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Can I claim only part of the full amount of a check?

I received a long awaited check today (USA) written for $X. For complicated reasons (we had some dispute about how much was owed for what), I only want to accept $Y from this person for this service, ...
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Is it standard that a mortgage company won't pull your credit report while you're living abroad?

I'm going to be moving back to the states soon after living in Canada full a few years. I called wells Fargo to look into getting a mortgage today, and they told me that they will not pull my credit ...
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How can I regain my credit history after having legally changed my name?

In 2015, I opened a CreditKarma account to monitor my credit even though I had no credit history at the time. In 2017, I successfully applied for a secured credit card with a low credit limit based ...
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Online Hackathon prize money taxation and exceptions

I've participated in one of the Hackathon competition on DevPost and won the prize amount of $3000 USD. However, the claiming section asked me to fill-up the W-8BEN tax form as I'm not a US resident (...
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Why is Thrift Savings Plan restricted to U.S. civil servants and uniformed service members?

From what I can tell, TSP is pretty close to a 401(k) plan (and similar to an IRA) except the government restricts who can participate. Thrift's funds have much lower fees than many of the 401(k) or ...
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Tax return status for changing from F1-OPT to H1B

I came to US in 2014 on F1 and started F1-OPT in July, 2015. 3 months later, I started my H1B in October and I'm still single. It's pretty complicated and according to my research, I have these two ...
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My (buyer's) agent is the seller's agent for the house I want

My wife and I have been looking for houses for a few months through an agent who was recommended by a friend. We've mostly found houses by ourselves and Zillow and had him organize walk-throughs, ...
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Head of houshold: Domestic partner, and child, with joint checking

I am living with my domestic partner and our child, and she contributes about twice what I do into our joint checking account from which all bills are paid. Can she file as head of household? I think ...
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55+ communities bulding in Florida

I'm a non US citizen; my father and I are looking to invest in an apartment in Florida. I have found 55+ communities that are on our price range. But I’m not 55. Can people under 55 live in a 55+ ...
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Is it possible to use the credit card BIN to find the bank's ABA?

I am trying to determine the correct institution ABA based on the credit card's BIN. There are several resources which can determine bank's name and some other info based on the card BIN but many ...
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What options do you have when the at-fault party's claim adjustor is low-balling you?

United States & New York state here. Although the first few paragraphs might make it seem like a legal question, it is not! It's an insurance question, and more specifically, about how to handle a ...
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If a personal loan was made in one state, and they now live in a different state, and you live in another state, which state do you file?

I loaned a friend money. He then vanished. 18 years later I found him. He lives in a different state then where the loan was made. I also live in a different state. I know there are time limits, but ...
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What's the purpose of mileage verification in auto insurance?

I believe it's every year that my auto insurance company has me fill out one of these "mileage verification" letters to submit the mileage of my vehicle that they hold an insurance policy with. What ...
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F-1 to H-1B Tax Filing Status - 5 Calendar Years?

I came to the US to study on an F-1 visa in August 2014 and graduated in May 2018. Since then, I have been working on an F-1 OPT visa. In 2019, I applied and received my H1B visa - specifically, my I-...
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How can one use one's old FBAR form data to populate a new FBAR form?

How can one use one's old FBAR form data to populate a new FBAR form (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) on FinCEN Form 114)? I tried exporting/reimporting the form data between ...
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Why do some savings accounts have a maximum balance?

Example: https://www.hustlermoneyblog.com/hsbc-direct-savings-review/ (mirror): Maximum Balance: $2,000,000
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Any tricks/hacks for exorbitant daycare costs?

The $5000 FSA limit is a joke given the daycare costs in our area. Is there any way to use more pre-tax money to pay for daycare ? Daycare is by far our biggest expense for the year. Any advice to ...
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Why does my routing number (IBAN) come up as invalid

I am trying to wire funds and my routing number to Citibank, which is 122401710 in Las Vegas Nevada, is coming up invalid IBAN when I go to wire funds. When I called Citibank they told me that I ...
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Strategic rollover from traditional to Roth IRA for a young person (pre-retirement)

So we have this: Contributions to traditional IRA: Pre-tax Distributions from traditional IRA: Taxed at the time of distribution Contributions to Roth IRA: Post-tax Growth and distributions (...
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Can a secured loan help me build credit?

I'm moving to the US from the UK in January. I have just opened a bank account and have applied for a Capital One secured credit card to help start building credit. Would also taking out a secured ...
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Credits, Refunds & Reimbursements made prior to April 15th for Prior Year HSA Qual Disbursements

Apr '19: I've recently worked w/ my HSA trustee/custodian (my CU) to correctly code HSA reimbursements transactions in early 2018 for HSA Qualified Distributions in 2017. Same for 2019/2018. So we ...
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TurboTax had me file for a 1040 instead of a 1040NR. Is there a way I can change this?

It's my first time filing for a US tax return. I used TurboTax, filled up all the necessary information, and I got the result showing a form 1040, which means I got zero amount. I am from the ...
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How to tell the IRS about Roth IRA gains on early withdrawal?

