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How to fill tax return for income received to paid the health insurance premiums that my spouse pays for me?

My health insurance is provided by the employer of my spouse, but my employer wanted to provide the benefit of insurance so he paid me the money that my spouse was paying, so if my spouse pays $40 for ...
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Will a contribution towards Traditional IRA be deductible for 2012?

I switched to a job in 2012 which didn't offer a retirement plan in October, 2012. Prior to this job, I was covered with an IRA account from my previous employer. I will be filing the returns with my ...
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Tax planning for Indian TDS on international payments

I have a prospective Indian client on a reasonably big project (enough to warrant this question). India seems to have a 'TDS' tax on outgoing business payments of 21%, that is to say that any payments ...
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How will a company restructuring itself into a REIT impact me as a shareholder?

One of the stocks I own is considering changing into an REIT. The company normally does government consulting and construction. Any thoughts on the pros/cons of it? I know that this decreases their ...
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If I move from one state to another for graduate school, then should I fill out my moving expenses on next year's IRS form?

Here is the IRS form. And if I fill out my moving expenses, then what counts as moving expenses, and what doesn't count? Does buying boxes for moving count as a moving expense? Also, should I keep ...
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Self paid Insurance Premiums and taxes

Currently my employer proivdes a Health Insurance Allowance (which I understand is really just added compensation), but I am wondering if it is possible to somehow shield that money similar to a pre-...
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Are campaign contributions to NON government positions tax deductible?

If someone is running for an elected position on a private university board, and you donate to them, is that a tax-deductible contribution? Or does the "no tax deductions for campaigns" refer to non ...
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Can side startup cost to build an app offset my income for tax purpose?

I have a full-time job and am interested in forming an LLC paying a foreign company in China to build a website or app prototype for my side startup. Can I deduct this cost against my income from my ...
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Can the repayment of the Advance Premium Tax Credit be deducted in the year paid?

IRA withdrawals kicked me out out of ACA. I had to repay over $14,000 Advance Premium Tax Credits with my 2018 tax return. The answers I am seeing seem to say I can take it as a 2018 medical expense ...
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Can a nonresident alien claim the NY State Standard Deduction (2018)?

Can a nonresident alien (Form 1040-NR-EZ) claim the NY State standard deduction or does he/she need to claim itemized deduction (like on the federal return)?
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How do Rent Concessions affect the DC Renter Tax Credit?

I live in a rent-controlled apartment in Washington DC, and my landlord engages in a scheme to get around Washington DC’s rent control laws. How it works is that my nominal rent is $2000, but I get a ...
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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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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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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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Self-employed, Medicare, Retiree: Box 5 on 1099-R is empty; is health insurance deductible (1040, Line 29)?

If Box 5 on a 1099-R is empty, does that mean that health insurance premiums for a self-employed retiree can be deducted on line 29 of the 1040? (Assumption: All other requirements for 1040 line 29 ...
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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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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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Taxes and health insurance: Find SLCSP (second lowest cost silver plan) before 1095As are issued

To do 2017 end-of-year tax planning, I need to know the second lowest cost silver plan (SLCP) for my Colorado zip code. I've tried searching my health insurer's site, the state marketplace site, and ...
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VAT on purchasing home abroad (Italy)

I am a US permanent resident considering buying a property in Italy. This will entail a 10% VAT on the home value. Can I declare this as a tax credit or as a tax deduction for my US taxes? (Please ...
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TurboTax how to enter “Self-employed health insurance deduction” (1040 line 29) for my income from S-corp K-1?

1040 line 7 = $135K wages an employer not related to my S-corp. 1040 line 17 = $90 from my S-corp K-1. 1040 line 29: "Self-employed health insurance deduction" Can I enter my $9300 health insur ...
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Is it true trips for YouTubers are tax deductible, while investment research costs are not?

In USA, for a YouTuber who earns US$60,000 per year for making Pokemon Go videos on YouTube and takes about 8 trips to Japan, Europe, Taiwan, Chicago, sometimes not because there is a Pokemon Go event,...
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Car as business expense, but not because of driving

I was brainstorming a not-documented way of possibly deducting a car and associated costs as a business expense. But not because of normal driving. So I would like some insight into it. I would like ...
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Can I deduct personal loans or use them as tax “write offs?”

Say I loan $5,000.00 to a relative, and they still owe the majority of that amount after many years of no payment. Can I just vaguely write off this number, assuming the money was lent as cash, hand-...
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On claiming mileage and home office deductions

My wife and I have a very particular driving/office/home office situation which is bringing us doubts about (US) income tax and deductions. My wife has several part-time jobs of 5-7 hours a week. She ...
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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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Supporting Parents by Paying Monthly Payments Tax Benefits

Each month I pay my parents $300 so they can support themselves. My father still works and so is my mother. They filed a joint return themselves. They DO NOT live with me. Can I get any tax benefits ...
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Is the interest on money borrowed on margin in/for an RRSP considered tax deductible?

If I borrow cash in my margin trading account which happens to be an RRSP account, does the interest on that money become tax deductible from my income? I know if I put money in my RRSP from my salary ...
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How do I minimize my taxes as an IT Employee in India?

I am working as java developer in start-up software company. My monthly salary is 30,000. The company takes my money as tax (1,500/month tax), and 2,000 for a food plus card. How do I get all of the ...
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Income Tax on per Diem (Non Accountable plan) [closed]

My Employer started giving me per diem @ of 4.50 per hour, the per diem pay check runs separately and it includes Medicare and Social related taxes, but no Federal or State tax. The pay check list ...
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Why are mortgage interest and taxes considered tax deductible?

I have trouble understanding the rationale behind why certain things are tax deductible while other things are not. For example, I understand that RRSP contributions are tax deductible because I am ...
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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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Re-financing rental property in excess of original basis

Is the interest deductible on a rental property mortgage that is in excess of the original basis plus any improvements, less depreciation?
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Roth conversion: US tax brackets for Non-resident Aliens (residing in India)

Question 1: If I move money from a traditional to roth IRA (or pretax 401k to roth) account, what are the US tax brackets? Are there any standard deductions? Will I have to pay any taxes in India for ...
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Standard deduction V. mortgage interest deduction - is it basically only for the rich?

In the USA experience: I find the whole "mortgage interest deduction V. standard deduction" issue confusing. Here's how I understand it: Everyone gets a $24,000 deduction. Great so far. If you like,...
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Does it make sense to incur a business expense just because it can be deducted?

I am trying to prove to myself that incurring expenses just for the purpose of writing them off never saves money. It is always better to not incur the expense at all if you can avoid it. This is my ...
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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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What are simplest examples of buying or spending money to reduce income taxes in Ontario?

What personal (not corporate) tax examples like the quote underneath appertain to Ontarians? Please focus on examples that can appertain to as many Ontarians as possible, thus don't focus on high ...