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Questions tagged [california]

for questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products for the state of California. California is a state within the 50 state union of the United States.

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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to calculate my real earnings from hourly temp-to-hire moving to salaried employee?

I live in California, U.S.A. I have been working in a company as a temp-to-hire position for a few months. However, the company needs me to set up my own company, so that I provide service for them. ...
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This is my pay stub. Am I paying too much?

I have decided to make this post on behalf of a close friend. He is a young professional working in San Francisco and making ~ 132K USD per year paid in biweekly fashion. Single and he doesn't own a ...
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Can you register your car in a different state from your residence?

If you move to California from Florida but cannot afford to register your car there (the engine has been modified), is it still possible to keep the car registered in Florida but obtain a California ...
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Can I get back withholdings after losing my job?

If I was taxed at 120k starting January, but only worked for 4 months and don't plan on working for the rest of the year, is there anyway I can take the adjusted withholdings (40k instead of 120k ...
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Overpay state income tax this year to offset federal taxable income to the next year?

This year (2016) I am a waged employee and will earn something close to $100K. Next year (2017) I don't plan to work at all so my projected income for 2017 would be $0. Since the state tax that I ...
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Foreclosure debt still on the credit report

I went through a pretty nasty divorce in which my ex-wife got to keep the house. Eventually the house was foreclosed on and she eventually got evicted. However, my name (along with hers) was still ...
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Does the state I get my license in affect my taxes, or how I file?

I'm visiting my old house in California and only drive when in CA. I am about to get my license renewed, but I work in NYC and spend most of my time there (95%). I never drive when in NYC. Will me ...
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How do secured loans get paid off when selling the asset?

I own a home in California (as tenants in common) with two siblings. My brother took out a loan using the house as collateral. When we sell the house, does the loan get repaid first, or do I get my 1/...
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My dentist sent a forged bill to my insurance (California, US)

I had an appointment with my dentist and they gave me a receipt with a total amount $409.00 for the services. Then they claimed $985.00 from my insurance. Insurance paid $750.00. They didn't ask me ...
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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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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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How can I save LLC fees when investing in Arizona real estate from California

My sister, brother and I (who live in California) want to invest our money in Arizona real estate. We would like to hold the property in an LLC for liability reasons, and we would really like that LLC ...
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Is a non-cash prize form a work event in California taxable compensation?

I won a non-cash prize as part of my company's wellness competition. The nominal value is maybe $300-$400 (T-shirts, misc sports clothing). Now they told me after the fact that this is taxable income,...
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California state taxes on Health Savings Accounts

I recently started an HSA. For federal income taxes this is a great deal because I get to contribute pre-tax and take tax-free distributions for medical expenses, or after age 65 I can take ...
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If I earn RSUs in a private company while living in California, and am no longer employed with the company at IPO, do I owe California taxes?

I'm employed at a private company in San Francisco. Part of my compensation is in RSUs, which are subject to the standard two vesting conditions for startup company stock: time, and the occurrence of ...
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What should I do with my freshly opened LLC in California after I've moved?

I recently opened LLC in California in Dec 2016. Now I moved to Washington state and I got a full time job there as well. What am I supposed to do with it? Make it as LLC in WA state somehow? Keep ...
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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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Is there any state tax (California) advantage to putting money into a limited purpose FSA versus putting it all into an HSA?

For example, I will not be contributing enough to max out my HSA contributions, so would there be any benefit to putting extra money for my child's braces into the LPFSA, or should I just put it all ...
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Securing a loan with a loan, does this even make sense?

My friend wants to buy a house; however he does not have the capital to put twenty percent down because he loaned out his capital as a secured business loan last? year. He thinks all other business ...