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Automatic Extension online filing request gets denied w/ code R0000-052-01 - why?

I am trying to e-file, using the FreeFileFillableForms website, an extension request (F.4868). I have no tax due, and expect a couple of thousands in returns once I file the complete F.1040. ...
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How to contact the IRS to determine if your taxes have been filed by a CPA?

As a follow-up to my other question: How can I avoid being fined or penalized because my accountant might have failed to file my taxes on time? I have not received any contact from my CPA other than ...
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Deadline to amend a 1040 tax return filed late?

Generally, you can file 1040 up to three years after the original deadline for filing. So if a person just filed for 2010 (due April 15, 2011) on April 15, 2014 (three years later) and new see an ...
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How can I avoid being fined or penalized because my accountant might have failed to file my taxes on time?

I decided to use a CPA because my tax situation got complicated this year. I have attempted to contact my accountant several times and cannot get a response from him at all. It is now after the ...
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Property Ownership between parents and children

My paralyzed father has been buying properties with my aid for the past several years. The only reason they're in my name is because he was never able to get out and do the escrow closing part in the ...
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Is buying co-workers lunches(reimbursed by them) taxable?

Every day, I go out and buy 10 people lunches and they pay me back. I mostly break even, but may come out a couple dollars ahead. Do I need to claim this on my taxes? Thanks
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Is a divorce buy-out of a house a taxable event?

To be clear, this is a question about US Federal Taxes, and I live in Virginia, which is an equitable property (not community property) state. Additionally, I understand this is not a legal forum ...
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Is it inadvisable to leave a Roth IRA to charity upon death?

Short version: I have (for example) $50K of assets in pre-tax accounts, e.g. a traditional IRA, and $50K of assets in my Roth IRA. When I die, I want to leave $70K to charity and $30K to my siblings ...
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What to do if a state and federal refund is denied direct deposit?

I helped my girlfriend file both her state and federal taxes this year. We 'share' a bank account, but her name is not on the account (the bank currently does not offer joint accounts, otherwise it ...
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Is contributing to traditional IRA then converting to Roth a way around MAGI limit?

We usually contribute to a Roth IRA, but our income is variable enough that sometimes our MAGI is over the limit. In this case I want to contribute the full amount (post-tax) to a traditional IRA and ...
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Do the FATCA laws also relate to individuals incomes?

I'm wondering about the American FATCA laws which apply various tax rules on American citizens' foreign accounts around the world. Except for tax withholdings from investment income, does this law ...
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Do I have to list a SSN to take a child exemption?

Do I have to list my child's social security number on my income taxes to take a child exemption? What if my child doesn't have a social security number?
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Can I claim a full tax deduction in India of the entire amount withheld from my U.S.-source income?

I am an Indian citizen resident in India. Say I earn $1000 from a US source. They withhold 30% since I haven't provided an ITIN in my W8ben. So I get $700 in hand. I understand that I have to report ...
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Does making credit card tax payment through service provider constitute IRS form 4868 extension request?

If I pay the amount due on my extension for US IRS form 4868 through an IRS approved payment provider that accepts credit cards such as PayUSAtax.com who charge 1.87% for the service and I designate ...
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Do I have to pay tax both in NYC and England?

I work in London for an English company. I will move to NYC and keep working for the same English company for a few months doing researches to open a new business, and my boss would like to keep ...
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Buying property in India

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinkg about buying property in India. I have a lot of confusion in this matter. (1) Should I buy property on my own name? or me and my father's joint name? If I keep my ...
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London or New York - Which city is better to be a first time landlord? [on hold]

Am specifically looking at guidance from a tax, compliance & transaction costs standpoint. Thanks!
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Property appraisal protest question

(First time homeowner here) I recently received my estimated property value in the mail. It was listed at $207k. Our house was built in 2013, and the value of the land pre-build was $25k. The home ...
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What U.S. banks offer two-factor authentication (such as password & token) for online banking?

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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Do I need to file a tax return on zero income in the US if I became a resident late in December?

I am writing about the filing of tax return as a new permanent resident, whose deadline is April 15th 2014. I wish to know if I am required to file, for I entered the US with a DV1 immigrant visa on ...
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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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Graduate student stipend 1099-misc taxes seem to be coming out too high. Am I doing something wrong?

I am a graduate student and I receive a stipend that pays my living expenses, through a national fellowship that I was awarded. The fellowship never withholds taxes of any kind, and so I have been ...
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Tax on Stocks or ETF's

This is a really stupid question, but just to confirm: tax (credit) is accessed only on the realized capital gain (loss) from selling of stocks or ETF's, correct? To answer the question from the ...
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Estimated Tax Requirements (1040es) Seem Low

TL;DR - Form 1040es lines 14a and 14b are very different, causing me to be wary of my end result for required quarterly estimated tax payments. I've been working through my 1040es for the first time ...
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If Roth IRAs are not reported on income tax returns, how does the IRS police them?

Directly from the IRS: Contributions not reported. You do not report Roth IRA contributions on your return. If that's the case, then how does the IRS make sure people don't exploit the ...
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Buying property in India : FBAR declaration.

