Questions tagged [income-tax]

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What's the tax on a hobby crop income? [duplicate]

Say I harvest crop as a hobby on my land, and it's less than an acre. What's the tax on the crop income?
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Are client meal “gifts” considered income?

I was foolish and never considered that my client would possibly report my meals as my "income". I would like to consider it a gift, but my client personally dispises me and I now expect to have my ...
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How to report a 1099-MISC in a Qualified Joint Venture

"A qualified joint venture is a joint venture involving the conduct of a trade or business, if (1) the only members of the joint venture are a husband and wife, (2) both spouses materially participate ...
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How to report 1099 Misc income while working for a different employer

I was in a company A, which got acquired in 2012. All the stocks I owned were vested immediately and 10% of the amount was kept by the acquiring company for 18 months. I left the company and joined ...
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Where to find information about taxes in order to compare job offers?

I've been offered a few jobs in the U.S., and being a foreigner I really don't know how to calculate my take-home pay. One is a job offer in NYC with a base salary of 100k, a yearly target bonus of 15%...
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Could e-file rejection rule 1040A-030-01 be due to rounding?

I got the following message when I tried to file my income tax electronically: Issue : Business Rule F1040A-030-01 - Form 1040A, Line 40 'WithholdingTaxAmt' must be equal to the sum of the ...
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Setting up a tax deferring IRA

I work for a small company, so we have like no resources for helping us understanding benefits. My employer is willing to automatically give me 5% of my annual salary if I set up an IRA account. So ...
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How to make sense of results from the IRS W-4 withholding calculator?

After entering all my data into the calculator, attempting to get a handle on how much we are going to owe next year, I received this summary, which makes no sense at all: If $947 will be due when I ...
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Can the foreign tax credit be more beneficial than the foreign income exclusion?

Let's say a U.S. citizen is residing and earning income in a foreign country that has higher income tax rates than the United States. Would it be possible for them to claim the foreign tax credit on ...
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Does an out of court settlements have to be declared as income?

Last year I was contacted by a company that wanted me to take down an open-source software project I was working on. The generally tone was that they wanted to give me 10k CAD to take down the project ...
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Include all W-2 forms on a Part-Year-Resident State return?

I lived in State1 for the first 10 months of 2012, and then State2 for the remainder of the year. I've already e-filed my federal return and my state return for State1. However, my tax software ...
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Taxes & Work Authorizations for US Citizen Working in US for Ireland-based Company

I'm applying to a remote job that is based in Ireland. I live in and would work from the US. One of the questions on the application made me pause: "Do you require visa sponsorship?" Obviously, I ...
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Do I report outstanding credit in another currency as income?

I've done some work via Upwork the freelance agency. Essentially there is an outstanding "balance" (credit?) that has not been sent to my bank account yet (money to be paid to myself). Do I need to ...
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Tax benefits with non working spouse while on L1 visa?

I’m moving to California on an L1 visa soon. My wife will also be traveling with me. We have the following in mind: She travels to US with me. Applies for the EAD work permit and comes back to India. ...
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I'm living abroad, can I choose to not pay state taxes for that time?

I have a single US employer. I believe they are already withholding my state taxes at this point as I submitted a w-9 with my address being in the US. I would prefer that not to be the case because my ...
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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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Amending a separate tax return to a joint return

I am a non-resident, independent contractor, married to a US citizen and have filed my 1040-ES and 540-ES with my own information, leaving our my wife's details (which I gather is only required if I ...
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Can another tax loss be used to offset capital gains taxes? How does it work?

Firstly, I tried to find the answer to this by reading other questions, but I am still not sure and hence this question. I read that in the United States, I can deduct up to $3,000 in tax losses. So ...
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If I had no income due to a net operating loss, will I be refunded the Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld?

I spoke to a CPA about my 2015 tax situation. I had a job in 2015, but I also had stock trading losses that exceeded the salary that I received from the job. The CPA said that I traded enough that ...
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Value of personal house turned rental

We bought a house in 2004 for about 150K. We moved for work in 2011 and converted the house to a rental in 2012. The realtor guessed its value at the time was about 70K. We sold it in 2014 for 118K. ...
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Can debt increase ROE?

I have the following statement which can be true or false. A company with operational rentability (EBIT/Assets) of 11% (after income tax of 30%) analyses taking debt. If the credit consists of 16% ...
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tax income - working less than 12 months

If I work less than a year (6 months) and I earn 26,000 per annum. However, I didn't work before, therefore in March the overall amount will be apox. 13,000. Am I entitled to the tax return as they ...
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On claiming mileage and home office deductions

My wife and I have a very particular driving/office/home office situation which is bringing us doubts about (US) income tax and deductions. My wife has several part-time jobs of 5-7 hours a week. She ...
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When filing jointly, does it matter whose bank account is used to pay?

