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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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What state do I pay taxes to, if I'm nomadic?

Let's say I live in an RV and move camps every week or month, moving between states frequently. When tax time comes, which state do I pay?
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My girlfriend has lived with me the entire year of 2018, with no job. Does she need to file a State tax return?

I work in a contracting company, so I sometimes have to move and work every few months. I have been in NC, then IL, and now in AZ. My girlfriend lives with me, and she is a full-time student (since ...
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Dollar limit for Canada-US income tax treaty?

I heard a rumor that there is a dollar ceiling around $200,000/year above which the Canada-US income tax treaty doesn't apply, or at least changes its behavior. What could that be referring to?
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Relocation to US

I am relocating to Texas from India along with my family in the month of July 2019 to pursue a Phd. In order to effect a smooth transition, would like some advice on how to setup things to manage my ...
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Can a regular salaried (w2) employee opt to pay quarterly taxes?

As a consultant, I got used to paying quarterly taxes. Now that I'm a regular w2 salaried employee, I'm subject to normal withholding on each pay statement. I would like to keep making exact quarterly ...
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AMT credit against regular tax

I live in California. After having paid AMT for the last few years, this is the first year when my regular taxes are higher than AMT. This seems to mean I have accrued AMT credit over the last few ...
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Do I have to pay estimated taxes?

I had a financial windfall in 2018, pre-paid taxes to account for this, and ended up getting a refund. Turbotax included several 1040-ES forms for paying estimated taxes for 2019, I assume based on my ...
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Do I need to calculate Alternative minimum tax?

I am a full-time employee at an organization. For the past two years, my financial case is incredibly straight forward. (1) For 2017 as well as 2018, I was single with no dependants. (2) I took the ...
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Does the increase in the Child Tax credit affect the Empire State child credit as well?

NY state has a tax credit called the Empire state child tax credit. According to the description of this credit on the NY state department of finances website If you claimed the federal child tax ...
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US Taxes Free Fillable Forms Error [duplicate]

I'm getting an obscure error using FreeFillableForms. The error does not appear to be on the standard table of X000-005 errors. Issue : Business Rule X0000-005 - The XML data has failed ...
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Condo Loss Carryover to offset IRA Distribution

I recently sold my condo with carryover loss exceeding $100,000. Can I use that loss to offset the distribution from an IRA account(regular income) during the same year? I am 66 years old. The ...
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Sold wall map as fundraiser for a 501c3 non-profit. Need to report on tax returns? How?

In my spare time outside of my full time job, I produced a wall map for as a fundraiser for a 501c3-registered non-profit organization. I then sold the maps via FundRazr.com and money from sales was ...
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Schedule C vs. Schedule E for rental income

I own a few residential rental properties in the United States. I actively manage all of them, although this is not my full-time job. The properties are owned by an LLC of which I am the sole member. ...
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Meaning of capital gain distribution

How is capital gain distribution calculated? I wonder what differences and relations are between capital gain distribution and capital gain/loss? Line 13 of IRS Form 1040 asks for capital gain and ...
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F-1 Visa expired - Unable to repay private student loan. What to do?

I was an F-1 student and I graduated with MBA from a top 15 B-school in 2016 and had taken a loan of $85000 (without co-signer). Since my H1B didn't kick in I was forced to quit my job and leave the ...
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How to report specified private activity bond interest dividends?

From http://voices.yahoo.com/how-report-amounts-form-1099-div-2439-11819489.html, I learned that Specified private activity bond interest dividends reported in box 11 of 1099-DIV is the portion ...
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Freelance Contractor / Foreign Company / Taxes

How do I pay my taxes if I’m working from inside the US and being paid by a foreign company? I’m technical writing by the hour. I under bid my rate since I didn't consider how much tax I’d have to ...
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Now that I'm 59 1/2, should I pay off my HELOC by withdrawing from my IRA?

Maybe someone here can help me figure this out. I turned 59 1/2, and I have an IRA with about $500K. My wife has recently semi-retired and has started taking her social security, but I am still ...
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California depreciation options for Rental house landscape

I can use Bonus depreciation (100% for 2018) on my federal taxes for my rental house landscape project, or depreciate it over 15 years. What are my options for California taxes, since they don't do ...
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Medical expenses incurred during HSA and later filing

I have past medical expenses that I could not pay with HSA money since I ran out of HSA funds. That is, I maxed out what I could contribute for the year and used it for other medical expenses. I ...
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USA IRS - CANADA CRA Dual Status Return

A little background first: We (myself and my spouse) were resident aliens (for tax purposes) until June 2018 on a F1 visa. We left USA and moved to Canada in June 2018 (less than 183 days in 2018), ...
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Do scholarships and PhD stipends count as taxable compensation for Roth IRA limits?

The maximum amount you are allowed to contribute to a Roth IRA in a given year is either a certain dollar amount or your “taxable compensation”, whichever is lower. Now I am a PhD student who gets ...
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How do Rent Concessions affect the DC Renter Tax Credit?

I live in a rent-controlled apartment in Washington DC, and my landlord engages in a scheme to get around Washington DC’s rent control laws. How it works is that my nominal rent is $2000, but I get a ...
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Deducting self-employed ACA health insurance premiums paid for next year

I'm self-employed and paid my January 2019 ACA health insurance premium at the end of 2018. I assume I can deduct this on my 2018 taxes since I use the cash accounting basis. But what if my 2019 ...
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Tax difference in working in New York City compared to NJ

Because of taxes, everyone says that you make less money if you work in New York City compared to New Jersey. Is there a way to estimate the difference? Edit: I should have specified that I am trying ...
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What happens to the shares (of company A) in a “brokerage account” when company A gets bought?

