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Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year?

Can I deduct a contribution to a traditional IRA if I am also contributing to a 401(k) in the same tax year?
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Tax implications in India for sending money to India from US

I am planning to transfer around $8K-10K in my parent's bank account(Joint bank a/c) in India . I have read a lot of posts(like Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank ...
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Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank to an Indian savings account?

I am currently in US, and would like to transfer some amount from my US Bank account to a savings account based in India on a monthly basis through a third party like Xoom or Transfast. If I'm going ...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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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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Does the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) require insurance to be paid with pre- or post-tax dollars?

I would like to continue paying for health insurance with pre-tax dollars. But, according to this Washington Post article, buying healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) requires post-...
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Deductible expenses paid with credit card: In which tax year would they fall?

If I paid my business expenses with a credit card during the month of December, which year can I deduct them from my taxes? 2011 (when the purchase was made) or 2012 (when I paid off the credit card)? ...
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Is it possible to deduct health insurance premiums from taxes?

I currently have health insurance provided by my employer. My monthly premiums are deducted pre-tax from my salary. I'm considering canceling this health coverage in favor of an individual health ...
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Can I get a tax deduction for education expenses?

I work as a Computer Programmer for a Healthcare Company. I am in the process of applying for Part Time - Master's Graduation Program in Healthcare. I wonder whether i would be able to get Tax ...
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Can I write off time I spent working on my business?

So, I'm a freelance web programmer by trade, which means that my time really is money. I, occasionally, work on side projects of my own and forgo the possibility of earning direct income for that time....
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What does the IRS standard deduction amount mean?

http://www.moneycrashers.com/reselling-vs-donating-tax-deduction/ Apart from the personal satisfaction you get from helping a nonprofit, donating your extra stuff can land you a valuable tax ...
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24% tax on first pay in the UK?

Quite a similar thread to others I've seen here - hope I'm not repeating the same questions again! I just got my first payslip after arriving in the UK and noticed that the tax is far higher than ...
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If I take a loss when I sell my car, can I claim a capital loss deduction on my income tax return?

If I sell my car off at a loss, can I write that loss off against my income to save on tax? Does it matter if the car was used just for personal leisure use, or if I used the car to generate business ...
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Get tax deduction for expensive car expense

Recently I paid a lot (almost one month of my salary) for repairing my car. I am wondering if there is a way to get deduction on federal or state taxes (USA, California).
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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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Isn't “I bought [blank] as a tax writeoff” complete nonsense?

There's a trope in movies where people do something to keep from being bumped into a higher tax bracket (For example, in The Big Lebowski: "I'll have to check with my accountant, but it might bump me ...
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Why are businesses allowed to deduct expenses from their income, while individuals generally cannot?

In general, it's an accepted principle that businesses should be allowed to deduct expenses. How did this principle come about? And why doesn't it appear to apply to individuals to the same extent? ...
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How can I achieve a 13% U.S. Federal tax rate?

MSNBC just had a segment explaining how Bernie Sanders paid 13% in federal taxes. This year my income changed significantly, and I'm making a little less salary than Sanders's ~$200k. However, unlike ...
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Is it worth saving HSA funds until retirement?

I recently discovered that there is no lifetime limit to contributing to an HSA account - provided that you don't contribute more than the limit per year. Assuming that an individual makes a decent ...
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Moving from full time to contractor

For many reasons I am moving from full time employee to a contractor with an associated company in a different city. Everyone I have spoken to says contracting is great except for the taxes and lack ...
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Should I choose Itemized or Standard deduction?

I see I am saving more when I choose Itemized deduction, even though its less than standard deduction. Is that normal? And in this case should I choose itemized and disregard recommendation of Turbo ...
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What are the costs to establish an LLC and to maintain it?

What's the average (approximately) cost to open a basic LLC in Florida state or in NY state? (FYI in my case is to buy an house in Miami and rent it. I already have a bank account in the U.S.) What's ...
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Minimize taxes now that I earn more

Background I recently received a hefty promotion for $350k (plus stocks and bonuses) with the same company. Now that I can finally start to pay down my debt, I'm not so happy that suddenly 45% of my ...
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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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1040NR-EZ: Previous year's paid state tax & Itemized deductions

I am a using the online-tax software (Glacier) to generate my 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR form, and have paid a state tax in the previous year tax return. For this year's return, I am unsure whether I should ...
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Are COBRA premiums deductible when self-employed?

Been Googling all day and can't find anything definitive. I left my job in January of 2010, and have been working on a 1099 basis since then (as a sole proprietor). I have been paying COBRA premiums ...
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What is the difference between pre-tax and post-tax paycheck deductions?

