Questions tagged [united-states]

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

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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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Credit Freeze for Minor Child

I was told that identity theft of a minor's credit is a very sought after goal for thieves. Is it true that credit agencies will offer lines of credit to individuals who are not yet 18? Is there any ...
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Paying for nursing home care: What is the relationship between Medicare and owned property?

This question is prompted by a comment in a question I asked previously regarding the finances of aging parents (assets include a small savings and some property). I will summarize the comment as ...
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What, specifically, causes the necessity to revise a brokerage 1099, and why are revisions so common?

We've had two questions about revised 1099s causing the OPs' tax liabilities to change after they had filed. One of them is here; the other was a duplicate. We've had this happen to us regularly. We ...
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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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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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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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What, exactly, makes an “unrelated business” unrelated in the case of junior partnerships held inside IRAs?

My question is concerning the unrelated business income tax on partnership interests inside a Roth IRA. Specifically, I own common stock in a company that's technically classified as a Limited ...
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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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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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How do I fill in a W-8BEN for for sites such as Zazzle as an individual?

I have have some cash sitting (and growing) in a Zazzle.com account for a while. In order to have this cash paid to me as a U.K. citizen still living in the U.K., I need to submit a W-8BEN form. I ...
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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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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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US Taxes: Missing the deadline for IRA contribution

Is there a way to make an IRA contribution of say $x for 2016 (Deadline was April 15 2017)? Background Info: The $x has already been claimed in taxes. But because of a technical error from the ...
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Should rideshare drivers log mileage of individual trips, or is a daily entry acceptable?

A rideshare driver (Uber, Lyft) can deduct vehicle expenses for business use of the vehicle. Should the driver log each trip individually, or is a daily entry of beginning odometer, ending odometer, ...
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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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Inheriting funds from a U.S. trust where you are not the trustee

I am a U.S. citizen trustee and executor of my mom's trust. My brother is a Canadian citizen and lives in Canada and not a trustee. I will be dividing the trust funds or investments between the two ...
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Donating to US versus Canadian charities to maximizing tax benefits

I am a US citizen and I have the option to make my charitable donations in either the US or Canada for the next few years. How do I maximize my tax benefit for a fixed donation size? My ...
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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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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 a non-resident Canadian citizen working in USA maintain a margin account in Canada?

I am a non-resident Canadian living and working in USA. Can I maintain a margin account for stocks trading in Canada?
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Tax return on income less than 8000 USD from royalties

I am a U.S. Nonresident Alien (graduate student in Seattle, WA). I am married, but my wife is not in US. In 2018, I earned ~8,000 USD in royalties. That's my total US earnings for 2018. I have not ...
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can closing covered call and opening a new coverd call trigger 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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Motley Fool US v UK?

Does anyone know the relationship between the Motley Fool US and the Motley Fool UK? A few years ago, fool.co.uk was a lively web site with very active forums. Then it changed into something that ...
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How to report contributions to UK pension (USS) on US taxes?

I am a United States citizen living and working in the United Kingdom. I am enrolled in the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension plan. Do contributions to this plan need to be reported on my ...
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How can you leverage the benefits of an older spouse's retirement account?

Can a marriage with a large age gap and a young high-earning spouse benefit from, for example, a Roth IRA? Let's say Jack and Jill are married. Jill is 50 and makes $25,000/year while Jack is 25 and ...
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Amended return (dead or alive): What address or addresses to use for various forms?

An amended return multiple forms, most of which require an address. But if the address has changed since the original return, then what address do you enter on each form? For example, the amended ...
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Can I deduct mileage if I'm a contractor who works at home and at an office?

I am a contractor and get a 1099. I perform some work at home, but much of my work is done at the office of the company I contracted with, and I drive to and from this office several times a week. ...
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Are Netherlands“second pillar” pensions USA Section 402 compliant?

I am a US citizen and work in the Netherlands as an employee for a Dutch company. In the Netherlands, the retirement pension system is based on three pillars: the public pension scheme, akin to the ...
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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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1099-Misc Box 3 Other Income

I am retired and receive a small amount from a family trust for which I am a trustee. When I was working I had more than enough earned income to make the maximun IRA and Spousal IRA contributions ...
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Is my contribution to corporate housing tax deductible?

My residence is in NY but my company moved me to CA for a temporary assignment (one year). They are providing corporate housing but I still have to contribute approximately $900/month. Is the $900/...
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Are assistance benefits reported as W-2 box 1 income considered earned income?

First off, I recognize that I am not paying any of you to act as a licensed tax professional for me, so I will take your tax advice as just that, advice. The university I attend has financial-need-...
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How can I get the information why IRS doesn't want to give me an ITIN?

TL;DR: What are the venues we could take to understand why my friend’s ITIN application has been rejected and how do I finally get ITIN? Some Backstory: I am helping a friend from a non-visa-free ...
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Can You Receive Both a Simple IRA and SEP IRA?

I am the employee of two companies. At one company, I receive a SEP IRA. I know that SEP IRAs are not included in the standard annual elective deferral limit. At the second company, I have the ...
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What to do when my co-signer files Chapter 7?

I have an open auto loan and have finally caught my payments back up. My mother is overwhelmed by her debt and is the co-signer on the loan. She has officially filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy and told ...
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Would renters insurance cover this scenario?

This is US based. I have renters insurance and the coverage overview is as follows: Personal Property Loss of Use Personal Liability Medical. I have read my policy, but I do not believe the ...
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Transfer from Russia to the US after inheritance

My adult children will inherit an apartment in St Petersburg Russia. After the complexities of selling, taxes, etc., will there be any problem with a bank transferring the proceeds to the US? Will US ...
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What happens to my U.S. Social Security and pension if I retire in Germany?

If I retire in Germany, can I receive my U.S. Social Security and pension there, and will it be taxed?
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What tax year do I claim a fellowship if it is on both the 2017 1098-T and the 2018 1042-S?

Note: I am an international student and receive a yearly 1042-S. I got a fellowship in November 2017 but my University did not distribute the money until January 2018. Because I am an international ...
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Medical premiums vs. ACA premiums on tax return

I'm currently doing my tax return. In 2017, I paid 12 months of health insurance premiums out of pocket, on my own private plan bought through the Marketplace. In the tax return, it instructs NOT to ...
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U.S. taxes for last year of residency

My situation: I was a student on an F-1 visa in the U.S. during the first half of 2017. I received a salary while being a student. I had been in the U.S. for >5 years, so I was a resident alien for ...
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Capital gains treatment of selling all the assets of an S corporation?

I sold the assets—not the stock—in an S corporation that is owned by my spouse and myself. The sale was a cash sale of all income-producing assets of the S corp. Since the sale, the S ...