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What are the appropriate forms to file when using a mega-backdoor?

For the backdoor (IRA -> Roth IRA, generally up to $5500 per year) conversion, we need to file Form 8606. Are there any equivalent forms that must be filed for mega-backdoor (After-tax 401k -> Roth ...
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Mega Backdoor Roth: Withdrawal consequences for in-plan vs out-of-plan conversion

My employer allows after-tax 401k contributions, and has an option for automatic quarterly after-tax 401k -> Roth 401k in-plan conversions. The other option for executing the mega backdoor Roth is to ...
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Do you lose ADRs Investment if the issuing Bank goes bankrupt?

If I buy a Foreign Country Stock through an ADR eg, Citibank and JPMorgan. And then The US banks almost go broke/bankrupt during the 2008 meltdown (as example), would I lose my ADR and investment, or ...
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Tax exclusion for American Expats

I am an American Citizen. I work remotely for a company based in the US. Working remotely means that I can live wherever I want. If I move to a foreign country and live full-time there and ...
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In what circumstances, if any, is it advisable to file 1040-X before the original return is processed?

Some sources suggest "never": You must wait until the IRS has processed your tax return before making corrections. Or suggest "never if your original return claimed a refund": ...
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What is my cost basis for a stock I received when my insurance policy was demutualized?

Background: My brother and I are co-beneficiaries of a trust that held an insurance policy with The Principal Financial Group, which Demutualized on October 26, 2001. At which time the trust was ...
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In which country do I pay capital gain taxes, as a German with a US Internship?

This year, I did an internship in the US, and during that time I bought some stocks. Now I am back in Germany, and got dividend payments on these stocks, and also want to sell some of them soon. ...
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State Income tax when splitting a day between states (in the USA)

First of all, I realize that when traveling to another state for employment it is commonplace to owe taxes in that state for the work performed+sourced in that state. Example: you work/live in ...
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Is there evidence that in the long-term, leveraged ETFs perform poorly?

I came across an interesting question: "Why are daily rebalanced inverse/leveraged ETFs bad for long term investing?" Despite the topic, the answers there actually illustrated the hypothetical risk ...
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Tax question - Inheritance from UK living in USA

I am a Green Card resident in Nebraska USA, and I am a UK citizen. Is it correct that I need to report to the USA Government if I inherit more than $10,000 from my father’s Will (he too was a UK ...
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I'm still working but my payments are deferred due to Covid19. Do I qualify for unemployment insurance benefits?

I'm self-employed in California and my biggest client (>90% of my billable hours) is not able to pay due to cash flow disruptions related to Covid19. I've agreed to continue working and billing as ...
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For 2021, What is the most Tax-Advantageous Way to Make a Charitable Donation that is Larger than my AGI?

I may be making a charitable donation this year (2021) to my school; it will be about 1.5 times my AGI. What is the most tax-advantageous way to make this donation? If I make the donation in stock ...
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What taxes does an Eritrean-American-Canadian citizen Canadian resident pay first?

I am a Canadian born to an American-born Canadian father and an Eritrean mother. We live in Canada, where I was born. I am a citizen of all three countries mentioned. Because of insane laws, I am ...
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Is preschool closure (due to the pandemic) a qualifying event for Dependent Care FSA?

I'm trying to figure out of closure of my daughter's preschool meets the qualifying event criteria so that I can reduce my dependent care FSA contributions. I've read a few places online that change ...
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Donating winning lottery ticket to 501(c)3 Private Foundation: cost-basis deduction + full tax free redemption for foundation?

US 501(c)3 Private Foundations are typically controlled by the primary donator, so that is a nice perk, but in exchange for that perk I realize the tax deductions for donating are significantly ...
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County tax credits for living and working in different states

I moved mid-year to Indiana, from Illinois. My employer remains in IL. For the entire year, my employer withheld IL state taxes. For the second half of the year, my employer also withheld local (...
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Is there any reason I'd prefer having my school not report a 1098-T?

