Questions tagged [taxes]

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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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Net income graphed as a function of pre-tax gross income?

Background: both as a self-employed, and with a single-person company, the relationship between amount of money made, and post-tax net income seems non-trivial. Self-employed professionals have ...
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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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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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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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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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Which jurisdictions levy a tax on depositum irregulare?

Depositum irregulare arises when a person deposits a certain amount of money or goods to be temporarily kept by another person, who is obliged to return the same amount and type of money or goods, but ...
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In which territories is there no income tax for its residents?

In which territories (countries, potentially sub-country entities) is there no personal income tax from any administration (neither federal, state, local, nor any other level) levied on the income of ...
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Tax consequences of a foreign bank account for a US/Canadian citizen

My wife is a Canadian citizen, I am a US citizen. We live in the US, but make frequent trips to Toronto. The problem we face each time we cross the border into Canada is that we have to change our ...
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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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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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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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Why would I enroll in a Limited Purpose FSA, on top of an HSA?

Open enrollment is coming up and I have the option to open both an HSA and a limited purpose FSA, which only covers dental and vision expenses. Why would I participate in both?
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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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Solid reading/literature for investment/retirement/income taxes? [closed]

I'm striving for financial literacy and education. I've been really frustrated with most of the literature that's out there surrounding retirement, income taxes, and investment. Most of it seems ...
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Tax due on foreign exchange element of share option program?

This is quite complicated and to be honest I'm not really expecting anyone to know the answer, but I thought it would be worth asking. Five years ago my (UK) employer's (French) parent company ...
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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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Am I being charged taxes on my grocery purchases at Walmart?

Today, I only bought groceries at Walmart and noticed that there is no tax on groceries in California (Google tells me that this is perhaps true for whole of the US?) So far I have always paid tax at ...
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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 ...
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What do we need to consider if we're to receive a large cash gift from family abroad?

Are there any rules regarding receiving monetary gifts from family abroad? My fiance's parents want to wire us $25,000 from Brazil to be used on a down payment on a house. What are the tax or other ...
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Do I have to repay the First-Time Homebuyers tax credit if I refinance?

My wife and I bought our first home in April 2010 and received the full $8000 First-Time Homebuyers tax credit. We now want to refinance, given that the current mortgage rates are significantly lower ...
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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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My friend found out about FBAR some time after the fact. What can he do now?

My friend sold a property in India and he has funds in his bank account in India. He was thinking about either buying another property with that money to avoid taxes or something like that. (You have ...
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Taxation difference between income from credit union (CU) shares versus bank deposits (e.g. CDs)?

This question is a follow-up to Difference between a (credit union) "share certificate" and a (bank) CD? What is the difference in taxation on "interest" payments versus "dividend" ...
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Stocks vs. High-yield Bonds: Risk-Reward, Taxes?

Assuming one is looking for a fairly high-risk, high-reward investment, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a diversified stock portfolio (e.g. an S&P 500 index fund) vs. a diversifed ...
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How to properly collect money from corporate sponsors?

I'm involved in a hobby, and I want to collect money from corporate sponsors to run an awareness campaign. I'm getting a marketing strategy together, but before getting too far into it, I realized ...
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Should I repay my Home Buyer's Plan (HBP) RRSP loan early, or over the allowed 15 years?

I used my RRSP to purchase my house. It was tax free because I was first a time home buyer. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to put the lump sum back in ASAP or take the 15 years to pay it ...
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Mother owed previous years federal and state taxes at death and probate is closed. Are her children responsible for paying them?

My Mother died with little or no assets. Her only income was SS which ended upon death. Her estate was probated with no claims against it and is basically insolvent. One of the bills she owed were ...
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Is it possible to work out my P60 from my pay?

I paid myself from my company last year but did not issue myself a P60 with we closed the company back in December 2010. It's now time to do my tax return, and I am unsure what the exact figures of ...
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I am a contractor with revenue below UK's VAT threshold. Should I register for VAT?

