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If I am paying my household employees taxes what should the W2 contain?

When filling out a W2 for a household employee in which I want to cover their percentage of all the taxes, what should I enter in the varying wage boxes? Let's say that over the course of 2014 I paid ...
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Tangible alternative to paper U.S. savings bonds?

When I was little, it was fairly common to get US Savings Bonds from relatives. It introduced me to savings, financial instruments, and the idea of delayed gratification. I know there are 529 plans, a ...
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Transfer of property proceeds from india to USA

I am a U.S. citizen currently in Hyderabad for the past 3 or 4 years. I am not working and have no income in India but have Social Security monthly pension in U.S. (below taxable limit in U.S.) and ...
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Making Money on your Tax Return

So both Turbo Tax and H&R Block offered a deal this year where if you requested your federal return in e-gift cards, they would give you a 5 to 10% bonus based on the service you requested. Let's ...
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Starting a side business slowly

Inspired by this question and this question. I have been looking at some ways to try to earn extra money on the side to assist in my finances, and have come to the conclusion that the best way would ...
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What can I do all year to be sure I get my best tax return or at least break even?

I don't own a house, I'm not married (but I will be by next tax season), I have no stocks or bonds. Buying a new car and paying student loan interest was the only deductions I could put down. I work a ...
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HSA contribution and self HDHP

I enrolled in HDHP plan starting 2014 Nov 3rd. I also have an employer sponsored HSA plan, where my employer contributed $250 towards the 2014 limit in Jan 2015. Before this I never had an HSA ...
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Received SSDI income less than 15,000. Do I need to file income tax?

I live alone, and received less than $15,000 from SSDI. Do I need to file income tax?
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Employer rollover from 403b to 401k?

Can an Employer convert from an existing 403b plan (variable annuity) and transfer all assets to a new employer sponsored 401k plan?
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Qualified Stock Options purtchased through my Roth IRA

I have qualified stock options for the company I work for, and want to have them paid for out of my Roth IRA. Can I do this?
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Found Mistake on 2013 1120S Form

I had a CPA do my corporate taxes last year. I did not have a good experience, so I am doing them myself this year. In the course of working through my return via TurboTax Business, I discovered a ...
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How does “on the next percentage” work (for company matching)?

For example, if I contribute 5%, the company matches that contribution with: 100% on the first 2% 40% on the next 2% 25% on the next 1% How do you calculate the next percentage.. and of what ...
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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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Do my kids need to file a tax return?

My kids (minors) each received a gift of some stock from my wife's parents last year. The stock is in the kids' names, with my wife listed as the custodian. They each made just slightly over $100 in ...
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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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How to get money transferred from the United States to India?

My brother has a registered company in the USA and has a payment gateway. Now here in India I need to use his gateway for payment as I am into online technical services and have a registered company. ...
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Do companies offer student loan repayment assistance?

Does anyone know which companies offer some type of student loan repayment assistance programs? I'm going to be helping Congress look at a new bill being proposed to make student loan repayment a tax ...
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Found an old un-cashed paycheck. How long is it good for? What to do if it's expired?

I just found a paycheck from my old work that is dated August 5th, 2013. It's for over $300 and I'm wondering if it will still go through. I'm worried that it will bounce or there will be some issue ...
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Need something more basic than a financial advisor or planner

Is there a professional that one can go to in order to assess one's current financial situation and get advice and follow-through on what one can do in order to correct financial errors one has made, ...
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Why are U.S. Treasury interest rates are so low vs. other nearly risk-free rates?

I was reading Options,Futures and Other Derivatives by John Hull and I came across the question: Why are US Treasury rates significantly lower than other rates that are close to risk-free? I ...
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How much sales tax should I charge on Instaproofs.com?

How much sales tax should an individual in VA, USA charge for stuff on instaproofs.com? I've attempted to find online sales tax rates for VA, but I'm not familiar enough with the terminology to ...
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Interaction between health exchange and under-65 Medicare coverage

I purchased platinum-level family coverage on the healthcare exchanges this year. Shortly after the start of the year, my wife's disability application was approved (after ~2 years in progress) and ...
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How is my employer affected if I have expensive claims on my group health insurance?

Suppose, for the sake of discussion, that I work at ACME, Corp, a USA company. As part of my compensation, ACME makes me a member of their group health insurance through Aetna, a USA health insurance ...
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1099 versus corporation to corporation for payments?

I have an S corp and am starting a new relationship with a business partner, who is going to contract my services. They said 1099 or corporate to corporate, in terms of how I get paid. If they pay me ...
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What would you do with a large land inheritance with high tax rate?

I just inherited a couple hundred acres of pristine woodland in New England. I'm a nature-lover, so my first impulse is to keep the land as-is, letting campers, trekkers, and wildlife just use it as ...
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IRA advisory fee?

