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Reporting income - independent contractor, received no 1099

I have some stuff from last year that I want to report, I just don't have the information the IRS forms ask for. I know how much I made and I know what percentage to pay taxes on, but for voluntary ...
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Do I need to file income taxes for my business if it made no money?

I have an LLC. It made no income this year. Do I need to file any tax return forms for it? If so, what forms are should I file? My LLC is incorporated in the State of Illinois. I'm a US citizen. I've ...
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Do I use “Deductions” or “Income (loss)” for my business expenses?

I have a new general partnership that has zero money coming in, but sustained losses for the year. Does these go under "deductions", or under "income (loss)" on the 1065 IRS form? The losses relate ...
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For partnership taxes, is “Part III” of the 1065 Schedule K1 form required?

On Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), I'm confused on whether I fill out the "Part III" section. In the instructions from the IRS (page 24, last paragraph on page forward), it is unclear to me on whether it ...
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How do general partners divide up income/losses on their personal tax returns?

In a general partnership, my understanding is that a 1065 form must be filed with the IRS each year, and that on each partner's individual returns, they each list this as an income/loss in the K1 ...
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How can I reduce my taxes for 2011

I am looking for options/steps I can take right now to reduce my tax bill for 2011. I am married filing separately ( cannot file jointly, as non resident spouse was working abroad in 2011 and ...
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What are the tax implications of lending to my own LLC?

Well, as I mentioned before, I'm buying rental property under the name of my LLC (California). I used cash for the purchases, but the initial investment I made in the company was not enough to cover ...
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Can CA SDI be added to state and local income taxes on 1040 NR Schedule A?

Can I add CA SDI to State and Local Income taxes on 1040 NR Schedule A? I understand a NRA has to file 1040 NR and has to itemize the deductions. I know that CA SDI can be added to State and local ...
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How does LLC ownership work in relation to U.S. tax law?

If an established LLC business offers ownership to a new member, will that member owe federal tax even though that member has still not realized any gain? Let's say for example the LLC is worth $10M ...
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Question about Tax Information from a Prospectus

I've been studying the prospectus for a Vanguard Index fund that I'm invested in, and I'm confused as to what percentage and what taxes I will end up paying. When the prospectus's tax information says ...
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Investing strategies for tax-advantaged accounts (401k, IRA) vs regular accounts?

What are some investing strategies to take into account when working with a tax advantaged account such as a 401k/IRA versus a normal non tax advantaged account? I know a big strategy is to buy and ...
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Opened a Vanguard brokerage account. What do I need to keep track of for next year's taxes?

I know opening the account will not impact me for this tax season, but next year since I opened the brokerage account taxes will be a little different. What do I need to keep track of while I'm ...
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Can a single-member LLC have a fiscal year not as the calendar year?

Well, the title pretty much is the question. I'm in California, and its a disregarded entity. It matters for the LLC tax, and a positive answer will save me $800 cash. With references please, though:-)...
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Why does the fiscal year in many countries start in April?

I was just wondering why in the UK the fiscal year starts in April. Is there any historical reason for this?
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Pay back the 2008 First-Time homebuyers credit with a certain amount?

I repaid 500 on 2010 Tax return for the 2008 First-Time Homebuyers credit, but do I have to pay 500 on each return or just make sure it is paid of within 15 years. For example, can I chose to pay 0 ...
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How do I claim US Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency?

We bought a house last year and after the building was done my wife forced me to buy the blinds through the builder, claiming I wasn't going to buy any and put the up myself which I told her I would. ...
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Can I receive a tax deduction from working from home in a 2 bedroom apartment, one bedroom is used EXCLUSIVELY for work?

My company's base office is in another city so I work from home in a two bedroom apartment. The second bedroom is used as my office and office/work storage. Can I write off this space and any portion ...
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How do I fill out my FAFSA form if my mom has two jobs?

My mom gets two separate W-2 forms from two separate jobs. How do I take this into account when filling out my FAFSA form?
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Primary residence converted to a rental property & tax implications

In June this past year, we moved out of our condo in the Seattle, WA area that we initially purchased in December 2005 for $240K. We were able to purchase a new home and decided that we'd rent out ...
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What is a W-8 form, and how should I fill it in?

I've been looking at some online ad revenue providers. The US-based sites seem to want me to complete a W-8 form. What is the W-8 form and how should I go about completing it?
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Cashing in stocks for house downpayment

I've got a handful of stocks that I'm planning on cashing in for a house down payment. I'm wondering if anyone knows if I will get hit with capital gains tax, if I'm immediately reinvesting the money ...
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How to deal with VAT when traveling from US to Europe?

I am going to be traveling to Europe (Paris, London, and Rome) for the first time. I have only heard of VAT and I am not sure I truly understand it. What do I need to know about it and how do I keep ...
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Using Turbotax for more than buy-and-hold investments

I'm going to have to consider trading into my taxes for the first time this year. I have somewhere under 1000 trades for the year, but some of it is in fairly large quantities, including selling both ...
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Should I have be worrying about selling a mutual fund before keeping it 1 year in an IRA account?

I am considering selling a mutual fund in a Roth account that I have had for less than a year. Since Roth and traditional IRA accounts are tax sheltered and capital gains only apply when distribution ...
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What are the tax implications of a LendingClub loan writeoff?

