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Are there any statistics that support the need for Title Insurance?

Number of claims per year / per region etc. Can't seem to find any. Publicly available through the web would be nice too :)
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How can you find out what life insurance a deceased person had?

So it seems like the way life insurance is supposed to work for a deceased person is that the beneficiary is supposed to somehow inform the insurance company of the insureds death (presumably by ...
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Non-resident owning stock (not stock options) in US C corporation [on hold]

Would a non-resident alien (no connection to the US apart from the company) owning founder/CEO stock of a private US corporation have to pay capital gains tax in the event that the company was ...
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Inherited deferred comp by minors - tax advantageous approach

If minors who are not currently earning income were listed as beneficiaries on a deferred comp plan and owner of that plan passed away at age 63, what's the right approach to minimize taxes. From ...
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Can my contribution to 529 plan vary monthly?

I want to start a 529 plan for my son. I am not sure if monthly contribution has to be fixed or I can increase/reduce my contribution as per my financial situation. E.g. if I lose my job I may decide ...
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Reporting ESPP ordinary income on shares purchased living in Europe

I have shares acquired through an American company I was working for. They were purchased through the company ESPP plan. I was living and being paid in Europe at the time ( I am not a US citizen). 10 ...
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Tax implication of loan from Korea to US

I'm trying to borrow a large amount of money to buy a home from a friend overseas, is there any tax implication in this case? And is there any limit on the amount?
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Should I convert from IRA to a Roth IRA based on an online calculator?

Several online conversion calculators pretty much give me the same or similar results if before and after retirement tax brackets are the same i.e. 25%. If my tax bracket drops to 15% after retirement ...
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Does 83(b) cause a tax liability when exchanging startup stock for public stock?

I sold a startup to a public company. I filed an 83b at startup inception (nominal value). The terms of the sale were such that I must vest the sale proceeds over 4 years and will be realized as ...
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Taxes for a UK citizen interning in the US for 3 months

I am a student and UK citizen. This summer I will be interning in the US for 3 months on a J-1 visa. The internship is paid and my salary will be paid into a US checking account. I understand that ...
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1040NR-EZ: Previous year's paid state tax & Itemized deductions

I am a using the online-tax software (Glacier) to generate my 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR form, and have paid a state tax in the previous year tax return. For this year's return, I am unsure whether I should ...
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How to change state residence for tax purposes as a “digital nomad”

I am currently paying taxes as a Kansas resident because this is where I last had a steady "home." But the last 2 years I've been a so-called "digital nomad", and have spent less than 10% of the year ...
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Is there a way to claim a car purchase in the tax return?

I purchased a car for $19K; $6K was paid upfront, and the rest is financed over 3 years. Is there a way I can deduct the car purchase in certain circumstances? This vehicle is primarily used for work. ...
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New 401(k) account, barely funded: can I withdraw penalty-free?

I established a new 401(k) account with my previous employer. I made a total of $600 in contributions ($100 x 6). I don't want to keep this 401(k). First, 401(k) is not my preferred investment ...
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What are my chances at getting a mortgage with Terrible credit but High income

I want to get a house in the near future(ideally within 6 mo. to a year) and my credit is very poor right now. Basically, I was working in a job that I could barely make it on, and missed payments on ...
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LLC: Where should the funds for initial startup costs come from?

I recently created an LLC (with myself as the only member) and I have some initial costs (website, P.O. Box, etc.) that I need to finance. Can I pay for those out of my personal bank account or do I ...
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How do secured loans get paid off when selling the asset?

I own a home in California (as tenants in common) with two siblings. My brother took out a loan using the house as collateral. When we sell the house, does the loan get repaid first, or do I get my ...
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Can I get charged with theft for taking my car if my boyfriend signs the title?

I am about to end my relationship and am curious to how this would work. I had my boyfriend register my car under his name because I couldn't afford it at the time. I have definitely made up for the ...
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Investing in 401(k) and a Roth IRA

I am a senior in college and I have $3,000 dollars from my summer internship that I want to invest. I was thinking of investing it in a Roth IRA in an index mutual fund. However I am questioning my ...
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My company handed me a letter today telling me I owe them money because they overpaid me. What can I do about it?

I work an hourly job. I got a letter today telling me that they overpaid me and I owe them money. My job pays minimum wage and I'm not sure how they "overpaid" me, their computers pay me per second ...
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Why shouldn't I consider a 401k loan to myself within my bond allocation?

I have seen broad advice against 401k loans. I question this. Why shouldn't I consider a 401k loan to myself within my bond allocation? Assuming I have trust in my employment cash flow and taxable ...
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Could my employer give me a raise in terms of employer 401k contributions instead of salary?

Personal contributions to a 401(k) are capped at $18,000 per year, but personal + employer contributions are capped at $52,000 per year, and I'm already maxing out my 401k. Assuming I was eligible ...
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Is my wife eligible for an HSA?

I had an HSA with a previous job but I no longer work there and am no longer contributing to it. I still have the account and there is still money in it. My wife recently got a new job as well and ...
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Does an online business selling across the USA would need to file for foreign qualification in each state?

