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Cashing Government check

Can I cash a government check at a bank without having a bank account anywhere? It is a substantial amount of backpayment from SSDI.
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Estimating independent contracting taxes when I am ALSO separately a full-time employee

I currently have a full-time job where I make $80k/year. To supplement this I am going to do some independent contracting (evenings/weekends). I have seen advice for estimating taxes directed to ...
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Where to report 1042-S income and federal tax withheld on form 1040?

Since I have become a resident alien of the U.S., I still received a 1042-S from my school because the school was not aware of the change of residency. The school refuses to change the forms and ...
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Does the Section 1256 Rule (60/40 rule) pass through to Mutual Fund holders?

Section 1256 of the U.S. Tax Code applies, in many situations, to SPX options. If I own a mutual fund that makes use of SPX options, do the SPX gains get passed through to me on a 60/40 basis -- e.g. ...
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Lender refuses to terminate PMI despite my LTV being less than 78%

My lender, US Bank, is refusing to terminate my PMI even though I am now below the 78% loan to value ratio. We've been perfect customers and have never missed a payment. Their reasoning is that they ...
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Late payment of estimated taxes

I live in the United States, this is my first year paying estimated income tax and I've missed the first two voucher deadlines. My question is should I mail them now (late) and send each one ...
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Do I repay Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if I suddenly have income and assets

I have four chronic disabling diseases and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for 10 years. If I suddenly own a home and income property, must I repay social security? If so, ...
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Accepting personal “donations” (not as a non-profit)

I develop software and games, some of my users have said they would be interested in supporting me, even though what I make is free. It seems to be that the PayPal donate button is reserved for ...
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Waiving PMI on initial conventional mortgage loan

I am about to close a mortgage loan for a HUD property which I had originally opted for a USDA Rural @ 3.25% for a sale price if $135,500 for 30 years. I just got the bank appraisal which states its ...
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Residency for Out of State Student Getting Married

I am a graduate student in Michigan but still consider my permanent residence to be in Ohio, as I plan to return there after graduation. I am able to just file income taxes with Ohio, as the two ...
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Tax Exemptions: Live in One State, Work in Another

So I'm pretty young and don't completely understand how I should be handling my taxes. I've been burned year over year recently by being a contractor and have recently started to pay attention closely ...
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Filing as Dual Status or Non-Resident if entered and exited the US in the same year

I'm a New Zealand citizen who emigrated (I have a green card) to the US in July. Due to some medical issues I returned to NZ in early December. My question is whether I should file as a Dual-Status or ...
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Working from India in a US company

I'm a new grad, working on a contract position in US for some time now and my contract has almost ended. I got an offer from another company (X), which is quite small (an LLC) but with better ...
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Tax implications of roommate rent from unofficial apartment sublet

I'm currently renting a 2/2 apartment in the US that is managed by a REIT (NYSE:MAA). I set it up in which I am the sole responsible lease holder and have added a roommate to the lease as an occupant ...
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Tax me more: Can I pay extra to the government so I don't have to deal with all this paperwork? [on hold]

Is there a way to tell the US government: Just take all the money you like and save me the effort of the yearly filing of taxes? Doing all this tax work is so annoying to me that I really would like ...
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How to get started with savings, paying off debt, and retirement?

I am getting married soon and I am in grad school (I get paid a stipend and have a tuition scholarship). I have no retirement plans available to me. My fiancee will be starting her job soon and will ...
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Pre- & post-tax calculations for comparing contribution amounts for traditional 401k vs. Roth IRA?

I currently have a rollover IRA which I no longer contribute to and a 401k which I currently contribute to. I would like a Roth account to be more diversified from a tax perspective. I currently put ...
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How do I deal with a collection agent who refused to state a reason for calling?

I got a call from a number registered to a collection agency (I looked it up online). When I answered, knowing some of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, they asked if I was Phillip. I asked him ...
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Plan/education for someone desiring to achieve financial independence primarily through investing?

I just turned 20 and live in the U.S. I haven't started any career, and I haven't graduated with an associates like some of my friends. I'm at a crossroads and I don't quite know what to do. I want ...
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Any practical difference between “personal checks” and “business checks”?

I need to order checks for my LLC. I wrote maybe 5 paper checks last year (by hand, not printed). So it doesn't make sense for me to spend $30-40+ on "business checks" if I can spend $5-10 on ...
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Transfer money from U.S.-based NRI friend to my savings account in India?

My NRI friend wants to wire transfer money from his U.S. account to my savings account in India. Could someone please throw light on the procedure to be followed and also the tax implications?
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flex spending when transitioning from full time to perdiem

I am moving from a full time position with health benefits and $2500 in flex spending to a perdiem position. I gave my notice to decrease from full time to perdiem without benefits as of 7/6/15. How ...
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Is there a way to make the mortgage interest or deduction apply towards next year's tax?

This is related to USA and California tax: in 2012, I can deduct $40,000 of mortgage interest for personal income tax, and the same for 2013. However, since I worked only for 2 months in 2012, and ...
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Should I report driving tickets on my international driving permit to insurance companies

I have an international driving permit I got from India for driving into United States. I have 2 tickets on it in US. Now that I have got my own driving permit in US, should I report to insurance ...
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Strategies for paying off my Student loans

For some background info on myself, I just graduated college a bit over a year ago with a Comp Sci degree. I've saved up just enough to pay off my student loans in its entirety, however, I have ...
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Limit on hard cash exchange (EURO -> USD) in USA

Say I have 8500 euros as hard cash in USA. Can I just walk into a bank and deposit it in my account as US dollars? Is there a limit on how much hard cash I can exchange at once in the states?
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What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed?

