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What are the appropriate forms to file when using a mega-backdoor?

For the backdoor (IRA -> Roth IRA, generally up to $5500 per year) conversion, we need to file Form 8606. Are there any equivalent forms that must be filed for mega-backdoor (After-tax 401k -> Roth ...
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Can I legally file zero tax return as non-resident to get ITIN?

I want to obtain an ITIN number to get a credit card / open bank account in the US. I know, IRS does not issue this number unless for tax reporting purposes. I visit the US from time to time on a ...
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With the Fringe Benefits Tax, should I even salary sacrifice for a car?

In Australia, some employers offer an option to salary sacrifice a car purchase. The cost of the car is taken from your pre-tax salary, so your gross income will be less, and therefore, your income ...
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Tax treatment of dividends paid on short positions

If a retail investor holds a short position when the stock goes ex-div, they must therefore pay a dividend to the buyer of the short. What is the tax treatment for this dividend payment the investor ...
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What are some tax strategies for when you are self-employed with low income, but every 4-8 years you get a huge spike of income?

I am self-employed in the United States, and am working on long-term projects. Most years I don't make much (lets say $20k), but every 4-8 years, after a large project is complete, I expect to get a ...
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In which country do I pay capital gain taxes, as a German with a US Internship?

This year, I did an internship in the US, and during that time I bought some stocks. Now I am back in Germany, and got dividend payments on these stocks, and also want to sell some of them soon. ...
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Tax question - Inheritance from UK living in USA

I am a Green Card resident in Nebraska USA, and I am a UK citizen. Is it correct that I need to report to the USA Government if I inherit more than $10,000 from my father’s Will (he too was a UK ...
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If PF is withdrawn by an NRI staying in USA does it become taxable as per US laws?

I have been service in an Indian company for 10 years and now getting transferred to US. I want to keep the PF and not withdraw as I don't need money and it will earn good 8.5% interest for next 3 ...
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Nonresident received the stimulus money for COVID 19 from IRS

I am a non-resident alien who working in the US. Yesterday, I received the stimulus money ($1200) due to the COVID 19 from IRS, while I know that as a non-resident, I am not eligible to receive. This ...
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State pension from UK when a moving back to Spain after working only 10y in UK

I am a Spanish citizen who has been living in UK for the past 7 years. During this period I have always worked here and I haven't received any income from Spain. I have also regularly contributed to ...
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Donating winning lottery ticket to 501(c)3 Private Foundation: cost-basis deduction + full tax free redemption for foundation?

US 501(c)3 Private Foundations are typically controlled by the primary donator, so that is a nice perk, but in exchange for that perk I realize the tax deductions for donating are significantly ...
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Do I need to pay taxes on my mother in law giving us “rent” money?

This is for California, USA My MIL is living with us these days and we do not actually charge her for any rent. She has a small business that has sporadically yields some income. She insists on ...
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Dual Citizen (US / CDN) wants to buy US equities in Canadian brokerage

I'm dual citizen (US & Canada) residing in Canada. I returned to Canada two years ago. I just started thinking about investing again in Canadian equities (either stocks, ETF's or mutual funds). ...
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US resident with Canadian income via T4A-NR

I am a single person LLC in the US and I do a lot of contract work for a US company. In 2016 I was asked by them to do some work in Canada and spent about 30 days working in Vancouver. My LLC issued ...
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Should rideshare drivers log mileage of individual trips, or is a daily entry acceptable?

A rideshare driver (Uber, Lyft) can deduct vehicle expenses for business use of the vehicle. Should the driver log each trip individually, or is a daily entry of beginning odometer, ending odometer, ...
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How long must I wait after buying a property to rent it out?

I bought a place as a first time buyer without mortgage. Consequently I paid a 3% stamp duty. Due to certain circumstances, I will have to rent it out. I would like to know how long before I could ...
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Why a W9 is needed for firstinspires Kids Robotics

Some kids(including mine) are doing LEGO competition and for that they received $500 ( yet to actually receive) from a corporation for their expenses( about $3K) pooled between them. To get this $...
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Does a French citizen living in the US owning stocks in a brokerage account in France have to pay taxes on dividends to the French tax authorities?

Does a French citizen living in the United States and owning stocks in a brokerage account located in France have to pay taxes on dividends to the French tax authorities (fisc)? Additional ...
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IRA rolled over mistakenly to 401k

In a previous tax year I rolled over some money from a former employer's traditional IRA (TD Ameritrade) to a non-Roth 401k plan (Milliman). I didn't report this on my federal tax return at all ...
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Accrual accounting: how to implement prepaid tax

I am trying to put my personal finances in order and I figured that accrual accounting fits my needs for keeping a better track of my records. I am new to accrual accounting and while I think that I ...
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Understanding Nexus as a small business owner

I'm interested in becoming a 3rd party Amazon FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) seller. I recently learned about a rule called "nexus". Basically, I understand I have nexus (tax liability) in the state ...
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Should I create a simultaneous Part-time Sole Proprietorship and Part-time single-member S-Corporation?

I am self-employed and my business has two distinct parts: Engineering and Design - which makes $50k income / year Manufacturing and Sales - which makes $150k income / year I am currently running ...
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US Taxes: Missing the deadline for IRA contribution

Is there a way to make an IRA contribution of say $x for 2016 (Deadline was April 15 2017)? Background Info: The $x has already been claimed in taxes. But because of a technical error from the ...
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What's the tl;dr investing rules for married Canadian citizens when one partner happens to have US citizenship?

