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Questions tagged [united-states]

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

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Financing a mother-in-law suite to rent out

Context: My wife & I just bought a home for $175,000 with 10% down. We pay $1,020 per month on our mortgage, which includes property taxes and insurance. The home has a very large, finished ...
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Form 8936 for 2018- Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit

I have been looking for form 8936 for 2018 in order to file my tax returns but have been able to find only the one for 2017 as below. https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-8936 Is there an ...
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Both Schedule C and Schedule C-EZ form for freelance taxes?

Do I submit both or... which one? (If it is just one) I have been searching for solid information about this for a couple of days... Decided to just throw this question on the stack. Maybe the answer ...
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Renting a property with a golf cart under a separate LLC

I am considering listing my property with VRBO / AirBNB. My property is a lake property, where other comparable houses are making a nice profit. One of my buddies is doing this, and he also has a ...
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How to start investing for an immigrant?

All the below description is just to clarify my current situation. I am a 27 y.o. single male immigrant from the third world (in a process of applying for a green card) who works as a developer ...
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Does it matter if my 1099-INT lists an out-of-date home address?

My 1099-INT lists an older address. I checked my bank account, and my address is up to date, but since I moved last year, I guess they kept the old address on the form. My tax filing software lists ...
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Can I claim a capital loss on property sale

If I own a vacant property with 3 people that we paid $120,000 for it can I sell my share to the other owners for $100 and claim a capital loss? I just don’t want to pay taxes and HOA fees anymore. We ...
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Should I indicate on Form 1 for 2015 for Massachusetts my current address or my address in 2015?

I am filling out a 2015 Form 1 (mirror) for the state of Massachusetts in the United States. My address has changed since 2015: I now live in a different state in the United States. Am I supposed to ...
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Old Employers 401k Automatically Rolled to IRA?

I switched jobs about 7 months ago and am afraid I put the rollover steps off for too long. I checked my old employers 401k website to see that my 401k account now shows $0.00, and does not show the ...
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Fill W-8ben If the bank account is not mine

I am not a US citizen or resident. I suppose to get money from a US company so I have to fill a W-8ben form. I want the company to transfer the money to a bank account of a friend of mine. In such ...
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Who actually decides whether a credit check is soft or hard?

Many web sites explain the different effects of hard and soft credit inquiries, but none of them actually explain how the process works, so they're not useful for figuring out how borderline cases are ...
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Online website for filling out bankruptcy paperwork?

There are many online tax websites (e.g., TurboTax), but are there similar websites for helping one fill out the paperwork for bankruptcy?
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401K non resident alien -early withdrawl penalty 10%

I have a 401K with over 100 k in it . My question is if my former employer's 401k plan does not withhold the 10 % early withdrawal penalty, will I need to pay this with a US tax return ? after or ...
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Can Traditional and Roth 401k be withdrawn in a ratio to minimizes taxes in retirement?

I've seen posts claiming that if you have a mix of pre-tax and after-tax savings in a 401k, the pre-tax money can be withdrawn up to the threshold of the top of the current 12% tax bracket and after-...
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Can I make financial/investment decisions just by comparing percentages?

I see a lot of investment and personal finance resources that propose scenarios like the following: if you have a loan for a house with a 5% interest rate and additional income after the minimum ...
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Do HSAs have income limits for deducting contributions?

Traditional IRAs have income limits for claiming contributions as deductions. Do HSAs also have income limits for claiming contributions as deductions?
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US permanent resident, AUS citizen federal retirement benefits

I have a relative who is an Australian citizen. They moved to the US at age 25, became a US permanent resident, worked and paid federal US taxes for ~30 years. At no point did they pay Australian ...
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For a single member LLC, if I have no employees can I apply for an EIN from the IRS?

This for an LLC formed in Oregon. If I cannot apply for an EIN being a single member LLC, would I have to use my Social Security Number to represent tax on the LLC, and subsequently assume all ...
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Goverment shutdown and the effect it would have on my current audit from where I filed my 2017 taxes in 2018

My husband and I were audited last tax season. We had been working with the IRS all year providing them everything they needed to prove our return was legitimate. About December 15th the take action ...
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What happens if IRS does not receive 1120-S for an S-Corp?

In a phone conversation, the IRS informed someone that their 1120-S is missing for three of the past 6 years. The person had assumed the 1120-S was filed for all those years, especially since the same ...
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Can one transfer a plan épargne logement (PEL) to another bank as a US permanent resident (green card holder) and French citizen?

Can one transfer a plan épargne logement (PEL) to another bank as a US permanent resident (green card holder) and French citizen?
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Which should I prefer, traditional or Roth 401k? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recent graduate with new job: Choose Roth 401(k), or traditional 401(k)? I'm just a few years out of college, and am starting to put aside some retirement savings. My employer ...
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social security benefits for green card holder in US

My relative is a permanent resident/green card holder in the US - not a citizen. The person worked and paid federal taxes in the US for ~30 years. (I don't quite understand why they didn't seek ...
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How can I trade my 20% inheritance equity to a sibling for real property in their name?

My father passed away in July 2014. His residence was willed equally to his 5 children. One of my siblings wants to buy the property from the rest of us but needs a bigger equity share to get a loan. ...
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Is my house handled differently from other property in my will?

My personal will states that my possessions, money, and property are to be given equally to my son and my wife upon my death. However, I was told that my house is an exception and still has to go to ...
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Two jobs in two cities - tax deductible travel expenses?

