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How does start-up equity end up paying off?

Let's say I invest in a startup, either with money, work, etc. In return I am given a 5% stake in the company, but no salary, benefits, etc. When do I see money related to that 5%? Is it only when ...
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Defaulting on early termination charges out of a phone contract

I was wondering what the consequences are: is your credit history ruined, or merely dinged? Is the blow recoverable? Can the carrier try to get the money back in court? I assume you'll wind up ...
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What is the penalty for having an HSA and Medicare?

If I open a HSA my employer will contribute $1000 yearly, but I am not supposed to contribute to an HSA because I have Medicare Part A. What is the penalty for contributing to an HSA when you have ...
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Child is on the way, invest for college and car fund options - opinions

I have a baby on the way and own my own business. Because I have my own business my income is volatile every month, and don't want to count on contributing monthly for 20 years for my child college ...
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Avoid exorbitant costs when forced to break a lease

Assume Joe's employment contract and hence USA visa have ended, therefore he is forced to leave the country and break the apartment lease. The leasing company is demanding the remaining 6 months of ...
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Where do I-Bonds fit into personal finance plans?

I'm mainly interested in a finding a medium-term, low risk savings vessel. Bank and Credit Union savings accounts available to me at the moment are all < 1% APY, so inflation-protected securities ...
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How much time does a doctor's office have to collect balance from me?

Today I went to my old dentist and they told me I owe them $350 from from several visits three years ago (I switched to a different dentist for the past 3 years before switching back today). When I ...
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Can I contribute to a Roth IRA while living and working overseas?

If I have a Roth IRA while living in the US and want to contribute to it after I move overseas to work for a few years, how do I do this? Say I make 70k overseas and plan to take the foreign earned ...
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Can I deduct the full amount of a rental loss in two states?

Last October I moved from California to Connecticut, converting my primary residence to a rental. I didn't get it rented out until December, so I ended up with a loss for the year. My California ...
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Do I have to wash money through HSA account?

I paid for my eligible health expenses from my regular account at the end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 because I did not have enough money on my HSA account. Now that I realize that I can contribute ...
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What is HSA contribution limit with 75% HRA compensation?

I have HDHP family plan through my employer with $3000 family deductible. My employer also has HRA that covers all my expenses after 750$ and before $3000 (=75% of 3000 deductible). I claimed only ...
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When using an HSA debit card for qualified medical expenses, do you typically need to mail your provider proof?

How would Fidelity (who I have my HSA through) know that what I withdrew money for was actually a medical expense? And how does it get reported to count towards my deductible?
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How to pay bills for one month while waiting for new job?

I recently, and unexpectedly, lost my job. Because I had summers off (no paychecks either), I've been using my credit cards for most purchases, saving what cash I had saved from the previous year to ...
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Redirecting my portion of beneficiary IRA?

My mother passed away last year. She left her three children as POD to her traditional IRA. I would like to give my 1/3 portion to my sister as a gesture of thanks for the 10 years she cared of our ...
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Does mutual fund front-load fee count toward IRA contribution limits? [duplicate]

I want to max out my IRA and I am investing in a mutual fund with 5% front-load fee. Does that mean that I can contribute $5,500 max for IRA but have real IRA balance $5,500 less $275 = $5,225 as a ...
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Are U.S. Social Security payroll contributions and state taxes deductible from taxable income for India?

I moved to USA during the financial year Apr 2014 - Mar 2015, in which I was resident in India for more than 182 days due to which my status is "resident" in India for the tax year concerned. I ...
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Equity As Part of Compensation

If a private (one owner) LLC that was recently acquired by a private investment company offers "a grant of employee incentive equity in the company in the form of Class M units representing x.xx% of ...
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Living in my own rental property

I've come to understand that owning a townhome/duplex and living in it while others are also renting from you isn't as sexy as it may seem at first glance. Over and over again I get this from friends ...
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1031 Exchange and Taxes?

We were given a property by my father in 2001 who was doing a 1031 Exchange on an investment property. Once we were given the deed and title of the property a year later, we started using it as a ...
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Tax implications of owning a Roth IRA as a Canadian resident?

I am a Canadian citizen, U.S. resident with Roth IRA, contributing for 15 years. I will be moving back to Canada in 2 years, am 47 years old, and will leave the Roth with Vanguard and not touch it ...
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VA Mortgage Refinance Question

We have paid $400.00 for this refinance with the local bank we continually have our checking account and mortgage with. We have been waiting for the weather to be above freezing in order for our ...
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Debt Relief Agency or cash out IRA?

Through many bad decisions on my part, a divorce, 2 kids in college and a third heading there in the fall, I am in over my head. I have been robbing Peter to pay Paul for a few months now (paying ...
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Remittance to India from US in an Indian account?

I am Indian citizen working in the US on a non-immigrant work visa. I have a regular savings account in India as well but I dont have an NRE/NRO account. So, will my remittance send to India account ...
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Can I open a checking account online in the US without typical proof of residence?

I don't have a utility bill, driver's license, or USPS card linking me to my address, just a lease that has my name written last minute in pen as an additional tenant. Is there any way I can open a ...
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Need advice recovering money lost due to debit card fraud! Bank wont help!

