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Internal Revenue Service which is the US Federal Tax authority.

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How To Report Cryptocurrency Earnings?

I invested in a decentralized bitcoin business and earned about BTC 0.4 this year in interest from it, but there is no official business - it's purely autonomous (very hard to explain). I also "mined"...
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As an LLC owner who hires foreign, independent contractors, what forms should be used for taxes?

I hired a foreign, independent contractor. All I've heard is to have them fill out a w8-BEN for personal use, and a 1099-MISC to present to the IRS. Are there any other neccessary forms?
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Is it legal to not get a 1099-b until March 15?

It is Feb. 16 and I haven't received a 1099-b for some stocks that sold that last year. The stocks were sold because the company I had stock in (Questar) merged with another company and all Questar ...
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What do I do if an IRS check doesn't arrive?

We got a letter from the IRS stating that we get a substantial refund for a tax withholding. However, the check never arrived even after waiting for a couple of months. (On top of that: We live ...
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Can I contribute deductible money to a traditional IRA if I left my job before maxing out my 401(k) for the year?

I've read these answers: Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year? 401K participant for part of year - Can I contribute to an IRA? Can I contribute ...
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What should I look for in a lawyer for help with the IRS? [closed]

I need to hire a lawyer to help me file unfiled tax returns in prior years. What are some special considerations/qualifications I should look for? I have interviewed a couple of them and most the ...
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Can requesting an IRS transcript result in more problems?

I have some unfiled tax returns with the IRS. I met with a lawyer that specializes in help with IRS issues and he told me that the first step in their process is to get an IRS power-of-attorney from ...
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Social Security and Medicare taxes not withheld [duplicate]

I have been working with same employer in the US since the start of H-1B in 2016. I just noticed that my W2 shows no SS and Medicare paid by employer. Since I applied for a change of status from F1 ...
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Does IRS Direct Pay use Bank of America or is this a scam?

I went onto the IRS website today to make a payment. In the security part of the address bar it is written Bank of America: My question is this: Is this truly the IRS payment site, or some kind of ...
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US Tax on cryptocurrency (Bitcoin and other altcoin) investments for Non-resident Alien student

I'm an non-resident alien student (on F-1 Student Visa) in the US. Starting in 2017, I invested in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies last year in the US via Coinbase.com. I'm holding on to most of ...
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Correct way to get paid from a web design?

I did a website design for another company (Basically, I sold them a completed website) for a flat $500. They're telling me I need to file a W-9, but I don't see why because I'm not a contractor for ...
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Does the IRS report Loan Repayments to the credit bureaus?

Having lived abroad for 15 years, I've returned to the US almost 1 year ago and am preparing to buy a house via a mortgage. Naturally, I'd like to get favorable rates. I face a couple of challenges ...
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Why does the IRS allow tax-deferred growth in a VUL?

Why would the IRS allow your premium "over-pays" to be invested tax-deferred? What's their motivation? They already allow 401(k) so why this too? Note: VUL = Variable Universal Life
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How to Respond to CP2000?

I got a CP2000 from the IRS for 2016. It concerns three retirement account transactions. A direct rollover from an existing IRA to a Solo 401K (a qualified plan; 1099-R Code G in box 7) In 2016, I ...
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Band tax strategy - not paying members

I operate a band that makes under $4k a year. A few shows a year we get paid larger sums of money ($600+ per gig), and the venue uses my SSN and sends me a 1099 around tax season. So the "band" money ...
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Can one be non-resident alien in the US without being a resident anywhere else?

My question is as above: Can one be non-resident alien in the US without being a resident anywhere else? Let's assume the following simplified case: a former resident of Germany visits the US for a ...
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Should I be filing taxes for 2017 as a Resident Alien or a Non-resident alien?

I was on F1 since my arrival i.e 07/25/2013. My H1 B was approved on 10/01/2017. Details of my stay in the U.S: 2013: 159 days 2014: 347 days 2015: 365 days 2016: 332 days 2017: 365 days. ...
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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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I don't understand the Qualified Business Income Deduction?

In the USA, the new tax laws include a: Qualified Business Income Deduction I cannot find one place that explains this and whether it is good or bad. Example situation: Married person, with an ...
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I have paper-filed my federal tax but I am not sure if IRS has received it. Should I file an extension?

Because of my immigration status in the US, I have to paper-file my tax form 1040NR-EZ. Then I lost my USPS tracking number and IRS's Where's My Refund doesn't have my info. Should I file an extension ...
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Claiming income/deductions on an illegal apartment

We are currently renting a basement out to some friends of ours. We are asking a fraction of the price of what its worth. I understand the risk of renting without a certificate of occupancy. The ...
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Personal Assets and Initial Contribution for Business Use

How would a person factor using personal assets for starting a business? For example, the owner's personal car, cell phone, and laptop will be used as initial equipment, but the owner will also ...
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Can my national Bank use a IRS refund deposit to reopen a inactive account and then use the money to pay on a charged off mortgage

My accountant accidentally deposited my IRS refund in to a old inactive bank account. The bank reopened the account and used the deposit to pay on a. Charged off mortgage. Can they do this
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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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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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For 401k (or IRA contributions), does it matter which part is catch-up?