I didn't get a 1098-T from my school this year. I contacted them about it, and they said it wasn't required in my case, but they went ahead and issued it anyway since I asked. They also told me they ...
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NY State Sales Tax on Lease Transfer

I am hopeful that someone can help me understand New York State (NYS) Sales Tax with regards to a lease take over, in what seems to be paying tax twice. So here is the scenario: Person A leases a ...
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Dual Citizen (US / CDN) wants to buy US equities in Canadian brokerage

I'm dual citizen (US & Canada) residing in Canada. I returned to Canada two years ago. I just started thinking about investing again in Canadian equities (either stocks, ETF's or mutual funds). ...
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US resident with Canadian income via T4A-NR

I am a single person LLC in the US and I do a lot of contract work for a US company. In 2016 I was asked by them to do some work in Canada and spent about 30 days working in Vancouver. My LLC issued ...
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State income tax : full resident, spouse part-year resident: joint return possible?

In 2018 I was a resident of New Jersey the whole year, but my spouse was a part-year resident: he permanently moved to Germany on August 1st and established his domicile there. After that date, he ...
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What eventually happens when my Medicare premium is MORE than my Social Security benefit?

Most of my working life was not subject to Social Security taxes (yes, this can happen legitimately in the US), therefore my Social Security benefit is very modest. My Medicare premium is withheld ...
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When is the latest that I can move out of the US to qualify for FEIE based on physical presence test

As I understand it, to qualify for the physical presence test, the last date that you can use is the date you file your tax return. So suppose that I will file my tax returns on April 1st 2022. Does ...
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Understanding 529 tax benefits and recapture (Illinois)

I'm a little confused as to how recapture works for 529 plans in Illinois (particularly with respect to playing for private school and possible changes in the state tax code.) Or rather, I want to ...
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With 40 credits, can I still be eligible to receive social security benefits at age 67 IF I LOSE MY permanent resident status?

I know there are similar questions here, but my case is a bit special so I ask this question. I have been working in the U.S. for 10 years and accumulated 40 social security credits. Now, I and my ...
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Why are ACH transfers typically free, while wire transfers cost money?

I read on finance.umich.edu: A wire is a real-time method of transferring immediate funds and supporting information between two financial institutions and is relatively expensive to use. An ACH is ...
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Tax implications of a Transfer on Death Deed

Back in June 2020 my mother passed and left me with two documents, a Last Will and Testament and a Transfer on Death Deed that applied to her home transferring her interest in the property to me. I ...
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529 distribution pro-rata with multiple accounts

With multiple Roth IRA accounts, distribution ordering rules treat all accounts as one. Does this rule generally also apply to 529 accounts? That is, if I am the owner on multiple 529 accounts, are ...
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Does a Lawful Permanent Resident have to pay a tax when buying real estate?

The Alleged Tax Two years ago, my wife (US Citizen) and I (Permanent Resident) bought and moved into a house in Colorado (Greeley, Weld County). At closing, we were just about to put both our names on ...
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How should we close Coverdell accounts with minimal penalties?

I have 2 kids that I had coverdell accounts for. We never used them for school expenses because we thought they could be used to pay off loans which I now know we can't. Both of my kids are now over ...
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What are “Tax Relief Fees” on American Depositary Receipt (ADR) dividends?

I noticed that a "Tax Relief Fee" is usually deducted from ADR dividends. Consider AXA ADR's (OTC: AXAHY) 2020 cash dividend announcement, which includes a "Tax Relief Fee" of $0....
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If my job is exactly the same across three employers, is it considered one job or three for tax credit purposes?

The state of Oklahoma has a tax credit for engineers working in aerospace, described in form 564. The definitions on page 2 specifically state under "Qualified Employee": [the employee] was not ...
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Why a W9 is needed for firstinspires Kids Robotics

Some kids(including mine) are doing LEGO competition and for that they received $500 ( yet to actually receive) from a corporation for their expenses( about $3K) pooled between them. To get this $...
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Who reports the dividend for ACTS transfer, Outgoing or Incoming brokerage?

