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How much tax should I pay in US on interest earned on my NRE a/c in India?

I am a person on H-1B who passes Substantial Presence Test. I have transferred money which I saved from my salary to my own NRE account in India. I think that I can transfer any amount without paying ...
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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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Are there restrictions on refinancing after a short sale

I previously had two mortgages and last November completed a short sale of my second home (which I owed $410K) that was not my primary residence. I missed 10 payments leading up to that short sale. ...
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Should I finance rental property or own outright?

I own a rental property outright (no mortgage). We will most likely hire an accountant for at least our first year of doing this, but I wasn't planning on doing this until tax time. I am new to the ...
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Does a US LLC need to file taxes if owned by a foreign citizen?

I am an Indian citizen living and working in the Indian software industry for many years. I am also a regular tax payer in India. Due to the overseas client growth in US, I am planning to setup a LLC ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the 'special rules' for opening a bank/credit union account if you are a foreign person?

I'm trying to open an account at a local US credit union as a Canadian international student with no US income. Their terms of service (which appear to be copy-pasted from a template) say we ...
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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 to pay U.S. bills while living in Canada with Canadian income?

I'm from the U.S., but I'm living in Canada and all my income is in Canadian dollars. What good options do I have for paying my American bills? Currently, the best option that's been presented to me ...
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Does it make sense to refinance and convert the HELOC back to a fixed 20 year low rate mortgage?

I have $5k left on a primary mortgage at 5.375% interest. I have $155K debt on a HELOC at a variable 3% rate. The total line of credit approved is 200K. 3.0% APR. No penalty for pre-pay. Can lock ...
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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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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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Confused about employee stock options: How do I afford these?

I'm confused about stock options. The numbers in the following story are fictional because I'm keeping the actual offer confidential. This is an American private company with a promising future: ...
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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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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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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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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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My credit card company is asking for my current income citing “Federal Regulations”

So I received an e-mail today from a bank from whom I have an existing credit card as follows: To consider you for a future credit line increase, federal regulations require us to have your ...
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Where should I park my rainy-day / emergency fund?

This is the US companion of the same question for Canadians Where can I park my rainy-day/ emergency fund?. Basically I want to know what options I have for my emergency fund?
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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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U.S. Taxes: Can you deduct or depreciate equipment that was both bought and sold in the same year?

Assume there is equipment used for a for profit endeavor that will be deducted from earnings. That equipment is also sold in the same year, for less than or equal to the purchase price. How does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If I'm audited, will the accountant who prepared my taxes charge me an additional fee to handle the audit?

If I pay an accountant to prepare my taxes, and then I'm audited, is it typical for the accountant to handle the audit as part of the original filing fee, or will he/she charge me by the hour to deal ...
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How do I calculate the (likely) property taxes on a new home in a new area?

I live in Texas where there is no personal state income tax, but there is a significant tax on real estate. I am considering buying a new home, built to my specifications (ehh, to an extent...) in ...
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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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Where can I find quarterly earnings-per-share data for the major U.S. market indices?

Where (on what website) can I find last few years' worth of quarterly earnings-per-share for the Russell 3000? and the Dow?
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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 ...