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How can I report pump and dump scams?

I recently received a mass-mailing purporting to be a free introductory issue of an investment magazine, but consisting of hyperbolic, untrammeled promotion of a penny stock. In other words, it ticked ...
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Cobra and existing conditions with new insurance in the future question

Hope this is an okay place to post this question... So, I need to go to the doctor today but will be changing jobs as of next week and will have a period of time where I could potentially not be ...
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Filing income tax for nonresident spouse?

If someone is married and his spouse is not a U.S. citizen, doesn't live in the U.S., and doesn't have Social Security number, how is he going to file a tax return? Should he file a tax return as ...
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Can I contribute money to a 401k, 457b, and an IRA all at the same time?

I am a retiree who is returning to full time work. Can I contribute the maximum to my full time job's 401(k) and to my part time job's 457(b)? And then also contribute the maximum to an IRA?
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What is “Local Earned Income Township Tax” and do I have to pay it?

I live in Pennsylvania and am a freelancer/self employed. Every year I get something in the mail from the tax administrator Berkheimer telling me that I owe them money. I do my taxes through ...
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How can I determine my earning power percentile?

There are many online resources to determine your salary percentile nationally. However, this information is not terribly useful as cost-of-living differs greatly from area to area. For instance, a ...
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Do my 401k/Roth accounts benefit from compounding?

I've always read that the great benefit of 401k's and IRA's are the compounding of interest. My entire 401k invests in a S&P index fund and I make semi-monthly contributions and there is one ...
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Amendment After 3 Years That Increases the Tax

I had filed 2010 US tax returns to the best of my knowledge using one of the famous online websites. Fast forward now (2014), I realized that I was in US for half a year and should have filed as ...
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If I roll over my retirement into an IRA, can I pay off my school loans at the same time without having that sum penalized?

I want to roll over a lump sum of retirement funds into some type of savings account, but want to designate a certain amount of it to pay off school loans. Can I do it without being taxed and/or ...
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What should I do if I have not received my income tax refund 7 months after I filed?

I am a non-resident alien, and I sent my 1040NR-EZ together with other supporting documents in March 2014, and I received a letter from IRS in April saying that they needed more time in processing my ...
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What are tax implications of short vs long term capital losses?

I have read in multiple places that you can use investment losses of up to $3,000/year against your taxes. Is this as a deduction or credit? Does it count as an addition to itemized deductions or is ...
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COBRA and “in progress” expenses

I'm leaving my job in a few days, and I have significant "in progress" dental expenses. I haven't received any official COBRA information yet. I'm worried that any appointments after my last day at ...
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(US) What is the deduction for gifts of appreciated stock with restricted registration rights?

I have appreciated stock that I am allowed to give away to charitable transferees, but those transferees will have restricted registration rights for 12 months. They cannot sell the stock for 12 ...
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Withdrawing HSA excess contributions?

I just got married a couple of weeks ago. I have a self-coverage only HDHP through my employer, with an HSA funded by my employer ($3000 per year). My husband has a family-coverage HDHP through his ...
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Live in Florida & work remote for a New York company. Do I owe NY state income tax?

I have been down in Florida for the past 3 1/2 years and continue to pay New York state taxes out of the money I earn for a company I work remote for that is in New York. Should I be paying New York ...
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Tax deferred savings limits and early retirement possibilities

I've been listening to some financial independence podcasts where people claim that if you save 75% of your income into tax deferred retirement accounts, you wind up paying no income tax even with an ...
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Interest on a deposit

In NC Can I sue for the interest on a security deposit that was in escrow for over 12 year's? My former landlord died and my deposit was with held unlawfully , can I sue for three time's the amount of ...
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How would your write wire instructions?

I am used to wiring funds through SEPA by using IBAN and BIC codes. I just learned that these can't be used in electronically transfering money from the US to the EU. My bank provided me with 4 ...
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Any compelling reason to contribute to a 401k if my employer doesn't match?

My employer does not match 401k contributions at all. Currently, I do not make any contributions to a 401k or an IRA due to a need for liquidity. Aside from the obvious gains incurring no tax ...
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Better to get loan from finance company or bank considering the drop of credit score?

I want to know if there's a difference between getting personal loan from a finance company or a bank, considering the drop of credit score/grade (assume all other aspects are exactly the same)? I've ...
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How does tax work with donations?

My understanding of the gift tax is that the donor has to pay the tax, but up to a limit they don't have to pay tax. I'm a developer. Suppose I offer my software/libraries/blog for free on my site ...
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Can I take money out of my Roth IRA any time?

So I have a Roth IRA brokerage account with Scottrade. I finally have enough savings (maxed standard employer 401k, emergency fund, etc.) that I'm ready to start investing some of my discretionary ...
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Withdraw from IRA or regular savings for First Time Home Buyer?

What is the optimal way to source the funds for down payment of a first time home buyer? I understand if I withdraw 10k of an IRA account there will be no 10% tax penalty, but there will be taxes to ...
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Indian resident > earnings go in USA bank > then wire to India > do I need to pay US tax?

The question says it all... I have a personal bank account in the USA (as a non resident), where I get paypal and other payments. These payments are then sent to my Indian bank. I do not live in ...
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Best way to find a no-surcharge ATM in my area?

Is there any easy way to find an ATM, by location search, that doesn't have any surcharges? The closest thing I could find to a generalized solution is sponsored by All Point, so it only returns their ...
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Am I required to file a Georgia tax return?

