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Should I start my own company so I can claim against tax?

I live in the UK and I'm an employed web and mobile phone developer and very occasionally do some work on the side. I've been recently advised by a family member that I should look at starting my own ...
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How can I determine why I received a Form 1099-G?

I received a 1099-G Tax Document in the mail today. Is there a way to determine why I got this and what it is related to?
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Does unemployment compensation count as AGI?

Does unemployment compensation count as part of your Annual Gross Income? (This is related to my other question about writing off getting braces on my taxes)
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Top 3 things to do before year end for your Stock Portfolio?

What will be the top 3 recommendation of actions to do to your portfolio before year end?
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Invest in new mutual funds before the end of the year, or after, in a retirement account?

I changed jobs this year and as a consequence, rolled over my employee 401(k) to a personal rollover IRA. I just completed the rollover earlier this month, and right now the money is just sitting in ...
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Can you recharacterize a Roth 401(k) contribution?

I understand that you can recharacterize Roth IRA contributions back into traditional IRA contributions by the next April 15, if you change your mind and decide it would make sense. Then you won't owe ...
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Historical US federal income tax rates

Is there any good online source for historical federal income tax rates in US comparison? I'll explain the problem: there are may good sources for marginal rates and income brackets, what I am ...
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Paying taxes on a condo sale

How much tax will I have to pay on the money I cleared after selling my condo? How do I calculate it?
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Should I pay off my braces all at once so that I can write them off this year as a health expense?

Should I pay off my braces all at once so that I can write them off this year as a health expense? Or should I pay off my braces over the long haul? P.S. I live in Pennsylvania.
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Under IRS rules, After what tax bracket or income range student loan interests are not effective?

Student loans generally have very low interest rates. Those interests paid work in your favor at tax time, for certain income and tax bracket group. In the US, if you make more than what amount, ...
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Why do some people go through contortions to avoid paying taxes, yet spend money on expensive financial advice, high-interest loans, etc?

There seems to be a lot of resistance to paying taxes, yet people are paying a lot of money to banks and other financial advisers when there are cheaper/better options out there. Any thoughts on why ...
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Taxes for resident alien investing in mutual funds and money market funds?

As a resident alien working in the US, what kinds of taxes will I be liable for when investing in mutual funds and money market funds? Some funds are federal, state, or municipal tax-exempt, will ...
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Tax implications of living rent-free

Suppose Adam owns a house and rents a room to Bill for $300 a month, and pays Bill $300 a month to mow the lawn, clean the rooms and do other maintenance. Assume U.S. law in a no-income-tax state ...
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How to share income when married filing separately?

For a couple filing "married filing separately" are there any tax implications in moving money from one spouse's bank account to the other's? Would the IRS see this as "income"? I spent a while ...
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What are some good resources for yearly US tax law changes?

Every year, in the US, we have new tax rules, deductions, limit increases/decreases, exceptions, benefits, etc. Are there some good resources out there for self education on what to expect with the ...
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How do I minimize Federal, State, and Municipal tax due from money market funds or bond mutual funds?

I was looking into money market funds and bond mutual funds for some relatively stable investments. Before I make decisions, though, can someone explain under what circumstances would I need to pay ...
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Switched jobs & short on cash. Should I withdraw from 403(b) or borrow from 401(k)?

I switched employers a while back and obviously this resulted in a new place to throw my retirement money. Employer A was an academic institution so that money was in a 403(b), now I'm in your ...
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What should I consider when buying land as an Investment in Ontario, Canada?

I was bored the other day so I was looking through the real estate listings up in Cottage Country. I noticed a plot of 4 acres of land for sale for $30,000. I was wondering what one should consider ...
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Are premium bonds a good investment?

As a UK higher rate tax payer, I was tempted to invest in premium bonds because prizes are tax free. However they recently dropped their effective rate, and apart from the slim chance of winning a big ...
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Can I write-off Visual Studio 2010 on my taxes if I want to learn it?

I doubt I can write it off, but I just figured I'd check anyway. What if I took a class in it and needed the software to take the class?
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What does “write-off” mean?

I've heard this term throughout my life but I've never been entirely sure exactly what it means or why you would want to write something off.
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Are bond ETF capital gains taxed similar to stock or stock funds if held for more than 1 year?

Are gains on bond ETFs held for more than one year taxed at a lower rate, similar to stocks and funds holding stocks? I'm referring to the change in price of the fund, not dividends.
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What are the state and county taxes for refinancing a mortgage in Virginia?

I'm in the process of refinancing a mortgage, and want to know what state and county taxes apply. I'm not talking about property tax here, but the recordation taxes and fees charged by the county and ...
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What is the proper way to report additional income for taxes (specifically, Android development)?

Let's say I have a day job that contributes to the majority of my income. Now if I do some Android development (or similarly iPhone, Blackberry, or any other hobby that produces an additional income) ...
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My boss wants to buy me a gift. How do I account for taxes for this?

I don't believe this is related to the personal gift tax rules as this deals with businesses giving gifts to individuals. Since I'm receiving something of value, I assume I need to pay taxes on it. ...
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Should I wait to sell a stock (at a loss) that I have held for less than a year?

I currently hold some shares of a stock that I don't expect to regain much value. I bought this (at a higher price) about 8 months ago. My limited understanding of the way capital gains taxes work ...
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Did not cash cheque for last years tax refund, can I ask for another?

A friend of mine did not cash her refund cheque from last year as she moved away and forgot to change her address. What is the method for retrieving that refund from the CRA? Would it be possible for ...
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Can I deduct equipment that I'm required to purchase by my employer?

If my employer requires that I own a laptop and other computer equipment, but does not provide them, am I able to deduct the expense of purchasing the equipment? I know that I definitely would deduct ...
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What is the current US-Canadian agreement on withholding taxes for US Investment income?

Withholding tax credits have changed over the past few years. What is the agreement between Canada and USA related to how much can be claimed and how much must be applied for as a reimbursement?
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Which account should I put my money to get the most tax benefit?

I have $5,000 that I would like to put in to an investment account. To get the maximum tax benefit, should I put it in my RRSP, my child's RESP, or my TFSA account? I have enough room in each of these,...