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Is Fidelity an IRS approved custodian?

My employer offers a Simple IRA match. The plan they've set up allows me to select the financial institution that will serve as trustee or custodian1. I see many references to Fidelity in my ...
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Are options on popular ETF considered section 1256 contracts?

I want to learn about 1256 contracts and am wondering if options on common ETFs (like QQQ, SPY, DIA) (not futures) are considered section 1256, because these ETF tracks broad market?
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Is the Thrift Savings Plan a 401k plan, a 403b plan, a 457 plan, or none of the above?

Is the Thrift Savings Plan a 401k plan, a 403b plan, a 457 plan, or none of the above? If it is none of the above, then where are the rules and regulations of the plan defined if not in the U.S. Code?
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S&P 500 Longevity and ETFs

According to this forecast S&P 500 companies longevity (the time they exist in the index) will reduce from 24 years to just 12 by 2030 mostly due to tech disruptions. For an S&P 500 ETF ...
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During a day, when does a mutual fund buys (or sell) the underlying stocks?

An index mutual fund holds shares weighted by the components in the underlying index. Suppose one day, the fund has to net buy $1 million worth of shares (current owners request the sale of $2 ...
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Shared Income System [on hold]

How could one set up a shared income system among a small group - something similar to basic income, only without government involvement and funded by those participating. Perhaps set something up ...
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Domestic US wire - do they get my account details

If I send a domestic US wire from my bank to another US bank, does the person on the other end get my account number details? I understand that the receiving bank may get my account number details. ...
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Moving from Family HDHP/HSA, to individual HDHP/HSA and individual FSA?

A similar question was asked here, but in this case they were looking to move to a family plan. Wife has FSA with employer, and my new employer offers an HSA plan. What to do? My situation is my ...
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How to price target when selling a home?

Under the Fair Housing Act, it is prohibited to "impose different sales prices or rental charges for the sale or rental of a dwelling." But in the residential market, does price targeting actually ...
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How does the IRS $25,000 purchase limit carry-over work for ESPP?

My company offers an ESPP program. For completeness's sake, the basic details are as follows: There is a 15% discount on purchase. There are always two simultaneous offerings. Employees may ...
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How can I be sure if my grandfather's money is safe?

Years ago, my grandfather sold an old apartment and opened an investment account with a financial advisor he knew from his neighbourhood. The financial advisor works with a broker and my grandfather ...
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203k loans, hometyle loans, and 'habitability'

I am looking to buy a primary residence in Detroit. I am interested in doing renovations myself as much as possible, even if it takes several years while living in the home. I've been researching 203(...
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Canada USA Sale Tax For Ecommerce Marketplace Sellers and Facilitator / Owner [on hold]

Hi I am web developer currently developing Multi seller Marketplace similar like ebay or amazon that would operate in Both Canada and USA. Buyer may be from USA or CANADA But all of sellers would be ...
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If I'm 25 and work 10 years to cover the 40 credits required to qualify for Social Security, will my payments be indexed to inflation when I retire?

If I'm 25 and work for the next 10 years to cover the 40 credits required to qualify for Social Security, will my payments be indexed to inflation when I retire?
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Is it true trips for YouTubers are tax deductible, while investment research costs are not?

In USA, for a YouTuber who earns US$60,000 per year for making Pokemon Go videos on YouTube and takes about 8 trips to Japan, Europe, Taiwan, Chicago, sometimes not because there is a Pokemon Go event,...
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How to enter an order to buy or sell stocks with the intent to cancel without risk?

There was a market crash in 2010, in that it is alleged that the scammer entered the sell orders with intention to cancel. With my experience, once I enter an order( limit or market) with a ...
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Would deflation further stress the Federal Government's Balance Sheet? Would this put in peril Debt payments and Social Security benefits?

I would like to know if deflation would represent a risk to Debt (bond) payments and Social Security benefits. To my understanding, Social Security is only indexed when there is positive inflation. ...
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What purpose code should I select when transferring money to my US LLC?

I'm an Indian citizen living in India. I have an LLC registered in the state of Wyoming with an EIN. It is a single member LLC. I also have a business checking account for this LLC with a US bank. Q1:...
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When do we have to pay the tax for 401K withdrawals?

I am planning to withdraw money from my 401K to use it for down payment on a house. The question is, when do I have to pay the tax? If I withdraw it in 2020 after I file my tax return, would I pay the ...
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Add joint owner to title of a fully paid house in the United States

While married, I bought a property, in my name only, nine years ago. It has been fully paid off for six years. I want to add my spouse of 20 years as a joint owner on the title. What is the process ...
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paperwork application to open new financial accounts - identity theft security risk?

I opened a bank account and a brokerage account using traditional paperwork forms I was provided with at the financial institution where I opened these accounts. That got me a bit worried as the ...
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How can I sell my shares in a privately-owned company I used to be employed by?

Basically, I was a software developer at a company and I was issued some stock options early on, before the company grew significantly. The company then hired a CEO who pledged to take the company ...
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Am I eligible to be fully vested?

I have worked for a company in Illinois for a little more than 2 years and was layoff in 2016 in a "mass layoffs" of 37 employees. My 401K shows two balances: Vested balance: $25,651 and Current ...
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How should I report cleaning expenses on airbnb

I am trying to file my U.S. joint tax return for year 2018 and I have a question. My wife was running an Airbnb rental business for which the 1099 was reported to the IRS by Airbnb in the amount of ...
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Is my tax return refund unsually late?

