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Can my employer change wage rates based upon medical coverage choices?

Prior to this year my employer used to reduce our hourly rate if we elected to enroll in one of the employer sponsored medical plans available. This reduction in rate was in addition to any weekly ...
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Mortgage loan and move money to US

If I re-finance or get mortgage loan from my existing property in my home country, and move money to the United States, which taxes do I need to pay (Income tax? Interest Taxes?) or what shall I take ...
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Should I file FBAR for the 1st year of permanent residency

I was not US resident (or B1/B2) and not in the U.S in preceding days before Nov. 2014. I get permanent residency and stay few weeks, and leave US due to the job in foreign country. I do have foreign ...
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Brokerage's calculation of my profits or losses on stock trades

I've noticed that my brokerage (Wells Fargo) uses a different system to calculate my profits and losses, instead of the mental accounting I follow. E.g., I buy 100 shares of stock A in July 2014 at ...
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Selling units/shares in my startup to my Roth IRA

Since I can't transfer/gift shares directly to my Roth IRA, what's the most tax-efficient way for my Roth IRA to take ownership of as many units of my startup as possible?
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H4 visa and Gifts, can I send gifts

I am on H4 visa here in USA since last 3 years and my spouse is on H1B visa working. My spouse gifted to some $$$$$ amount, can I remit/transfer to india as a gift to my Parents and InLaws. What are ...
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How do I dispose of my old checks?

I have several stacks of unused checks from a few old checking accounts of mine. How long should I keep the checks after I close each account? How should I dispose of them? Should I destroy them ...
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Building credit history as a young foreigner

I moved to the US for college, and have decided to stay in the Bay Area. As soon as I found my first internship, I applied for a credit card. Currently, I have 3 credit cards, and the oldest card is ...
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Condo Loss Carryover to offset IRA Distribution

I recently sold my condo with carryover loss exceeding $100,000. Can I use that loss to offset the distribution from an IRA account(regular income) during the same year? I am 66 years old. The ...
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Sales taxes on Groupons or LivingSocial coupons?

Say I buy a $10 Groupon that lets me buy $20 worth of food at a restaurant. I go to the restaurant and order items that add up precisely to $20 (based on the menu price). If the state sales tax is 6% ...
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First time homebuyer/investor: How to best allocate money towards paying off mortgage?

I am 23 with no debt and planning on purchasing a house. I've been running through many hypotheticals and decided to post an example to see what others think since this is a significant decision. I ...
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Selling Property In India

Bought a under construction property on H1B (USA), got permanent residency in 2010, got house possession in 2011, paid the house now through a NRE/NRO account, if I sell the house now, what taxes I ...
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How (or is it necessary) to rebalance a 401k with only one index fund?

I put 100% of my 401k into an S&P index fund. Do I need to rebalance that, or is rebalancing only necessary when you have multiple asset allocations such as 80% in stock, and 20% in bonds and ...
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How does agreed value insurance work with inflation?

In an agreed value insurance plan I understand that the number X is the amount that will be paid out upon loss. However I have two questions in regard to this: Upon renewing my policy yearly am I ...
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Do I pay taxes on my SSI benefits

I receive $705 per month on SSI and LTD $456 per month total for the year is $13800 do I have to file tax returns?
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FSA when a retirement agreement has been put into place

If I take advantage of retirement incentive in which I agree in November to retire effective June 30 of the the following year, can I may I make the same elections for the FSA as if no such ...
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Is it possible to reject a direct deposit?

I received a direct deposit on my bank account (in the US): is it possible to reject it?
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How to change the default validity length of a check in the US when emitting it?

Checks issued by US banks are typically valid for 180 days, although it might vary depending on the state and the bank. When writing a check, how can I change its default validity length? I sometime ...
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How long are checks issued by Bank of America valid?

I am writing a check using my account at Bank of America. How long will it be valid? In other words, how much time does the recipient have to cash it?
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What are ways to increase my income after taxes?

I live in MA, USA. I recently got a job and feel like almost half of what I earn is going to taxes, and putting money in bank doesn't give enough interest. So what options do I have (like invest in ...
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Employer 1099 Pointing to the Old Address Instead of New Address [closed]

Maybe I did not explain the situation correctly. My wife was in TEXAS but the company used her old address (California) address in the 1099 forms. What can I do to remedy the situation?
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Does it make sense to look for medical plans outside “Obamacare”?

Does it make sense to look for medical plans outside of the ACA Exchanges (such as the https://calheers.ca.gov/ in California), or are those as good as it gets? If it's illegal for the insurer to ...
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Question about being a Resident Alien for Tax purposes

I've been in the United States since January 2009 under an F1 student visa. Since that time I have left the united states only once in December 2009. For the past few years I've been filing taxes as a ...
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What happens to bonds values when interest rates rise? [duplicate]

I want to invest 10% of my portfolio into bonds. The other 90% will go into stock. I took a look at Government Bonds which TD Ameritrade offers at a $5000.00 minimum. This is a little over my ...
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What method can be used to estimate additional withholding so no taxes are owed on filing?

For higher income households, standard withholding is insufficient to pay the income taxes owed. For example, one family claimed 4 people last year and the two income earners each did M-0 yet still ...
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If I move money from my home country to the United States, what taxes need paid?