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. If I buy any property in india,do I need to report my property in USA income tax return, FBAR or anywhere else? Do i need to pay ...
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Is my spouse at risk for a joint filing in a year where I have settled a major debt? [on hold]

I settled and wrote-off a major debt. This was recorded as 1099-E income. I incurred all of this debt under my name only, and she was not my spouse at the time I got into the debt. She was my ...
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How big of a mortgage can I realistically afford?

I'm 25, and I'm in the process of closing on a $260,000 mortgage for a very nice condo in downtown Salt Lake City. My salary is $80,000 right now, which I feel is pretty solid, but I'm starting to get ...
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Can I default on my student loans if I move to another country?

I am moving away from the USA and I don't really plan on coming back. What are the consequences if I stop paying my student loans? My current debt is ~50,000 USD in federal loans. I know next to ...
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Buying property in India : paying loan/mortgage

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinkg about buying property in India. What is the best way to make payments from USA bank ac to pay loan/mortgage in india? Can i get tax relief for loan/mortgage payment ...
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Selling property in India and gettting back money to USA

I am on H1b visa in USA and thinking about buying property in India. Suppose I alraedy bought some property in India, now in future if i sell the property in India, then how can i get that money back ...
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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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Deducting SEP-IRA contributions as a sole proprietor with no employees

Is it possible to deduct SEP-IRA contributions from a Schedule C Form 1040? I was a sole proprietor with no employees. It seems like if I had employees, I would deduct it on line 19, for Pension and ...
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Deducting related educational trading expenses from LLC?

From what I understand, you need to trade full-time in order to deduct educational related trading expenses such as magazines, courses, or newsletter subscriptions. If I'm not a full-time trader but ...
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What are 529 plans and Coverdells accounts? [duplicate]

I read an article a minute ago but I don't know what's the meaning of that "529s and Coverdells". I googled it already but google throws a lot more confusing threads.
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Can I transfer money from an NRE account to a USA checking account?

I want to transfer some money from USA checking account to my Indian NRE account to get the benefit of a good interest rate. But when I need this money back in USA, can I transfer money from my NRE ...
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Opening and funding an IRA in three days - is this feasible?

I'm doing my taxes. (I'm doing them really late this year because I became an independent contractor and I've been paralyzed by fear - I've procrastinated quite a bit.) Turbotax is telling me that I ...
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Removed Excess Contribution HSA in next calendar year, received 1099-SA in current year

For Tax Year 2012 I had an excess contribution to my HSA. In calendar year 2013, before the filing deadline I removed the excess contribution to avoid the penalty. However, the bank holding my HSA ...
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Avoiding Double-Reporting Income (1099-MISC plus 1099-K)

We bill all our clients through credit cards, and the card processor sends us a form 1099-K report of all the income received. But at the same time, many clients insist on also sending us a 1099-MISC ...
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So far, expect to only make (1099) income in Q1 of 2014… What's my estimated liability?

I've earned a significant amount of 1099 income (self-employed) in the first quarter of 2014 (through 3/31/2014), but as of now, I have no idea what (if anything) I will earn for the rest of the year. ...
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What if I don't have records of capital gains?

What should I do if I don't have adequate records of my capital gains in 2013? What is the best course of action to mitigate any potential issues from an IRS audit? I have yet to submit my tax ...
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Roth conversion: US tax brackets for Non-resident Aliens (residing in India)

Question 1: If I move money from a traditional to roth IRA (or pretax 401k to roth) account, what are the US tax brackets? Are there any standard deductions? Will I have to pay any taxes in India for ...
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How to unlock the equity in my leased vehicle?

I have leased for the previous 3 years an SUV from Kia. The lease terms claimed a 36,000 mileage but I have only put 19,000 miles on the vehicle. Everyone is telling me that I should be able to "get ...
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Is it bad to consolidate and pay off private student loans with margin from my brokerage account?

I have several private student loans that aren't eligible for debt forgiveness and with interest rates between 10-15%, for a total of about $30K. I think it would be easier to pay the loan down over ...
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Can I file taxes in the state where I own a home even if I don't live there?

I've owned a home in New Jersey for 20 years. I work remotely, from wherever I am. Last year, my family and I traveled around the country for 7 months, and I worked throughout this time. Then we ...
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HELOC with no first mortgage (for liquidity--no plans to spend it)

For a home-owner with no debts, a good salary, credit score, etc.: What terms would be optimal for future liquidity when obtaining a home equity line of credit (HELOC)? The point is to obtain ...
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Close to retirement & we may move within 7 years. Should we re-finance our mortgage, or not?

We want to refinance; currently at 6.75% on a 30-year fixed. We are unsure how long we will be in the house but assuming at this time we will want to move within 7 years. I am looking to retire in 3 ...
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Is there a tax deduction for renting office space in service of employer?

Can I get any kind of tax deduction for paying rent on office space that is entirely in the service of my employer? Let me explain: I work remotely. My company is in California, but I presently live ...
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Alternatives to Intuit's PayTrust service for online bill viewing and bill payment?

I've been a long-time user of PayTrust. The idea behind the service is great: I can receive bills through PayTrust, view them online and set up payment rules to pay them automatically. However, Intuit ...
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I have $20k of imaginary gains from trading last year due to wash sale rules. Should/can I take mark to market?

I have traded for most of the year while I work at my full time job as a software developer. I am using it to augment my income. I like working in academia but it just doesn't pay that well! I started ...