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Internal Revenue Service which is the US Federal Tax authority.

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Clarification of “First Year Choice” in IRS pub. 519, U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens?

In IRS Publication 519, on page 9: What is the purpose of "First Year Choice"? I mean how would it help a taxpayer? Also in the example if Juan DaSilva is considered resident from Nov 1, 2010 then ...
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Are tax preparers being regularly audited?

I was helping a friend filling the tax forms the other day, and he offered to pay for my time helping him. I know that it is illegal to be paid for tax preparation without a California license and IRS ...
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Pay back the 2008 First-Time homebuyers credit with a certain amount?

I repaid 500 on 2010 Tax return for the 2008 First-Time Homebuyers credit, but do I have to pay 500 on each return or just make sure it is paid of within 15 years. For example, can I chose to pay 0 ...
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What are the potential penalties for filing an erroneous tax return, if I amend the return immediately?

In prior years, my school partnered with a certain accounting firm to provide us with 1098-Ts. Up until November of 2011, I was receiving emails from them mentioning this service. In January, their ...
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How to treat blog income for tax purposes & report PayPal income to the IRS?

I made a small amount of money for a blog I write, and I'm wondering how to enter it into my tax form. I was paid via PayPal so I have no W-2. (And not reporting it to the IRS is not a viable option.) ...
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What is the significance of the Home Address on the 1040 US tax form?

I lived in two places last year, one inside the US and one outside the US (where I live now), but I wouldn't use either as a permanent mailing address. I've been looking for clarification about what ...
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IRS overpayment interest - Is it interest on what I pay in taxes?

I have seen that the IRS pays overpayment interest rates that seem to range from 3-8%. When I see these rates are they related to what I pay in taxes? I.e. if I vastly overpay my taxes does this mean ...
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Mother owed previous years federal and state taxes at death and probate is closed. Are her children responsible for paying them?

My Mother died with little or no assets. Her only income was SS which ended upon death. Her estate was probated with no claims against it and is basically insolvent. One of the bills she owed were ...
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Lower my tax withholding liability and increasing my net worth

My goal here is to optimize my net worth, not cash on hand. With the understanding that higher net worth makes access to capital easier. So tax deferred options are appealing to me, as long as I can ...
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What's the fastest way to get another copy of a (lost) letter from the IRS requesting additional information?

I recently received a letter from the IRS saying they needed additional information to process my taxes. They need it in 20 days and I somehow lost the letter and I don't remember what the ...
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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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What are the negative implications of the 2011 cost basis reporting law?

The United States has a new law requiring brokerages to report the cost basis of sales on IRS Form 1099-B. For stocks purchased after January 1, 2011, financial services firms will have to report the ...
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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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Tax implications of re-characterizing a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA after having taxes filed for the year it was contributed to

I filed my 2010 taxes in February of 2011. In the first week of April 2011, I opened a Traditional IRA account online with Fidelity and contributed the maximum allowable amount of $5000 for the year ...
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What types of ETFs are taxed differently by the IRS?

How does the IRS calculate taxes for ETFs? Until recently, I thought they were taxed the same as stocks, but I recently purchased a gold ETF (IAU) and have to pay a small capital gains tax even though ...
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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 ...