 2007). Her MI annual payment ...
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Single member LLC capital contributions and IRS reporting

I have a single member LLC which is a disregarded entity for IRS purposes. I have a new attorney who told me that when ever I make a capital contribution to the LLC out of my own pocket or transfer by ...
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What will be the capital gains tax after we sell a rental home?

I'm in desperate need of some help. I've been asking different tax consultants about this situation, and I keep receiving different answers. My parents purchase a Tudor style home about 30 years ago ...
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How common is “pass-through” health insurance?

I am doing research about how health insurance works in the United States. I plan to post my findings on my personal web site. I have heard it said that some companies that provide health insurance ...
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Should my credit report be empty

It seems my credit report is empty. When going to annualcreditreport.com, Experian and Equifax both give me generic errors saying my request can't be completed, and TransUnion gives me a report that ...
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Self Employed 401k: contributions vs more available deductions

I'm in a unique situation this year where I worked self-employed 1099 for a few months and am full time W-2 for the rest. My full time job does not offer a 401k, but I can open a self-employed 401k ...
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How does Wells Fargo use my phone number to find my Bank of America account?

I'm extremely confused about how Wells Fargo's SurePay transfers money to Bank of America. I've set up my Bank of America account to use my mobile phone number to receive payments. Now someone sent ...
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UK resident seeking to invest in US mutual fund company

I have a B1 visa, owns a rental property and file US income tax return annually. Can I invest in mutual funds in the US? I was advised by a mutual fund company that I am not eligible because I am not ...
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IRS-4506T, Request for Tax Transcripts reporting delay

sometimes lending institutions ask for a request of tax transcript for the past two years. This is done by filing a IRS-4506T, and then the IRS sends the transcripts to the designated person. This ...
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buying a duplex: do i have to pay taxes quarterly?

I was thinking about getting a home loan, buying a duplex, leasing one side out and living in the other side myself. My question is... would I have to pay income tax on a quarterly basis for the side ...
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Pros/Cons of Buying Discounted Company Stock

For my company (large international software firm) I am allowed to buy company stock at a discounted price. To me all I see are pros such as: Being able to sell the stock right as I buy it, ...
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What is the denominator in the expense ratio?

So I recently looked at Vanguard Total market Index fund, which has an expense ratio of 0.05%. How is this number calculated? The numerator is various operating expenses of the fund, but no source ...
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Should I pay rent electronically?

I'm renting an apartment from an individual. The landlord and I discussed the possibility of paying rent electronically. My bank (BofA) has some kind of electronic payment option where I'd enter the ...
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US: personal income tax calculations and other costs

If an individual has an annual salary of US$150K in Silicon Valley as a software engineer from his/her job, how much would this individual take home (cash)? If said individual has to also take into ...
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We're taking a sabbatical in less than two years. Ideas for investing money until then?

My wife and I are planning on taking a sabbatical year off in 2016. We are following a path of 6 years of working very hard, 1 year rest and reflection, repeat. I realize this is not suited to all, ...
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Ideal investments for a recent college grad with very high risk tolerance?

I recently graduated college and got a steady job making decent money as a software engineer/programmer. I make more than enough money to sustain myself and save up money, while still having money ...
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Receiving money from overseas for a business

My friend is sending me a large sum of money from Germany to open a business in USA. Am I supposed to pay taxes for on that money? Should I open the business account first?
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What options exist to make money in the US on a work-restricted visa?

So someone I know started selling on eBay, we live in the US. Her visa does not allow her to work, so instead, she decided to try making money online. She has made about $1000 in 3 months. With A ...