Questions tagged [united-states]

For questions that relate to the laws, practices, and products of the United States.

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What should be my state tax withholding if I do internship in another state?

I am doing internship in New York but I live in California. I am also an international student (F1). Our country has tax exempt agreement, so I am eligible for federal tax refunds. During the ...
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Are you eligible for COBRA more than once?

I was laid off and used COBRA for 7 months. Started a new job and was employed for 6 months, quit the job because we moved. Am I entitled to COBRA again from the second job?
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From which bank account should I make employee contributions to my Self-Employed (Solo) 401k?

I have both business and personal checking accounts. For employee contributions to my self-employed 401k, does it matter for legal or tax purposes which account I draw a contribution from?
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How do U.S. stock exchanges specifically account for dividends and ex-dividend dates?

At another question about ex-dividend dates and withholding taxes, an answer from Bob Baerker says: Stock exchanges reduce share price by the exact amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date [...
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Roth IRA tax question

I just opened a Roth IRA and will be investing money earned through my job which I have already paid taxes on. Do I have to pay taxes up front on that money again when I invest it in my Roth?
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Expenses prior to selling a rental property

I have a rental property that needs a new HVAC system. If I have this done just prior to selling, my understanding is I would add the cost of that improvement to the basis. But what about ongoing ...
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Wash Sale on stocks sold for average gain [duplicate]

Day 1: I purchased 100 stocks of ABC for 100$. The stock went down and I purchased additional 100 shares for say 80$. Now, my average is 200 shares for 90$. Day 2: The stock went up and I sold all ...
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Interests in USA for NRE account profits

I'm a recent college grad so I am not that knowledgeable about money. So, please bear with me! If I make a NRE account, I can get a 6% interest rate and I like that much more than the 1.5-2% ...
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How best to comply with Regulation D of the Securities Act?

I am under the impression that there are some restrictions on raising money from outside investors for an investment fund. In particular Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 provides a few “...
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Put my student loan in parents’ second mortgage - help?

I fear I did something stupid. I graduated in 2017 with a bunch of student debt that my parents held on my behalf (~$130k). One misunderstanding led to another and somehow we ended up refinancing ...
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Sending money ($80k) from USA to India, any issues with IRS?

I would like to send money around $80k USD to INR to family in India, to purchase a property. This is the money from my savings and loan. I read somewhere that If I send more than $14k to a person, ...
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Consolidating Unsecured Debt with Secured Loan

So long story short, I've got about $20,000 in unsecured debt between a personal loan of $15,000($14,000 remaining principle) with the rest spread between three credit cards. I initially got the ...
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Avoiding withholding tax by selling shares before ex-dividend date?

Recently I sold 3006 DLS shares the day before the ex-dividend date. On the ex-dividend date, for the same amount of the sale, I bought 3052 DLS shares. I have therefore gained 48 DLS shares. So ...
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Cashier checks purchased in the 80's at a bank that is now closed - the State Treasury Dept can't find them

My dad who is deceased purchased cashier checks in the 80's and the bank has since closed. I reached out to the States unclaimed property; they found several checks but there are a few left that they ...
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Is it possible to roll a Roth IRA into a traditional IRA?

I no longer meet the requirements to deposit into my Roth IRA. There's not a huge amount of money in it. Rather than have this relatively small account laying around, requiring periodic monitoring ...
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Inappropriate credit report hard inquries

I'm an international student in the US. Three weeks ago I decided to buy a used car. I found a great option at an official manufacturer dealership. I wanted to buy it fully for cash. After a little ...
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Placing Tax withholding into a savings account instead of haivng it deducted from my paycheck [duplicate]

Typically one has a percentage (based on a W-4) of their pay withheld to cover one's taxes at the end of the year, it occurs to me that this is effectively like storing that money in an account with ...
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457(b) - funding options

I'd like to put some money we saved towards my wife's Roth 475b. Is it possible to just write a check from a personal account as a contribution or must is come out of her paycheck?
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How hard is it to sell a home which is currently mortgaged?

I'm looking to buy a house for the first time. I've done some homework, and from what I can tell... Buying a house via mortgage in Kentucky is somewhat cheaper than renting an apartment. I need to ...
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FBAR: How to determine aggregage maximum account value?

Suppose you have two foreign accounts: A and B. Is the formula for determining "aggregate maximum value" for foreign accounts as defined by Fincen max(A) + max(B) or max(A + B)? This would obviously ...
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Understanding capital gains and taxes on employer stock purchase plan

My company offers employee stock purchase plan at a 15% discount. What I am wondering is how does capital gains come into effect if I only sell my original investment? As an example, using even ...
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Collecting payments and fees for a direct sales company

I'm a complete accounting novice, so please go easy on me if there is an obvious answer to this question. There is a direct sales company that provides a 50/50 split on all sales. Transactions are ...
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Can I sell my half of a jointly owned mobile home to someone else?

My ex-girlfriend and I bought a mobile together, but I made all the payments and purchased the appliances and other necessities needed to be move-in ready. I now do not live in it with her. The mobile ...
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RMD after annuitizing an annuity in a traditional IRA

I live in the United States and I have an annuity that hasn't been annuitized in a traditional IRA account (IRA A). I need to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) of $8K this year for IRA A. I ...
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Why would my pre-approval auto loan be denied, but chance of actual loan approved?

I have an income of roughly ~70k, a little over $50k after taxes. My only debts are housing expenses (rent and utilities) which total around $800 out of >$4000 a month net income. Recently, I was ...
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Going to get married soon, should I do it on Dec 31 or Jan 1?

