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Can I still get unemployment benefits from the day of departure even if I'm payroll for a month after getting fired?

My company is keeping me payroll for a month instead of keeping me on giving me one-time severance. Can I still get unemployment benefits from the day of departure?
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Can one be a California tax resident while not being a US tax resident?

I read on Page 4 of FTB Pub. 1031 2019 (mirror) (I italicized the important passages): [Section E:] Who Are Residents and Nonresidents A resident is any individual who meets any of the following: ...
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How do unemployment benefits work when you move to a new state for the same employer?

I have questions about CA unemployment benefits eligibility that I’m not able to figure out from the website. In preparation of moving to East Cost location of my office, I had moved my address to ...
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Tax deduction implications when working from home

I am a W2 employee in software development in southern CA, USA. In 2020, like many, my organization is requiring me to work from home since March 1st and ongoing through the remainder of 2020. This ...
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Purchasing a car from a private seller in CA as a PA resident

I'm currently a resident of Pennsylvania, and I'm planning to purchase a second-hand car from a private seller in California. To my knowledge, vehicle purchase is a two-step process: Transfer the ...
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CA state taxes when spouse is part year resident but I'm full year resident

I'm a full year CA resident for 2019 living and working in California. My spouse was working in PA from Jan 1 - July 2019 and moved to CA after her employment ended in PA. She did not work in CA, and ...
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How can I manually delete or regenerate California Schedule D (540) in TurboTax?

How can I manually delete or regenerate California Schedule D (540) in TurboTax? I'd prefer not to have to start over the California tax section in TurboTax. Motivation (TL;DR: incorrect cost basis ...
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J1-Trainee California Tax Residency status

I am a Russian citizen and at the end of 2019 I came to California for a traineeship. I have income in both Russia and the United States (California). From the point of view of US federal tax law, I'm ...
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Is property tax assessed on real estate transaction fees as well (California)?

In California seller usually factors in many of the fees in the listing price, such as the seller and buyer agent fees. To best of my understanding these fees can amount to around 3% for each agent. ...
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Should I file two Schedule C when I hire employees?

According to the IRS, sole proprietor must apply for EIN the moment he hires first employee and must use this EIN for tax purposes. How Schedule C(s) should be filed if first employee is hired on June ...
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Is an individual who hasn't been in California in 2019 but is domiciled in California throughout 2019 a California tax resident?

I read on Page 4 of FTB Pub. 1031 2019 (mirror) (I italicized the important passages): [Section E:] Who Are Residents and Nonresidents A resident is any individual who meets any of the following: ...
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How is the profit of a sale of stock calculated for taxes if the initial investment amount is divested, and the profit remains invested

I hope the title is accurate/descriptive. Open to suggestions edits if something makes more sense after reading. The best way I can describe this is with a scenario. So: $5,000 is invested in stock A ...
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CA State Income Tax return CA540NR Federal Adjustable Gross Income (AGI)

I am filing my taxes as a non resident alien manually this year with using some tax software for verification. My Income is $65,000. I have a part of it exempt under US Tax treaty with India and my ...
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Can I withdraw EDD funds without the account number?

I have money issued from the Employment Development Department (EDD), but I don't have the Bank of America EDD Debit Card yet. Can I use my ID to go into the bank and withdraw money even if I don't ...
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Home insurance offers from Chicago Title's affiliations

After entering an escrow for a home purchase we have received an email (legit) from a company affiliated with Chicago Title with quotes. I hadn't yet come to this step mentally. We're still in the ...
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How prop 8 (1978: Property Tax Reduction) works in California?

If I understand correctly, then in California Prop 8 is supposed to give peace of mind to home buyers by providing temporary property tax relief in case housing market crashes soon after they bought a ...
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Health Insurance + Salary Calculations

Whats a good percentage of my salary to set aside for health insurance in California? I'm currently looking into a new job which doesn't offer healthcare or dental so I'm trying to figure out how my ...
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Are employers who got their PPP loan on a later date better off than those who got it early?

My understanding is that payroll expenses that would be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness must be incurred immediately within the next 8 weeks when PPP funds appeared in the employer's bank account. ...
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What is the cost of an employee for a company vs hiring a contractor?

What is a typical cost for an IT company in California to hire employee with 300K/year base salary? The company offers full health insurance coverage and 401K matching, but these are variable. To make ...
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Do I qualify for unemployment benefits if I forgot to file in time, but now I have found a new job?

I had lost my job in June 2019 but I missed on filling my claim in time (since I was busy looking for new jobs). I found a job, but would I still get unemployment from my time that I was unemployed, ...
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How are the taxes calculated when a person lived and worked in two different states

Let's assume that in the beginning of the year a person lived and worked in one state and then relocated to another state. For simplicity, in total the person earned 200k and it is evenly distributed (...
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Do short term capital losses have to be used against long term capital gains for tax purposes?

As explained in this article, I understand that short term capital losses can be used to offset long term capital gains: Long-term gain with short-term loss Again we have to consider two ...
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What is the difference between salary and bonus with respect to taxes?

Let's assume one company offers 200k salary and another 100k salary and 100k bonus at the end of the year. Is there a difference for me at the end of the year (after all taxes are returned)? The ...
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Can capital losses be used to offset capital gains for California state taxes?

California treats capital gains just like normal income Suppose I have capital gains of $10k and capital losses of $8k Will this add $2k (from $10k - $8k) to my California taxable income? Or will ...
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How does withheld California income tax factor into estimated tax installments?

As the venerable federal Publication 505 says, the federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax, with two ways to pay as you go: withholding and estimated tax. For estimated tax payments, there are two ...
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Do I have to file a state tax amendment form too if I filed an incorrect federal return?

