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Questions tagged [irs]

Internal Revenue Service which is the US Federal Tax authority.

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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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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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Taxes when transferring money

I'm a US taxpayer (non-resident alien) and I'm being pushed by a friend to do the following: He will transfer 40k from a US bank account that he owns to my personal account. I will withdraw this ...
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How can I avoid being fined or penalized because my accountant might have failed to file my taxes on time?

I decided to use a CPA because my tax situation got complicated this year. I have attempted to contact my accountant several times and cannot get a response from him at all. It is now after the ...
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ITIN Application - IRS requesting original passport

I have filed joint tax return for 2012 tax year. My wife is not eligible for SSN (she's on H4 visa) so we included the W7 form (application for ITIN) into the package. This year the rules became more ...
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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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Do altcoin trades count as like-kind exchanges? (Deferred capital gains tax)

2018 EDIT: Although this post was inspirational, US Congress addressed this issue in the Tax Reform law of 2017, and any trades after Jan 1st 2018 cannot have this treatment. The few years of ...
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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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HSA distributions and tracking receipts

During a presentation regarding HSAs I was informed the IRS can audit one for an indefinite period of time. The presenter suggested we keep records of our claims for 10+ years in paper form. This ...
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Robocall claiming to be IRS saying they are about to sue - Is it legit?

We got a recorded call with a message claiming to be from the IRS. It said they were giving final notice and preparing to file a lawsuit against us. In our case, the message went to voicemail so the ...
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Is it a gift or not?

IRS rules are not always black or white, and something that I find myself struggling with is what is considered a gift. Hypothetically, suppose I am moving soon and have a broken leg so I cannot do ...
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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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Does payment in goods count as “income” for tax purposes?

Can someone help me elucidate the definition of "income" from a tax perspective? More specifically, if Joe is paid for his work in avocados instead of dollars, then would Joe be exempt from paying any ...
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Deducting side work sole proprietorship expenses from regular employment earnings?

I have a day-job which gets me a salary. I'm about to start some websites on the side with the intention of making money off advertising. For the time being, I plan to remain an unregistered sole ...
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Can I apply for an ITIN without filing a tax return?

I'm a nonresident alien (Canadian working online earning money from a US company). Currently, they're paying via mailed cheque, but I'd rather be on their payroll. However, in order to do that, I need ...
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Can my employer limit my maximum 401k contribution amount (below the IRS limit)?

I contribute about 13% of my income to my company's 401k, which, at my salary, is well below the IRS limit of $17K/year (in 2012). However, with my raise this year, my benefits department told me that ...
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Do 401K contributions reduce MAGI as it pertains to Roth IRA income limits?

My wife and I are looking to make around 200K this year, putting us past the Roth IRA income limit. It may be possible for us to get under that limit if we both ratchet up our 401K contributions from ...
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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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Stock grant, taxes, and the IRS

As a retention incentive, I was granted stock (about $60,000) in my employers privately owned company. The stock grant went through payroll in December and had FICA taken out but no income tax. I ...
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When do dual citizens (Canadian & American citizenship) need to file U.S. income taxes?

I'm a Canadian-US dual citizen (born in the US to Canadian parents) but I've lived in Canada my whole life (aside from the first 3 weeks). I've never had an American passport or a SSN. I've never ...
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What should I use as the cost basis for stock that was purchased before becoming a US resident?

I held some stock in Australia for 14 years and 4 months that has enjoyed some healthy long term capital gains in that time. Recently I became a US Resident for Tax Purposes under the Substantial ...
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Can I use an FSA from multiple employers in a year?

My current employer offers an FSA. For 2014 I have opted to contribute the maximum allowed which is $2,500. If, after using that $2,500, I switched employers and they also offered an FSA would I be ...
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Does the IRS track every check deposited by me?