I am an IT contractor based in London. I understand that there is a threshold for VAT of £73,000. In my current business, I have not exceeded that threshold as of yet but expect to within the ...
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How to account for money earned and spent prior to establishing business bank accounts?

In terms of QuickBooks... How does a newly started business, an LLC in my case, account for payments received and money spent PRIOR to having organized business bank accounts in place? Is there a ...
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Should I put things like Family Payments, Interest on savings .. everything .. under my wife's name for Australian taxation reasons?

so it's tax time again. My wife and I aren't sure who's name/names we should be putting any of our incomes into for Australian Taxation reasons. To keep this simple, I'll use some fake numbers to ...
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IRA withdrawal tax and penalties: Any additional fees or taxes for not paying up front?

I just withdraw everything from my IRA: about $68K, and I'm willing to pay taxes and penalties on that, because I'm unable to invest capital effectively (I don't wish to invest in US stocks or dollar ...
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Working on a tax free island to make money?

I recently came across a website that was touting the benefits of working in cayman islands. Work for a financial firm, earn well, scuba dive...and..............pay NO taxes. Now, if the people are ...
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Taxes on selling stock

If I want to sell some stocks to buy other stock do I have to pay taxes on the profits from the sale of the first stock? How long can I keep the cash in my brokerage without having to pay taxes on ...
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Investing in stocks with gross income (not yet taxed) cash from contract work?

I do side work, every year I usually have somewhere between $10,000 and $25,000 in cash. Every year I do my taxes I mark this as additional income and pay taxes on it. This year I'm going to have an ...
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Does your employer have to hold back taxes on your paycheque?

I've been looking at ways to increase the amount of liquidity that I have on a day-to-day basis, and notice that I have quite a fair amount of my bi-weekly pay cheque going right to taxes that I'm ...
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Can I roll my non-qualified variable annuity into a tradional IRA?

I have a variable annuity that I invested $80,000 into 10 years ago. Performance has been horrible and I'm down to $72,000. I am 38 and want to put into a traditional IRA. Are there tax consequences ...
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Is an offshore investment corporation a better tax deferral arrangement than a 401k?

I would like to consider the tax deferral provisions afforded to US Citizens. If my corporation formed in a jurisdiction outside of the United States and held US Treasury Bonds (for example) gaining 5%...
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How to account for foreign taxes paid on dividends?

For purposes of filing Form 1116 (Foreign Tax Credit), I have to correlate foreign taxes paid to the amount of dividends paid by foreign stocks. Is this something I can request from my brokerage, or ...
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What can a CPA do that an EA cannot, and vice versa?

A lot of the responsibilities of CPAs and Enrolled Agents appear to overlap, but could someone outline the key differences? When would I choose to hire one versus the other?
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Lower my tax withholding liability and increasing my net worth

My goal here is to optimize my net worth, not cash on hand. With the understanding that higher net worth makes access to capital easier. So tax deferred options are appealing to me, as long as I can ...
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Can depreciation be offset against rent of a UK income property?

In the U.S., an income property investor is allowed to depreciate a residential income property over a period of 29.5 years. Does a similar concept exist in the UK? Can a UK citizen deduct the ...
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How are proceeds from writing covered calls taxed?

When I sell call options based on an underlying security that I own (covered call writing), how are the proceeds treated fro tax purposes? As ordinary income? As a short-term capital gain? Is ...
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Is a pre-tax 401K, containing only treasury bonds, tax free on release?

In time-deferred pre-tax funds, such as 401K and IRAs, I understand that the contributions and capital gains tax is not paid until after they are released. In this case upon retirement/a certain age ...
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What's the fastest way to get another copy of a (lost) letter from the IRS requesting additional information?

I recently received a letter from the IRS saying they needed additional information to process my taxes. They need it in 20 days and I somehow lost the letter and I don't remember what the ...