When you are over 50, you get an additional allowance for the amount that you can contribute to 401k - in addition to the usual limit of $ 18500 (in 2018), you are allowed to contribute $ 6000 of '...
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Can my new technology reduce crypto taxes?

I invented a new technology that kills your gain taxes on crypto transactions and trades... or so I think :) I am hoping that this is the case but I am not really sure and I would like you to tell me ...
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Is the IRS wise to false real estate sales?

I recently was reading some deeds and in one case I noticed that a vacant lot had been transferred for a lot more than its value. On the open market the lot would sell for maybe $300,000 at best. ...
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Resident alien for tax purposes: Still valid after a gap of 2 years?

I was on F1 visa in the US during 2007-2015. After living in the US for 5 years, I filed income taxes as a resident alien for tax purposes for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015. Then I moved out of the US ...
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Moved to Canada for Grad School, Getting Heavily Taxed in U.S

I'm about to file my U.S. tax return for 2017. In August of 2017, I moved to Canada from the U.S. for graduate school (I am a U.S. citizen). I was on a vacation during April 15th, 2018 and quickly ...
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Determining residency status for IRS with “closer connection” (Form 8840)

I am trying to determine my residency status for US tax purposes. According to the substantial presence test, I am a resident alien of the United States. This is going by the days that I've been in ...
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How to pay IRS CP14H

I received a Notice CP14H from the IRS to pay a small amount of owed money. I want to do this online instead of mailing a check or money order. I went to irs.gov/payments and looked at my options, but ...
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401k loan limits, total or per plan

According to IRS guidance, the most someone can borrow against their 401k plan is $50,000 (or 50% of the plan, if that amount is less than $50,000) If someone had multiple 401ks, could they create ...
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What should I expect when receiving a very large sum in a domestic wire transfer into my bank account?

I am anticipating receiving a very large sum of money in a domestic wire transfer between banks into my personal bank account from a domestic company's business account. What should I expect once the ...
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Applying an ITIN (W7 form) for my F2 spouse to claim an exemption

I am on F1 visa, Non-resident alien, F2 visa spouse claimed for expemtion on basis of Indo-US tax treaty. Which option should I choose on W7 for the section "Reason You’re Submitting Form W-7" a) ...
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I live in Brazil, I have no US bank account and received a US Treasury check. How do I get my money?

I'm an US citizen living abroad who has no US bank account and that got a tax refund from the IRS. I have and frequently use a Paypal account, but Paypal accounts for people living outside the US ...
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As an individual citizen, which tax agencies receive your 1099's?

I've heard that statements of interest income are sent to the IRS by brokerage/financial institutions. Do resident states (the state that I live in) also receive copies of your 1099's? If you have a ...
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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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Tax Advantaged Options for Protective or Special Needs Trusts

I am tasked with setting up a trust or trust-like instrument for a relative. The bulk of the funds will be held about 15 years, until the beneficiary reaches a normal retirement age. The funds can ...
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Do I have to file Form 8843 even if I fail the substantial presence test?

Given the following presence in the U.S.: (All previous years are only short tourist trips) 2016: 6 days (all under VWP) 2017: 0 days 2018: 87 days (4 VWP + 83 J-1) The presence under the J-1 visa ...
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Instead of receipt, can a bank statement be used as evidence for expense tax deduction?

I'm new to tax returns as well as this site. I'm filling my tax returns, and last year I've been taking lunch at this restaurant. I don't have the receipts but the charge is listed in my bank ...
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Why would a previous year's tax deductions affect the current year's taxes?

For the first time in several years, I'm preparing the income tax filing for my family. Since a professional did the preparations last year, we had no electronic records to directly load into the ...
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How does the IRS know which country I live in?

I live in Morocco and I recently ordered an EIN number from the IRS because I work in Envato Market and because we have an income tax treaty with the US of a (10%). Meaning that, If someone from the ...
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Last year dual status return: can foreign income be excluded for the resident part?

I will need to file year 2018 with the IRS as a dual status return, because I decided I will give back my green card (probably some day late April, or in May). I have had a new job in a foreign ...
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How does the USA IRS determine the yearly average exchange rate?

The USA IRS publishes a list of yearly exchange rates titled Yearly Average Exchange Rates for Converting Foreign Currencies into U.S. Dollars. As of this writing, the published average value for ...
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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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During an IRS tax audit, are credit card charges without a receipt a valid proof of expense, or do you need a physical copy?

I'm contemplating if I should save my paper receipts or not. I charge everything to my business credit card. During an IRS audit, can you claim a credit card charge as a legal operating expense or ...
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Should I file for 1040 or 1040NR if I eventually intend to petition for permanent residency?

I'm on F1 visa with OPT status working at a company in US. Normally, F1 visa students qualify for 1040-NR for at least 5 years if they do not pass the substantial presence test. However, there seems ...
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Procedure to mail 1040NR-EZ, 540NR from outside of US

I have to mail my federal and state tax returns 1040NR-EZ and 540NR to IRS and FTB, CA respectively from India? What are the mailing addresses and which is the best courier service to choose to ensure ...
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Is IRS Sec 408 rebate legit?

Is the $1,680 retiree cash rebate from IRS Sec 408 legit as declared in newsletter solicitation? Spam email offers insights in special pamphlets with subscription to Oxford material.