I'm considering the following scenario for employment and wondering how it will affect my taxes. I am a resident of a large city, say Las Vegas, and am considering commuting to another distant city, ...
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Contribution limits and deadlines for HSA clarification

Taken from here. Partial Year Contributions If you establish an HSA by at least December of any year, your maximum contribution is the maximum amount (described above) for that calendar year. ...
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Two jobs two 401K both matches up to 6%

I have two jobs, both offer 401k matching up to 6%. Is there any advantage of splitting my 401 K contributions ( $9,250.00 each) between employers to take advantage of the 6% matching or it doesn't ...
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Is a Masters degree in a high-paying field worth it? [on hold]

I give as a follow-up to my first question, a more reality-driven premise and question. I ask: Is a Masters degree in a high-paying employable field worth it? You need 4 pre-Masters (aka post-bacc) ...
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Options for HSA with no high deductible plan

I had an employer that offered a high deductible plan with an HSA. I have since moved employers and my new employer does not offer a high deductible plan. At first, I thought I would just keep my ...
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Are LLC membership interest purchases taxable?

My job has offered me an associate position which means I will become a member in the LLC. The cost for 250 units (membership interest 2.25%) is $25,000. I will get profit sharing of 2.25%. The LLC ...
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What are things to think about when paying for/taking out a loan for graduate school? [on hold]

I haven't seen a lot of posts related to graduate school in this SX, but I apologize if there are. I bolded the crux of my question. I'll apply my situation to this question as an example: I got a ...
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Why can't some funds be invested as a “US Persons” (= US fiscal resident, green card holder, or US citizen) from a French bank account?

I read that some funds cannot be invested as a "US Persons" (= US fiscal resident, green holder, or US citizen) from a French bank account. For example, I saw this warning in one plan d'épargne en ...
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Using a healthcare Flexible Spending Account at the same time as a Health Savings Account?

Here is my situation: I have the high deductible insurance plan. The coverage includes my wife, dependent daughter and mysef. I contribute to an HSA. My wife has her own insurance through her ...
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how does paying back a sign on bonus affect your income taxes?

It's not uncommon for sign on bonuses to have a provision wherein if you leave the company before a certain period of time (let's say 2 years) that you have to pay back the sign on bonus in full. My ...
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Why 1099-MISC for LLC but not a corporation?

I have a couple side gigs, and every January I get a little annoyed because I need to send out 1099-MISC forms for various payments to contractors and the like. According to IRS rules you must send ...
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The United States: Can the low interest rates of the treasury lead to hyper-inflation? [on hold]

As many of you are aware, the us treasury has been slowly hiking interest rates since they were at 0% sometime during the 2008 recession. While the treasury hiking interest rates slowly gives some ...
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What are the tax implications of renting out my condo if it's worth less than the mortgage?

I own a condo, and its market value is less than what I owe on the mortgage. On the upside, several interesting developments are going in nearby in the next couple of years. Because of some lifestyle ...
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Buying business product for a business associate that's abroad

I was wondering if there's any legalities regarding the purchasing of product for a business associate that is abroad? I would buy the product and he would reimburse me the money. The products are ...
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Handling waitress unclaimed pay from three years ago

Each week our boss gives us payslips with our hours worked and we can cash them right at the place of work. Pretty simple. You get a receipt for your hours worked for the week and a slip to turn into ...
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Official tax transcript from IRS

I have to present an official document from the IRS in another country (that is part of the Hague convention). They require the document to have an apostille. However, from I found so far on the ...
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Why do people still write checks as payments in stores?

Why do we still see (edit: in the US) some people (especially the elderly) still pay with checks in stores, even when the amount isn't too large for a debit card? Here are the disadvantages I can ...
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IRS Tax Rules for Capital Gains on Sale of Stock

Bob has a stock that is worth 50% more than what Bob paid. Bob would like to avoid paying tax on the gain so he donates 10% of the shares shares to a charity through a donor-advised fund. Bob decides ...
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Tax Loss Harvesting and RSUs

I routinely sell my RSUs as soon as they vest, but this previous vesting period -- I did not. Sadly, the stock declined ~25 percent since that time. Some key notes. This would be a short-term sale ...
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HSA and Medicare: what if I get laid off?

I'm approaching 65; will continue working for a large company; will not be taking Social Security; have a high deductible insurance plan through my company which I will continue using (so will not ...
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if you're a federal employee and you quit during the shutdown will you still get backpay?

Right now there are 800,000 or so furloughed federal employees that aren't being paid. Many of these employees are being forced to continue working despite not having received a paycheck. My question ...
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Why is there a significant disparity between 409A valuation and fair market value?

I'm at an interesting juncture where I have the opportunity to exercise some ISOs at a startup, and I'm somewhat confused at the disparity between the two valuations. In my case, I can exercise my ...
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Products for withdrawing from a home's equity?

I am a current homeowner with a property that has no mortgage (everything has been paid off). A family member is in need of some cash to consolidate some credit card debt and I would like to help them ...
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What should/can I do, now that I’ve closed the single-member LLC I used for freelancing?

I freelanced full-time for 6+ years through a single-member LLC, which I closed at the end of last year after I moved to a new full-time job. I was a user experience designer/researcher and designed ...
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Switching from W-4 to W-9. What should I be aware of?

I'm a welder in California. I recently talked with my employer and mentioned that since you can't deduct expenses as a W-4, I wondered what he thought of hiring me as a W-9 so that I could write ...