I had to give some of my Roth IRA to my ex-wife, and didn't do it in the wisest manner. How now do I tell the IRS that only about $80 of the $3,570 that I sent to her are taxable and penalizable ...
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Why does a short-term certificate of deposit (CD) have a significantly smaller annual percentage yield (APY) than a saving accounts in some banks? [duplicate]

I see on Ally Financial's website that a 3-month certificate of deposit (CD) has an annual percentage yield (APY) of 0.75% whereas the saving account has an APY of 1.60%. This surprises me because I ...
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Buying and Selling options for the same stock multiple times in a day?

Is it normal that traders buy and sell options of the same stock on the same day multiple times? For example, in an event of a positive earnings release, the CALL options were bought and then sold it ...
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Tax efficiency and Roth IRAs

I have a question relating to avoiding investment taxes as compared to maximizing tax free growth in a Roth IRA. Suppose you have: $10000 in a Roth IRA $10000 in a taxable brokerage account and ...
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Can you deposit cash (USD) you got from a foreign country to US bank account?

Can you deposit cash(USD) you got from a foreign country to US bank account ? Does the source of cash need to be declared ? Is it taxable ? What is the limit of the deposit ?
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Russian taxes with dual citizenship

I'm a minor (17) who is considering using my birthright to be recognized as a Russian citizen, as my mother is one. If I apply as a minor this late, will I have to worry about taxes if I reside in the ...
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Federal Taxes on Retirement Money - Puerto Rico Taxes after Retirement

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the USA. Puertoricans are US Citizen, but while they live in the island they don't have to pay Federal Taxes. My question is for someone that have lived in the US ...
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HSA Contribution Limit Question - Fun Situation

Here is the situation and what I would like to do: My wife and I are on separate HDHP with our respective employers, which means we are eligible for 2 HSA accounts and 2 solo limits for a total of $...
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Totaled car with two insurance policies

I moved out from home to another state and purchased an auto insurance policy in my name for my vehicle, paid for the 6 months upfront. Previously it was insured under my parents' policy. I set the ...
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Are there any issues with sending money outside of the US?

My girlfriend is an immigrant and for her birthday, I asked her what she wanted. She said she would like me to send a gift back to her home country for her parents instead of getting her something. I ...
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Washsale for daytrading

I have following scenario of washsale ? Can someone please help me if wash sale will apply to me in any case ? I knwo for three trades i made in Dec 2019 has wash sale but is covered with profit I ...
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U. S. Treasury Check signed “pay to the order of”

My son received several checks from the VA, he signed them pay to the order of me, his mother, where can I cash them? My Credit Union won't accept them.
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Doing side work no LLC - what to do on W9 form?

I am doing some work for on the side for my former employer. They pay me via an application called square that I use. Its the end of the year so I asked them for a 1099 / W2 and they sent me a W9 ...
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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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Back-date term life insurance policy?

Yesterday the insurance brokerage that wrote my current term policy 2 years ago contacted me to see if I would like to replace the policy. Obviously they want to generate a new commission by churning ...
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irrevocable Trust - Who Pays The Taxes

Someone creates an irrevocable trust on behalf of someone. It is funded by a large amount of money that will be invested. The beneficiary will receive the profits/interest from the trust but not the ...
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SEP IRA Contribution

I opened an SEP IRA account with chase and transferred $500. Do I need to buy bonds or stocks using this amount this year itself or can I buy bonds after 2 years?
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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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How should I distribute investment types between differently-taxed accounts?

Background: I'm 37 and work in the U.S. I have a gross income ~100k, a 401k funded to the legal limit, a Roth IRA funded to the legal limit, and a regular investment account. The 401k has most of the ...
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Best Way to minimize taxes on 401K distribution?

I recently retired at 57 after 36 years with the same employer. I live pretty frugally and my pension is $90K covers all my normal living expenses. I have approximately $2M in retirement savings most ...
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Is a down payment better than a lump sum payment?

I forgot to tell my banker that I wanted to make a down payment on my auto loan. According to my banker, the interest rate wouldn't have changed from the lower principal, only my monthly minimum ...
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When and how would a company make money by taking $1 out of my paycheck and donating it to charity?

In the US as I understand it, there are corporate tax deductions for charitable giving. For this or any other reason, would a company with large salary expenditures and positive profits (sometimes) ...
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Who determines what is FSA Eligible?

I have a Limited Purpose Flexible Spending Account and I recently added its debit card to my Amazon account which has an FSA eligible store. Items are explicitly marked FSA eligible like shown in the ...
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Return of excess employer contribution after transfer to IRA

A few years ago, I had an internship, and had to set up an account with the employer's retirement fund company. A couple of years after leaving the company, I was closing out old accounts, and ...
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Renting at a Loss While Banking on Capital Gains

I live in an area that is rapidly growing. My current house (based on comps) has appreciated $50k in two years to give an example. I currently have an opportunity to buy another for a reasonable price ...
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Is it true that car insurance can go up if a member of your family gets a license?

I was told that because I live with a parent, if I were to get a drivers license, their insurance payments would be higher, even if I'm not actually on their insurance. Is that true? How would the ...
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Investment Analyst salaries in the US prior to the GFC

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, but when I was watching the movie "Margin Call" a while back, the 23-year-old investment analyst boasts about his $250,000 salary. Did ...
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Is it necessary to pay quarterly earnings taxes in US?

I worked as an Independent Contractor (for the first time ever) during September and October which means that I owe quarterly taxes that are "due" on January 15th. I also worked as a full-time ...