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Buying property in India : joint owner

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinkg about buying property in India. I have a lot of confusion in this matter. Should I buy property on my own name? or me and my father's joint name? If I keep my ...
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How can I bring loaned money back to US from India

I am a US permanent resident and I loaned some money to my father in law in India early last year. I transferred US dollars from my US bank account to my NRI (Non resident Indian) account (Indian ...
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Can I max out all retirement account types?

Hypothetically speaking, could I contribute the maximum to a 401k, a Roth 401k, an IRA, and a Roth IRA? That would be a total of 46k per year (17.5k + 17.5k + 5.5k + 5.5k).
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Can I deduct IRA contributions and take the standard deduction?

If I have the standard deduction on my taxes (that is, I don't itemize), can I deduct IRA contributions? If so, would that be for Traditional or Roth IRAs?
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Employer time requirements to transfer from paycheck to 401(k)

Are there any rules or requirements as to a time frame of when money is removed from a paycheck and when the money is posted into a retirement account? My current 401(k) receives funds from my ...
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How can I correct a Free Fillable Forms reported error?

I attempted to file my U.S. Federal taxes via Free Fillable Forms, and got a rejection for the following reasons: Field/Xpath: ...
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Tax consequences of partially selling a stock

I bought a company for $71 5 months ago. It is now over $100 but I am afraid it might fall. I plan to sell only enough to get back the money I put into the stock and own the gained amount until it is ...
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Financing Education through Credit Card or Student Loans

I'm currently back in school, full-time, for an MBA (20 month program). I don't need to worry about tuition, but I still need to pay for living expenses out of pocket. Should I rely on student ...
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Is a Canadian student in the U.S. tax exempt for both W-2 and 1042-S?

I am a Canadian student at a U.S. university as a nonresident alien. I have about 4k of wages for my W-2 and about 5k of wages for my 1042-S income code 15 scholarship grant. So the total is less than ...
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Disabled, no-income except SS, on various programs that help…What if I receive a windfall?

I have a chronic, debilitating disease (MS). Barring a miracle cure, I am going to be on Social Security Disability the rest of my life. I’m 47, divorced, no children. I have a hobby that I enjoy and ...
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What ways can I contribute closer to the the IRS employee/employer combined 401k contribution limit?

In 2014, the IRS maximum 401(k) contribution for an individual is $17,500 but the combined individual/employer maximum is around $52k. One way to have the combined total higher is to simply increase ...
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Tax benefit to paying off student loan interest while in school

I have a substantial amount of loans from my bachelor's degree. I worked for a few years, saved money, and then returned to school full time. While working, my Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) ...
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How can I transfer and consolidate my 401k's and other options?

I have read on Personal Finance & Money that you can keep any and all of the 401(k)s or other options that you've had through previous employers. But how are you able to transfer them all into ...
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Will depositing $10k+ checks each month raise red flags with the IRS?

I am a freelancer that runs a small design business (LLC) and I have one client in particular that I regularly do more than $10k per month worth of business with. Sometimes I'll deposit a check for ...
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If you rollover a Roth 401k to Roth IRA and immediately withdraw it, is there any tax or penalty?

According to the accepted answer to this question, when you rollover a Roth 401k which contains contributions and earnings, to a Roth IRA, you don't pay any taxes. Suppose you then withdraw from the ...
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What retirement plans/options should i pick for a relatively unstable career path?

Precursor: I work in the software industry and as such, I'm pretty subjected to the massive instability: possibly no demand, and also i don't expect to be able to keep up with the technology when i'm ...
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Gifts under the annual gift tax exemption FROM minor children?

I have multiple minor children and one spouse. I want to target one recipient R with the max under-the-exemption gift money. I am aware I can give R $14k and my spouse can give R $14k for a total of ...
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Leaving US (I was working with a L1 visa, not coming back), better cash my 401K or leave it until 59 1/2? Thanks

I moved back to my country, I was working in US with a L1 Visa for a couple years, I have 6K in my 401k, what is your best advice, leave the money until I can cash out with out paying taxes or ...
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line 1a on form 1040 es: for what time period should i be estimating taxes for?

Line 1a on IRS Form 1040ES says "Enter your expected income and profits subject to self-employment tax". My question is... for what date range? Do I do "expected income for the quarter" or expected ...
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Where can one graph portfolio performance over time?

I'm used to my employer provided 401k website, which allows me to see a "personal rate of return" over a specified time period, plotted on a line chart. It also allows me to see individual stocks and ...
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Do you have to pay New York State Income Tax if you live in New York but work remotely for a Florida based company?

