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Tax Return Married NRA: Is Glacier Tax Prep fill the 1040NR out correctly?

I am an F1 student (NRA) and Married. Based on the new 1040NR(-EZ) instruction a married NRA cannot claim more than $5,000 deduction (1040NR Instruction). Glacier Tax Prep is a software provided to ...
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Are cash contributions to my church tax deductible?

Last year I contributed to the offering in church every week. I have few questions regarding this. I am not that rich, so I contribute whatever cash I have in my wallet. Can I enter this amount on my ...
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Can I deduct mileage if I'm a contractor who works at home and at an office?

I am a contractor and get a 1099. I perform some work at home, but much of my work is done at the office of the company I contracted with, and I drive to and from this office several times a week. ...
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How to claim motor vehicle expenses on taxes with incomplete information?

I am currently doing my sister's taxes, as stated in a previous post. She started working at this new job in May and her previous work was done at one single office location, hence she is not eligible ...
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Why is it mandatory to depreciate a rental property?

I don't understand why an investor is forced to depreciate a rental property. In many cases (say for an investor with one rental unit only) the depreciation amount is less than the standard deduction ...
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Should I pay off my home mortgage due to TCJA cutting SALT deductions?

Definition Under prior law, in addition to being allowed to deduct 100% of state and local income (or sales) taxes, homeowners could deduct 100% of their state and local personal property taxes. ...
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How can a $10M deduction be worth $4-5M to a wealthy taxpayer?

I have a question about an answer that I read on Reddit's r/eli5 (Explain like I'm five) subreddit. The question was "How do rich people use tax donations as write-offs to save money? Wouldn't it be ...
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In the US, is cancer medication (for a parent living in South America), tax-deductible?

The cancer medication of my parent costs 10,000 USD a month. I would like to pay for this, but I wouldn't have enough money to live off of myself. I was wondering, would the expense would be tax ...
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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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1098-T with scholarship listed this year 2018 as “billed” but tuition was reported on 2017 year's 1098-T as “paid”

This is very confusing. I'm required to report the Tuition and Scholarship from my 1098-T. I paid the full year's tuition in 2017 (fall and spring 2018) so no Tuition was billed for 2018 (well ...
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How to deduct subway commuting and rent as a part-time remote contractor on a 1099-MISC?

I am working on a 1099-MISC as a consultant to a tech company. As an independent contractor, I decide the locations from where I provide my services. Most of the time, I am on site at the business ...
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Calculating Interest Paid for Federal Deduction on a UK Student Loan

My spouse has a UK student loan. The loan has a 1.5% interest rate, and you only start repayments once you earn over a certain threshold. They do a calculation of how much you need to repay which I ...
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Can you claim past unclaimed expenses from previous years on a rental property?

My question is the following: Let's say I have some repair renovations that were performed in 2016 that I never claimed in the 2017 tax year (because I had enough expenses to fully balance out the ...
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Write off accrued interest from interest income

My mother purchased a US government bond maturing 2019/04/15. The purchase date was 2018/04/13, so there were 2 interest payments attributed to 2018 (2018/04/15 and 2018/10/15), but the interest ...
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1041 Final Estate Return/K-1s: No income; are probate expenses deductible for beneficiaries?

Am preparing the final return for the estate. There is no income to report. There were probate-ONLY-related expenses (attorney, court filings, announcements in newspapers). I am defeated in knowing-...
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Self-employed: claim CPP for self on Line 9060 of T2125?

In Canada, self-employed individuals have to contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP): we have to pay both the employee and employer amount. Whereas employees just pay their employee amount ...
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Does it make sense to buy municipal bond if you're not in the highest tax bracket?

Municipal bond has tax benefit. If market is efficient, doesn't that mean the wealthy investors (in highest tax bracket) will bid up the price (lower the yield) until the "tax equivalent yield (...
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Can I take self-employed health insurance deduction?

I am trying to figure how much of my Medicare premiums and Medicare Advantage (MA) premiums qualify as self-employed health insurance deduction (SEHID) "above the line" on line 29 of Schedule 1. ...
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Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI)

Where is the Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI) calculated or deducted? I'm using a free service online, but I'd also like to manually fill out the information to double check that I and the ...
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Property purchase Abroad. Tax deductions

I live in US. I purchased a couple properties a few years ago abroad. I did not take mortgage. I paid it from my savings account abroad. I heard we can claim tax deductions even for the past purchases ...
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Not entering info on tax return

My wife and I make too much to get any deduction for our student loan interest. Our situation also puts us in the Standard Deduction, and we arent itemizing. Question is, do I need to enter all our ...
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Standard deductions for resident alien J1 w/ tax treaty

Someone with a J1 Scholar visa becomes a resident alien for tax purposes in the US on Jan 1, 2018 (following the two calendar years' rule). Still, under the saving clause, it may be possible to claim ...
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Business losses for expenses incurred by a foreign contractor

I am a resident of California (Green Card holder), and started a new business in 2018 to evaluate an idea I had. It was not registered in state of CA as I was not sure how far the idea can go. Anyway, ...
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Deferring a W2 income to another year for tax return filing

I worked for 3 companies in two states. I moved to my current company on Dec 1, 2018. I got bonuses and sign-on bonus from all 3 companies (although I returned the sign-on bonus to one because I left ...
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Is there a personal tax liability on corporate ESA contributions?

According to the IRS publication on Coverdell ESA, https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc310: You may be able to contribute to a Coverdell ESA to finance the beneficiary's qualified education expenses. ...
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Can I deduct wages I pay to my personal assistant?

