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independent contractor compensation

My husband works as an instructor for an educational company, as an independent contractor. The company invoices the students. When he is paid by the company for his teaching fee it is reduced by the ...
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How do locals in Germany finance their lifestyle seemingly above their salary levels? [closed]

I am foreigner in Germany, and I have noticed that my neighbours seemed to have no problems financing very expensive lifestyle, which I doubt can be afforded by salary alone. My question is: Is there ...
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Approximation percentage of Administration costs based of Revenues

Sorry, I'm really naive about the finance and accounting fields. I'm trying to contribute to some Christian relief/missionary/medical organizations, and trying to go through their balance sheets, ...
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Tricount balances change after each reimbursement

My friends and I are using Tricount to keep track of shared expenses during our trips. It is an excellent app but it seems to have an absolutely infuriating problem: whenever someone makes a ...
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Is $20/day and $603/month (USD) a lot, average or little for one person's “food and related” costs?

I've calculated that I eat for $603/month or $20/day (assuming 30 days in an average month). I do not live in the USA, but "basically the same" ("the West"). I've been trying, but failing, to get a ...
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How to report a C corporation's post-dissolution expenses?

We're filing 2019 Form 1120 for a C corporation (XYZ Inc). In January 2017 my cofounder and I incorporated XYZ Inc in Delaware and registered it as a foreign corporation in Connecticut. We dissolved ...
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Paying for deceased parent's final expenses

My father recently passed away, leaving my disabled mother on her own. She is unable to manage her household affairs, so I will be doing so until I can secure a stable arrangement for her care. I ...
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Can You Switch Between Actual Expenses and Per Diem Expensing For Meals / Entertainment?

I currently report the actual costs for my meals and entertainment expenses on business trips. I am thinking about switching over to the Per Diem method. Are there any regulations against using both ...
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How Should a US Expat in Vietnam Optimize Compensation Package to Maximize Net Pay?

I may have the opportunity to work on a project in Vietnam starting in early 2020, and am hoping to get some advice on how I should negotiate my compensation package with regard to taxes. I am a US ...
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How much money can you save by buying gasoline at a different time of day? [closed]

As a general rule, if you want to save money, fill your car tank at night when it is cold rather than at noon when it is hot. The price of gasoline is fixed per unit of volume (gallon-liter) and not ...
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How can separate businesses account for shared expenses?

I have an LLC which holds two separate DBAs. Each business has its own checking account. Most expenses are distinct, but some, like office space and internet are shared expenses. How can I properly ...
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Is it wise to purchase a new car when faced with big repairs? [duplicate]

So you are frugal, and understand that driving to work is not an exercise in style. Therefore you hope for your car to get to 250,000 miles. However, parts start to break down at 150,000 miles and you ...
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What's the double-entry bookkeeping method for tracking a Safe-to-Spend balance and amounts saved towards goals and expenses?

The bank Simple has three great features: Safe-to-Spend Goals Expenses The Safe-to-Spend balance is pretty simple: it's just the balance in your checking account minus the total amount set aside for ...
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how to budget for random annual expenses in a monthly budget

I have a solid monthly budget, but I'm noticing that every few months a significant expense is needed (car tabs/registration, identity protection service, precious metals account fee, a trip to see ...
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Are there any financial disadvantages to living significantly “below your means”?

By living "below" your means I'm asking about spending significantly less than you could, rather than living "within" your means which of course is sensible if you are able to do it! So for example: ...
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How do we guarantee my live in girlfriend’s interests when we share expenses?

I am buying a house because my credit is better than my girlfriend. How do we go about after the purchase if we share expenses and how do her rights get protected?
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Is it wise to invest money in USD or INR? [closed]

I have both USD and INR, and considering the interest rates are the same, which one is better to maintain the maximum currency in to yield maximum profit?
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Expense tracking

If I go camping (or on vacation) would the money spent on food be categorized as food/eat out or camping(vacation)? I have been struggling with this for a while.
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Strategies to earmark money for large expenses

Like most people, we have several large expenses that we only have to pay once or twice a year like homeowner's insurance, car/home repairs and improvements, and saving money for a vacation. What's a ...
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What does an IRS interview request entail when called in to verify expenses for a sole proprietor small business?

I received an IRS audit for the following: I had to call them within 10 days to confirm receiving the letter. And I've scheduled an appointment 2 weeks later. They basically said I just need to ...
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How to manage monthly salary

I am a 22-y/o guy starting my first job. I am interested to know how I should manage my monthly expenses. Keeping in mind that I need to pay for my rented apartment, food, water, etc., save money for ...
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Expenses deducted on tax return with no proof. What should I do if I get audited?

I just filed my tax return for the 2018 tax year (NETFILE, with StudioTax). I work 100% at home, and I rent the place from a landlord. According to an agent of the Canada Revenue Agency, I am allowed ...
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Sold wall map as fundraiser for a 501c3 non-profit. Need to report on tax returns? How?

In my spare time outside of my full time job, I produced a wall map for as a fundraiser for a 501c3-registered non-profit organization. I then sold the maps via FundRazr.com and money from sales was ...
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How to account for purchase on behalf of client when expecting to get paid the following fiscal year?

If a company buys an equipment for a client and bills the client at exactly the same cost, no more, no less, and the client pays the company back in the exact amount in the subsequent fiscal year, ...
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As a UK LTD Company should my allowable expense claims be inclusive of VAT

I'm starting a LTD company in the UK and have a question surrounding the way that allowable expenses are claimed. I understand that this question has probably been asked numerous times but no matter ...
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Can you claim past unclaimed expenses from previous years on a rental property?