I was recently the victim of credit card fraud. My number and some of my info was compromised and subsequently used to run up about $500 worth of online charges within a week's time. This was on my ...
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Paid via PayPal with bank account, but was a couple dollars short

Paying for an item from a store in another currency. Last time I did this, to the same store, PayPal showed me the current USD charge instead of just the foreign currency before I actually hit submit, ...
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Tax implication for Indian citizens working in US on L1 visa

I am a citizen of India, currently working as a software engineer in India. Thus I am paying income-tax to Indian-Govt. I am moving to US in November-2014 on L1-Visa. I had following questions in ...
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Online resources for understanding credit reports, including a sample?

Could someone provide me sources where I can find some examples of a credit report (in the USA), how it looks like, etc.? I want to understand each and every section of credit report. Any ...
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I'm a college student. Can I afford to buy this new car?

I'm an 18-year old male, about to start college in a week. I will be attending a GM specialized Auto Technology Work/Study program. One requirement for the program is that I get a position at a GM ...
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After hitting 80% LTV, my mortgage lender refuses to remove PMI. Any recourse?

I recently refinanced my home. At the time based on the appraisal vs. amortization I found I would be stuck with PMI (private mortgage insurance) for about 9 months. I've paid extra on the mortgage ...
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How to calculate and claim AMT credit

Suppose I am in California, and I want to try to roughly calculate the AMT i would owe as well as how much i can get back each year for ISO that i plan to hold for many years. Am i doing this right? ...
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Are there special tax implications when paying for services in the next year? In another country

So I'm planning a destination wedding over a year in advanced. We've begun putting deposits down on things happening next year. I know I still have to pay VAT in the other country (Its ridiculous). ...
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Is the money that you get back from deposits or rebates taxable?

Please help me understand if the following two items are taxable or if they should be included at all on the tax report: Rent deposit. A few years ago, when I moved in my previous apartment I put a ...
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Is there any way to transfer student loan debt to my independent contracting business?

I just started my first contracting business, and wanted to be able to find a (legal) way to keep the money within the LLC but still pay down my student loan debts. Basically I'd really like to use ...
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Magazine subscription leads to unauthorized recurring payment

I've heard various stories about unscrupulous business practices relating to recurring credit card payments, but this is a new one on me. I've been subscribing to Scientific American for a long time, ...
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Xfer 401K after starting distribution to another 401K or alternate plan

Retired at end of 1st qtr 2013 - age 64. Started drawing monthly distribution from this plan right after retiring. Would it be possible to xfer the balance of this 401K to another 401K or some other ...
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How can I receive money in the US without having a work visa?

I have a business idea and go to school in the US. I am wondering if I tell my trusted friend my idea and he opens the business under his name (he is a US citizen) and I invest 50 percent of capital ...
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Would it ever be a bad idea to convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA with the following assumptions?

Assuming: you had enough sitting around right now to pay the taxes you had at least 20 years until retirement you expect at least 7% per year return tax rate being the same as now (even though it ...
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How to protect myself against unauthorized recurring CC charges?

A gym I used to be a member of and to which I owe no more contractual obligation but are being difficult about membership cancellation still have my CC info. I changed my CC number hoping their not ...
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How Credit Card company makes money (when considering rewards and pay full balance every month)

I am aware of two income sources: interest and merchant transaction fees. But it doesn't quite add up. For example, Citi Double Cash pays total 2% cashback. And considering balance is paid off every ...
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How can I send a 1099-Misc if a contractor won't provide an EIN or SSN?

Acording to AICPA and this IRS Publication, as a landlord who paid for services for over $600 last year, I am supposed to be sending out 1099-MISC forms to the plumbers, handymen, electricians, etc. ...
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How can I pull a credit report on my 20-year-old son?

My wife and I would like to see a credit report on our 20-year-old son. He is a college student, and we are responsible for virtually all of his expenses. We want to ensure he doesn't have credit/debt ...
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Is it smart to only invest in mid- and small-cap stock equity funds in my 401(k)?

Historically, mid-cap and small-cap company stocks have outperformed the market. Correct? Since I'm not going to touch the money in my 401(k) in over 40 years, wouldn't it make sense to invest ...
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Sleazy Bait and Switch Marketing — Is this legal?

I just saw a mail out advertisement for a pretty unbelievable price on a new car. The advertisement is repeated online, link here. When you start to read the fine print, you realize that there are ...
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Could e-file rejection rule 1040A-030-01 be due to rounding?

I got the following message when I tried to file my income tax electronically: Issue : Business Rule F1040A-030-01 - Form 1040A, Line 40 'WithholdingTaxAmt' must be equal to the sum of the ...
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Declare Bankruptcy or Just Wait Seven Years?

We've got one family member who is the classic definition of "ne'er–do–well". I don't think he is capable of understanding money, issues or contracts. When you talk to him he seems to have good ...
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Tax implications of restricted stock units

Last May I had been with my company for a year so I got the first grant of restricted stock units (RSUs) that vest over 4 years. Based on this answer to a related question, I am thinking I should have ...
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Investment property refinance following a low appraisal?

Before I met my wife, I bought a house in April 2007, using a mortgage from my credit union. In December 2011 I refinanced this mortgage into a 4.625% fixed conforming 25-year mortgage with a Lender. ...
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Roth IRA withdrawal taxes for nonresident aliens after age 59 1/2?

I am a non-resident alien living in the US now, and I need to ask if I have to pay any IRS any taxes after the age of 59 1/2 on any gains or earnings from a Roth IRA withdrawals? I know that US ...
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Social Security and Medicare deductions/payments

Three hopefully simple questions about social security and medicare payments that are being deducted from my paycheck - I haven't been able to find much information about this online. Are these ...