If an employee lives in New York, works independently on project for a Florida based company. No state tax in Florida. Does employee have to pay New York State tax?
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Exempt from US Social Security, too few credits for benefits

I am an employee of a US state government which does not participate in Social Security, so neither I nor my employer pay Social Security taxes. (My employer offers a defined-contribution plan ...
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What is a “convertible note”?

I've just read this article on the Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.in/Twitter-To-Raise-Up-To-1-5-Billion-Via-Convertible-Notes/articleshow/42208345.cms I wonder what they mean by ...
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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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What should I do with my HSA?

I recently changed companies, and the new employer does not have a HDHP. I have just under $2,000 in my HSA, but without any medical expenses to spend it on, it's just sitting there, slowly being ...
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Can on earn money from Lifetime Learning Credit if one does not pay income tax?

I am an independent student with no taxable income. When I file taxes, I do not need to pay any income tax and get no refund. Some students told me that I can get up to 20% of my tuition fees refunded ...
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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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Paying tax for non- us citizen

I am a non US resident and not a US citizen. I live outside US. I don't have any relation with United States. I just visit US often for pleasure only. I sell items on eBay and my items are NOT in US. ...
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401k Hardship withdrawal (First home), without buying home?

Not saying this is a good idea, but honestly it was something I was just curious about. My and other 401(k) plans allows you to withdraw from your 401(k) before 59 years of age for "hardship" for the ...
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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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What are the consequences of cashing out a whole life insurance policy?

My wife has bought a whole life insurance policy as an investment before we met. She is currently in her early forties and she has been paying into it for roughly seven years. I do not believe that ...
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Credit report - Not able to establish identity

I have tried following things with no success: Request credit report online at www.annualcreditreport.com (3 times with 2 months gap) Request credit report via mail ( 2 times with 6 months gap) ...
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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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FATCA compliance for small Foreign Company. What do I need to do?

Regarding, FATCA compliance for a new small business in Japan owned by a US citizen, I read parts of the related IRS website but still have basic questions. ...
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Is it possible to buy stock as a gift for a minor without involving the guardians?

I always liked the idea of buying an investment for young children instead of a traditional gift. It seems that they will get plenty of toys from others, and as a parent I know that there are often ...
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Can Health-Releated Services be a Business Expense?

I own a small S-Corp. I am considering subscribing to a monthly meditation service ($5/month) to help me with my focus, creativity, etc. 1 - Can I charge this on my business account? 2 - Is this tax ...
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How does the taxation system for day-traders work?

I would like to know how much taxes I've to pay if I trade stocks in the US market from another country and for comparison from the US. I would use online brokerage companies from the US and I would ...
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Improper withholding of FICA from student: Getting a refund

A friend of mine in the U.S.A. works for an employer who, we believe, improperly withheld FICA (should have been exempt: they are a student at the same university that they work) due to an ...
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S-Corp Reasonable Salary

I am the owner and sole member of a small s-corp. I am a litte confused regarding the reasonable salary the IRS requires. The S-Corp is fairly small and requires very little work to maintain. Would ...
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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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California S Corp Net Income and Employee Compensation

I was looking into S-Corp structures. In California, S-Corps are taxed at a 1.5% rate on their net income. What I couldn't figure out is if this 1.5% rate applies to the income of the S-Corp after ...
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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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Should I do something or don't do anything with regards to FATCA and TAX isssues

I'm a dual citizen with US and another citizen in another country. I was born outside the US but because one of my parents is an american, I was given a US citizenship also apart from my local one. ...
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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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Saving for brother's children

My brother is not working and waiting on social security disability approval. He has two small children 6 and 10, what is the best way for me to set up savings for their education so that it ...
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What are the economic benefits of owning a home?

I am trying to figure out if owning a home is more economical then renting. According to all the tools, according to the rent I pay now (< $800) owning a home is not economical, even in the long ...
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Can I make a final RRSP contribution after moving to the U.S.?

I moved from Canada to the U.S. (California) in August 2013. I am wondering whether I can make one final contribution to my RRSP account for the 2013 tax year (transferring between Canadian accounts) ...
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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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Do I need to file W-2 for nanny under age 18?

If I hired a 17-year-old nanny for the summer, I know I don't have to withhold Social Security or Medicare taxes due to her age, but do I still need to file a W-2 form with the Social Security ...
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Parking money for a few months or a year

We are planning to get our kitchen remodeled, so we've allowed a big balance to accumulate in our bank account. We're not making very rapid progress on soliciting quotes on the remodel, due to our own ...