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Social Security contribution of a J1 visa holder leaving U.S. permanently?

I was a J1 visa holder (post-doc) in the US for 18 months and contributed to Social Security. Since I am not going back to the U.S. again, am I eligible to get the money back? Thanks and regards JMV
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How much does a landlord pay in taxes?

I live in California, and am considering buying a house in Vancouver, WA, to rent it out to friends. What I don't know, and seem to have trouble finding the answer to, is: how much taxes would I pay ...
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Living in Texas and remote working for job in NC. Should I pay state taxes for NC?

I am full time resident of Texas where there is no state tax but I am remote-working for company located in NC. Do I need to pay state tax for NC? Please help. Thanks in advance.
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Resources to begin trading from home?

Apologies in advance if this type of inquiry is inappropriate for this StackExchange. But it is a personal question, and it is about finance, so... Anyway, here is the backstory so far - I will try ...
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Moving mid-year to a no-state-income-tax state (Indiana to Washington)

It is my understanding that if you move from one state to another mid-year, then, depending on the states and the details of the move, in each state, you are generally either taxed only on the exact ...
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Purchase lottery / scratch off ticket in WA , Live in non gambling state

What if I buy a scratch off ticket or a powerball in WA and win some money, but I live in Utah, where gambling is not legal. Can I mail in my scratch off and use my Utah address for them to mail me ...
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Questions Regarding Part II form W-9S

I am on F-1 Visa and my school told me that I can get 1098 T for tuition waiver if I submit form W-9S. I have a question regarding Part II of form W-9S My Question : Since I haven't taken any ...
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Can I recharacterize my Roth since my income this year is foreign?

I moved abroad a couple years ago, but 2015 is the first year that I am claiming to be a bona fide foreign resident. I have been contributing to a Roth IRA for years. Filling out my return this year, ...
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Is there a dollar amount that, when adding Massachusetts Sales Tax, precisely equals $200?

I am confused about calculating Massachusetts Sales Tax (6.25%). Is there such an amount, that when added to its sales tax, equals $200? The reason I ask is because my business has been charging $...
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How to represent Company return

I was doing W2 contract work and received my W2s. The company I was contracting for contacted me and claimed they had withheld too much money for city taxes and are returning it to me via fedex in the ...
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How to pay down credit card debt

Last year I was at a good university and I decided to quit my job and take on a huge load of classes in order to finish in two semesters. I have a wife and a child and the student loans are based off ...
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At what point is it most advantageous to cease depositing into a 401k?

I have a spreadsheet that shows me some various statistics about my 401k and I notice that assuming an average overall growth of 10%, my 401k contribution will be less than 1% of the yearly gain of ...
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Can an employer refuse to remove a spouse who recently acquired their own health insurance coverage?

My spouse recently took a new position with benefits. Where I have been providing benefits through my employer I contacted them and ask to remove my spouse. At first, they said not a qualifying ...
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Live in Oregon and work in Washington: Do I need to file Oregon state taxes?

I am an Oregon resident but earned all my income in Washington state in 2011 - do I need to file an OR tax return since I didn't earn any money in Oregon ?
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Send money to someone with Bank of America

My nanny has a Bank of America account. What is the easiest way to send her money electronically. She is not tech savvy. I've tried Quick Pay multiple times, she can't seem to figure it out. I ...
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How can I stop a merchant from charging a credit card processing fee?

According to the answers on Can a merchant charge you more in the US if you want to use a credit card?, I gather that, while it is not illegal for a merchant to pass their payment card processing fees ...
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Can a merchant charge you more in the US if you want to use a credit card?

I'm pretty sure the answer is no for Visa/MC and basically no for Amex, and it's actually illegal in some states, but what if they just rephrase it as "We're giving you a discount if you choose to pay ...
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Tax implications of holding EWU (or other such UK ETFs) as a US citizen?

What with the Brexit completely murdering UK stocks right now, and having taken to heart the motto "buy when there's blood in the streets", I was thinking of investing some money in the UK, via ETF. ...
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What I can possibly do about the future once my student loans are paid off and I have no savings?

I attended a private institution in the USA for higher education and as a result I pay monthly student loan payments so expensive they rival my rent payments. I try not to think very hard about this ...
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Is it a gift or not?

IRS rules are not always black or white, and something that I find myself struggling with is what is considered a gift. Hypothetically, suppose I am moving soon and have a broken leg so I cannot do ...
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Pre tax and and after tax on dental and eye vision insurance

If anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. In my Pay stubs I realize i get tax pre tax and post tax on both my dental and vision insurance? why is that? why do they take it out twice?
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When to register for a bank account for a C-Corp with no official money

In Feb this year, I registered a C-Corp for administrative purposes only (for things that require a DUNS number, e.g., to get an Apple Enterprise Dev account, etc) and have thus far not passed any ...
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College funds - is it too late to open a 529?

We are immigrated parents and our daughter will be going to college in 3 years. What's the best option if we want to start saving for her college education? I would like to have an account with high ...
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Is this investment opportunity problematic?

I recently got an email from a close friend of mine, that goes something like this: We're looking to sell our rental house and buy a new one. We found one we like, but the housing market is very ...
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$1000 a month to invest. Index is the way to go?

