Questions tagged [income-tax]

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How are long-term capital gains taxed if the gain pushes income into a new tax bracket?

First, my understanding is that the long-term capital gains tax rate is 0% for those whose marginal rate on ordinary income is 10% or 15%, and (ignoring the highest 39.6% bracket) the rate is 15% for ...
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Received W-2 but was never paid

I just now received a W-2 from a company that I worked for 3 days as a contractor. I had to leave country for 2 months due to a family emergency. Since the employment duration was very short, I was ...
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ITIN application rejected, and IRS lost one of our passports. How to get back the lost passport?

I have filed my 2012 tax return jointly with my wife, along with my wife's ITIN application, back in late March. In April, I got a letter for IRS ITIN department saying that we should send my wife's ...
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Are tax federal or state tax refunds taxable in the next tax year?

If I get a refund from IRS and or from a state tax agency, will that refund be considered taxable income for the next year's federal or state income taxes?
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Am I eligible for the stimulus check?

So my mom claimed me for 2018 Taxes when she shouldn’t have. For 2019 taxes I filed my taxes on April 3rd this year. I am a college student currently part time but my parents do not provide for me ...
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F1 student, as a non-resident, filing married separate tax return with US Citizen wife [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: F1 student, as a non-resident, filing a joint tax return with US Citizen wife My income through CPT, as a F1 student for 2012 was $42k, of which I have paid $1300 in state and ...
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When filing taxes, how do I report "informal income" for which I don't have any forms?

This past summer, I worked a normal summer job and received a W2 form. However, I have also been tutoring two fellow students at the university I attend. They have been paying me "informally"...
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I haven't filed a return to the IRS in 10 years

My employers have always withheld taxes and for the most part I've assumed they've done it right. I have probably owed a bit some years and been owed a refund some years. Anyhow, I want to get ...
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Can a regular salaried (w2) employee opt to pay quarterly taxes?

As a consultant, I got used to paying quarterly taxes. Now that I'm a regular w2 salaried employee, I'm subject to normal withholding on each pay statement. I would like to keep making exact quarterly ...
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How can I fix a mistake I made on my income tax filing? [US]

How can I fix a mistake I made on my income tax filing?
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Which year to use to pay US taxes on business income that was invoiced in December but paid in January?

I was paid a few hundred dollars to review a few textbooks. I submitted an invoice in Dec 2016, and received payment in Jan 2017. When I pay taxes on this income, does that count towards 2016 or 2017? ...
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How does the US federal income tax system work?

General question here about US personal income federal tax rates. Is it a cumulative effect where your income is first taxed at the lower tranches and move up, or is it one specific percent for your ...
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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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Difference between Fortnightly and Monthly pay

I used to get paid monthly at base salary of 48k. I have recently changed my job and getting paid fortnightly with a base salary of 50k I did some calculation and found out that if I get paid monthly ...
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How to efficiently know which portion of the dividends are qualified dividends in a French brokerage account, from the United States' IRS standpoint?

When filing one's tax in the United States while having a French brokerage account, what is an efficient way to efficiently know which portion of the dividends are qualified dividends? Is it ...
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How do tax brackets work? Do they yield significantly different results than a continuous curve?

In Canada (and many other countries), high-earners pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes than low-earners. Here is our Schedule 1 form: The marginal utility of money decreases smoothly ...
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When I sell only a portion of my shares of a stock, which shares actually get sold

Two years ago, I bought 100 shares of XYZ. Yesterday, I bought another 100 shares of XYZ. Today, I sold 100 shares of XYZ. Which 100 shares did I actually sell? If it were the 100 shares from 2 ...
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Indian citizen wants to work as a freelancer for Europe. How to pay tax in India?

I got an offer to work as a freelancer for a European company. In Europe, it's like you need to set up a small legal entity on your name but is this the same in India? How can I do freelancing in ...
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Should I wait a few days to sell ESPP Stock?

I have read three other threads about employee stock purchase plans (I get to buy company stock at a 15% discount) and come to the conclusion that I should sell most of my shares immediately after ...
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Tax implications in India for sending money to India from US

I am planning to transfer around $8K-10K in my parent's bank account(Joint bank a/c) in India . I have read a lot of posts(like Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank ...
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Can making a donation reduce your tax bill?

If my adjusted gross income is $1000, and I make a donation of $100, then it seems that I'm still going to have to pay a tax on the $1000. The donation is deductible, so I don't pay any tax on that, ...
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What's the point of tax tables?

Every year, the IRS and equivalent state organizations publish pages upon pages of tax tables. This year the federal one comprises 13 pages, but of course that only handles taxable incomes of up to $...
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401k withdrawal abroad and state taxation?

From what I know about 401k's, when it's time to retire, we take our 401k money and pay federal and state tax. Some states don't have taxes on 401k's — Florida is a good example. So many people move ...
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Are credit card rewards taxable?

There have been several questions about reward point/loyalty programs offered by credit cards Best Travel Point Credit Cards Best Reward Benefit Credit Cards Easy Comparison of Reward Benefit Cards ...
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Can I open a 529 retroactively to pay my student loans?

At the end of the year 2019, congress passed the SECURE Act. This act does many things relating to retirement accounts, but Section 302 specifically relates to 529 account expansions. These changes ...
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If someone could claim me as a dependent, but they will not, am I required to check the "Someone can claim me..." box on my 1040?