I am a permanent resident of the United States; I have not yet obtained the citizenship; If I move money to the United States which taxes do I need to pay? Income Tax? Interest Taxes?
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Calendar year changes and Out-of-Pocket reset

I have been with a School District for three years. This last year I had major surgery. I met my deductible and by August I reached my OOP max. In September the district got a new plan. They made ...
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Freelancing from India to US employer: Can they deposit pay to my US Account?

I recently moved back to India from USA as I didn't get H1B Visa. I have started working for same company from India as a contractor. I still have my bank account active in USA. Can my company ...
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What taxes does a US citizen doing freelance work (self-employed) in the UK have to pay to the US government?

Currently I'm a US citizen living in the UK on a Maltese (EU) passport. While I have worked full-time for companies here in the UK, I've recently had an offer to do some freelance work for a company ...
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Can you take a capital loss upon sale after probate action assigns a different value?

I'm exploring an option for unwinding a real-estate investment with my step-father. Please assume that we're both amicable towards any viable solution. My step-father is currently the sole owner of ...
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Is per diem taxable?

Earlier this year, my employer reimbursed $500 that I paid out of my own pocket for travel expenses as per diem. I was not charged any tax on that, so I was wondering whether it would be taxable at ...
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Self directed IRA holds income property that generates cash flow. Can we withdraw based on wife's age?

I have a self directed IRA that has invested in income property. It generates a few thousand a month in positive cash flow which is currently being re-invested in other funds that the IRA holds. ...
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Is it legal to sell my stock at any specified price to a specified person in US Market?

Say I have 100 of apple (AAPL) shares and it's worth above 100 US Dollars now. I want to literally give them to my friend at a very cheap price because he helped me in some other stuff. So I want to ...
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How does AMT/state taxes work for stock options in California?

I'd like to know how to roughly calculate tax for stock options, for the following fictitious scenario: Suppose Little Susie joined a rare private company in California as a normal employee, and ...
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Ready for my first home

1.Apply for a mortgage I have heard that I should shop for many lenders. Here is a few questions related to this: 1.1 My friends tells me that I should look for a good lending company and I should ...
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Do US mutual funds and ETFs pay taxes on dividends?

If I am a US citizen and want to invest in a US fund (e.g. a mutual fund or an index fund), which also invest in a number of US stocks, what happens when the fund I invest in receives dividends? Is ...
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US company pays dividend taxes on US stocks? [closed]

I want to invest in a US domiciled company which also invests heavily in a portfolio of stocks. The company where I want to invest receives ordinary dividend from these stocks. Does the company has ...
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How secure is my 403(b)? Can its assets be “raided”?

I work at a state university and contribute to my 403(b) retirement account on a twice-monthly basis, maxing out the matching funds. I also contribute a smaller amount to another account, after ...
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How do I use the voting rights associated with my U.S. shares?

I have an account with a Swedish broker which provides access to several markets, including NASDAQ and NYSE markets in the United States. On the broker's website, it says how to vote at the annual ...
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Do I need ITIN as Japanese citizen to get my deposited money back?

I am Japanese girl. I was a student in US and have deposited some money in bank account. I am back to Japan now. I am filing the W-8BEN. Do I need to submit the following to get my full money back ? ...
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How is non-deductible portion of Traditional IRA determined at time of withdrawal?

I've contributed $5500 to a Traditional IRA, planning for that to be tax deductible. My employer didn't have a 401k plan earlier in the year, but will have one implemented before the end of this year ...
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Cost basis step-up on inheritance of real estate

Assume there is a property owned by a couple with one son. When one parent dies, s/he bequeaths one half interest in the property to the son and half to the spouse. Two years later the property is ...
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Are medical deductions and FSAs mutually exclusive?

I understand that medical expenses in excess of 10% of gross income can be deducted with a Schedule A. Can I do this even if I use a medical FSA (excluding the reimbursed part, of course)? For ...
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What would current US interest rates be if left to the free market? [closed]

Suppose that the Federal Reserve did not conduct any open market operations and allowed interest rates to freely float, while the treasury continued borrowing to fund the budget deficit. What would ...
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Income Tax Refund

I used to work in Maryland, United States from 1999 to 2002. During this I paid all taxes: Federal Income Tax Social Security Tax Medicare Tax MD State Income Tax I returned back to India during ...
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Did the New York Stock Exchange ever close on a weekday so they could file paperwork?

I recently heard that the New York Stock Exchange used to close once a week so that they could organized the paper trades. I can't find anything online about it. Does anyone have and insight here.
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IRS Rules for Canadian with US Bank Account

I am Canadian and live in Canada. I have an online business and customers pay me through PayPal in USD. My sales are transferred from PayPal to a USD account I hold with a US Bank in the U.S.From ...
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Options for retirment investing if no company 401K available

Due to some unexpected circumstances and poor planning in 2014 neither my wife nor I have been able to contribute to a company run 401K plan. My employer does not offer a retirement plan benefit yet ...
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Square reported girlfriend's business income under her SSN, triggering IRS issues (2012). Square support is awful, what recourse does she have?

My girlfriend received a certified letter from the IRS telling her she owed almost $20,000 to the IRS for the 2012 tax year. She called the IRS and learned that the reason for the charge was that ...
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What is the best way to move money to the US from Brazil?

I just got married and my wife is moving with me to the US. We have been living in Brazil together for 2 years and have some savings. What is the best way to move $10.000 to $15.000 to a US account ...