I know that there is a tax advantage to having a child on December 31st at 11:59 as opposed to January 1st at 12:01. Does the same hold true for marriage? If it matters I make ~$130,000/yr and have a ...
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Does Internal Revenue Code section 1031 enable perpetual depreciation to offset income?

I've recently come across Internal Revenue Code section 1031, which as I understand it allows me to postpone paying taxes on income from the sale of an investment property, so long as I purchase a ...
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Does IRS require 30% tax from foreigners with w8-ben?

A company I collaborate with as an independent contractor, asks me to fill w8-Ben and they do not want to withhold taxes, they say what I do with the taxes is my problem. I am not US Citizen and my ...
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Medicare and living in Mexico

If a US citizen moves to Mexico, can he/she live in a town near the border, maintain his/her coverage of Medicare and come to the US for medical care? He/she would want his medical care to be paid for ...
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Really Old Stock Valuation

A long time ago, my mother employer's offered discounted stock as part of its compensation plan. Her brother gave her a small sum of money so that she could buy some stock for him. She did this, the ...
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Can the repayment of the Advance Premium Tax Credit be deducted in the year paid?

IRA withdrawals kicked me out out of ACA. I had to repay over $14,000 Advance Premium Tax Credits with my 2018 tax return. The answers I am seeing seem to say I can take it as a 2018 medical expense ...
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Working as an independent consultant for a US company

I recently resigned from a US company and moved back to India on 5/31/2019 (I was on my H1b). I submitted my resignation letter already. I will be going back to school for a Ph.D. in the fall and my ...
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Are charitable donations different when running a side business(self employed)

I have a regular job, but I also earn 20-30k on the side through side projects(1099 work). Given that I am running a business is there any difference in how I can deduct charitable donations versus ...
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Wash Sale Rule on Overall gain

Day 1: I purchased 100 stocks of ABC for 100$. The stock went down and I purchased additional 100 shares for say 80$. Now, my average is 200 shares for 90$. Day 2: The stock went up and I sold all ...
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Is it possible to get a mortgage with a custom duration in the US?

I live in the US and it seems that mortgages rates here are always quoted for either 15 or 30 years. Is it possible to get a mortgage in the US that is for a different duration? Say I have 23 years ...
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What recourse do I have if I was auto-enrolled into an employer's 401k plan despite opting out?

I started my new job on April 1, 2019 and at the first meeting with my manager I asked my new manager how I could dis-enroll or un-enroll from the 401K plan rather than be auto-enrolled @ 4%. He didn'...
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As authorized user why is the credit utilization of the primary card showing in my report

My wife added me as an authorized user on her credit card account and I received a card with my name. The credit limit is still the same and is shared. I have recently started seeing it in my ...
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Insurance company demands extra payment for marketplace healthcare

My brother went to the marketplace to get insurance. He picked a plan and has paid on time every month. Today he was told by his insurance that he owed an additional 1300 dollars. The marketplace had ...
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Weighing unvested RSU's against stock options in a job offer

I currently have unvested restricted stock units with my employer. It's a very stable publicly-traded company. I received a job offer from a private company hoping to IPO in the next few years and ...
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Establish rental property expertise with American Apartment Owners Association

"Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide" by Stephen Fishman includes many things to prove profit motive when not turning a profit, including: Establish your expertise: If you lack a solid background ...
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Is there a total stock market index fund in India, like the one offered by Vanguard in the US?

I have been reading 'The simple path to wealth' by Jim Collins which advances the indexing philosophy to investment. The issue is that the book is written from the perspective of a US citizen, and ...
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How to get money back from tax filing in US?

I'm on a student visa in the MA, US. This year(2019) it was my first time filing for tax as I got the part-time job on-campus in my university. I submitted the tax form to a person who came to my ...
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Short term health insurance for a non-citizen US resident

I'm a UK citizen who moved to the US (California) a few years ago with a Green Card. This year I decided to move back home, so I quit my job and started freelancing, so I have an ongoing income source ...
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What level of commission do sellers of extended auto warranties get?

Motivation for the Question: I just bought a very lightly used 2017 dealer's demo model, with, of course, only a limited factory warranty left on it. I was surprised at how insistent the dealer was ...
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How to collect a judgement in Maryland?

I have a $30,000 judgement against an individual in the State of Maryland. The case was adjudicated in Small Claims Court in Maryland. I'd like to collect the judgement but the individual is not ...
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Can a student non-resident alien choose to not exempt themselves from the substantial presence test?

Can I choose not to use my student exemption from the substantial presence test, or must I do so no matter what? i.e. Is the student exemption from the test optional or mandatory? If optional, how do ...
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Cannot be reimbursed by commuter benefit FSA after being let go?

I spoke with support for the commuter benefits card that I was using with my prior employer. I have until June 30th to request these funds to be reimbursed as is typical with an FSA. When I applied ...
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Do my partner and son need an SSN to be dependents on my taxes?

My wife and son do not yet have their SSNs. My wife is a citizen of the UK and my son (3 yrs old in August) was born in the UK. I'm a U.S. citizen. Why they do not yet have their SSNs is a discussion ...
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How do I fill out IRS form 1310, as a successor trustee? Reissue a check from the IRS?

I am the successor trustee for an individual who had a living trust. Thus there was no court, no probate. A refund was due the individual, but the IRS chose to issue a check rather than direct ...
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Does a co-signer on a car loan have any ownership rights to the car?

My girlfriend recently financed a car as the primary holder and her mother cosigned it, with that it was promised (verbally) that the car was going to be for either my girlfriend or her sister. After ...