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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 ...
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Can a person running two (non-incorporated, sole-proprietor) businesses write off expenses from one and contribute to a solo 401k for the other?

I think this will be the last year I can get away with not using a tax professional, but I'd love to go one more year before I have to. My wife (filing jointly) is currently freelance consulting. Let'...
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HSA distribution and medical expense deduction in the same year

I have had an HSA for 10 years and have been making regular contributions. I have not taken any distributions yet. Most years I did not deduct medical expenses on Schedule A, so I have a pile of ...
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Medical premiums vs. ACA premiums on tax return

I'm currently doing my tax return. In 2017, I paid 12 months of health insurance premiums out of pocket, on my own private plan bought through the Marketplace. In the tax return, it instructs NOT to ...
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Are Medicare premiums deductible on schedule C if you also have a secondary policy from previous employer?

My wife and I both receive Medicare parts A and B. We can not participate in previous employer's health plan as primary because we are on Medicare. However, we do participate in the employer's plan as ...
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Can I increase value of non-refundable credit by paying less taxes?

I'm in the United States. The Child Tax Credit is a non-refundable credit of $1000. Scenario 1 : I do my taxes at the end of the year and before applying the credit I owe $1000, then presumably ...
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I need help understanding what 'net of required taxes' means

In this contract what does net of mean? is it the amount after or before taxes? Award – Cash awarded to a Participant under the Program, net of all required federal and state withholding taxes, due ...
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In what situations does tax preparation fees not count as a deduction on taxes?

Last year I filed my taxes through turbotax. This year I'm doing it again. There is an option to check if money spent on tax preparation (including tax software like turbotax) is deductible. I spent ...
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Filling the W-8BEN Form as an Indian Student

EDIT : So, I also opened a thread in Topcoder's Forum and I filled the "Reference number" field as "-" and in the tax treaty section, I just filled my country and all the other boxes were filled with "...
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Can I recover employer-paid health insurance premiums erroneously reported as imputed income?

Every December my employer adds some $7k of imputed income to my last paycheck to account for the cost of employer paid health insurance premiums for my domestic partner. However, my domestic partner ...
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If I'm taking the standard deduction, do I still have to enter my school loan interest?

Title says it all. If I know in advance I'll be taking the standard deduction, do I still have to enter and submit my student loan interest? Or any itemized deductions, for that matter?
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Income Tax Deduction / Reimbursement of Rs.15000/- per year

Can the purchase of medical equipment like Blood Monitor Machine, Blood Sugar Machine etc. be claimed under the medical reimbursement or income tax deduction of up to Rs.15000 per financial year for ...
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Question on the IRS Form 1098-T

Is this a new form? I was doing TurboTax and I filled out the information and it wouldn't let me submit my tax refund because it said the IRS is still working on the forms. I did read something that ...
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How much income tax should I expect to pay

I need help. My previous employer is confusing me and wont pay all my wages. I work at this retail job for one month, November 2017,and left after i was told i would be paid two weeks into december. ...
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Carrying forward a 'personal loss' due to itemized deductions

I have $0 AGI this year, after claiming the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, and have repaid some student loan interest. The additional itemized deduction from the interest payment creates no benefit ...
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Under new federal tax bill, can I save taxes by not doing payroll anymore for my single employee (me) S-CORP?

Will paying myself only shareholder distributions instead of payroll, and using the new 20% QBI deduction on my QBI of $300k save me more taxes under the new federal tax plan, and allow me to ...
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If I sell positions in my IRA that were bought with non-deductible contributions, do I need to pay capital gains tax?

My IRA has a mixture of deductible and non-deductible contributions. I want to sell off some positions that I bought. Normally I would not need to pay capital gains tax, but if the positions were ...
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Can COBRA-premiums be paid for pre-tax?

I have the option to remain on the previous employer's COBRA for the foreseable future. Their plan is much nicer than what my new employer is offering while being only a little more expensive. ...