My question is the following: Let's say I have some repair renovations that were performed in 2016 that I never claimed in the 2017 tax year (because I had enough expenses to fully balance out the ...
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Freelance Writer / First Year Paying Self Employment Taxes

This year I pay taxes on income earned in 2018 for freelance work I did for a foreign company. According to the IRS, because this was my first year, I didn't have a previous years income for quarterly ...
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Taxi fares - business expense?

In order to minimise the time I'm away from the office for a medical appointment, it makes sense to take a taxi rather than using the bus (driving is not an option because there's no parking at the ...
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Travel expenses reimbursement taxation?

I own a small (one person) "Ltd" company in Hungary. (They are called Kft. here) I work as a consultant for a U.S. company located in San Francisco. I emit regular invoices to them and then I pay ...
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Splitting rental expenses between friends

I am moving in to a rented apartment in London with 2 other friends. Our contract is for 1 year, and we all intend to stay in the property for at least that long. We are trying to work out a good way ...
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GnuCash to track expenses when refunds occur

I've started using GnuCash to keep track of my expenses so that I have an idea of how much I spend each month for food, clothing, etc. My main goal is to be able to see if I went out of budget one ...
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Can I claim standard business expenses incurred earlier than the date my LLC was formed?

I want to form an LLC for my web development business. However, I incurred a bunch of expenses during the year that I'd like to be able to deduct. I know you can claim startup costs, but these are ...
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ETF annual expense ratio: how to calculate on a portfolio?

I'm building a portfolio on Excel that includes the following data: price at purchase number of shares commission/fees current price How should I calculate the impact of the Annual Expense Ratio to ...
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Is it advised to minimize life insurance cover as investments grows over the time?

I am investing for retirement. I have covered myself with term/life insurance. I understand importance of insurance; that is not what I am asking here. Premiums paid for insurance are expense. ...
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Am I being fair to my partner, or will she lose money?

My partner and I both have good degrees, and should be able to figure out simple arithmetic, but ... We work through our own company, which we share equally. I purchased an item which I will use for ...
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How to account for transactions which may have multiple causes?

Say I have a transaction from my bank in a foreign currency (say a taxi) which causes me to incur a "foreign currency transaction fee" (e.g. 2% of the transaction). One way to look at this cost is ...
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Expense lower due to reimbursement. How to put in administration?

I only recently started to document my financial administration properly. Before, I had an Excel file with all transactions of my bank account (and a separate one for my savings account). Recently I ...
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How to categorize time spent on family work as billable expense

I have spent 20 hours building a family member a website. While I am not actually sending them an invoice and having them pay it, I did spend billable time on it that I could had spent on paying ...
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Should I buy a new car if I have only worked at my job for 8 months?

I am in my mid-late 20's and I just got a job in my chosen career field about 8 months ago. It pays well for my location (64k per year) and I'm trying to avoid raising my expenses with my income. My ...
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USA: Renter had major medical setback and may become unable to make rent. What implications?

For 2017 taxes (USA) I formally converted my first home to a rental by declaring income, establishing cost-basis for depreciation, etc. The tenant's lease is July/2017-July/2018. Complicating things, ...
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What should be kept for college expense tracking

Parent of a Freshman - looking at AOTC for 2017 taxes and planning for 2018, haven't gotten good advice on how to prepare for this year's taxes, getting an extension, and looking for a list of ...
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Can 1099 workers have “purchase” type expenses?

In the USA, say Jane is a 1099-type worker - she's self-employed. She has various expenses which are generally deductions from her profit, but note that... https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-...
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Can you “expenses-in-a-corp V. standard deduction” in the USA?

This seems like a "too good to be true" tax dodge in the USA milieu. Is it correct? Sally is a graphic designer married with a typical family. She gets $100,000 in 2017 as 1099 income. She ...
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How to get my money back from the Police?

On June last year I have attended a court case as a witness. I had to spend a lot of money on travelling and food because the case was in a different Country. I was asked by the Police officer that I ...
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How to easily compute annual expenses?

When doing retirement planning it is important to know what your annual expenses are. I'd like to compute my expenses for 2017 but in a way that isn't tedious. I'm thinking of doing this: Get ...
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What are risks / expenses to buy a house in Germany?

I think about buying a house in Germany (Frankfurt). How can I learn full list of expenses I should pay next at least ~15 years? My friend scares me that there are always hidden problems like central ...
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What do I need to file as far as taxes if I give out a one time commission to a friend

I have an LLC and I own a small recruiting side business. One of the people I "placed" at a company was through a friend. I paid that friend $3000 for his services or helping me find a candidate. My ...
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What method do I use to pay current expenses while paying off credit card debt?

I’m hoping you can help me with a question that seems very hard to google for some reason. I have $20K in debt on 4 cards, and I have set up a plan to pay off the deferred card on time, and the ...
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Paying tax across two or more self-employed businesses

I'm self employed, and may be about to take on an open-ended contract working for a separate company. They would pay me as a contractor, and I would then pay taxes on that (self-assessment) at the end ...
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How to track iTunes transactions as business expenses?

I have some business expenses that go through iTunes. I want to include certain business expenses in iTunes with my overall business expenses report created in my financial software (Quicken). The ...