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Questions tagged [income-tax]

This tag is to be used for any question pertaining to an individual's income taxes. If this tag is used, ideally a country-specific tag should also be specified, to indicate which region a question belongs to, as the answer may differ based on the country.

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Do I need an ABN for self-employment?

I work as a private tutor in addition to my full-time job in the public sector. I know that I will need to include any additional income on my tax return since I will need to pay an extra tax. Do I ...
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If I intend to earn on the side doing different category of things should I do it as an individual or as a small business?

If I have a few areas of expertise (that can't fit a classification of services/products) and I'd like to make use of those and provide products or services based on those, should I do it as an ...
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Am I required to amend my tax return if I overpaid my taxes?

Long story short: I got a corrected 1099-DIV after filing my taxes. After going through the calculation, it appears that correcting the return would net me an extra $13 refund, i.e. I overpaid my ...
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IRS e-file Error Messaging

The following is the error code sent back saying they were unable to process my return due to these error: "Taxpayer TIN in the Return Header must not be the same as a TIN of a previously accepted ...
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German Nationality, working for US company but living in Germany

I studied in the USA for 4 years and started working as a Software engineer in the USA. Now I was wondering if I could work full time remote from Germany for the same US company. After some research ...
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Can one deduct lawyer consult fee less than $1000 for ex-employer's threat letter related to confidentiality in 2018 taxes?

Someone I know paid around $1000 last year to consult lawyers regarding a threatening letter from a former employer related to company confidential information where they threatened lawsuit and ...
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Street address required for DHL Courier Delivery [duplicate]

I would like to courier a package to Personal Income Tax Franchise Tax Board Sacamento California 95827-1500 USA What is the Street Address for DHl couriers as a signature is required?
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What, exactly, makes an “unrelated business” unrelated in the case of junior partnerships held inside IRAs?

My question is concerning the unrelated business income tax on partnership interests inside a Roth IRA. Specifically, I own common stock in a company that's technically classified as a Limited ...
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Is the Standard Deduction better than Itemized when both are the same amount?

For 2018 the standard deduction is $12,000 for individuals, $24,000 per household. If someone's itemized deductions equals the standard deduction, or is very close, which one is better to take? For ...
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Dealing with an incorrectly filed tax return

Situation I had one company (in another state that I have used for years) file my taxes but when they had finished and sent us the results in the mail we noticed they had filed Married, filed jointly ...
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Why is California's income filing threshold GREATER than the standard deduction?

For California, the tax instruction booklet says that you need to file the income tax forms if your income is over $17,693 "gross" or $14,154 "adjusted". However, the state's standard deduction is ...
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What do I do if technical issues prevent me from filing my return on time?

I use an online tax site to prepare and file my taxes. I have completed my return in their system, but there are technical issues on the site which currently prevent me from e-filing my return. Of ...
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Amend previous return to move estimated payment?

In a complicated situation for 2017 taxes (settled in 2018) (Estimated State payment too big --> money back; + 2018 Tax Reform), it seems like I'd be better off had I made a State Tax estimated ...
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How to handle income from paid internship over the summer?

I'm a full-time college student with two sources of income in 2018: a part-time job through my college for which I have a W2 (gross wage of $5,408.65) and a paid internship over the summer for which I ...
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Alternative to IRS Online Transcript (for W2, Paystub)

I am trying to get IRS online transcript to obtain needed info for my W2 and paystub for most recent period (year). However, for me it doesn't seem possible to get that classical online transcript. ...
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If I distribute money from a non-grantor trust, can I defer future earnings of the trust to trust beneficiary's tax bracket?

If I made a large trust distribution from a non-grantor trust to the beneficiary once at the beginning of the tax year, and then the trust funds that are still invested in the trust continue to make ...
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Income present but no tax residence. What then?

Many countries have this 187 days rule: if you’ve lived and worked for more than 187 days in that country you’re automatically a tax resident there. But what if you change countries frequently, let’s ...
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Estimated State payment too big --> money back; + 2018 Tax Reform

In Apr 2018, for 2017 taxes, I filed for extension and made a payment for estimated tax for the State & local taxes of NY of 20K. I was completely wrong, and ended up getting a State refund of 30K ...
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Vanguard sent 1099 for my MLP stock sale. Am I being taxed twice when I file the K1?

I received a 1099 from Vanguard for the sale of my MLP stock. I got a K1 from the MLP. I entered both on my TaxAct program. My question is, am I being taxed twice on the stock sale?
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Schedule C: Determine credit card interests expenses, line 16

How does one calculate credit card interest for schedule C, line 16? My wife has a home business and uses a credit card for the business. My understanding is that because we are using the cash ...
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Change IRA contribution to prior year

I under-contributed to my IRA for tax year 2018. I'd like to apply some of my 2019 contributions to tax year 2018 to reach the 2018 tax year IRA contribution maximum. We have not yet reached to 2019 ...
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Why is my federal tax calculation coming up 1% short?

I'm trying to calculate the federal taxes I would pay on self employment (sole proprietor -- pass through) income. I found this online tax calculator -- https://www.taxact.com/tools/self-employed-...
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Tax income dependents kids for this year - non resident visa (TN)

This year I'm receiving less than the amount received last year for the income-tax federal refund. I used creditkarma and I'm using it again. For the last year's tax income, we added +1 dependent and ...
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What do I need to do if I have received a tax refund before I have submitted an amended return?