Let's say that an adult is living with his parents. He meets all of the tests for being a dependent of his parents. Now let's say that he wants to file a tax return and claim the Recovery Rebate ...
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How is federal tax withholding calculated per paycheck?

I just started at a new company and received my first paycheck. It included a signing bonus, which of course made the paycheck much higher than a normal one will be. The fed withholding amount on the ...
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UK tax for partial residents

During the 2019/2020 tax year, I worked as a full-time employee in the UK for only 3 months and left the country 1 month after that, in August. I then moved back home in Romania and continued to work ...
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estimated IRS tax payments

We sold some U.S. government Savings bonds in June of 2018 that had a gain in interest of double our yearly income. A one time sale. Now, I'm thinking that I will owe quite a bit in taxes and I'm ...
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Make punctual contributions to IRS based on earnings

A few weeks ago I asked a question about paycheck withholdings because my wife started several part-time jobs with variable demand and therefore variable income. Considering we filled in 0 exemptions ...
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Estimated Tax on Unplanned Capital Gains

I would like to sell stock valued at $X for combined long-term capital gains of around $Y. The sale would be in July. I expect the tax on the gains alone to be well over $1,000. When you're in the ...
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Any advantage to proactively refiling previous-year paper tax return that the IRS misplaced, and that I have a paid balance on?

I filed for the first time on paper in June 2020 for tax year 2019, and I have the certified mail receipt. I owed a balance, and the IRS deposited the check that I enclosed, but I didn't receive ...
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Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank to an Indian savings account?

I am currently in US, and would like to transfer some amount from my US Bank account to a savings account based in India on a monthly basis through a third party like Xoom or Transfast. If I'm going ...
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How can I adjust tax withholding so that I don't get a large Tax Refund?

I'm a few years out of college now. I've filled out my W4 accurately and I still get a tax refund every year of a pretty sizable sum. The thing is, I have student loans and I would much rather have ...
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How can I achieve a 13% U.S. Federal tax rate?

MSNBC just had a segment explaining how Bernie Sanders paid 13% in federal taxes. This year my income changed significantly, and I'm making a little less salary than Sanders's ~$200k. However, unlike ...
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Did I discover an easy way to make money via PayPal and cashback credit card? If so, is it legal and is the money taxable?

Here it is: I send money to a family member via PayPal using my credit card, PayPal charges a fee but the cash back I get from the PayPal transaction exceeds the PayPal fee, my family member sends me ...
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How do I opt-out of the Social Security system?

How do I opt-out of the Social Security system and give up my Social Security Number? If I do this, am I then exempt from paying Social Security income tax?
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Get a human when calling the IRS hotline 800-829-1040 with a question about your taxes?

How do I get to a human when calling the IRS? I keep hitting stupid automated robots.
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Am I obligated to file through a tax preparer after an unsatisfactory consultation?

I have been doing my taxes for 25 years with TurboTax. Like others, I was a bit upset at them for doubling the price of their software, so I decided I would make an appointment with H&R Block, ...
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Is income from a check taxed according to the date written or the date deposited?

Scenario Let's say I was given a check from an LLC on December 15 that was written to my LLC on that same day, and I cash it on January 15 the following year. Question Will I have to claim the ...
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Is it normal to have 28.5% of various income taxes deducted from my paycheck?

I just got out of college, still live with the parents (saving up money) been employed for a year in the industry, and got a not bad starting salary. First check I received was shocking, to see 28.5% ...
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Are COBRA premiums deductible when self-employed?

Been Googling all day and can't find anything definitive. I left my job in January of 2010, and have been working on a 1099 basis since then (as a sole proprietor). I have been paying COBRA premiums ...
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When should I switch from after-tax to pre-tax retirement savings?

I am contributing to my employer's Roth 401(k). The consensus in this question is that when you're young you should make your retirement contributions after-tax so that they grow tax free, and that ...
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How safe will Roth IRAs/401(k)s be going forward re: US's deteriorating fiscal position?

I've on and off wondered how "safe" Roth accounts are and things like this anti-Roth screed in the LATimes and this blog post at the Atlantic talking about the sad fiscal shape of the US has me ...
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Does the FATCA laws also relates to individuals incomes?

I'm wondering about the American FATCA laws which apply various tax rules on American citizens' foreign accounts around the world. Except for tax withholdings from investment income, does this law ...
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How are app sales/acquisitions taxed in the US?

Hypothetical scenario: I identify a gap in a company's product offering. I, as an independent developer, write a desktop, web, or mobile application that bridges this gap, and I contact the company in ...
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kids pooling money for Lego League and taxes

Based on Will I be taxed for accepting money to help needy?, I am wondering how the law goes. Suppose a kid is taking part in a school activity (e.g. http://www.firstlegoleague.org) along with a team ...
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How long should I keep my tax documents, and why?

According to the answer to this question: "How long should I keep my bills?", I should hold onto my taxes and supporting documents for 7 years. Is this the right length of time? Unfortunately, my ...
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What increases your chance of being audited?

What increases your chances of being audited? Having a home office? Small business? what decreases your chances? Does hiring an accountant do your taxes makes it look more credible to IRS agents?
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Can I contribute to a 401k for employer matching and then immediately withdraw it?

I have some friends who work at a company which offers 50% 401k matching up to some amount, but they don't take advantage of it because they want to use the money for non-retirement purposes. Ignoring ...

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