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Protect Money Given Student Loan Debt

I want to protect what little money I make for my family. Currently I owe more money than I make each month. The debt I have been obliged to pay for the past year includes: mortgage & ...
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W-4 Worksheet for Spouses Filing Jointly: Who Files the W-4?

I've tried finding an answer to this issue both here and elsewhere on the web and haven't been able to so far. My husband got a new job last month with a significant salary increase, and I've been ...
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How to register LLC in the US from India?

I am living in India. I have an online business with many clients in the US, and I want to register it as an LLC in the US. Which state is the best to register in? What is the process for me to ...
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Principal 401(k) managed fund fees, wow. What can I do?

I was looking over my end-of-the-year finances and noticed some really disheartening details about my company's 401k. The company holds a plan through Principal, and the managed 'target date style' ...
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Can expense ratios on investment options in a 401(k) plan contain part of the overall 401(k) plan fees?

My company was recently acquired and the 401(k) plan is being rolled into the acquiring company's plan. I'm a fan of indexing and was disappointed that the index funds in the new plan have between ...
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Should I treat HSA as taxable or non-taxable in deciding on bonds if my state do tax it?

If my home state of California taxes the gains in HSA, should I use tax-efficient investments (for example Muni bonds), or should I assume that the market arbitrage on the taxable accounts so using ...
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Commission free trades for non permanent resident?

My brokerage gives me a few commission free trades per month. Non-citizen, non-permanent residents cannot open an account. Are there any brokerages that offer commission-free trades and are open to ...
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Is it illegal to refrain from selling stock based on insider information?

If I were planning to sell my stock of the company I work for, then see a non-public draft of the next quarterly report that will make the stock go way up, and cancel my plan to sell based on that ...
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How do the real estate prices correlate with the US dollar exchange rate? [on hold]

EDIT: It appears that the real estate prices will plummet in the near future Recently, the US dollar has appreciated significantly . This can impact the real estate prices in the US in two ways : ...
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What happens if I don't pay my rent while my lease still has time to run?

I had to move to a new apartment. My current lease is not up for 8 months. In order to terminate my lease early, the contract states that I must pay $1,000 plus the normal rent until a new tenant is ...
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Will U.S. citizenship boost credit score?

I have a good friend in USA who is a permanent resident and is married to a US citizen. They have only one income (although his income is a bit over $100K per year) and his wife (who is the citizen) ...
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How should I pay off my private student loans that have a lot of restrictions?

I have numerous private student loans, with amounts and interest rates like this: $30,000 7% 25,000 7% 10,000 7% 5,000 6% 4,000 5% My loan provider told me I have two options. ...
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Does the United States really owe 114 trillion dollars? Please explain “unfunded liability”?

I would like to refer to the site USdebt.Kleptocracy.us (A visualization of United States debt) I'm just a little bit curious as to what these figures mean. I understand the 1 trillion dollar ...
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Can I claim a parent receiving Medi-Cal benefits as a dependent on my tax return?

My mother got her green card this year. She won't work here. All her expenses will be paid by me. Since she is 67 years old, I am planning to apply for Medi-Cal health coverage for her. My question ...
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Can I request to change 401k offerings from my employer, e.g. to invest in ETFs?

My wife and I have 401k accounts, but they only offer mutual funds. I do not want to invest in mutual funds and pay their large fees. What are my options to invest 401k money into ETFs, bonds, and ...
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How come the Russell 2000 has only 1974 stocks in the newly updated list?

Why is the Russell 2000 comprised of only 1974 stocks? I counted the total number of stocks as 1974 from their June 2013 list at ...
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Self employed 401k and traditional IRA

I've got a self-employed 401k that I use for a small side business, which supplements a full time income I also receive. The 401k contribution allowance is usually small because my business income is ...
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HAMP enrollment and side effects

I am in the process of getting enrolled in the Home Affordable Modification Program through my bank to lower my mortgage payment, which is high because I got my house back in 2007 and haven't ...
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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 ...
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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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Where should I take some money from after retirement? (IRA, 401K, Roth, Taxable)

I have three 401ks, each doing well. One has some pre-1987 money, another has some Roth money, and some has post tax, non Roth money. I also have several smaller IRAs and Roth IRAs, some of them ...
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Better to get loan from finance company or bank considering the drop of credit score?

I want to know if there's a difference between getting personal loan from a finance company or a bank, considering the drop of credit score/grade (assume all other aspects are exactly the same)? I've ...
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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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What reason would a person have to use checks in stores?

I recently saw a rare (for me) sight... someone in a store paying with a check. Is there any rational reason to do this? Anyone with a checking account can get a debit card for it, and there is no ...
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Do I have to file California tax return for worldwide income?

I'm a new immigrant (green card) to US, and not live in California yet. I use my friend's home in CA as the mailing address for receiving my letters, packages, and California ID. I plan to move to ...
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How to decide on split between large/mid/small cap on 401(k) and how often rebalance

On my 401(k) the default time-targeted fund seems to be relatively expensive. I thought about using Vanguard mutual funds, which are also available and have much lower expense ratio. However they are ...
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Where I am I liable for taxes?

