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Why there is a difference between liquor taxes in Chicago

I got two places nearby to get alcohol. One is Binny's, other is Target. However, it seems they apply different taxes. How is it even possible? They are both in same county and city. When I bought a ...
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What special rules, if any, need to be followed for US citizens to put money in Australian savings accounts?

From a few recent questions, I have seen that current (as-of Oct 2014) rates on savings accounts in Australia are in the 3.5% ballpark. This is about 30x higher than in the US. What would I, as a US ...
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Are there limits on frequency of withdrawal from Roth 401K?

I understand that withdrawals from Roth 401K's are allowed up to your contribution without penalty since these are after tax dollars. Is there a limit on the frequency of such withdrawals? Presume ...
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Are there ways to lower or postpone student loan payments while my wife is sick?

I have over $130k of student debt which is in grace, but will begin repayment soon. Unfortunately, my wife is very sick and we have a lot of expenses just to keep her alive. We simply don't have the ...
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How do “family” deductibles work on US health insurance policies?

In the past, I have had individual health insurance. If I had a $1000 deductible, that meant that I had to pay the first $1000 of my health expenditures each year. Next year, I expect to have a ...
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Refinance FHA 203k to conventional

I am thinking of getting a streamlined FHA 203k loan for a home. The loan is for $101,300. The best offer I could find is 4% interest, but because of required insurance fees, I would pay $630.13 a ...
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Is it a pattern day trade if you close position in after hours?

Say I am buying stock XYZ, is it possible to close my position, in this case sell, as soon as open market hours close or do I have to wait until the next market open?
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End-of-year purchase deductions

I'm a sole proprietor / contract employee (developer) in Texas (United States) and am planning to make a new hardware purchase. I remember being told that purchases made in the last quarter of the ...
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Why does the IRS only return half of your money when you overpay on taxes?

I was using the IRS tax caclulator and came across this oddity. If I'm overpaying on my taxes, i.e. paying money I don't owe, then why is the expected amount I will be given back less than half by the ...
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Is this HSA too good to be true?

I am grandfathered into this PPO plan which we have one more year before they get rid of it. I think the HSA plan is better now for me but wanted to check. Is this HSA plan better for me? If I ...
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Transferring assets between Roth IRA accounts

I hit the maximum contribution limit on account A, and cash contributions through the financial institution holding account B are a headache. If I sell some of my stocks in account A and transfer the ...
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A deferred capital gains tax similar to the real estate 1031 Exchange but for securities reinvestment?

I am looking for a way to transfer a stock that has done well into a safer investment (like an index fund). I assume the only way I can do this is sell the stock, pay the tax owing, and buy new stock. ...
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Is my Roth-IRA still valid after if the business no longer exists?

I have a Roth-IRA from my company that is no longer in business. Is it still valid for me to contribute to it or do I need to change it?
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Can I pay past expenses using an FSA opened midyear?

In my old job I had a HDHP and HSA. Midyear, I started a new job and switched to a standard insurance plan and an FSA. Can I submit receipts for expenses from January to the FSA that I just opened in ...
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What is a “Revenue Credit” on a 401k account statement?

My 401k statement has a new entry labeled "Revenue Credit". This amount is a small amount of significantly less than 1% and less than the expense ratio for any of the funds in the account. There is ...
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What should I know before cosigning a lease?

A good friend of mine was hit by credit issues during the last recession. He has income (~$100K) and is stably employed but is having difficulty finding a place in the area that will rent to him given ...
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Rental property, pluses to move to an LLC

My wife and I bought a house and turned our condo into a rental property. We were going to go LLC, but money has been tight, so for 2014 we are doing general partnership. We can't get the mortgage ...
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How high should I set my KickStarter funding goal in order to have $35,000 left over?

I'm creating a KickStarter to raise enough funds to take 3 months off from my full-time job and finish an iOS game that I've been working on for about 3 years now. Put simply, all I need is about ...
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Starting non-retirement investment account

I would like to start investing in a non-retirement account. I have: A 401k through my employer I'm contributing to with Vanguard A 529 for my two daughters, three and five, I'm contributing to with ...
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Is the new myRA retirement savings account option worth it?

I just recently looked into investing (as a 26 year old, I know I'm slightly late to the game). But the myRA option looked appealing. However, I couldn't find an abundance of information on it, as I ...
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Real estate loans for repairs

I am very interested in purchasing a foreclosed home that is sold by Freddie Mac. The outside looks great, but the inside needs some work. Basically, the previous owners took everything including the ...
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W4 --Additional amount withheld from my paycheck

I earn around 85k and my husband around 100k. Last year we paid around 5000$ in tax. Now my husband says to include 2500 as my additional withheld money from my each pay check. What does this mean? ...
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US Citizen sending money overseas

I would like to send money to my family back home to help them purchase home. And I have a few questions to this regard: Is there a limit on how much I can send? Can I send $100K plus? What is the ...
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Live in Florida, but work 100% remotely for a Virginia company. Do I owe VA state income tax?

I am moving to Florida in a couple weeks. I will be working 100% remotely for a company that is based in Virginia. Will I still have to pay state income tax to Virginia? Do I have to notify my ...
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Why is a Roth 401(k) good if there is a long time before retirement?

This article from Fidelity mentions that the longer you have before retirement, the more likely it is that you should choose a Roth 401(k) over a traditional 401(k). This point is mentioned ...
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Can I retroactively get the tax assesment on my house adjusted and get a refund on previously paid taxes?

We're in the process of selling a former home. Our listing price has been sinking all along, but it is about to go below what's listed as the "assessed market value" of the home - that is, the value ...
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How are the $1 salaries that CEOs sometimes take considered legal?

I have been reading about various CEOs taking a $1 salary; typically they also take some from of alternate compensation, e.g. stock options. However, very rarely one will take a $1 salary with no ...
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What is the connection between an investment tax credit and taxable income? [on hold]

I'm having difficulty understanding two things: (1) what exactly is an investment tax credit ("ITC")? There's some reference (via Google) to Federal Energy Tax Credits, but I think that those are ...
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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 ...