I've been employed by a Georgia-based company since 2009, but living in Kansas and working from home. All this time I have only ever filed a Kansas (and Federal) tax return. However, an answer to ...
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Withdrawing IRA early to pay off large credit card debt?

I am 38 years old and married. Because of a mix of bad luck (multiple lay-offs between my husband and I over the years which led to months of unemployment, unexpected major medical bills), choice (job ...
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Should I split contributions between 2 Roth IRAs or max one out?

If I have $8000 to put in Roth IRAs, is it better to split it equally between mine and my spouse's, or max one of them out and put the rest in the other?
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How can I calculate deductible percentage of business trip?

Here's my complicated situation. My wife is an author, and when her first book came out in January 2013, she, I and our two kids went on a 7 month book tour. This was an extreme but totally legitimate ...
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Do I live in a state for tax purposes if my permanent home is in another state?

I lived in New Jersey for 20 years, but relocated to New York on 9/1/2013. I still own my house in NJ, my car is registered there, and almost all of my business for 2013 (except health insurance) is ...
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Mortgage Refinance

We are refinancing from a 30-yr to a 15-yr. Our current rate is 3.75%. The new rate for 15-yr is 3.875%. The loan is costing us $10,000 which is included in the loan. Our payments will go up approx. ...
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When should I reduce my student loan payments in order to save up for a down payment on another loan?

I'm currently paying off a little over $13,500 of student loans, at a rate of $300 a month and accrues approximately $60 of interest each month. My bi-weekly take-home salary is approximately $1,350 ...
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End of year crowdfunding and taxes

I am about to run a crowdfunding campaign, which will end mid-november. That gives me 1.5 months to spend the funds on project expenses--not really feasible given that it's all destined for ongoing ...
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What is a “property tax assessment”?

Zillow list property taxes near the bottom of any listing. There are two main columns, Property Taxes and Tax Assessment. On an example $350k home for 2014, Zillow list the two values as: $1900 and ...
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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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I earn $75K, have $30K in savings, no debt, rent from my parents who are losing their home. Should I buy a home now or save?

My parents have advised me to buy a home, as residential real-estate is still "cheap" (or what's considered cheap in my area). My parents have valid points, especially from an economic/investing ...
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Can I resubmit W8-BEN with W9 form?

I am a dual citizen, both US and another country. Early this year I was requested by my stock broker (out side the US) to file either W8-BEN or W9 forms. As I was born outside the US and have never ...
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Elect corporation S status for my LLC

I'm the sole proprietor of an LLC in the state of Michigan. I'm not looking to do anything fraudulent or alike. I simply want to know if I elect to have my LLC to be treated as an S type corporation, ...
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Why do credit card transactions take up to 3 days to appear, yet debit transactions are instant?

I noticed that when I use my credit card it takes up to 3 business days (even 5 days including weekends if I use it on a Thursday, I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday) for the transaction to appear ...
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LLC v. W-2 Taxes when filing in Florida

I'm considering working as a contractor in Florida. Currently I'm a W-2 contractor, but considering a Corp-to-Corp contract since it's a higher rate. Just now I read Florida's Tax Page - ...
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Are employer 401k matching contributions invested prior to vesting?

Do the employer match contributions to a 401k before they are vested go into the investments that are selected for the employee contribution?
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I am the sole contributor to my long-term disability insurance. Will I owe income taxes on the amount I receive?

If I pay my own long term insurance, out of my check each week at my work, I read that I do not have to pay taxes on that income, that I would only owe taxes if my work paid for all or part of it is ...
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Why do (ACH) payments that withdraw or deposit on my bank account require 1+ business days to complete?

Based on this question, I figured that there might be multiple questions for distinct locales. Why do the most common transactions to or from bank accounts in the US require waiting one or more days ...
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Does an employer pay payroll taxes on non-taxable wages like 401K matches? [duplicate]

In addition to what the employee would pay in income tax on taxable wages an employer also pays their own payroll taxes on all taxable wages like: FICA FUTA SDI SUI ETT Are these taxes due from ...
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Is there an upper limit for money that an expat can keep in his US bank account?

I am a neither a permanent resident nor a US citizen. I have a bank account with a leading US bank which I use as my salary account. Income taxes are deducted at source. I know that I need to submit ...
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What does it mean to be “offset against taxable gains”?

In a shareholder's derivative litigation I have the following statement of the financial situation which this case arises from: "Plaintiffs contend that if the company were to sell the purchased ...
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Taking partial capital loss purely for tax purposes

I have a position in asset that I plan to hold for a long time. Currently its market price is on a downtrend and could possibly turn into a capital loss. I am not concerned about the near term price ...
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Uk citizen working freelance for companies worldwide. Who do I pay tax to?

I'm a designer from the uk who works from home in the uk for companies here & overseas, namely the US. I've worked for a few years to these companies never with any problems, but have now been ...
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ATM took in the money after spitting it out

I tried to use an Indian bank based (HDFC) Multi currency prepaid card in a Bank of America ATM to withdraw some cash. The ATM did spit it out but took it back in weirdly, looked much like it never ...
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Tax difference in working in New York City compared to NJ

Because of taxes, everyone says that you make less money if you work in New York City compared to New Jersey. Is there a way to estimate the difference? Edit: I should have specified that I am trying ...