When a taxable brokerage account is transferred from one broker to another and as the old broker receives( and in turn forward to new broker) the dividend after the transfer as Dividend pay date is ...
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Foreign Earned Income Exclusion when working for a US company remotely

I'm a US citizen who lives and works in California. I've been looking at a possibility of working remotely and living abroad. My understanding is that when it comes to state taxes, you pay income tax ...
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Can closing a covered call and opening a new covered call trigger a wash sale?

In Jan 2019, I bought 200 QQQ (ETF) at about $160 and also wrote two covered calls for June 2019 at 170 (higher than the last day price) netting a small premium. Now QQQ is at about 185 so it will be ...
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Can I list multiple wage income abbreviations on Free File Fillable Form 1040?

Background Wage income abbreviations are for taxable income not listed on a W-2. Two examples of these abbreviations are "HSH" and "SCH". Those two abbreviations are mentioned on pages 26 & 27 of ...
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Does a French citizen living in the US owning stocks in a brokerage account in France have to pay taxes on dividends to the French tax authorities?

Does a French citizen living in the United States and owning stocks in a brokerage account located in France have to pay taxes on dividends to the French tax authorities (fisc)? Additional ...
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What defines a transportation-related medical expense to be “primarily for, and essential to, medical care”?

I'm trying to understand which transportation-related medical expenses are IRS-Qualified Medical Expenses for health savings accounts (HSA). I understand that Publication 969 defines what HSAs are, ...
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IRA rolled over mistakenly to 401k

In a previous tax year I rolled over some money from a former employer's traditional IRA (TD Ameritrade) to a non-Roth 401k plan (Milliman). I didn't report this on my federal tax return at all ...
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Does basis remain in Traditional IRA after a complete conversion?

If you convert your entire Traditional IRA to Roth IRA, but the amount you convert (the value of the Traditional IRA at the time you convert) is less than the basis (after-tax amount) in the ...
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How does one calculate their AMT MAGI to determine their passive activity loss limitation?

The instructions for line 19 (passive activities) of Form 6251 (Alternative Minimum Tax) mention that you may need to do an AMT version of Form 8582 (Passive Activity Loss Limitations): Refigure ...
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Understanding Nexus as a small business owner

I'm interested in becoming a 3rd party Amazon FBA (fulfilled by Amazon) seller. I recently learned about a rule called "nexus". Basically, I understand I have nexus (tax liability) in the state ...
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Should I create a simultaneous Part-time Sole Proprietorship and Part-time single-member S-Corporation?

I am self-employed and my business has two distinct parts: Engineering and Design - which makes $50k income / year Manufacturing and Sales - which makes $150k income / year I am currently running ...
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Single Member CA LLC moving to WA keeping CA client - residency and work outside of CA

I have a CA Single Member LLC and do work for a California client. Contract work is between client and LLC. I move from CA to WA and establish residency there. I perform ALL work outside of CA. ...
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US taxation of stock purchase plan for non-resident alien

An individual in USA is a non-resident alien for tax purposes for the whole year. He works for a US corporation in US. He buys stocks under the stock purchase plan of the company and sells it in the ...
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Capital gains while living abroad?

Let's say I'm a U.S citizen and have money in a brokerage account at a U.S institution, but I have moved to Germany. Let's imagine that this money generates capital gains. Assuming that I have to pay ...
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Questions on retirement saving plans for non-resident aliens

I am a German citizen that started working as a postdoctoral researcher at a University in the U.S., being on a J1 visa. Part of my benefits package includes an employer match that I can make use of ...
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What's the tl;dr investing rules for married Canadian citizens when one partner happens to have US citizenship?

Canadians with US citizenship have several things to consider regarding investments: Canada's Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) is not considered tax free by IRS, and filing taxes may significantly ...
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State tax withholding election

I live in Connecticut but work in New York. My employer wants to know what state I wish to be "taxed in". I understand that CT gives a credit for taxes paid in NY. Which state should I elect to have ...

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