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How long to save losing lottery tickets?

I know I can write off losing lottery tickets (a) up to the amount of any winnings, and (b) provided I itemize my federal taxes. But does that apply only to losses in the same year as winnings, or ...
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Used ToD life insurance to pay estate bills; any tax benefit to the insurance beneficiary? (USA)

The deceased owned the life insurance policy and named a single beneficiary to receive the insurance money (transfer on death). That single beneficiary used all of the life insurance proceeds to pay ...
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What should I claim on tax withholding?

I currently just graduated and received a job! Wahoo! My Dad told me he is still going to claim me though, for this year anyways. First question is: What does that really mean? Also, should I claim a ...
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Taxation on money earned working remotely for a US company while living as an expat

As a US citizen, if I work a US based tech job remotely from a foreign country as a permanent resident (Latvia if it matters), but all my money is paid into US accounts, is this money still considered ...
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S-Corp 1040 deduction?

If I own an s Corp and the s corps pay my health insurance do I take a deduction on form 1040? And if I take a deduction on 1040 do I get that exact same amount back in a refund?
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cash out refi question

If I refinance a commercial property and take money out to pay off my primary residence- is this a taxable event? and is the mortgage interest on the new commercial loan tax deductible? Property is ...
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LLC with $100K Profit - How to Reduce Taxable Income via Spending and Investments?

I'm a US citizen with a US-based single-member LLC operating in the internet space that will have $100K of profit / taxable income this year. I'm looking for ways to creatively (and legally) spend/...
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Can I deduct an office space rental if I am not self employed?

As a remote worker, I'm looking at renting an office space $250/mo. I am not self employed but instead working for a company. Is this expense tax deductible?
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2018 Federal Income Tax Deduction for Owner Occupied Rental Property

I live in a 3 bedroom condo in California and decided to rent out 2 of the bedrooms and live in one. The mortgage is $1M and interest is $4000 per month HOA is $600 per month Property tax is $1000 ...
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W-2 contractor loopholes

I am working as a W-2 contractor, not as a 1099 contractor (i.e., pay quarterly). Are there any loopholes or write-offs that I should be saving receipts for? Driving from location to location, gas, ...
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Creating a limited company in the UK with which to invest in real estate/stock market

I have a full-time job, and as a second job I work as a contractor for another company. Since the income I get from my first job is enough to pay for my living expenses, I am currently saving and ...
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Received Excess Distribution from IRA how to reflect in Taxes

How to reflect excess distribution I received from regular IRA account (brokerage). I rolled over 30K from one IRA to brokerage IRA (within same bank) I contributed $5500 to brokerage IRA (late March ...
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Deducting charitable donations under new U.S. tax law

I usually donate about $20k to charities every year, and I don't have many other deductions to claim. Given that the new tax law doubles the standard deduction to $24k, I effectively don't get tax ...
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My wife telecommutes. Mortgage on my name but she is on the title. Can we tax deduct?

My wife telecommutes for her employer. We both are joint owners of the property but the mortgage is only on my name. Can we tax deduct the mortgage interest and insurance even though she isn't ...
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How'd an entrepreneur earn extra this year, by donating last year's a percentage of his company to charity?

This Reddit post: So what an individual can do is offer to donate, say, 10% of his company to a charity. Let's say that the company did really well last year so that guy can easily find an ...
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Tax Avoidance: Mixing gains and losses in the same tax year?

I am currently looking at liquidating some of my investments and trying to decide which ones to sell, to cover some cash expenditures I will have. For the matter of this question, let's say I need $10,...
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If you're mostly on W-2, how much can you benefit from pass-through?

I'm having trouble understanding how the pass-through deduction works when you make only part of your income as an independent contractor. Married filing jointly this year, we expect to earn (gross) ...
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Can I deduct rent against a capital cost?

How does rent work with regard to capital costs? For example, let's say I build a storage facility on my property and it costs me $100,000 to build it. I rent it out for $1000 per month. Can I then ...
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Germany tax class residence permit valid anmeldung

I was in Germany last year for more than six months and I have a valid RP as well. Now, I am planning to move back to Germany for just 2 months for a work assignment under Short-term WP. Now my ...
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Circular dependency involving IRA deduction

I am not able to resolve the following circular dependency. In order to get Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) one needs to subtract an "IRA Deduction" from Gross Income. Modified AGI must then be computed ...
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Business-gift expenses in the US?

In the USA-IRS milieu, Consider these two examples: Sally is self-employed. Her business has various clients. So in the new tax year 2018 under whatever rules apply in 2018, Sally flies to Japan to ...
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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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Taxes overpaid when alive; file amended return after death?

While collecting data to file a return for someone who is deceased, I discovered a significant deduction that was repeatedly not claimed in previous years. Specifically, health insurance on Schedule C....
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Expenses - interest?

In the milieu of the USA / IRS, I was wondering. Say you get a loan from the bank, $20,000, for a few months. This is for your business. You use it to buy some equipment, waiting for a client to pay ...
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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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USA: Renter had major medical setback and may become unable to make rent. What implications?

