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What are the consequences of IRS “reclassification” on both employer and employee?

To begin, let me clarify that this question is not about how to avoid IRS reclassification. I want a better understanding of the consequences when it happens. Here, I am referring to when the IRS ...
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Should I use EIN for business once it changes structure from Partnership to Sole Propietorship?

There were two partners in general partnership (50:50 share). One partner left and I took over all his share. Effectively business structure changed from General Partnership to Sole Proprietorship. ...
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Growth of unrealized gains in tax-managed index funds

Tax-managed index funds defer capital-gains distributions by, among other things, offsetting capital gains with losses and deviating from their underlying indexes to avoid having to sell appreciated ...
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Does selling shares within 30 days of purchase count as a wash sale?

Quoting IRS publication 550, A wash sale occurs when you sell or trade stock or securities at a loss and within 30 days before or after the sale you: Buy substantially identical stock or ...
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If IRS instructions for Form 1040 are not available, should taxpayers wait to file until they are published?

Apparently the IRS has not yet published the instructions for Form 1040 for the tax year 2019 yet (as of January 7, 2020). When I go to the standard form instruction index page it just lists the ...
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Should I learn to do my own tax?

I am a fresh graduate with a simple income stream and no asset. I figure I should learn to do my own tax instead of TurboTax (both to save the fee and, philosophically, to be in control of my ...
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Should I file my taxes? No income, unemployed, but paid 2k in student loan interest

This question is hypothetical. I was unemployed for the entire year of 2018 and had no income. I lived with a parent and had enough savings from a previous job to pay for myself and make all of my ...
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What kind of taxes might I incur if I sell off intellectual property from my small software business?

For a little over five years (I started in fall of 2008) I've been developing an app for the iPhone/iPad, and it's been for sale in the App Store for all of that time. I'm in a position now where I ...
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My bonus is taxed at a higher rate than my regular paychecks, so should I contribute 100% of my bonus to 401k?

Is there a tax advantage to putting 100% of my bonus into 401k? From looking at my pay stubs, my bonus gets taxed at a higher rate than my regular paychecks. And since traditional 401k contributions ...
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Can I deduct a donation of a car I received as a gift?

In 2006 my parents bought me a used car. In 2017 I donated the car to charity and they report it sold for $575. Can I deduct that $575 from my taxes given that I did not personally pay for the car in ...
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Claiming income/deductions on an illegal apartment

We are currently renting a basement out to some friends of ours. We are asking a fraction of the price of what its worth. I understand the risk of renting without a certificate of occupancy. The ...
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I plan on receiving a $200,000 personal loan via wire transfer. Do I have to report this to the IRS?

After researching online, I found many websites that said wire transfers are not reported to the IRS, but others said that they were reported. I just want to make sure that I do not have to pay taxes ...
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Am I required to file taxes on an LLC that made no money?

I live in NY and created my LLC in November 2017. I didn't have any revenue for the two months of activity. Am I required to file taxes for 2017 on that LLC? I can't imagine that they would want to ...
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Should I pay a company who failed to collect VAT from me over 6 months ago?

Nearly 7 months ago I purchased some software for $12.99 from an company in the USA. I didn't check at the time whether that price included VAT as in the EU: You have to be clearly informed about ...
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Large loan at zero interest or very little interest?

I have a big problem but a lucky solution. I have a huge amount of debt, student loans that add up to hundreds of thousands of US dollars. I have a relative who is willing to give me a loan to cover ...
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Which state do you pay taxes in if you work in a different state than your employer? Specifically, if you live DC and work for a company in New York?

I've been doing some research on paying state taxes while working remotely and I will be consulting a tax advisor or CPA in regards to the matter; however, I love the StackExchange and I wanted to see ...
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Is it better to trade a car in and save on taxes or sell a car to a private party?

So my mother has a 2012 Toyota, and she is not really into it. She is short and it has poor visibility. I want to get her a 2014 Subaru or CRV but I'm trying to figure out what the best approach is. ...
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What's the point of tax tables?

Every year, the IRS and equivalent state organizations publish pages upon pages of tax tables. This year the federal one comprises 13 pages, but of course that only handles taxable incomes of up to $...
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Should I deduct or capitalize the cost to replace a water heater in my rental property? (details Below)

Recently had a water heater die in my rental property and it had to be replaced with a new one. Here are the specifics: Old water heater that was in the unit when I bought it. The property was ...
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What is a rule of thumb for accruing debt on a rental property?

My sister and I were fortunate enough to inherit 2 properties from my father, one a suite of apartments and cottages worth about ~$3M and also his home. We currently have about $200K in mortgage ...
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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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401(k) failed the highly compensated employee test, will I owe penalties on my excess contributions?

Normally the max you can contribute to a 401(k) is $18,000, which I did. But I guess there's some sort of top-heavy test or highly compensated employee test or some such that my company failed so now ...
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I live in Maryland and work in Virginia. Do I need to file multiple state tax returns?

I live in Maryland and commute everyday to Virginia for my job. I do not have any rental property in Virginia. Do I need to file multiple state taxes?
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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,...
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Tax implications for a 100% 401k contribution limit

My company permits a contribution of a 100% of the paycheck towards the 401k. My question is, if I were to pick a 100% contribution amount, would I be liable for any taxes in the number of paychecks ...
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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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In the U.K., can I deduct coffee as a business expense if I work from cafés?