I am preparing to send in an amended return today to both state and federal entities. Nothing big just forgot to add a 1099 which barely crosses the threshold for reporting. I had already submitted ...
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Individual Mandate Penalty for a Resident Alien who left the country in August

I am an F1 student who was in the United States from September 2011 till August 2018. I completed my coursework in May 2015, and stayed in the US for another three years under the OPT provision. I ...
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In the U.S., can I deduct coffee as an expense if I am a self-employed software developer?

I work in coffee shops every day as I develop. Coffee shops have an unwritten (sometimes written) rule that you cannot use their wifi, power, and bathrooms without buying something. Because of that I ...
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Capital gains are not taxed if total income is below $77,200. Does “total income” include capital gains, or not?

The tax rate for capital gains is 0% if your total taxable income is below $77,200 (if married filing jointly). But does "total taxable income" include capital gains, or not? For example, suppose my ...
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US tax return - how to report a private stock that paid out dividends and liquidated at $0 value

I work in the United States. My Netherlands based employer offered me to buy into an employee equity program organized as a Dutch BV. My basis is approximately $4000 from two purchases in 2011 and ...
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Question on part lll of form 8889

I have HDHP for the whole year 2018 and only has non-taxable contribution (code DD on W2). I also have a small qualified distribution on 2018. Do I leave the part lll blank on form 8889.
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How does income tax work (USA)?

let’s say I make over $500k, the income tax in US is 37% I was just wondering, does that mean the 37% (which is $185k) is just lost? So a person would give almost half their income to the government ...
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Tax implications of freelance income in NRO account for a U.S. H4 EAD holder

It might be a simple question, but I am not able to get a definitive answer to this anywhere. I live in USA, have an H4 EAD and I do some freelance work while living physically in USA with clients ...
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Can a nonresident alien claim the NY State Standard Deduction (2018)?

Can a nonresident alien (Form 1040-NR-EZ) claim the NY State standard deduction or does he/she need to claim itemized deduction (like on the federal return)?
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Can I deduct partnership loss from my income?

I lost tens of thousands as passive loss when I withdrew from a partnership. However I'm not sure whether the capital loss is deductible. Since I have no passive income I think I could deduct $3,000 ...
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Incorrect name on W-2

In one of my W-2 forms my first name has been mispelled by a character. However, all other information is correct including my SSN. Do I still request a W-2c from my employer or can I go ahead and ...
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Can the CRA peek into the amount of a Canadian bank account forthwith?

I mean without any search warrants or court orders. I ask because for the 2018 tax year, my brother in Grade 12 earned a total income of $500 CAD from only interest. The bank issued a T5 statement ...
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Can I claim American Opportunity Credit if I have a pause in my education?

I claimed the "American Opportunity Credit" for 2012 and 2013, I then quit school and now I have a few courses to do to get my degree. Can I still use American Opportunity Credit two more times? Do I ...
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Tax preparer for my parents claiming me as a dependent

My parents run a family farm, and use a professional accountant to keep track of the business, and also prepare their taxes. However, he (the accountant) wants me to amend my tax return so my parents ...
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How long do I have to send my income tax payment to the IRS?

If I file my income tax on April 15th and plan to pay with a check, it will take a few days for the check to be delivered. Will I face interest and penalties for those few days for the check in the ...
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Tax on vested shared Germany (analogue of 83b election)

In the U.S. they have something called 83b election, relevant when a founder have shares that are vested. To my understanding, one must file this election shortly after the company is founded, ...
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1041 not supported by tax software - file as regular and 1040X to adjust?

I'm just about done filing for this year, when I discovered that my tax software only partially supports K-1 forms - specifically, it doesn't support 1041s (Beneficiary of trust, trust has income that ...
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Can I list multiple wage income abbreviations on Free File Fillable Form 1040?

Background Wage income abbreviations are for taxable income not listed on a W-2. Two examples of these abbreviations are "HSH" and "SCH". Those two abbreviations are mentioned on pages 26 & 27 of ...
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Can I make multiple payments through EFTPS in one quarter?

The reasoning behind this is pretty silly, but I was wondering if you can make more than one payment through EFTPS for the same quarter. This is the first year I am making substantial money as a ...
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Should one file 1040X to get extra $5 tax refund

After I finished my taxed in last week of March, I received a Updated 1099 with only one modification where 199a is modified from zero to $50 or so. Refund is about to come in a week. Initial values ...
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U.S. Amending Tax - Should a 1040x be made if I forgot to include 1099-r but there is no difference in taxable income?

I was notified last year when I went to the tax office that I didn't include a 1099-r early distribution. This is the distribution in question: I am confused because the TurboTax UI shows my ...
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What is the type of other incomes like referral bonus on line 21 of Schedule 1(Form 1040)

I got the joining bonus for the bank account and the referral bonus for a credit card. I didn't get any 1099 document from bank and credit card company. So I am trying to write these incomes on line ...
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Trading or Investing on Equities Annual Taxing in California

Trading Imagine an individual trading account for 2018 fiscal year increased from ~$100K to ~$200K Total amount of trading transactions were at >~$20M Imagine for a married couple with another ...
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How to address error made on tax return two years ago by paid preparer (and the mess it has caused since)?

Just before April 15th of last year, a married couple I am acquainted with asked me to help them with their 2017 tax return. I agreed to do so for free (note: I am not registered as a paid tax ...
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How to report contributions to UK pension (USS) on US taxes?

I am a United States citizen living and working in the United Kingdom. I am enrolled in the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension plan. Do contributions to this plan need to be reported on my ...
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Negative state tax withholding on W2

An employee had elected to reduce their CT State Tax withholding per pay period, however they did not have enough calculated state withholding based on their pay to reduce the elected amount. They ...
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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 ...