If both the wife and husband filed jointly, does it matter whose account we use to pay taxes due?
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Tax exempt non-retirement investment

So I am attempting to generate ways to nickle and dime Uncle Sam. Currently a little over half of my annual income is in rental income so it's pretax until the end of the year. I would LOVE to come ...
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What is Tax Return document and where to search for it ONLINE? [closed]

I am wondering whether so called "Tax Return" document for X time period has any alternative definition or form code (form id number)? If yes, what is it? I am trying to find it online for wanted Inc ...
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Deducting purchase of investment property

I am buying a multi-family house as an investment property. I'll be buying it using an LLC that I use for investment properties. No part of the house will be my personal residence. Much of my income ...
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Undeclared income - more than 2 years [closed]

I have undeclared income that is more than 2 years (Exactly 2 years and 2 months), in a US bank account. I would like to bring that money to India. Can I bring that money back to India, declare it ...
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Optional vs Mandatory State and Federal Paycheck Taxes for NYS

I live in New York state (upstate; not NY City) and am wondering which of the following taxes I must pay out of my weekly paycheck: Income Tax Federal State Local FICA & State Taxes ...
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Overseas corp acting like a 401k

I run a one man consulting company as an S Corp here in the USA. I was wondering if an alternative arrangement would put me in a better situation for taxes (my goal is legally reducing my taxes, not ...
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How do I minimize my taxes as an IT Employee in India?

I am working as java developer in start-up software company. My monthly salary is 30,000. The company takes my money as tax (1,500/month tax), and 2,000 for a food plus card. How do I get all of the ...
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Non Resident alien income tax, moved from F1 to H1B on October 1st

I worked on OPT (F1 visa) in 2016 till September 30th and then moved to H1B. After my research, I found out that I don't pass the substantial presnece test since I was under F1 student visa (OPT) for ...
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Income Tax on per Diem (Non Accountable plan) [closed]

My Employer started giving me per diem @ of 4.50 per hour, the per diem pay check runs separately and it includes Medicare and Social related taxes, but no Federal or State tax. The pay check list ...
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USA Income tax for foreign worker

I live in South America and I'm working for a company in the USA. I'm planning on opening a US Bank Account from abroad (with the help of my local bank). In this case, I would receive my payment in my ...
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How to transfer money directly from US to home loan account?

Can we transfer money from US directly to the home loan account? Do we have any tax implications in US or in India? I don't have an NRE/NRO account and want to transfer directly to Home loan account. ...
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How to calculate take home salary in Sacramento, California? [duplicate]

How can I calculate my take home pay in Sacramento area in California? I have an offer of USD 95,000 per year in Sacramento. After searching multiple sites for tax calculations, I understood that it ...
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Too little taxes withheld

We didn't have enough taxes withheld as we claimed out son as dependent. However son has worked and made too much money (at least I think). So we will not be able to claim him as dependent. Is ...
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How to reduce income tax in India?

My salary is 450000 per year and tax deduction as below. Gross amount- Rs 450000 Net Taxable amount- Rs 250000 Net Taxable Salary per month - Rs 20833.33 Monthly taxes deducted at 10.3 % - Rs ...
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Contribute Federal and State withholdings to company 401k instead?

So I am attempting to devise a way to max my company retirement account. They offer 3% of my annual pay if I put in at least 6% of my annual pay. The problem is that I don't want to take a giant ...
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Setting up a 401(k) like fund

I work at a non-profit, and we've had our yearly benefits survey. One employee mentioned the possibility of starting a low-cost, organization administered pension fund. What we'd "really" like is an ...
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Will I pay tax to transfer money from one of my bank account to my other bank account?

I have 3 bank accounts in 3 different banks. One I opened during college days. The other 2 were provided by companies when joined. All my 3 accounts are added with my pan number. If I transfer money ...
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Ratio Write and Income Taxes

Imagine that an investor owns 500 shares of the XYZ stock with a current value of 50 and a cost basis of 30. He then sells 5 call contracts with a strike of 65 for 2 dollars. Latter he buys back the ...
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Roth conversion: US tax brackets for Non-resident Aliens (residing in India)

Question 1: If I move money from a traditional to roth IRA (or pretax 401k to roth) account, what are the US tax brackets? Are there any standard deductions? Will I have to pay any taxes in India for ...
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Does it make sense to incur a business expense just because it can be deducted?

I am trying to prove to myself that incurring expenses just for the purpose of writing them off never saves money. It is always better to not incur the expense at all if you can avoid it. This is my ...
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Why do local taxes always have terrible references to your W-2?

I live in Pennsylvania; Every year I live in fear that my father/accountant will no longer be around to help with my local taxes. They come in the mail every year from Berkheimer "Tax Innovation", ...
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UK Income Tax Liability

I have been out of the UK for the last 9 years and just returned and started a new job. My salary is 42,800. I started work the first day of October, so will have only worked 6 months at the end of ...
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Money transfer from Australia to India - avoid receiving ends service tax

How to avoid service tax at receiving bank in India
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Free online U.S. tax filing service that supports stock trade capital gain/loss data import?

Is anyone aware of any services (websites or programs) that allow completely free electronic filing for US form 1040 Tax returns for 2011, that include imports of many 1099-B / Capital Gains & ...
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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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For someone who already has enough cash to buy a home, isn't it better to wait and take mortgage when interest rates are high?

Contrary to common wisdom in media the reasons why I think that taking mortgage at higher interest rates may make more sense are that: Almost all mortgages are callable by borrower. Hence, if you ...