Canadians with US citizenship have several things to consider regarding investments: Canada's Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is not considered tax free by IRS, and filing taxes may significantly ...
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State tax withholding election

I live in Connecticut but work in New York. My employer wants to know what state I wish to be "taxed in". I understand that CT gives a credit for taxes paid in NY. Which state should I elect to have ...
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Non resident working for a UK company from abroad and receiving on UK account - taxable?

I have been living in UK for 1 year and working for an UK company for the past months. Then my visa expired and I returned to my home in Brazil. However me and that company intend to keep me working ...
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Inheriting funds from a U.S. trust where you are not the trustee

I am a U.S. citizen trustee and executor of my mom's trust. My brother is a Canadian citizen and lives in Canada and not a trustee. I will be dividing the trust funds or investments between the two ...
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Salary vs. dividend when a company is closing down?

Let's say I have a small business that has been in operation for 10 years and it no longer makes any money. I've told all my customers that we will no longer take on any new business. So for the ...
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Publication 523 - “residency” on “Gain Exclusions” selling primary residence

Part of the Publication 523 from the IRS guides on Capitol Gains states the following: "If you were ever away from home, you need to determine whether that time counts towards your residence ...
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How much do I need to pay as taxes for this investment? How to calculate it?

I am relatively new to both investing and doing your taxes in Germany. I have read many articles, none of which were official documents because I couldn't find them (also I don't know German). But I ...
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Received the US corona virus relief fund check in error, cannot get a hold of IRS to give it back

I lived in the US for about 3 years on a work visa and obtained a SSN (which i actually got from a previous stint there). Once my visa expired I left and am now back in Australia since end of 2018. I ...
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Vailidity of Digital signatures on self-prepared 1040 tax form

Me and my wife are stuck in INDIA due to lock-down, courier services, flights etc are suspended till 4/14. I want to file my past due return (2016), IRS accepts it only by mail. I'm considering ...
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Is there non taxable investment account (like UK ISA) equivalent in Switzerland? How does one make tax-efficient Swiss investments?

While we were living in the UK, we were using our extra money to invest in index funds via ISA accounts. On these specific accounts, you do not pay Captial Gain Tax and they are excellent for long ...
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What is the process for filing individual income tax for income obtained without a W-2 or 1099?

Scenario We have a legal adult called Brittany who has obtained income of $4096.00 from a babysitting job last year. The mother of the children she has been watching has not withheld income taxes, ...
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What does the IRS do about trivial tax discrepancies?

I submitted my taxes (e-file) about a week ago via Turbotax - expecting a large refund. I then unexpectedly received a 1099-INT from my bank for $15 of interest received during the year. I did not ...
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Using a US state for payroll while not being a resident

I'm an American currently living in France with my wife (also an American). She has a part-time job working remotely for an American company. This company uses a US-only payroll company, so my wife ...
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Contractors IR 35 tax burden: is it less than people thought?

With the introduction of the new IR35 legislation in UK, many contractors caught inside IR35 are going to pay more taxes. The most popular tool for the calculation of the tax burden among ...
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Recapture of portion of Federal subsidy

My state offers a mortgage program which stipulates: The Internal Revenue Code includes a restriction relating to such mortgage loans. The Federal government treats homebuyers who purchase a ...
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Wife's H4 is Pending. I am on H1B effective Oct 1 2019. Can I withhold taxes as 'Married'?

My Visa status changed from F1 to H1B effective Oct 31st this year. My wife came to USA in May 2019 on F2 Visa. Her H4 application is still in process and her F2 is invalid effective Oct 31st. I ...
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Do you have to pay taxes on a Unison “investment”?

I keep getting these Unison solicitations in the mail. Another question discusses whether or not this is a good deal in general, but one thing I don't see mentioned is taxes. I have searched quite a ...
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(Hypothetical) Write off Loss of Cash due to bankruptcy of financial institution

In both Canada and the United States, how do we write off the loss due to bankruptcy of the financial institution in excess of deposit insurance on the tax return for the tax year when the bankruptcy ...
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Are cash gifts from a former employer taxable in Canada?

I was previously employed by an elderly couple providing in-home care for several years. The husband passed away a number of years ago, while the wife passed away last year. Obviously, as the couple ...
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can closing covered call and opening a new coverd call trigger wash sale

In Jan 2019, I bought 200 QQQ (ETF) at about $160 and also wrote two covered calls for June 2019 at 170 (higher than the last day price) netting a small premium. Now QQQ is at about 185 so it will be ...
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IRS Notice CP59 - Did not file taxes

So my wife got a CP59, which is a complaint from the IRS that she did not file her taxes for 2017. That year, as in years previous, we filed jointly and electronically. The year previous we had a new ...
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Reimburse Tax expense using UTMA?

The following story is all in Pennsylvania. In 2018 my daughter received a monetary inheritance, significant amount. It was deposited into a savings account that was made into an UTMA. My daughter ...
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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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Is my contribution to corporate housing tax deductible?

My residence is in NY but my company moved me to CA for a temporary assignment (one year). They are providing corporate housing but I still have to contribute approximately $900/month. Is the $900/...
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Are assistance benefits reported as W-2 box 1 income considered earned income?

First off, I recognize that I am not paying any of you to act as a licensed tax professional for me, so I will take your tax advice as just that, advice. The university I attend has financial-need-...
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US Citizen married to EU citizen, working for UK company and remotely for US company - Taxes?

A bit confusing to word the question, but I am a US citizen with a 5-year visa allowing me to work and live in the UK full-time (family member visa - wife is EU citizen). I work remotely as an ...
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How does a typical bond ETF provide tax information to the investor in Canada?

Before deciding whether to use registered or unregistered (taxable in Canada) account, I'd like to understand the complexity of tax reporting as a result of holding bond ETF, for example BMO ZFL (long ...

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