I have been looking at the rules for an all online transactional company. If I make sales in all US states, do I need to file for foreign qualification if I have a Nevada LLC?
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What happens when “bill pay” check does not get cashed

In the US, some banks generously offer a "bill pay" service, which is an online page that allows you to mail a (paper) check to a US address. Most banks don't change for this service, which "saves you ...
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Can I cash out my 401k every year (company match > withdrawal penalty)? [duplicate]

My company offers a 401k 50% match up to 6% of salary, but I'm restricted to picking one of a set of investment portfolios. My thinking is, could I max out the 6% every year, get the full 50% match, ...
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What U.S. banks offer two-factor authentication (such as password & token) for online banking? [on hold]

Do you know of any US banks that allow you to have two-factor authentication (i.e. password and token) for your online account? Paypal does that, but it's not really a bank. For some reason banks seem ...
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Is the Amazon credit card reported to the credit agencies?

Is the Amazon Store credit card reported to the credit agencies? I'd like to know if a good payment history with this card will affect credit score or not.
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What does “separate accounts” mean when rolling over into a 457(b)?

I have a SEP-IRA from an old, part-time job that I had in college with about $120.00 in it. I just opened a 457(b) with my state job. I'd like to roll that $120.00 over into the 457(b). According to ...
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Is there any instrument with real-estate-like returns?

I want to shift part of my portfolio away from stocks into real estate. I've found that if I bought real estate directly I could expect about 10% in yearly returns. The problem with buying physical ...
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Is tuition reimbursement considered taxable, earned income?

I am a student paying tuition to attend a University. I worked in a lab, so I received a "reimbursement" on my tuition (that is how the University denoted the compensation). Does this "reimbursement" ...
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How can I cash US treasury check in India?

I have a United States Treasury check. Please let me know how to encash it in India. I tried ICICI bank but they are unable to process it.
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How can a Canadian establish US credit score

I don't have a SSN or US address. I would like to start establishing a credit score in US. What are my options? What is the fastest way?
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What laws govern check clearing in the US?

When I deposit a check in my bank, the bank credits the first $100 of the sum immediately and the rest of the sum is credited the next day, usually. I know that it's not a real clearing - i.e. if the ...
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Is the Social Security retirement benefit calculation based on the last 40 quarters, or overall?

Are Social Security payouts based on the last 40 quarters, or overall earnings? That is: If the last 40 quarters of my working career are lower than these past 40 quarters worth, how does this affect ...
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How can I lookup the business associated with a FEIN?

I have a FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) and need to locate the business or non-profit that has been assigned that number, how can I look that up only given the FEIN number?
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1040 or 1040NR this time?

I am a international student, came to USA on F-1 visa from India and graduated last year. this year (2014) my company filed H1-B and got approval. Now I am on my H1-B from this October. When I file my ...
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Wire transfer from India to US

I would like send/lend money from US account to My brother-in-law's Indian account(international wire transfer) for 30 lakhs. This will be no interest loan to him. My brother-in-law needs this money ...
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What US law requires a bank to reopen a closed account if a third party sends money to it?

I used to have an account with a local credit union. I moved, then closed the account. The credit union mailed me a check for my remaining balance and confirmed the account was closed. This was 14 ...
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Can I use FSA funds to pay for expenses outside of insurance start period?

I started a new job on February 2, 2015. But my plan year starts on October 1, 2014 and goes until September 30, 2015. I had a doctors visit that I will have to pay completely for because I was not ...
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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? Lots of situations when I find myself in need of ...
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Why do US retirement funds typically have way more US assets than international assets?

I have noticed that US retirement funds generally seem to allocate far more space to US stock than international (non-US) stock. Of course, there is not really any such thing as a prototypical ...
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Tax implications of selling part of land associated with main home

My wife and I are considering splitting off a portion of the land attached to our main residence. Will this be taxed as a capital gain? Can the money be put towards the mortgage and not be taxed? ...
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When filing a US 1065 as a General Partnership, do we combine our expenditures for a home office?

I am in a General Partnership with 1 other person. We both work out of our respective homes. When filing expenses on a 1065, do we line item each of our home office expenses? For example, if I use my ...
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How do I permanently opt out of having a credit history?

In the past, I activated a credit block (freeze) on all major credit bureaus and from reading information, this should prevent anyone from being able to report on my credit or gain access to it. ...
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Is there a way to open a U.S. bank account for my LLC remotely?

I'm operating a company remotely — I'm not in the U.S. Is there a way to open a bank account without going to the U.S.? I've called a few banks and most of them require myself to go the a ...
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What are the transactional costs when buying and selling a house?

I am trying to breakdown all transactional costs related to buying and selling a house as well as their numerical values. For instance, the agents get around 3% in commission each, the inspection ...
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Can subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans be repaid independently of each other?

For an undergraduate student in the U.S., Stafford loans are offered to students and may contain a portion that is subsidized and another portion that is not, both in a single year. Can the ...
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So the vending machine tore my $5 in pieces. What now?

The vending machine swallowed half of my $5 bill, and the other half remained in my hand. Can I get my $5 back, or is it all lost forever?
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How do I judge if I am being made a fair offer by a car insurance company?

My girlfriend got into an accident with her (registered under my name) 2003 Honda civic. She was pulling out of the drive way (taking a right, basically parallel to the road) and got hit on the ...