Around May this year (2019) I submitted a (late!) tax return for the 2017 fiscal year. I did so by generating the form with some tool, and then mailing it to the IRS office that was specified online. ...
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can an indian use an already incorporated LLC's name and address for its online clients in USA [closed]

i am an indian having online business. one of my friend having LLC in USA has offered me a help to use his company's name and address for my clients in USA. the address would serve me as a delivery ...
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Should I invest in the US or India markets?

If I had $1000 to invest, am I better off investing it in the US, in India, or a mix of the two? I am an Indian citizen working in the US, with the option of investing in US index funds or sending ...
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guidelines on transferring money

my wife and i both have a learning disability what input do you have about transferring money? I have heard of money launderying but to be honest I don't know what it looks like I know the simple term ...
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What do I do if someone forges my check

Someone recently forged my signature and used that to withdraw money from my account. I already called the bank (Chase) and they put a restriction on that account and open a new account for me. They ...
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Contribute IRA money to HSA outside of qualified transfer route?

I live in the US. I will be 59.5 on October 31, 2019. I have a Traditional IRA and an HSA (and coverage under a high deductible health plan, as I believe is required for making HSA contributions). ...
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529 (college saving) account for multiple kids

I have a 529 account for my 3-year-old. We just discovered we're expecting another baby. Is it better to open a new 529 for the new baby or just keep contributing to one and then split it later on?
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where to fill tax deduction for legal fee related to “related to doing or keeping your job” in form 529?

I filed for extension in april because i didn't have this information but need to file by Oct 15th. I paid around 750 dollars last year to consult lawyers regarding a threatening letter from a former ...
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Am I legally obligated to destroy or void a check?

I received a check for 9 cents from a major bank for an overpayment (as a result of setting up automatic electronic payments and not wanting to send an extra one time payment of 9 cents at the end). I ...
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Married and on H1B. Wife's H4 application in progress. Can I do Married filing Single for taxes?

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. Should ...
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Can I use home equity line of credit as second house down payment?

I recently moved to Boston where housing is very expensive compared to where I lived before. Buying a house requires a lot of money as down payment, and I am still short of $30000-$40000. But I have a ...
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If someone files a claim for short term disability for maternity leave, would future premiums be adversely affected?

If filing a claim for maternity leave does not increase the premiums required in the future, is it because the insurance company is not allowed to use the information, because it is not predictive, or ...
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could pursing a TILA claim against my credit card result in a cancellation of my credit card?

Quoting https://www.carlsonattorneys.com/truth-in-lending-act/ , URGENT NOTICE: The Carlson Law Firm is currently investigating a Truth in Lending Act violation on behalf of American Express credit ...
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What are the disadvantages of home mortage being under only one spouse's name?

What disadvantages come from getting a home mortage on one person? I am looking to buy a first home on a short mortage of 5-10 years. I have good credit. My wife has no credit, but has sufficient ...
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Am I exempt from backup withholding

I am in USA. I am US citizen. Apart from my 9-5 (W2) job I work on the side creating videos for an online website. Few days ago they are requiring that I fill out a W9. I also have to specify if I ...
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Why do baby boomers have to sell 5% of their retirement accounts by the end of the year?

This article on Marketwatch quotes Raoul Pal of Goldman Sachs claiming that baby boomers have to sell 5% of their retirement accounts by the end of the year. Here is the specific passage: Pal says ...
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Do I need to report rental income on my apartment? [duplicate]

Say I am renting an apartment for ~$1000 a month and I have a friend that needs a place to say. I let him stay on my couch and he pays me ~$999 a month. So I'm at a loss of $1 each month. Do I need ...
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Is any of the income earned from P2P lending subject to Social Security or Medicare taxes

Income from P2P lending is reported on forms 1099-INT, 1099-B, 1099-MISC and 1099-OID. Are any of these earnings subject to Social Security or Medicare taxes in any way? I have heard from people they ...
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Tax return: foreign savings account in foreign currency that depreciated?

I want to clarify what is the correct way to handle taxes in my situation. I'm working with CPA, but we have different views on this topic. I'm hoping to get the proper way to handle it. Google doesn'...
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Tax implications to sell my pre-IPO shares through Sharespost

Several years ago, I was granted some RSUs from a company and I'd like to sell those RUSs in Sharespost (sharespost.com). I want understand the tax situations here. Let's just say I paid those shares ...
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Would like to understand why Social Security Administration (SSA) snafu happened

My bank resolved the following problem in less than two days, but I would like to understand why/how the problem happened. My husband died in mid-January, and several days later his Social Security ...
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Securities lending program vs a Margin Account

Suppose I have a brokerage account and I am long on a stocks very heavily and there are short sellers who need this stocks from my broker. There are two ways a stock broker can lend securities held ...
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Refinance Cost is high

I got 30 years loan for 232K two years ago with interest rate of 4.25% and now I am planning to refinance again for 15 years. Financial company mentioned they can provide interest of 2.85% but the ...
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Intelligent strategy for facing the commercial war (USA, China, maybe EU) and the subsequent predicted recessions [closed]

The international monetary found has stated that there is going to be a recession in the 90% of the countries as a result of the commercial war between USA and China, and the Brexit. It seems that the ...
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IRA limits with employer 401K

My wife and I both work and both our employers offer 401K plans. When I first started my job 4 years ago they had a policy that required you to work for 1 year before you could start making ...
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My mother's car was totaled

My mother was in a car accident and died. Her boyfriend's name is on the title and financing of the vehicle. She made all of her payments on the car. Is he entitled to all of the money since the ...