I have a U.K. limited company of which I am the sole director and employee. I work from home most days, but I occasionally work at a local coffee shop when I need to get out of the house. Can I claim ...
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My company owed taxes for many years, An accountant asked me to ignore it and register a new one. Is it a right thing to do?

I started my company in 2002. Due to lack of funding, I didn't make enough to cover the expenses. In 2007, I sold a small portion of my company and got some funding. Then I left US to set up ...
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Received 1099-C from Discover for Bankruptcy Chapter 7

I was told by my Bankruptcy attorney that debt discharged is not income due to my being insolvent. Therefore, did Discover card err in sending a 1099-C Cancellation of Debt form to me that says "debt ...
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Can value from labor provided to oneself be taxed?

I am considering taking time off from work in order to build a new home in which we would live. It would be my full time job for which no income stream would be generated and would be self financed. ...
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Do I include small amounts of interest on my taxes if they didn't send a 1099-INT?

One of my bank accounts earned $1.50 for the entire year. Because the amount is under $10 they did not send a 1099-INT form. Is this bank policy or IRS policy? Does that $1.50 need to be reported? ...
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How to avoid tax when taking a windfall in small chunks?

My software company has no employees but me, and makes a million dollars a year. I expect it will do so for about 3 more years and then close its doors. I'm 30 years old. My family lives below our ...
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What are the differences in taxes rules for specialty ETFs such as GLD (Gold ETF) and general ETFs?

I am in the 15% tax bracket. In terms of short term hold and long term hold, I want to know what the differences in taxes rules for specialty ETFs such as GLD (Gold ETF) and general ETFs as are?
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If I Use My Roth 401K for a Downpayment for My 1st Home, What Will I Be Taxed On?

I've been making post-tax contributions to my employer's Roth 401K plan for a little over 3 years now, and I'm needing some cash for a downpayment for my first home. Will I be taxed on the full amount ...
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If I expect to have little earned income in a few years, should I prefer a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA now?

I'm currently in the 25% tax bracket, with a salary of $71K; I max out my contributions to a Roth IRA and contribute to a Roth 401(k) past my employer's match. I'm also planning to attend grad school ...
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Changes in Capital Gains Tax in the US - Going to 20% in 2011?

I have made substantial gains in the stock market this year on stocks that I have held long term (> 1 year). I understand that when I sell this stock, I will pay 15% capital gains tax. I have heard ...
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Are full-time students exempt from UK council tax if they're also employed full-time?

In October, I will start a PhD at a university in England, and will be classified by my institution as a full-time student. The nature of the funding for my PhD is such that I will concurrently be ...
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Wealthfront tax loss harvesting + Vanguard target date?

I'm thinking of turning on Wealthfront's tax loss harvesting, but want to avoid any "wash sales". The only securities I have outside Wealthfront are Vanguard target date funds in some companies' 401k ...
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Can I claim a parent receiving Medi-Cal benefits as a dependent on my tax return?

My mother got her green card this year. She won't work here. All her expenses will be paid by me. Since she is 67 years old, I am planning to apply for Medi-Cal health coverage for her. My question ...
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Due to the repeal of DOMA, can I exclude imputed income if I amend prior year returns?

My wife and I each cover the other under our employee health coverage (belts and suspenders, ok?) and therefore each incur imputed income on the value of that coverage. We live in a state that ...
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Repayment of 2010 First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit

My wife and I received the full $8000 first-time homebuyer tax credit when we bought our home in April 2010, but we're now planning to move. According to the IRS, since we've lived here for less than ...
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If I claim my parent on taxes does that make me responsible for their past debts?

I have supported my parent for most of the year and paid for everything. Housing/food/transportation and other things. So I want to claim them on my taxes. My concern is this: They have a large ...
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Raised 100k on a gofund.me campaign to teach a hands on electronics repair workshop for the next few years. How do I pay taxes?

I managed to raise 100k on a gofund.me campaign to teach a hands on electronics repair workshop. This amount lets me do workshops at least twice a month for the next 3+ years. Since I received this ...
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When you buy mutual funds through a broker, where are the shares held?

This question arises from a previous one regarding managing all one's investments from one screen on a brokerage house's web site, and a recent answer by @Patches regarding segregation of the ...
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If a US citizen works in Europe as a consultant, what are the tax consequences?

I am US citizen and professional software consultant. If I get a contract position, lets say in the UK or Switzerland for a European company, do I pay taxes to that country, or to IRS? Does it matter ...
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Capital gains when a spouse passes away

I live in California. My husband and I had a trust and when he passed away in October 2017 his half of our condo went into an exemption trust for his two children from a previous marriage. We bought ...
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Is there anything I can do to prepare myself for the tax consequences of selling investments to buy a house?

I have about $500k in Vanguard funds, in a regular (i.e. taxable, non-retirement) account. I've been building these positions over the past 12 years or so. There's a chance that I'll want to buy an ...
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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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moving family deposits away from Greece (possibly in UK)

Me and my family are worried about the current financial situation in Greece and want to move our deposits away to an another more stable country. Is this too much? We've seen other people doing it. ...
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If you run a sole proprietorship, how do you declare the income of the business on your taxes?

Let's say I have a small sole proprietorship with only a bit of income and expenses. I can do up a balance sheet and an income statement at year end. Is that all I need to submit with my taxes, and ...

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