No credit card debts, no student loans, nada. I have a modest house with a small fixed mortgage, a nice year cushion of savings (in a high-yield account), contribute 15% of my income towards ...
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Financing a vehicle a few months before I expect to apply for a mortgage?

My wife and I are planning to buy our first home together sometime around June/July time this year so we're mainly in 'piling up cash' mode and are trying to avoid any unnecessary expenses and ...
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Self employed applying for mortgage

I talked with a mortgage lender several months ago, but was dismissed because I did not have two years at my current self employed business. They said they needed taxes for the last two years. The ...
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What is a maximum amount that I can wire transfer out of US?

Say, I would like to buy a property in Thailand. The price is about $200,000. I might wire it to my Thailand's checking account. Just want to know is the limitation of wire transfer. Also, is there ...
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How much money do I need to have saved up for retirement?

I'm 29, and just started a new job with an excellent mandatory retirement plan. I contribute 5.5 percent of my salary and my employer deposits an amount equal to 8.5 percent of my salary. I have a ...
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Taxes on transactions of services

Say Alice writes Bob a computer program, and in exchange, Bob remodels Alice's house. If they were charging money instead of bartering services, either of them would have charged several thousand ...
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Tax Efficiency with Index Investing

I will have money left over after maxing my 401(k) and Roth IRA. I plan to open a taxable investment account to invest the remaining money, but I want to make sure I understand the basics of tax-...
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Is there a downside to dropping out of my 401(k)?

My employer started offering a 401(k) plan a couple years ago with no employer contribution (we are a small company). I signed up as it seemed like a good way to force myself to save for retirement. ...
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Tax benefits with non working spouse while on L1 visa?

I’m moving to California on an L1 visa soon. My wife will also be traveling with me. We have the following in mind: She travels to US with me. Applies for the EAD work permit and comes back to India....
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Tax form requirement - irs

This sounds a stupid question but I need to ask - I have two other houses besides the one I live in - on a tax form are they both called second homes or does one get designated as third home
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Why invest in IRA while a low-cost index fund is much simpler?

I'm currently investing in a low-cost index fund and wonder what's the point of opening an IRA (either Roth or traditional). The big con of IRA is that you can't withdraw before retirement age ...
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US Filing Status when married to non-resident foreigner in the US

I am US citizen living in the US getting married to a non US citizen who is studying here on a non-immigrant J visa. While she is the in the US, she has and will have no income. In a year or two, we ...
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Income tax on money transferred in one year, but received in the next year

I am a citizen of Israel, where I currently reside, work and pay taxes. I am about to terminate my employment in Israel in December 2015 and move to the US to work for a US-based company, starting ...
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New grad with new job seeking advice on how much I should put towards my 401(k)

I have a new job that pays ~100k. I'm in my early 20s. I'd like to figure out the most financially intelligent course of action when dealing with 401(k). This is the policy: X company will match ...
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Step-Child Dependency for Non-US Citizen

For long term expats living in another country with a step-family / step-children via marriage. Looking at [26 U.S. Code § 152 - Dependent defined as a reference which states: The term “...
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Why are 30-year mortgages seen as unwise, if you can pay off the loan in a shorter period of time anyway?

I'm slowly working towards buying my first home (yay!), and have been playing around with the numbers. As far as I can tell, there's literally zero advantage for getting a 10 or 15-year mortgage since ...
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Real Estate - Cost Basis for Capital Gains

I recently sold vacant land and am trying to determine the costs basis to calculate the capital gains amount (if any). The property was split over 10 years ago when I sold my residence and a few ...
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How did this day trader lose so much?

I recently read this article about a day trader that lost $100,000: A trader started a GoFundMe page to pay back $100,000 to E-Trade after a disastrous short Please explain this, because I can not ...
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Should you always max out contributions to your 401k?

I am a year out of college, and therefore, i don't have any real retirement/investment plans kicked off. I was having a discussion with my boss, and he was making a few claims I would like to get ...
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Do I need to pay quarterly 1040 ES and 941 (payroll)?

I am self employed with an LLC that I elect to pay S-corp taxes on. I am the only employee. When you're self employed, if your taxes are greater than $1000, you have to pay quarterly taxes estimated ...
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Stocks taxed just for selling, or just when withdrawing?

I'm humbled by the fact I couldn't find a direct answer to this anywhere so if one exists already just let me know and I'll del this one. My question is, say you have an Ameritrade (or similiar) ...
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I've started two credit agency disputes with the originators of the credit (CC company and a bank). Is there anything more required from me?

I found a CC that I had nothing to do with opening on my credit report. I called the issuing company and told them as much and they opened a dispute with the 3 agencies. Also, in an effort to increase ...
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How can I determine which stores are regarded as supermarkets for a rewards credit card?

I'm considering applying for a credit card which offers additional rewards on supermarket purchases. How do I determine which stores in my area are considered supermarkets by the card issuer? For ...
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FBAR - Filer is Principal Joint Owner

It is unclear in the instructions what to put in the "Principal Joint Owner" section for a joint account where the filer is also the principal owner. Under the "Number of joint owners" in the ...
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What would I miss out on by self insuring my car?

I've been thinking lately that it might make sense to drop comprehensive and collision and self-insure these risks (obviosuly I'd keep the liability insurance). Basically, I'd keep around in a fairly ...