What factors are to be considered when deciding to go with a 15 year fixed vs a 30 years fixed? Pretty simple really; I could make the payments on a 15 year fixed, but at today's low interest rates, ...
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Received federal student loan collection letter, but never had one. What to do?

Yesterday I received an unexpected letter in the mail, a federal student loan collection letter from ConServe collections. I've never had a federal student loan, so it was quite surprising to receive ...
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NRI in US, how to receive money from India to US

I transferred money to my parents as Gift 3 years back, now they will be helping me with some money here in USA. My parents are in India and want to send me some amount here in USA. Is that fine, any ...
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Coverdell ESA Tax Consequence For Corporate Contribution

I have a small business (C corp) and noticed that corporations can contribute to an Coverdell ESA account with no income limit. Can I create an ESA account for a child and fund it 100% from corporate ...
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Best way to reduce tax burden of a signing bonus

My friend has been given a job offer with a generous signing bonus under the label of housing and child-tuition support to help towards the burden of relocation. The only problem is that the company ...
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401k Transfer After Business Closure

I worked at a company for 4 years; they had my 401k set up through paychex. My paychecks started bouncing and soon the business was closed (it was part of a franchise and individually owned). A few ...
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How much money should I put on a house?

My mother passed away and left me with 100,000 dollars. My boyfriend and I decided that we would go ahead and buy a house. We are living with my dad right now and have 2 kids and we are both 22. I am ...
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Should I take out a loan vs pay off with mother's help?

I'm considering buying a house for 200k. When buying place ($200k), I will be paying 120k as down-payment, and financing the rest. I am thinking of my mother pay an additional 80k (to buy the place ...
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taxes on home if quit claimed to son in entirety, but mom still lives there

Will my thirty-year-old son have to pay taxes on my home if I quitclaim him to the title? What if he just owns one-half of the home; how will that affect his taxes? We live in Boise, Idaho and he ...
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Can I get my savings from my mom's bank now that I'm 18?

I turned 18 two weeks ago. My whole life I've had a savings account with my mom at Wells Fargo/Wachovia. However, I have a personal checking/savings account with my dad over at Bank of America which I ...
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What happens If I Overpay Social Security Taxes?

Resource: Maximum social security tax income level for 2015. I work four jobs and just noticed on the second one, they're deducting social security taxes. The first job I work pays 99% of the ...
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Should I pay off my 6% student loan using the income that I would normally put into my two IRAs?

Question says it all. I would fund 10k to two IRAs, or I can put that toward the student loan for the next couple of years until it's paid off. Which makes more sense?
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I got a raise from 50,000 to 65,000, and paycheck calculator says that I should take home $867

Hi I recently got a raise and wanted to calculate how much I would take home, and I get paid weekly. If my salary is 65000, I live in NYC, and my weekly paycheck is $867, that is more than 30% of my ...
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Foreign intern in USA - filling out W-8BEN form

I'm a Canadian student doing a paid internship in the United States for the summer on a J1 visa. I've set up a bank account here in the United States which has been used to successfully directly ...
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Will I pay US taxes on visiting family money that is deposited into my account

My family are coming to visit me in the US and spend their summer vacation here. They are planning to transfer the traveling and living expense to my US bank account. My question is: Am I going to ...
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Am I being charged taxes on my grocery purchases at Walmart?

Today, I only bought groceries at Walmart and noticed that there is no tax on groceries in California (Google tells me that this is perhaps true for whole of the US?) So far I have always paid tax at ...
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I landed in the US on 16th Aug 2014 & my wife/kid joined me on 26th Sept 2014. What is my residency status for filing my tax returns for 2014?

I landed in the US on 16th Aug 2014 & my wife/kid joined me on 26th Sept 2014. Could you please let me know my residency status to file my returns for the income earned in the year 2014. Also are ...
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Income tax laibility in India for Stock traded in USA as a resident Indian

I lived in US for more than 9 yrs on H1B visa and was maintaining US stock portfolio and was filing taxes in US as 1099 for stocks plus my salary as 1040. Now I am planning to return to India but ...
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Are there special tax implications when paying for services in the next year? In another country

So I'm planning a destination wedding over a year in advanced. We've begun putting deposits down on things happening next year. I know I still have to pay VAT in the other country (Its ridiculous). ...
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How to create joint foreign currency account in Israel between US/Israeli citizens

I live in the U.S. (American citizen) and my son in Israel (Israeli citizen). I want to know if it's possible to open a joint foreign currency account which would permit me to lend him money and ...
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Under federal rules, does a non-taxable IRA Roth Conversion impact school financial aid?

If you convert a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA and all the funds were deposited into the traditional IRA as non-deductible contributions, and there is no gain, and thus there is no income by the ...
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How to Receive US Dollars for my savings account

I'm Planning to open-up a small consulting firm in india. I need to know is there a way to open up an US bank’s account in my name in USA, without being physically present in US or visiting US? ...
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Tax implication In India

My husband arrived in USA (California) in Oct 2014 for the first time . For Year 2014 we were considered as non resident alien (for tax purpose I guess). We have filed for the income tax in USA and ...
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Disclosure (13D, insiders) and equity swaps/options

What is the current SEC ruling on equity swaps and options? For example, 13D requires that When a person or group of persons acquires beneficial ownership of more than 5% of a voting class of a ...