I've invested some small amount of money in LendingClub notes. I wrote about it in my blog, if anyone is interested. Overall it seems to be working great, I spread my investment over a broad variety ...
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Financial Advice for Newlyweds

My wife and I are newlyweds, and we are fortunate enough to have little debt and respectable incomes - since StackExchange is neither anonymous or private I won't disclose the real numbers, but I can ...
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Did the rules for filing a 1099-MISC change this year?

My property manager just sent me a W-9 (request for taxpayer ID) and asked me to send it back to her. When I asked her about this last year for my 2010 taxes, she said it wasn't necessary, even ...
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Can I claim mileage for traveling to a contract position?

I am employed by a tech. contracting company(A) and travel to another business(B), where I work as a contractor (employed by A). I commute everyday to B. Can I claim my travel to B as an expense?
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Resources online to help with filing income taxes that include a small business?

My wife an I usually file taxes ourselves using the 1040A (with the standard deduction), but she started her own business this year selling jewelry. Most people are recommending to use a CPA for help ...
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Renter starts next year, but advance checks received this year. How to report the income for tax purposes?

I have a renter who will start occupying my second home in January. He will provide checks for the first and last month in December. The IRS states that income should be reported in the year that I ...
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Android Developer taxes in the UK

I'm living in the UK and doing some after hours experiments with Android OS. Some of my apps started getting money. I still haven't entered my bank details in Merchant account, so every time after ...
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2012 Income Tax Allowance Planning

I am starting a new job on 1/9/2012 where I will be making significantly more money than I did in 2011. Further, I do not have certain deductions that I have in the past (mainly $12,000 per year in ...
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when does an US non-resident alien have to pay US income tax on income from his website?

A person who is neither a citizen, nor a resident in the US (a US non-resident alien), has a website which brings him some income, for example from Google AdSense. In what cases would this person ...
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Convert Traditional IRA to Roth IRA when income limits are not satisfied by Roth IRA?

Our household MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) does not allow us to contribute the full amount to a Roth IRA for 2010. In that case is converting some part of Traditional IRA to Roth to complete ...
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Can capital gains be used to fund an IRA with tax advantages?

This may be a naive question, but to me this seems like it should work. Say I earn $1,000 this year in capital gains from selling some stock that appreciated. I think this is taxed at the capital ...
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Can a loss on the sale of my house offset capital gains tax from stock options?

I've lost a bunch of value on my primary residence. I've got a bunch of vested stock options that, when exercised/sold, will be a substantial capital gains. If I sold my house the same year I ...
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Best way to repay parents for college

I am at a point where I can start repaying my parents for college. Is there any financially beneficial/smart way I can/should go about doing this? Or is using taxed income and mailing a check to them ...
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How to deduct operational loss from my personal income tax?

This questions starts with "How to" but I will accept any answer as "if I should or not". My question is related to a business that I have been running this year. I have not been very successful at ...
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How do day-traders or frequent traders handle their taxes?

I have been making significantly more frequent trades from my brokerage account, and it just occurred to me that this would create a lot of work during tax time. Usually, one has to enter each stock ...
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splitting up contract money and tax - weird tax situation

There are 4-5 people living together. Two of them are married to each other. Their incomes fluctuate meaning there are times when only 1-2 people are able to earn for a year. Most of them seem to be ...
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IRS overpayment interest - Is it interest on what I pay in taxes?

I have seen that the IRS pays overpayment interest rates that seem to range from 3-8%. When I see these rates are they related to what I pay in taxes? I.e. if I vastly overpay my taxes does this mean ...
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What are the benefits and costs to reducing your AGI?

I was investigating Income Based Repayment the other day, and eligibility depends on AGI. I've been making Roth contributions in the past, but hadn't considered that AGI might gatekeep government and ...
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Is there any advantage to using a FSA instead of claiming medical expense on tax returns?

Using my FSA is pretty annoying. I have to submit claims and scramble to use it or lose it. Is there any advantage (aside from perhaps cash flow) of using an FSA over just claiming my medical/...
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I am moving to a new city. How do I plan and prepare - financially - for the move?

I am planning to move to either Maryland, near D.C., or Boston at the end of the school year for work. I have salary quotes for both jobs already, so I can plan around a specific income number and how ...
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Wash sale rule + Mutual Funds/ETFs?

According to IRS rules, you can't sell a security, take a capital loss on your taxes, and then buy back the same or a "substantially identical" security within 30 days. However, "substantially ...
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What are the tax implications of improvements to a home that's not primary residence?

How are expenses related to fixing up an investment property treated? Are they deductible? What is a qualified expense? Are they deductible from income, or only used to offset capital gains? USA rules,...
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Tax implications on profit/loss from selling a home that's not your primary residence?

What is the tax treatment for profit/loss on the sale of a home that is not your primary residence? Does length of ownership matter? USA rules, please.
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Do company-provided meals need to be claimed on my taxes?

Some companies provide their employees with free meals (e.g. Google). Would these meals need to be claimed on my taxes? If not, what if a company provided all meals, laundry, car, house, ...
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How do I track 'bartered' rent?

My brother and his wife are renting part of my house from me (in Kansas). Due to financial hardship on their part, I've agreed to let him do some house repairs in lieu of paying rent for a few months....
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If I pay taxes on my earnings, would someone also pay taxes on the same earnings if I subcontract them and pay a share?

Forgive the confusing title, but it was the best way that I could explain the following situation briefly. I currently have some contracts for doing IT works with various companies. They pay me as ...