Imagine I have a personal assistant, ie, an employee or independent contractor who helps me with my personal tasks, eg, booking personal travel, running personal errands, purchasing personal products &...
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Is the principal on student loans tax deductible in Canada?

A friend was suggesting to me that it would be wiser for me not to spend money that I am currently earning, since as a student, I am in a very low tax bracket / below the lowest tax bracket. Their ...
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Freelance Writer / First Year Paying Self Employment Taxes

This year I pay taxes on income earned in 2018 for freelance work I did for a foreign company. According to the IRS, because this was my first year, I didn't have a previous years income for quarterly ...
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Do I report gross income or the total after taxes when reporting earnings?

When reporting to the Social Security Administration do I report gross income or the total after tax deductions? I will be holding the amount for taxes until "tax season". I report monthly to the SSA ...
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charitable donation values for medical devices/gear

I made a donation to Goodwill that included 2 back braces and a foam wedge used for exercising. How can I estimate a value? Most of the valuation guides cover clothes / appliances / furniture / ...
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Better if parents claim me as a dependent or I get the education credits?

Which route would offer more tax credits for the family? I claim $10k+ of education expenses and receive credit by filing as parents can claim me but won't. My parents claim me as a dependent and ...
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Non Tax Deductible funds accidentally put into traditional IRA

This last calendar year (2018) I opened up a traditional IRA and contributed $5500. However I did not do all my homework and discovered, after the fact, that money is only tax deductible if I don't ...
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Why do we pay taxes on something that we can later deduct from taxes?

I live in Germany and have been asking myself this for quite some time. When I hire and pay a craftsman in Germany, I pay taxes. These taxes are paid by the craftsman to the state. At the end of the ...
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Form 8936 for 2018- Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit

I have been looking for form 8936 for 2018 in order to file my tax returns but have been able to find only the one for 2017 as below. https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-8936 Is there an ...
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Contribution limits and deadlines for HSA clarification

Taken from here. Partial Year Contributions If you establish an HSA by at least December of any year, your maximum contribution is the maximum amount (described above) for that calendar year. ...
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Two jobs in two cities - tax deductible travel expenses?

I'm considering the following scenario for employment and wondering how it will affect my taxes. I am a resident of a large city, say Las Vegas, and am considering commuting to another distant city, ...
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Will I have to pay taxes if there are more than 10 lakhs worth of transactions?

I am a CSE student in a college Andhra Pradesh, India. My friend and I have created a web application to automate hostel payments with which students can pay their bills monthly. We use the PayTM web ...
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IRS Tax Rules for Capital Gains on Sale of Stock

Bob has a stock that is worth 50% more than what Bob paid. Bob would like to avoid paying tax on the gain so he donates 10% of the shares shares to a charity through a donor-advised fund. Bob decides ...
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Can I deduct 529 college savings plan contribution from California income tax as a gift?

When I contribute to a 529 college savings plan, can I deduct the contribution from my California income tax as part of the gift tax exclusion (up to $15000)?
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How much tax can we save by investing in ELSS Mutual Funds?

If Mr. ABC's taxable income is 3Lakh, then his auditor tells him he needs to pay 22,000Rs tax in FY 2018-19. So if he invests 50k or 1 Lakh in ELSS Mutual funds, than how much tax he will save?
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Why did the federal government ever allow taxpayers to deduct their state taxes from their federal taxes? [closed]

At the end of 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with among other things eliminated the federal tax deduction for state taxes paid. Essentially, the federal government ...
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Roth IRA Conversion vs Recharacterization

Despite trying to hit the nail on the head, I managed to put more into my Traditional IRA for 2018 than I will be able to deduct due to Traditional IRA phaseout limits. The last thing I want is to ...
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Does a gain in one brokerage account and a loss in another brokerage balance each other out for tax purposes?

I have different investments in two different brokerage accounts A and B. Investments in A are up 500 and in B are down 500. If I were to sell both of these in the same year (without any other losses ...
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Reduce LLC profits by putting towards spouse's IRA?

I have a full time job. I also own a LLC (sole proprietor). I have some profits from my LLC this year. My spouse and I file jointly. My spouse is not currently employed. Can I move the profits from ...
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Can I Expense Reimbursements To An Employee Who Received Medical Treatment In A Foreign Country?

I have an employee who was sent to a foreign country on a business trip. He got in an accident while he was there and had to be treated at a hospital. Since he was there on a company trip, we ...
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Medical expenses tax deductions - billed vs. paid

In the USA, total medical expenses above a threshold may be deducted from taxes. If a medical expense occurs in December and the bill is paid in January, for tax purposes, does this expense occur in ...
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Can I purchase gift cards this year and deduct as a business expense, and spend the cards next year?

If my friend was to buy 5k in Amazon gift cards for himself before the year end knowing that he was going to spend those during the 2019 fiscal year, with the idea that he would be writing this off as ...
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On what amount am I supposed to pay VAT for sales?

My question comes after reading this article about Amazon paying just £15 million in tax for European revenues of over £9 billion. Here, I am confused about when businesses pay VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX). ...
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Taxes - Extra money at the end of the year

Background I run a small business and we have a fortune 500 company as one of our clients. This is great and all except that they push us around as far as finances are concerned. They always pay, but ...
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Identifying the field for Lohnermäßigung/Steuerfreibetrag in the official German tax deduction spec

In Germany, you can get kind of discount on your tax if you are paying for a Kindergarten. This is called in general Lohnsteuerermäßigung and gives you a Steuerfreibeitrag (there are obviously also ...