I have a business which offers paid subscription-based access to a piece of software hosted in the cloud (i.e. the user doesn't install the software on their PC but accesses it via their web browser). ...
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Is buying a townhouse as a “starter home” a bad idea?

My wife and I are looking for our first home. We live in a somewhat high-cost area of the Northeast, so most of the houses we see in our price range need a lot of work or are in bad school districts ...
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Multiple mortgage pre-approvals and effects on credit score

Background Info: My wife and I are looking to purchase our first home/condo. Given our combined gross annual income of ~$100k and lack of any actual debt, we're looking at properties in the $200-250k ...
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Credit card at Best Buy [duplicate]

I also just bought a TV worth $1400 with a best buy credit card. I only want to pay for the TV and never use this card again. Can someone tell me what I should do after I pay for my TV? How will not ...
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How is rental income taxed?

I own two properties which I rent out. I am also paying mortgages on each of these properties (I'm not sure if this matters). How is the rental income taxed? Do I have any options regarding how this ...
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Selling Property In India

Bought a under construction property on H1B (USA), got permanent residency in 2010, got house possession in 2011, paid the house now through a NRE/NRO account, if I sell the house now, what taxes I ...
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Cost basis step-up on inheritance of real estate

Assume there is a property owned by a couple with one son. When one parent dies, s/he bequeaths one half interest in the property to the son and half to the spouse. Two years later the property is ...
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Calculating underpayment penalty for Maryland state taxes

I am trying to determine if I am going to owe an underpayment penalty on my Maryland state taxes for tax year 2014. Form 4502UP (http://forms.marylandtaxes.com/current_forms/502up.pdf) states that ...
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What are the tax consequences of selling a condo in Florida?

My wife and I own outright a condo in So Daytona Beach, FL. Our primary residence is in Wyoming. We would like to sell the condo in Fl and should realize about $50,000 above purchase the price. I ...
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Solo-401k interaction with employer sponsored 401k. Limits of contribution from Schedule C income

I'm quitting a job at the end of this year. I want to start a solo-401k for all my schedule C income and I have a couple of concerns: If my employer were to, for some reason, pay me in 2015 some ...
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Is the Social Security with disability option final?

My dad is planning on retiring and collecting Social Security, he just had quad bypass surgery. It looks like he has the option to take Social Security by invoking disability. These are his options: ...
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How can I fund my US college education?

How can I fund my college education if I'm not given scholarship and family wouldn't be able to take loan? How did you do it in your time? I'd appreciate any suggestions !
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IRA Deduction when changing from 401k offered job to non-401k job mid year

This is challenging one to figure out. I had a job that is ends 11/30/2014 that offered a 401k. I have a new job that doesn't offer a 401k. I'd like to max my IRA this year to avoid tripping ...
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Where should I invest if my new 401(k) provider doesn't offer a low risk option?

My company is changing 401(k) providers. I have my small nest egg in a guaranteed interest account with the current provider. The new provider does not offer a fixed interest account. Furthermore, ...
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Capital gains and flow through tax treatment

If I am in a limited liability partnership or in a limited liability company (which receives flow through tax treatment), how are the assets and income of the LLC taxed? I think the way it works is: ...
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Wash sale rule question

I bought stock A on October 1. I sold stock A on December 1 for a small profit. I bought stock A on December 7 planning to hold for a while but decided it was not a good idea and sold Stock A on ...
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Can a Roth IRA be used as a savings account?

If my understanding is correct, you can take out your contributions from your Roth IRA whenever you want without paying any penalties. If this is true, then other than the limit you can contribute to ...
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S-Corp Reasonable Salary

I am the owner and sole member of a small s-corp. I am a litte confused regarding the reasonable salary the IRS requires. The S-Corp is fairly small and requires very little work to maintain. Would ...
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How can I calculate deductible percentage of business trip?

Here's my complicated situation. My wife is an author, and when her first book came out in January 2013, she, I and our two kids went on a 7 month book tour. This was an extreme but totally legitimate ...
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When must a health insurance plan provide contraceptive coverage under PPACA?

I'm having a hard time deciphering PPACA as it relates to contraceptive coverage. It seems that all plans that begin after August 2012 must provide it, but there is a "grandfather" clause that allows ...
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Can I deduct money I paid to a friend to help rent out my condo?

On this IRS page it says you can deduct management fees related to renting a property. Does this only apply to professional property managers or management companies? I paid a friend to show my place ...
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Where should taxes go when working in USA, but for a Norwegian company

I'm hired by Norwegian company and sent overseas for around 7 months. I am not Norwegian citizen, just have work permit in Norway. I know that there is an agreement between USA and Norway that ...
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Selling stocks at loss (short term) .. should I sell my long term gain stocks in 2014 or 2015?

I started investing in the stock market in Dec of 2013 (last year). I bought 5 stocks - 3 of which are in the red (and which I want to sell) and 2 of them are in profit. My understanding is that in ...
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Do I need ITIN as Japanese citizen to get my deposited money back?

I am Japanese girl. I was a student in US and have deposited some money in bank account. I am back to Japan now. I am filing the W-8BEN. Do I need to submit the following to get my full money back ? ...