For 2017 taxes (USA) I formally converted my first home to a rental by declaring income, establishing cost-basis for depreciation, etc. The tenant's lease is July/2017-July/2018. Complicating things, ...
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Avoid wasting Canadian tuition credit with double taxation on Canadian Income in US

I live in US with income in Canada and have a large amount of unused tuition tax credits in Canada. My understanding is that when doing US Tax I should report my full Canadian income and the amount ...
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Employee v. 1099 small expenses in the USA

In the USA, Sally is a normal employee making $100,000 a year At the end of the year, she files her taxes with taxact.com and pays the $20 fee. Sally simply claims the standard deduction of $12,700....
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401k withdrawal leaving US, non citizen

Help me understand the taxes and penalty on 401K withdrawal. What is wrong in my understanding in the following? I am a non-US citizen and I plan to leave the US in 2 years. My company matches it ...
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Estimated taxes itemized deduction?

Seeking a second opinion on what my tax preparer provided me in my 2017 taxes. I made an estimated tax payment of $20,000 to the State of California in Dec 2017 (for a stock sale I made in Nov 2017). ...
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Where should standard deductions be mentioned on form 1040NR?

I am a non-resident alien for the year 2017 as far as tax returns are concerned. I used a software to complete my 1040NR form, but I have a question regarding the document that was prepared by the ...
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Can donations to Canadian charities be claimed on US taxes?

This seems like it would be easily Google-able, but because I am located in Canada, all results are along the lines of "how to claim a US donation on your canadian taxes". My question is, if someone ...
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Can I make a lump-sum contribution to a SIMPLE IRA?

My employer offers a SIMPLE IRA plan to which I can contribute 3% of my salary. My employer contributes a 3% match. The employee contribution limit of $12,500 is far higher than the 3% amount I will ...
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Can I write off any of my car purchase if I get an allowance?

I was offered an option to get a car allowance when I was hired on a year and a half ago. Last year, I bough a new truck to use for this purpose. I get an allowance plus a mileage rate that is about ...
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Itemizing deductions: Proportional tax paid for vehicle title and registration that is not sales tax

In 2017 I bought a used car out-of-state (rather than sort through the local options to find one without hidden water damage). Because I was not a Kansas resident, I had Kansas sales tax waived at ...
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Are dual US-Canadian citizens in Canada required to pay US taxes on their donations to Canadian charities?

Suppose Gordon is a Canadian citizen resident who is also a US citizen. Gordon earns $1,000,000 a year in net income from his Canadian executive job. He pays an overall rate of 40% in taxes. Gordon ...
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Can I withdraw from an RRSP for home renovation using the Home Buyer's Plan?

I have withdrawn $15,000 using Canada Home Buyer's Plan from my spouse's RRSP account in the year 2016. The withdrawal was only from spouse's RRSP account, not my account. Now we are planning to do a ...
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Can I deduct a donation of a car I received as a gift?

In 2006 my parents bought me a used car. In 2017 I donated the car to charity and they report it sold for $575. Can I deduct that $575 from my taxes given that I did not personally pay for the car in ...
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Deducting another room that isn't fully for business use

I work from home and have a bedroom that I want to deduct for business use. I already have a room that I'm deducting. The bedroom will have personal use about 7 days per year. Can I simply pay the ...
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Deducting travel to co-work space?

For those who are self-employed and periodically work at a library or cafe, because formal co-work spaces don't exist in your area, do you deduct the mileage to/from these locations?
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Health Savings Account Contributions Tax Deduction

I'll start with my understanding of Health Savings Accounts and the tax deductions for them and medical expenses. Correct me if I'm wrong: Contributions to an HSA are tax deductible The contribution ...
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Rental property taxes income cap 2018

Current tax code for single and married is $150,000 income. Did they raise the amount cap you can make for married couple to write off a loss for our rental property for 2018? We make more and we’re ...
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How do you pay taxes on mined crypto currency that doesn't have a true price yet? [duplicate]

Lets say I created a new coin and mined 1 trillion of them. It isn't on any exchange to get its true value. But someone on a forum pays me $100 for 100 coins. Now these coins value is at $1 and ...
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Raised 100k on a gofund.me campaign to teach a hands on electronics repair workshop for the next few years. How do I pay taxes?

I managed to raise 100k on a gofund.me campaign to teach a hands on electronics repair workshop. This amount lets me do workshops at least twice a month for the next 3+ years. Since I received this ...
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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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Tax Deductible Expenses for a dual use property (US)

I've got a home that I live in and rent out rooms. I'm wondering which expenses I can deduct from taxes and what percent of them I can deduct. Specifically, can I deduct Repainting the house Repairs ...
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Can construction Soft Costs be carried forward on Canadian rental income?

I built a home and am renting it out for profit. While building, I incurred soft costs (mainly interest costs on money borrowed during construction, and insurance costs). In the years that I had these ...
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Is there any reason I'd prefer having my school not report a 1098-T?

I didn't get a 1098-T from my school this year. I contacted them about it, and they said it wasn't required in my case, but they went ahead and issued it anyway since I asked. They also told me they ...
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Tax on gambling winnings with social security number

My roommate told me that he met someone at an MGM casino who won $100,000. That person told my roommate that he does not have a social security number to turn his winnings into cash. He made a deal ...