I have a traditional IRA which I rolled my previous employer's 401(k) into. I've noticed that there seems to be a quarterly advisory fee, which seems to be about 0.5%. Is this reasonable? I ...
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I have more than $250,000 in a US Bank account… mistake?

I'm currently carrying a balance of $356,000 in one bank account, which is in excess of the FDIC insured maximum of $250,000. I owe $100,000 in 2014 taxes (which will be paid by April), and the ...
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Can you replace Roth IRA contributions that you withdraw from the current year?

I know that if I remove principal from a Roth IRA for longer than 60 days from previous year's contributions, that I cannot put that back into the Roth IRA. However, assume I deposit 5500 in January ...
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Do I have to report gift money from my spouse and family?

My husband and I got married in January 2014. He is from Australia and works from home as a web designer for clients who are all abroad. He received his green card in April 2014. All of his income is ...
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Own my home, have no debt, and must start taking RMDs on an Inherited IRA. What should I do?

My father passed away and I have a sizable amount of money in an inherited IRA (about 2 times my yearly salary). I don't have any debt to pay off as I already own my home, auto, no credit card debt, ...
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What states base income tax on world wide income?

I've seen several questions that state CA taxes worldwide income for anytime spent living in CA. I'm curious what other states might do this (vs not taxing income which was earned wholly outside the ...
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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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Planning to invest in stock, age 16

I've been planning to invest in stock to get started for the future, however, I'm concerned about taxes... if I was to get capital gains, and in a short time period reinvest it in another security, do ...
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Is paid time off (PTO) considered taxable income?

I am a salaried full-time employee at my company in California, USA. I noticed on both my final 2014 paystub and on my W-2 form that the paid time off (PTO) I took for vacation last year was listed ...
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Is state tax based on work location or home location

I live in NJ but work in NYC. Which state tax should I pay? Is there a separate city tax as well?
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Multi member member-driven LLC Bank Account without the personal presence of one the memebers

We have an LLC which has two members (we both are foreigners), this LLC is member-driven. We need to open a business bank account, but the problem is, that one of the members can't come to USA, is ...
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How should I go about filing taxes if I have 2 different W-2s from 2 different jobs?

I worked 2 different jobs (Jan - Aug) and then (Aug - Dec) in 2010. I have W-2's from each of these jobs. What is the best way to go about filing taxes for this kind of scenario? What should be ...
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Working from home in Vermont as W2 employee for employer in California. Need I file a CA tax return?

I work for a company registered in CA; they have no offices in my state. I'm a W2 employee and they are withholding taxes for VT, where I reside. Will I need to file a CA income tax return? This ...
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What will the penalties be for someone without insurance after Affordable Care Act takes effect?

If I currently don't have health insurance will I have to buy a plan? If I do not what will the penalties be?
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For a non-resident, Is it worth investing in a 401k?

I'm planning to stay in the U.S. for 3 to 5 years. My company offers a 4% match for 401k contributions. Is it worth investing in a 401k plan with all the fees and penalties? Or is there a better way ...
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Can I use an FSA from multiple employers in a year?

My current employer offers an FSA. For 2014 I have opted to contribute the maximum allowed which is $2,500. If, after using that $2,500, I switched employers and they also offered an FSA would I be ...
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Japanese citizen is a primary beneficiary of my IRA What is the process for her to inherit my IRA?

Japanese citizen is a primary beneficiary of my IRA What is the process for her to inherit my IRA?
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Opening US Bank account for US citizen while abroad

I am an American citizen with a social security number, but I'm currently living abroad and am not planning on visiting any time soon, and I don't have any state-issued ID. Is there a bank that will ...
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Sales tax “trick” while buying a used car; i.e. declaring sale at lower than actual transaction value?

I am selling my car and have found a potential buyer. After I transfer the vehicle ownership, the buyer will have to transfer the vehicle title to himself, and will also need to pay sales tax on the ...
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Calculation, timing, and taxes related to profit distribution of an S-corp?

My life partner and I opened an S corporation at the start of 2015. My life partner will be employed by the S-corp and we've established a reasonable salary for him. I won't be employed by the S-corp, ...
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Does this Budget Make Sense for a New Condo?

I’ve been obsessively reading for the past week or two about how much of your gross/net income to be spending on Mortgage/Insurance/Taxes/HOA. More conservative estimates were at 25% of your gross ...
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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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Want to put at least $500/yr away for my niece, but NOT for education. Choices?

I would like to put money away for my niece. I'm looking to put it somewhere that she can use the money when she turns 18/21. Also, I don't want it to be tied to education, in case she would like to ...
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Is it worth it to buy TurboTax Premier over Deluxe if I sold investments in a taxable account?

I sold investments in a taxable account in 2013, include shares from an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP). I have always used TurboTax and am planning to again, but I'm trying to decide which ...
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Tax consequences when foreign currency changes in value

As a US taxpayer, if I hold some foreign currency that gains or loses value, what are the tax consequences when I exchange the currency for US dollars or other goods or services? Let's take a ...