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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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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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Should my state wages be different than my federal wages due to HSA?

In 2015, I earned all of my income in Alabama, and I contributed $3,350 to an HSA. I filed my taxes through a free online tax filing service. Later on, I made an effort to learn about income tax law ...
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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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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 to avoid Kiddie Tax on UTMA account with bad fees

My father-in-law opened a mutual fund UTMA for my two kids when they were little and has made periodic contributions over the years. They're high school and college now. Each account has about $10k in ...
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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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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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Why do some institutions close IRA accounts when the account holder moves to another country or spends most of their time outside of the US?

I read on the Merrill Edge's traditional IRA application page: Note: If your residence changes (e.g., you move to another country or spend most of your time outside of the United States), Merrill ...
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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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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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FHA Loan for legal alien

I'm trying to get approved for a FHA loan and I'm 95% there, was supposed to close in 2 days but we made an extension since we're experiencing some complications. My family and I applied for ...
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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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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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14 year old charge on utility bill

I recently bought a house and signed up for utilities. I then go to sign up for automatic payments on their webpage, and it says I owe over $400 from when my account was last active in 2004. I know ...
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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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Incentive stock options, tax lots, and long-term capital gains

I have shares of a company I got from exercising before the company went public. Some shares I've held for less than a year, some for more. I exercised all the options after holding them for a year. ...
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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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How do I pay my ineligible IRA contribution taxes?

This is a follow-up question to I may have made an ineligible contribution to a Roth IRA. What should I do? In 2017, prior to Tax Day, I made a TY 2016 contribution to my IRA that exceeded my 2016 ...
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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 ...
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Are there minimum level of service requirement for stocks trading platforms in the USA?

I'm trying to determine the major differences between how a typical bitcoin trading platform operates and how a traditional stocks trading platform operates. Of biggest concern right now is some ...
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UK taxes on US investments with UK resident wife and US resident husband

If my wife moves to the UK for 9 months in the same calendar year and becomes UK tax resident is she liable for our USA worldwide investment income by HMRC? She does not work, I work in USA. We both ...
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Can I file for federal tax returns for the year 2016 from India?

I was working in US in 2016 while on a project but now I am in India. How do I file for tax returns from India for 2016? I tried e filing through an agent last year but I provided my US postal ...
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Health Insurance Deduction - Better to Buy Through S-Corp or Buy Individually?

I have a S-Corp that I can buy myself insurance through. If my monthly coverage costs $380, is it more advantageous for me to purchase this insurance through my S-Corp and then use it as an employee ...
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Health Insurance: Why use the iterative calculation method?

Context Self-employed Bought health insurance through a health insurance marketplace All premiums for the entire year were "specified" (nothing "unspecified") Need to calculate the the amount of ...
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How will the new tax bill benefit an S-corp individual?

While driving, I heard on some news program that flow-through people can deduct more from direct income from their business than indirectly through payroll (such as ADP). Will the new tax bill let me ...
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Capital Gains Tax Example - Question

My wife and I are semi-retired and have 3 children under 18. The capital gains rules confuse me (and are pretty depressing). Our reasons for selling the 1 house are to pay for a boat which we plan to ...
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Received late K1, but do not owe any tax. Must I amend my return?

I received a late K-1 form. I already filed my taxes. Do I need to file an amended return even if I do not owe any additional tax?
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US/Irish Citizen Working for a US company while living in UK--Worth it?

First off, i'm sorry if this has already been asked. I've made the decision to move to London with a friend and I need some guidance. I've been interviewing with a few really good companies in London ...
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Can I take a Tuition and Fees Deduction when receiving third party assistance?

My wife and I took the Tuition and Fees Deduction in 2015 after receiving a 1098-T from her accredited University that had box 2 (Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses) as $5603.80....
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Rental income and mortgage interest deduction for married non resident alien

My wife and I acquired a property in the US in 2016 with a US mortgage. We started renting it that year and have been managing it ourselves since then (no rental management company). We are both ...
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Should CA sales tax be charged to vehicle lessee on the portion of capitalized cost reduction from a federal rebate?

Should California sales tax be charged to a vehicle lessee (at inception of lease) on the portion of the capitalized cost reduction that is 'paid for' by a federal rebate? Background: certain ...
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Deducting travel costs for summer internship on J-1 visa

I am a full-time PhD student at a university in Germany. To get funding for my PhD studies, I am employed as a research assistant by the university (I have been continuously employed in this position ...
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What tax forms should I file for my new, 2016 LLC?

I'm the only member (owner). 2016 is the first year (year of incorporation). There were expenses (~$16k) but no income. My plan is to file the 568 by March 15th but not file any federal corporate ...
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Can S-corp have foreign national employee located overseas and give them a 401k?

I have two contractors located overseas. They are not US citizens. I have been paying them per job but want to make them permanent employees with some of those benefits such as access to a matched 401(...
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How does Medicaid compare with private insurance on Healthcare.gov?

How Obamacare works is that if your income is sufficiently low, then you can get Medicaid. And if your income is too high to be eligible for Medicaid, then you'll get a Premium Tax Credit (aka the ...