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Should I take out a loan to pay off a relative's credit card debt?

Recently a close relative revealed to me that she has run up $40,000 in credit card debt over the last few years, which she can no longer manage because the interest payments are eating up all of her ...
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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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How does 'upgrading' from one house to another work?

Consider this scenario. For a given neighborhood, a small house is $100K. A big house is $150K. For simplicity, assume that you purchase the small house with all cash. 5 years later, it is now worth ...
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Sales tax "trick" while buying a used car; i.e. declaring sale at lower than actual transaction value?

I am selling my car and have found a potential buyer. After I transfer the vehicle ownership, the buyer will have to transfer the vehicle title to himself, and will also need to pay sales tax on the ...
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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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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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Do I need to pay taxes as a food delivery worker if I make less than $12,000 in a year?

I started working for Doordash, a food delivery service. Technically I think I am a self-employed contractor. I saw online that you don't have to declare taxes if you make less than $12,200 in a year. ...
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Is it typical to start charging HOA fees before a community is fully built?

I am currently in the process of buying a home at a new community. My home is part of phase 1 out of 4 phases and will be ready for move-in prior to the completion of the entire community. But the ...
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Property tax on land where you discover you can't build anything on?

California has a 0.77% tax on real estate, including land. California also has passed a bill that prevents developers and land owners from building on or near earthquake fault lines which essentially ...
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What is the "California SOS file number" and where do I find it?

My LLC's taxes are due soon and I want to pay the $800 annual tax here in California. I'm a little confused about something I'm supposed to write on the check: the "Calfirnia SOS file number". Google ...
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Questions from dealer when paying cash for a car

My wife and I recently bought a new Chevy from a dealer here in California. We didn't use a loan, paid using a personal check. Even though we told them we weren't financing the deal, they insisted on ...
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If someone had purchased some stocks prior to leaving California, then sold these stocks outside California, do they owe any tax to California?

If an individual moves from California to another US state and had some RSUs granted before leaving California, then they'll owe some taxes to California (mirror): Allocation Ratio = (total workdays ...
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Can a gift be re-gifted before a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

About a month or so ago, I gave a family member $10k to purchase a car, because he needed a reliable car for his two hour commute. He's going through some financial trouble, and is now looking to ...
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How do people trade up from one house to another?

Newbie question here folks. My wife and I currently own our first (20% down on a condo in San Francisco in 2009; fixed 30-year loan). Obviously at some point (maybe 2-4 years from now) we would like ...
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What's the cheapest way to buy out a sibling's share of our parents house if I have no cash and want to pay less than the appraised value?

My mother passed away, leaving 75% of her house to me and 25% to my sister, setting this up as a trust. The house was appraised at $944K, based on the time of my mother's death (November 2022). I want ...
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Is there any way to form an anonymous General Partnership?

Update: When I say anonymous, I don't necessarily mean from the IRS (although that would be ideal). I mean anonymous from the general public. I don't want anyone to be able to look up my real name and ...
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How high should I set my KickStarter funding goal in order to have $35,000 left over?

I'm creating a KickStarter to raise enough funds to take 3 months off from my full-time job and finish an iOS game that I've been working on for about 3 years now. Put simply, all I need is about $35,...
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What do I do after requesting and receiving a debt validation letter for a medical debt I don't recognize?

I received a debt collection call a few months ago from a professional debt collector for a debt I didn't recognize, followed by a written notice. I wrote back that I dispute the debt and requested ...
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Pros/Cons of Buying Discounted Company Stock

For my company (large international software firm) I am allowed to buy company stock at a discounted price. To me all I see are pros such as: Being able to sell the stock right as I buy it, ...
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Understanding underpayment penalty: implications and how to avoid it in the future

Here is a small explanation of my situation which I hope will help to understand my question: I am a full time employee who lives in California. Each year I get a W2 from my employee and 1099 from my ...
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Was I a victim of illegal bait and switch mortgage fraud?

My wife and I recently purchased a home and I think we were victims of bait and switch mortgage fraud and I wanted to find out of what happened to us was illegal, or just very strange. We were first ...
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Am I required by law to have cash register for my small business (California)?

We have a Point of Sales terminal to handle all credit card transactions. The credit card processor company sends us 1099K form that we use for tax purposes. This works fine for our small beauty salon....
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Is an uncashed cashiers check of deceased mother part of her estate wrt probate

My mother recently died. At her home we found an uncashed cashiers check that is 11 months old. The check was given to her by her sister (my aunt). It was a disbursement from my mother’s own ...
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What is the best way to short the San Francisco real estate market?

Best as in: 1. Liquid 2. Minimum borrowing costs
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do I have to wait for one year to negotiate my salary?