Last year (2019), I wrongly filed tax as resident. But I am non resident alien and F1 international student. I filed 1040x amendment form for federal tax. Now my question is that do I need file an ...
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How to report form 1042s information on form 540nr 2019

I'm an international graduate student living in California. This year, I received both W2 and 1042-S forms (Half the year I was on a fellowship grant and the other half I was being an RA). I have ...
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I'm still working but my payments are deferred due to Covid19. Do I qualify for unemployment insurance benefits?

I'm self-employed in California and my biggest client (>90% of my billable hours) is not able to pay due to cash flow disruptions related to Covid19. I've agreed to continue working and billing as ...
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How do I know whether to classify HSA income as dividend or interest?

I live in California, where the interest and dividends earned in an HSA are taxable. They need to be reported on the Schedule CA (540) on line 2 (taxable interest) and line 3 (ordinary dividends). I ...
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What are the tax implications of receiving part of one's salary in stock?

In the California tech scene, it's fairly common to have anywhere around 10-60% of a software engineer's income come from shares of stock in one's company. How much of the salary is in stock is also ...
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If a single owner LLC is closed in Jan 2020, does the company owner still file a return in 2021?

If someone has single owner LLC in California USA and if he/she closes the company in Jan 2020, do you still have to file business tax return in 2021? Specially if company has elected financial year ...
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Is the new COVID-19 Tax Relief for California residents applicable to everyone?

There's news out regarding a 60-day extension for California residents "affected by the COVID-19 virus", but the wording they use is so vague. Everyone was affected. Do they mean directly contracted ...
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Tax implications of working from another state due to coronavirus

I work for a company in California which is recommending all employees work from home because of the coronavirus pandemic. I am thinking about working from Michigan instead as an opportunity to visit ...
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Should I use Backdoor Roth

I recently got a new job that doesn't have a 401k. I rolled my previous 401k of $30k into a traditional IRA. I plan on contributing $12,000 to retirement this year but I know I can only contribute $...
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Earning through Lyft while receiving California unemployment

I've read that some states allow a maximum weekly income while on unemployment. I'm wondering if one is able to earn while on California unemployment, and if so, what the maximum is.
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Is interest “earned” in an HSA even without taking any distributions?

I live in California. During 2019 I contributed to a Health Savings Account; I didn’t take any distributions. I’m reading the 2018 instructions for Schedule CA—the 2019 instructions don’t seem to be ...
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Why did TurboTax underestimate my California state taxable income?

I just received two bills from the state of the california franchise tax board saying that my state tax for 2015 and 2016 are missing a few thousands plus interest. The reason was that turbotax way ...
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Paid for motorcycle via credit card, NO dealer documents signed yet and bike has NOT been delivered yet, can i back out?

I want to back out of a purchase of a small motorcycle, but I'm not sure how to proceed. We processed my credit card info to cover the purchase price and taxes on the vehicle 39 hours ago, and now I'...
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Can landlord's business expenses be retroactive?

Say, I am planning on moving out of my house and keeping it as a rental. The house needs a bit of work, which I can start before I move out to save on the downtime before I look for renters. Can the ...
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Does charity contributions come under itemized deductions of California state w4 form?

I am trying to understand why State of California has no line for charity contributions or I may be something. For example, in the Worksheet B of this form, line 1, it only talks about the itemized ...
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State income taxes when traveling to another state

I live and work in CA for an employer in San Francisco, but I travel often to FL and work there remotely for a total of perhaps 2-3 months a year. Am I supposed to pay state income taxes to CA during ...
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How to pay less tax on a high salary?

I'm working as a software engineer in the Bay Area. I file my taxes as "Single" and because of the high salary, I fall into the 32% bracket. Some of my salary goes into a 401(k). What are some ways ...
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Car Insurance - Do I need to keep comprehensive insurance after I paid off the loan?

I live in the Bay Area, California. I had to take comprehensive (Liability and Collision) insurance and pay around $500 for six months until I paid off the debt. I recollect that I was required to ...
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Is there a non-income tax way of my father paying off my house?

My father will soon be moving in with me as he is retiring at the age of 77. We are wanting to pay off my mortgage ($250,000). But we want to do it all in my name because we don't want it to appear as ...
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Getting health insurance with the highest deductible and putting the savings in HSA

I'm thinking about getting the highest deductible plan for next year, which would save us a lot of money. With that money, I'm planning to put all the savings (and some more) into our HSA account. We ...
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where to fill tax deduction for legal fee related to “related to doing or keeping your job” in form 529?

I filed for extension in april because i didn't have this information but need to file by Oct 15th. I paid around 750 dollars last year to consult lawyers regarding a threatening letter from a former ...
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If someone files a claim for short term disability for maternity leave, would future premiums be adversely affected?

If filing a claim for maternity leave does not increase the premiums required in the future, is it because the insurance company is not allowed to use the information, because it is not predictive, or ...
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Tax deduction for legal fee in defending my current job related to a threatening letter?

I paid around 750 dollars last year to consult lawyers regarding a threatening letter from a former employer related to company confidential information where they asked me to sign additional ...
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Is insurance company’s preferred auto shop biased?

I was rear-ended. There's a crack on the upper part of my bumper and the plastic part of the trunk locking mechanism is broken (though the trunk still closes). The insurance company was pretty ...
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Deduct business expenses on salary income tax as a married couple

So let's say that one spouse is working full time for simplicity let's say this spouse is making 100k/y and paying 30k/y in income tax. Then let's say the other spouse is running a sole proprietorship ...

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