I understand what happens to the shares of a company when the company is bought. What is not clear to me is if I own those shares through my account in a brokerage firm (e.g. Vanguard, Schwab, eTrade),...
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When should I file 1040X if I filed wrong tax form

I am a F1 student non-resident alien and I e-filed 1040 by mistake. The wrong form has already been accepted several days ago. I learned that I must file 1040X to correct my mistake. Here are some ...
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Is buying a townhouse as a “starter home” a bad idea?

My wife and I are looking for our first home. We live in a somewhat high-cost area of the Northeast, so most of the houses we see in our price range need a lot of work or are in bad school districts ...
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Non-Resident Alien investing in a Vanguard mutual fund: is this allowed?

first a little bit of background about me. I'm a phd student on an F1 visa. I have been in the US for a little over 2.5 years and I expect to stay here for about the same length of time. Because I've ...
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Should Canadian contractor ask US client to pay into a US or Canadian bank account?

A Canadian [citizen] independent contractor, living in Canada, will take on a US client. The contractor is operating under their sole proprietorship business name which is distinct from their actual ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

I am 35 years old, single, and live in the US. My income is 78K to 80K after taxes and insurance. I pay $1,500 for rent+utilities, $150 for phone bill, $450 for auto loan, $300 for auto insurance (...
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Tax in US on interest earned from NRE account

I work in the US and recently got converted to H1B. I am planning to transfer funds to my NRE account ($3000), accrue interest in 3-4 months and then use it to pay for my student loan. Will I be taxed ...
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Sequential Wash Sales

Consider these transactions all with the same stock: Buy 100 shares for $1000 on Jan 20, 2016 Sell 100 shares for $ 200 on Feb 20, 2018 Buy 100 shares for $ 100 on Feb 21, 2018 Sell 100 shares ...
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A man wants to send me money? Not sure if it’s a scam [duplicate]

A man claims he wants to send me money to my credit card. He wants me to send him a picture of both the front and back side. He claims that he’s going to send it to his accountant and put me on a ...
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Can a local IRS office provide more help than by phone or mail?

tl;dr: the IRS made a mistake regarding my 2016 tax return, and after a year of phone calls and letters back and forth they can't seem to fix it. Is there a good chance I'll have any better luck by ...
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TN VISA Tax+ Spouse F1 Visa Taxes

My husband is a Canadian citizen and he is working in USA on a TN visa. I am in Canada on a Work Permit and I am not a PR yet. I have two questions: Am I considered as a tie for my husband to Canada ...
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Does TurboTax mail my state forms for me?

I just filed with TurboTax, and it mentioned along the filing process that my state taxes (for Idaho) have to be filed by mail, though they didn't show the forms to actually mail in. Does that mean ...
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How are the $1 salaries that CEOs sometimes take considered legal?

I have been reading about various CEOs taking a $1 salary; typically they also take some from of alternate compensation, e.g. stock options. However, very rarely one will take a $1 salary with no ...
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what is DEMAT equivalent in USA

I am new to USA. In India to trade in market one needs a Demat account and a trading account. but In USA, when I opened an account with a reputable brokerage there was no mention of an account similar ...
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Could my FSA from my previous job disqualify me from doing an HSA with my new one?

I had my previous job 2015 through August 2018. Near the start of the job, I remember contributing something like $200 to an FSA. I regretted my decision (since I hate dealing with FSA complications) ...
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I have 25,000 in savings and I want to invest, but I don't know where to start [duplicate]

I've been collecting information about the best investment practices, however I'm have very little financial knowledge and was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. I feel like I ...
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Gift house to parent then inherit it back to increase basis?

(Question for USA taxes.) Let's say that I have one remaining parent who is quite advanced in age. I own an investment house that has appreciated in value significantly. I want to sell it eventually, ...
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Download tax return before filing to show to accountant

I like using turbotax to gather my information, but I'd like to work with my tax advisor to review what I'm filing before actually submitting the return. Is there a way for me to show my tax advisor ...
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Is it mandatory to report Capital Loss on line 21 of Schedule D?

Is it mandatory to specify a capital loss value on line 21 of Schedule D? We are married filling joint return; we have capital loss over $3000 but our income is very low and we don't have to pay ...
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Is Form 1040, Line 13 always populated from Schedule D, Line 16?

On schedule D, line 22, it says to Complete the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet in the instructions for Form 1040, Line 44. If I have reached line 22 on Schedule D, because Line ...
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Received K-1 from ETF whose basis wasn't reported. Can I use just Schedule D without Form 8949?

I received a K-1 from an ETF, as well as an insert with instructions on what to do with the numbers on it. This ETF was my only holding whose basis was not reported to the IRS. The "Other income (...
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My stock broker gave me two 1099-Bs. Should I file two Schedule-Ds?

Robinhood is my broker and this year I decided to file my Federal and state taxes by myself. Robinhood gave me two 1099-Bs for last year. Half of my transactions are on one 1099-B and the other half ...
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What are tax implications of short vs long term capital losses?

I have read in multiple places that you can use investment losses of up to $3,000/year against your taxes. Is this as a deduction or credit? Does it count as an addition to itemized deductions or is ...
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How to recoup tax loss due to wash sale from 2018

I had a $2600 of wash sale tax loss that occurred in April 2018 (purchased two lots of same stock within 30 days but sold them both in April at a loss at once). I did not buy that security after that ...