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Sending money to Russia for family back home

I have a family member that needs a medical operation back home in Russia, the total cost of which is 30k. I have heard that I can give 10k as a gift in cash for my aunt to take on the plane. For ...
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Advice for someone who is a Primary Care Giver

TL;DR: What tax deductions, programs, monetary possibilities, etc are available for someone who's unemployed but with a full time job as an unpaid caregiver for a family member? ...
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Why is there a $398,351 – $400,000 tax bracket in the U.S.?

It seems as if anyone that's getting paid $398,351 – $400,000 would simply lower their salary to the $183,251 – $398,350 tax bracket and get 2% lower income taxes. Does the bracket serve any purpose, ...
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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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Why do Americans have to file taxes, even if their only source of income is from a regular job?

I live in Europe (Czech Republic) and as long as I'm simply employed at a company, I don't need to file any taxes on my own (I assume the financial department does that for me automatically). Why is ...
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How to report Canadian T4 slip items (e.g. CPP, EI) on a U.S. tax return?

I am a U.S. citizen resident in Canada. Does anyone know how to report the various items on a Canadian T4 (a rough equivalent of a W-2) on a U.S. tax return? I am not sure about the following items: ...
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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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Lower-cost index funds vs. managed (higher-cost) tax-advantaged IRAs?

If having to choose between a non-retirement lower cost index fund and a managed higher cost IRA (both traditional and Roth), which is less impeded and likely to grow more long-term? Put another way, ...
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Self employed, putting away tax money

I am starting to get behind on taxes for my business and in an effort to catch up I'm putting profit towards the taxes. Where can I store it other than my bank? I'm worried I will spend the money, I ...
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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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When a real-estate counter offer is made, and ignored, can the seller still accept the original offer?

Buyer makes an offer. Counter offer is made. Buyer has meantime seen another house they prefer, so choose to ignore the counter offer. Is the Seller then permitted to accept the original offer? Does ...
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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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Can I avoid capital gains taxes on a stock

So here is my dilemma. I have a really bad stock in the portfolio. To make it simple I'll say it's down $1000. I want to sell it and never buy it back. No wash rule applies here. However, I have a ...
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Should a retail trader bother about reading SEC filings

What exactly is an SEC filing? Is it like a quarterly earnings report, a press release? I could not understand much from the wikipedia link. Can you give an example where reading SEC filings has ...
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How can you find out what life insurance a deceased person had?

So it seems like the way life insurance is supposed to work for a deceased person is that the beneficiary is supposed to somehow inform the insurance company of the insureds death (presumably by ...
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What is the simplest way to describe indexed universal life?

Indexed universal life seems to be pretty popular these days, but it also comes off as very complex with a lot of small print. Without getting too complex, whats the simplest way to describe what it ...
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Does it make sense for me to start a 529 college plan for my kids

My kids are 11 and 15. I've neglected to save any money for college for them, but I want to start now. Given that I am starting out this late, does the 529 college make sense at this stage? If I ...
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Can a F1 student file, as a non-resident, a joint tax return with US Citizen wife

My income through CPT, as a F1 student for 2012 was $50k, of which I have paid $300 in state and federal taxes as I was a part time employee of a company from Jan - March 2012 (income ~$13k). I then ...
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Health Savings Account Distribution Maximums

I had foregone Dental Insurance this year because all previous years I had spent more paying for the insurance than any procedures cost. Naturally, I had to have a tooth removed and an implant put in ...
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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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1031 Exchange and Taxes?

We were given a property by my father in 2001 who was doing a 1031 Exchange on an investment property. Once we were given the deed and title of the property a year later, we started using it as a ...
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Can I back out of a house purchase after the inspection if the offer stipulates “as is”?

I made an offer on a house in the state of Arkansas, and got a counter offer, and now I am about to accept it. However, there is one thing that bugs me: the counter offer requires me to buy the house ...
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Foreign earned income exclusion / foreign tax credit when present in US

I'm a citizen of Norway as well as of the US by birth. I've never before 2014 resided in the US. I'm a PhD student in my native Norway, but we are here considered employees and paid a wage. I've ...
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Take out a loan vs. sell bond investments

I am going to put solar panels on my roof. I can pay for those panels using some combination of the following Take out a HELOC at 3.75% variable interest rate with closing costs covered by the bank. ...
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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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Are there any implications if I do not report an Indian bank account during U.S. tax filling?