Is there a maximum amount limit on exceeding which the tracking starts? Or does each and every check deposited by me gets tracked by IRS for reconciliatory purposes?
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If the IRS asks for a proof for a medical expenditure, can we provide a scan, or do we have to provide the original receipts?

In the United States, one can deduct part of the expenses a taxpayer paid for medical and dental care for themselves, their spouse, and their dependents. In case the IRS asks for a proof, are scans of ...
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Are tax deductions voluntary?

If I did something that I know is a deductible expense and did not deduct it, is that a sanctioned tax filing? The result is that I would end up paying MORE tax. This also results in me reporting a ...
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Square reported girlfriend's business income under her SSN, triggering IRS issues (2012). Square support is awful, what recourse does she have?

My girlfriend received a certified letter from the IRS telling her she owed almost $20,000 to the IRS for the 2012 tax year. She called the IRS and learned that the reason for the charge was that ...
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What should we consider when withdrawing a large amount of money from a bank account?

As titled, what should we consider when withdrawing a large amount of money (>100K) from a bank account? Do we need to document the purpose of our withdrawal? From what I could have found: withdraw ...
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Foreign priced expenses - actual card charge amount is OK?

For the IRS in the US ... Say you are overseas in Japan and you have a legitimate business cost of 11,123 Yen. You correctly keep the receipt, Yen11123. How to convert to USD when making it a ...
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Is it necessary to file taxes if you've made less than $15,000 for the year?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend, who, last year, worked 5 weeks through a temporary placement agency earning ~$400/week after taxes (~$550/week before taxes), and also worked 6 months at an ...
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W-4 Worksheet for Spouses Filing Jointly: Who Files the W-4?

I've tried finding an answer to this issue both here and elsewhere on the web and haven't been able to so far. My husband got a new job last month with a significant salary increase, and I've been ...
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How to process IRS check as a non-resident?

I used to live in the US. I filed in my tax returns, then I had to move out of the country, closed my bank account and everything. Now, my ex-roommate received my IRS check. I was wondering, how can ...
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Bitcoin Cost Basis Purchases

Suppose that a client purchases 10 BTC over a price range of $180 to $290 and transacts twice with his BTC for a total purchase of 2.7BTC. Two questions: Based on this, the IRS taxes bitcoin like ...
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HSA erroneous deposit and withdrawal by employer

My employer erroneously deducted $1083 from my after tax paycheck and deposited it into my HSA account. When I brought it to my employer's attention they reversed the transaction deducting the $1083 ...
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F1 student in US, correcting mistake in wrong tax form filed

I noticed a similar question In the US as an F-1 student, filed the wrong form last year. But I have something additional to ask. I am a F1 student nonresident alien and, in 2014, I filed form 1040EZ ...
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Filing taxes on stocks

In 2007, my father (now deceased), unbeknownst to me, was trading stocks in a custodial account under my name. He actually ended up losing money on the trades, but he never filed taxes for them. ...
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How detailed do itemized deductions have to be? (source needed)

how detailed do itemized deductions need to be? I get the impression that one could just write the total amount of deductions in one line and be done with it. In the event of an audit the taxpayer ...
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Dealing with Form 1099

I'm running a small U.S. business. Some users make profit by referring customers to purchase services from me. I've been told that I have to send form 1099 to both users whom making such profit from ...
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Capital gains loss, can IRS waive the loss?

I have a capital gains loss of $250K and an IRS debt of $200K, this happened through series of mistakes. I'm currently in non-collectible status. I understand that the IRS has 10 years to collect on ...
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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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Stock grant and taxes [duplicate]

As a retention incentive, I was granted stock (about $60,000) in my employers privately owned company. The stock grant went through payroll in December and had FICA taken out but no income tax. I ...
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Selling stocks as LIFO or FIFO

Hi all, I'm about to begin investing and was curious about how the IRS handles purchasing the same stock. Example: I purchase 50 shares of CS of NASDAQ:PODD on 1/1/2000 @ $50.00 I purchase 50 ...