I am getting insurance for about 4 months, the length of my contract with a company. I am given the option of having the cost deducted from my paycheck pre-tax or post-tax. What is the difference? ...
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Calculating savings from mortgage interest deduction vs. standard deduction?

I've read just about anything I can find on comparing cash-flow between owning a house versus renting. One new thing popped into my head yesterday, and I can't shake the feeling that it's an obvious ...
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How does giving to charity work?

The title of this question is hopelessly vague, but here is what I'd like to know: I've always heard that even if you don't have much money, you should give to charity. It is tax-deductible. I'm ...
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In US, is it a good idea to hire a tax consultant for doing taxes?

I am going to start working in a software development company in Colorado, United States very soon. I am also single. The tax system here seems pretty complex to understand as well. Do employees in ...
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If I pay someone else's property taxes, can I use it as a deduction on my income tax return?

I'm planning on paying the property taxes of a home my mother-in-law owns. She owns the house, but I live there. As part of the bargain, I agreed to pay the property taxes. If I write the check ...
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How do you calculate pretax deduction savings?

I am trying to determine how much money I will save by participating in the TransitChek program. The way the program works is I can set aside a certain amount of money from my pay check before taxes ...
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Can I withdraw a non-deductible traditional IRA contribution without penalties in the same tax year?

I just spend two hours going through IRS Publication 590a, and reading all related question here and in some other places (none matched this question exactly). Situation: X is over 50 and ...
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Deferring claim of significant purchase of RRSPs

If I purchase $50,000 of RRSPs this year, I believe that I can defer some of this purchase over the next several years. I could, for example, claim $16,667 on each of my next three tax returns. ...
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Child care expenses: How much deduction can be claimed on tax return? [Canada]

How much deduction can be claimed for child care expenses on a Canadian income tax return, for 2009? Does it vary by province? Are receipts required to claim a child care expenses deduction?
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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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If I volunteer to give back to my community, is there a monetary amount assigned to my time, to act as an Income Tax Deduction?

Is there a value that can be assigned to my time, i.e. an hourly rate, so that I can be given a receipt to remit to CRA come Income Tax Filing time? I live in Canada.
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In the U.K., can I deduct coffee as a business expense if I work from cafés?

I have a U.K. limited company of which I am the sole director and employee. I work from home most days, but I occasionally work at a local coffee shop when I need to get out of the house. Can I claim ...
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What are the IRAs tax deduction limits when contributing to both Traditional and Roth IRAs?

If I fall into the phase-out range for a tax deduction on a Traditional IRA can I contribute to said account up to my tax deduction limits for said accounts then contribute the rest of my $ to a Roth ...
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Can I use an HSA to pay financed payments for LASIK?

I understand that an HSA can be used for qualified medical expenses, and that LASIK falls under this category. I'm considering getting LASIK done and would like to use my HSA to pay for it. However, ...
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Can I deduct my individual Health Insurance Premium in Tax

I have a my own LLC and working as self employee for this company. I am working on 1099 for this company. Since there is only 2 employee (including my spouse), I can't take health insurance from my ...
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How can I calculate the value of donated clothing for tax purposes?

I have many clothing items that I plan on donating to a local charitable/religious organization. I want to include the value of these items as a charitable deduction on my income tax, but I don't know ...
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What types of receipts do I need to keep for itemized tax deductions?

Do I need to keep all of my receipts or only receipts of a certain type or amount for itemized deductions? I've also only taken the standard deduction, but this year I plan to itemize. I keep almost ...
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Is there a tax deduction for renting office space in service of employer?

Can I get any kind of tax deduction for paying rent on office space that is entirely in the service of my employer? Let me explain: I work remotely. My company is in California, but I presently live ...
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Adding spouse to single member LLC to reduce taxes

Suppose husband has a single member LLC, has a SEP IRA, and makes more than enough to max out annual SEP contributions. I'm curious if the wife could be added to the LLC to allow the wife to also ...
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In Canada, can I deduct my mortgage if running a business from my home?

If I run a home business and a portion of the home is used as an office for the business can I deduct a percentage of the mortgage?
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Selling Gifted Stock - Capital Gains, Gift Tax, AGI/Deductions

My wife and I received a gift of $100k stock from a relative two months ago. Cost basis of the stock was $30k, purchased by that relative 5 years ago. We hope to sell the stock to use for a down ...
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Which payment plan is better to pay for tuition?

My kids go to a private school that's attached to a religious congregation. As far as paying tuition, they offered me a choice between these 2 deals: $1296 per month (for 12 months). $1156 per month ...
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Tax deduction macros in Python for Germany

I work to implement a set of German tax deduction macros in Python for private use and have some errors, one of my troubles is correct deduction of Lohnsteuer. There are quite many online calculators ...