I have an Indian savings account to which I send money from the U.S. Over the year the maximum amount I sent was less than $10,000. I would like to know whether there are any complications if I don't ...
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Does saving for retirement pre-tax make sense to stay in a lower tax bracket if I'll earn more later?

Does it make sense to save in a Regular IRA vs the Roth IRA in order to keep me in the 25% tax bracket? In reality career wise I will probably cap out at 150k in today's dollars. I've been able to get ...
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How to decide for 401(k): Make Roth post-tax contributions, or traditional pre-tax contributions?

My company's plan will let me put funds into the 401k plan either pretax (traditional, with taxes taken at withdrawal) or Roth-style (post -tax nut no tax at withdrawal) or both. Any company match ...
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Debt Relief Agency or cash out IRA?

Through many bad decisions on my part, a divorce, 2 kids in college and a third heading there in the fall, I am in over my head. I have been robbing Peter to pay Paul for a few months now (paying ...
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Remittance to India from US in an Indian account?

I am Indian citizen working in the US on a non-immigrant work visa. I have a regular savings account in India as well but I dont have an NRE/NRO account. So, will my remittance send to India account ...
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Can a person who has Medicaid buy a discounted dental insurance plan?

We live in Arkansas. My dad has Medicaid. However, it turns out most dentists do not accept Medicaid, and those that do, provide a limited number of services . So, I tried to purchase a dental plan ...
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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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Why can't 401(k) statements be delivered electronically?

I called Schwab and they just said, "401(k) accounts are not eligible for paperless confirmations and statements. It's the law. Sorry." I can't find any reference to this law in the Google. The ...
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I am thinking of buying a property to split into 2. How do I determine the costs basis on the existing house?

This is a property on over 2 acres. I'd like to buy it, split the property and rent out the existing house. Then build myself a new house on the other portion of the property. How would I determine ...
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Can my mother keep the money in my custodial account from me?

I'm seventeen, about to be eighteen in five months, and the other day, my mother said that if I didn't prove that I can be responsible with my money, she would stop me from closing my custodial ...
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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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Tax implications of owning a Roth IRA as a Canadian resident?

I am a Canadian citizen, U.S. resident with Roth IRA, contributing for 15 years. I will be moving back to Canada in 2 years, am 47 years old, and will leave the Roth with Vanguard and not touch it ...
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Income and taxes with subcontracting?

If I'm a 1099/independent contractor and I need to contract a sub portion of that work to another independent contractor, does that "income" get taxed twice? As in when I bill the work back to the ...
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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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When should I walk away from my mortgage?

I bought my home in California in 2006, at the height of the boom. Now I owe $100K more than the home is worth. California is a "no recourse" state; if I stop payments, the bank can take the house ...
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What are the tax regulations and ramifications of personal loans?

Are there any laws/taxes on a personal loan? I realize that you can't just give someone money unless it's under X amount (last I checked I thought it was 14k), but what are the rules around loaning ...
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Tax implications of transferring money to New Zealand from USA?

I want to transfer over $USD10K to New Zealand from the USA and am wondering if there is any tax implication? The money would be going from myself to myself.
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What is the best way to pay my American rent from Canada?

I need to pay rent to my landlord on or before the day I arrive in America. Right now I live in Canada, and I have the money to pay (in USD), I just do not know what the most efficient payment method ...
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Does a U.S. citizen working in Mexico have to pay taxes to the United States?

I'm a U.S. citizen who lives in the U.S., but I'm going to be working in Mexico for a Mexican company. Do I still have to pay taxes in the U.S.?
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Pay for a cheap car or take out a loan?

I have $2,000 in total in my savings account for a car but I am starting a better paying job in three months and I will need a car to get to it. At the moment, I am biking to my current job. I am just ...
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estimated taxes and late penalties on highly “bursty” side income

I have a full time job where I get a W-2. In addition I occasionally freelance on the side as a contractor and receive a 1099-MISC. The freelance work is very irregular and hard to predict. It's ...
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Is there any instrument with real-estate-like returns?

I want to shift part of my portfolio away from stocks into real estate. I've found that if I bought real estate directly I could expect about 10% in yearly returns. The problem with buying physical ...
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What taxes do new subcontractors pay?

I started a job a few weeks ago and I was wondering how do I know how much to pay on my taxes if I'm a subcontractor. The contractor who got me on he said that I would get a 1099, but I just want to ...
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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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Can I preemptively pay my credit card bill before a charge is posted?

Today, I paid a $1000 bill with a credit card that has a $1500 credit limit. (Note, I have changed the numbers slightly here, but the ratios are roughly correct.) The bill has not yet been posted to ...