A few months ago, I had an interview and received 8 months contract position. I accepted it. After a month later, the company offered me permanent position. They offered me 68k and I accepted it. I ...
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Does liability auto insurance protect any of your assets?

I'm confused about the Liability auto insurance. Some online resources appear to say that you must have as much liability insurance as the total value of all your assets, whereas others just say to ...
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Do I have to pay security social taxes when I withdraw from my 401k?

I will be moving out of the country soon and I have some money saved on a 401k. I plan on doing an early withdrawal and I am aware that I will have to pay the 10% penalty. I was wondering how the ...
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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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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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Why do I need an attorney to buy a house?

I thought my real estate agent would cover the whole thing. How does an attorney get involved? Why do I need to hire one on my side? I ask this because I have read about it in first-time buyer help ...
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What are the ins/outs of writing equipment purchases off as business expenses in a home based business?

I'm currently self-employed doing computer programming work. As part of self-employment I'm learning about filing taxes quarterly (not fun) and also writing things off as business expenses (...
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Mortgage interest tax deduction

I am having some issues figuring out how the tax deduction for mortgage interest works. This is for California, USA I have a home that I bought for $807,000, with 2 loans: $645,600 at 4.5% $80,700 ...
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Is it possible to block previously authorized ACH access?

We engaged in business with another company that provides credit card processing service. At the time of signing up for their service we authorized them to use ACH by giving them a void check (a ...
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Can I prevent Equifax from collecting my personal information?

Given the recent news about Equifax leaking information about millions of U.S. consumer (and some from U.K. and Canada), Is there any way for me to prevent Equifax from retaining my information? ...
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Divide by zero on 540NR form (due to tax treaty)

I am filling a 540NR form for 2014, for California. Line 33 says: "CA Standard Deduction Percentage Divide line 32 by line 17. If more than 1, enter 1.0000" Line 32 is the CA adjusted gross income, ...
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If I helped my friend to file taxes; can I represent her on a phone call with FTB?

I helped my friend to amend taxes. However, Franchise Tax Board is still not satisfied - they expect that on form 565 box 24 we should pay $800 annual fee for her General Partnership. General ...
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State Income tax when splitting a day between states (in the USA)

First of all, I realize that when traveling to another state for employment it is commonplace to owe taxes in that state for the work performed+sourced in that state. Example: you work/live in ...
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Capital gain treatment when moved to a no state income tax like Texas

I am planning to move to Texas early 2018. If I lease my California principal residence for 9 months, while waiting for my new home in Texas to be built, and then sell the California house 9 months ...
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Company options after leaving

I joined a company in California back in September 2007, I got a 2,000 options package. The stock price was 27 USD when I was hired. I left the company in July 2012. Options vested already but they ...
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USA salaries: before/after taxes

I keep reading about software industry salaries in the US. 100k / year, 130k / year, etc. Are these numbers before or after taxes ? What is an estimate of the salary after taxes ? EDIT: I would ...
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Can I expense guest amenities for my AirBnB?

I own an AirBnB in California. This is a standalone house, I do not live there. In the course of operating it we furnish amenities such as Roku devices, or Foosball tables, or BluRay discs. Can these ...
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If one spouse dies is the other responsible for federal student debt taken during the marriage?

In California, in the United States, if one spouse takes out federal student loans during the marriage but the other spouse does not cosign them is there a responsible party in the event of death? I ...
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Owning properties through an LLC - how to split the LLC expenses?

I own some rental properties through my LLC. While most of the expenses can be attributed to a property and find their way to schedule E, I'm puzzled about the LLC expenses... In California its ...
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How to get liability insurance for an electric kick scooter in California?

I just purchased a Segway Ninebot ES4 electric kick scooter. I'm from the Netherlands but live in the United States (California). I have a global liability insurance but it excludes motorized ...
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Can I add girlfriend to my benefits provided by employer?

I work in a big tech company in the Bay Area, California. It is time to enroll in benefits and I am trying to understand if I can add my girlfriend to my insurance. I have been living together with ...
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Rental Application Fees

I've been trying to find a new apartment. Each application I've submitted cost between $20-$35 and I've yet to find a new place. A lot of these places have me just write out a check which I never see ...
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At what point is the contents of a trust considered to be the property of the beneficiary?

My grandmother passed away several years ago, and left a generous trust fund to her 5 grand children. We can access our share of the money when either of the following two conditions are met: We turn ...
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Can you subtract credits/returns/refunds from statement balance?

Most credit card companies in the US do not charge any interest on any purchases if you pay at least the statement balance every month. E.g. you effectively get between 25 and 30+25 days of interest ...
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Foreign national currently working in U.S. & investing in 401(k) plan: How will taxes apply?

I am a foreign national currently working in USA. I am considering contributing around 5K to a 401K plan (with no employer match). I intend to return to my country in a few years (when I am in my 40s)....
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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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