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Is there a general rule on how to most efficiently purchase rental properties? [closed]

The way I see it, there are two general options to acquiring a slew of rental properties. Save up for 20% down, and then buy as a pure rental property. Put <20% down, live in it for a year (while ...
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Tax Implications of RSU in a Foreign Country

If a company were to grant me RSU's in an entity not based in the US, are their differences in how this would affect my taxes compared to if those RSU's were for a US-based company? Do I owe taxes to ...
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Tax deductions on empty property

Some one that works with me told me about a wealthy person that owns a lot of large buildings in our city. He said the guy would rather keep the buildings empty and is using the empty buildings as ...
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Lottery Taxes and Relocation

If you reside in North Carolina, buy a winning lottery ticket in South Carolina in February, and you relocate to Tennessee in that same month of February, how much tax liability on the lottery ...
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Need to file Income Tax Return

If my total tax is remitted as withholding tax should I still file income tax return?
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Meaning of engaging in US business

Firstly I am completely new to this and not currently engaged in any business. If I sell In App Purchases through Google Play mean engaging in business in US and having to file 1040-NR even after ...
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Non-American spouse of an American: Can I get Child Tax Credit and not pay Social security?

I am the spouse of an American citizen. We both live in a foreign country. My wife doesn't work, but I do, as an independent worker. I understand that I am able to voluntarily report American taxes, ...
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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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How can enough money legally be transferred out of India to meet the investment requirements for the US EB-5 visa?

The current Liberalized Remittance Scheme only allows transfers of $250k out of India, however if an Indian wants to apply for EB5 in US or abroad which is close to a $1million, and not married with ...
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Must I file Form 1099-INT for interest on a business loan from an individual?

The 2020 Instructions for Forms 1099-INT and 1099-OID says that "you are not required to file Form 1099-INT for interest on an obligation issued by an individual", but I don't understand what they ...
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Using Withholding tax to pay Income Tax for NONRESIDENT ALIENS

If I sell games on a popular platform like STE-AM ,and it widthholds my tax and remits it to IRS on my US scourced income do I have to still file Income Tax Return as a nonresident alien.
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Involuntary Account Closure due to Suspicious Activity (AKA BTC transactions)…When will I receive the funds from account closure?

I've been banking with U.S. Bank for about a year and a half. Around the beginning of January, I noticed some strange activity as it pertained to my U.S. Bank checking account. I often utilize Zelle ...
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As an EU citizen studying and working in the UK, how much tax do I need to pay on gains from US stocks?

I'm a student, currently away from university for a year in industry (basically I'm working full-time September to September instead of studying full-time). I sold some US at a profit via a trading ...
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selling appreciated stock vs gifting it to charity

Assume I have a stock that I purchased for $1000 and it now has a value of $5000, a potential long term capital gain of $4000. Assume also that I owe $20750 in total tax on an income of $80000 based ...
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Why does E-Trade plan to release some tax forms later than specified in IRS Publication 1220?

Why does E-Trade plan to release some tax forms later than specified in IRS Publication 1220? Example: 1099-INT is planned to be released on February 15, 2020 according to https://us.etrade.com/app/...
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Amazon stolen package - who is financially responsible

Who is financially responsible when an Amazon package worth of the good amount of $$$ is stolen from the front door? Would Amazon easily full refund the purchase?
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HSA vs. Health Sharing Ministries

Have you seen a comparison of Health Sharing Ministry Plans vs. HDHP plans when the health sharing plan is provided by your employer & HDHP is personal? Is the savings from the employer provided ...
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State tax when living in WY and working 100% remotely for a NY company?

If I live in Wyoming but work 100% remotely for a company in New York City, do I have to have withheld or pay NY state income taxes? Note that Wyoming has no income tax. When I say 100% remote, I ...
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Contributing to a IRA with a large income?

I recently started a job that pays $150K per year on paper(i.e. my offer letter says my yearly salary will be this) in NYC. In reality, after taxes and all the deductions, I will probably take home ...
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Roth vs Traditional Investing assuming same tax bracket in retirement

I've done a little (simplified) math to determine the difference in investing in a Roth account and a Traditional retirement account. I'm assuming that I will be in the same tax bracket in retirement ...
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Bootstrapping Process for Creating a Single-member Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)

So I’ve read in a number of forums—mostly StackExchange and Reddit—that it’s a good idea to separate personal and business funds/transactions so that when it’s time to organize information for taxes (...
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Is there any value to delaying Social Security benefits other than risk reduction for early-retirees?

I have hopes of retiring early, hopefully around 55-60, and am making contributions to my 401k and regular investment accounts accordingly. I plan to live off of growth of my savings, and not retire ...
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For-profit carpool mileage calculation?

Last year I provided transportation for two people employed at a business beside the place I work, at $5 per trip, one way. Total last year was about $1750. As the trip fees are paid by the the ...
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Multiple W2s, Traditional IRA Deductions

I changed jobs in the middle of 2019, which means I have multiple W2s. My job in the earlier part of the year did provide me with a 403b retirement plan, so there's a check in the "Ret plan" ...
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Tax and social security for low income

My friend works part time and made about $7000 in 2019. Some people have been telling them that she should file separately so she had record of taxes reported for herself and she would be able to ...
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Do I have to pay gift tax on gifts in kind?

Let's say I am letting out a room in my house on AirBnB for $100 per night. Then one day a relative of mine is down on his luck, so I take it off the market and instead let him stay in that room. I ...
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What can I do when I get a call I think is a Social Security scam?

I received a phone call representing themselves as an SSI officer telling me that my disability payments will be canceled. They said I did fraud in Texas. I asked them what name they have; they could ...
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How much of an RMD from an inherited IRA with basis is taxable?

My wife received an inherited IRA last year, so took an RMD (required minimum distribution) last year (still under the pre Secure Act rules, thought that doesn't really matter). We got a 1099R for ...
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Where can I report my Social Security retirement benefit from form SSA-1042S in the form 1040NR?

I started receiving my retirement benefits from SSA last October 2019 after 2 years of processing time. They paid me a large sum corresponding to all months (25) of back pay and I received also my ...
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Amending tax return to change cost basis of digital assets

I want to know if I can file an amended tax return to change the cost basis for cryptocurrency sold in 2018 ? I've used form 8949 prepared by a CPA to file my crypto related gains for 2017 and 2018 ...
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Closed account, haven't received payment. When has the bank “stolen” my money?

Background I closed a checking account over 40 days ago at a large national bank in the US. I was told I would receive a check for the remainder (>$1000) in one to two weeks. I still have not ...
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Couldn't I ship my own package for the seller to avoid sales tax?

My understanding of US practice is if I buy something from a seller who doesn't have a business presence in my state then I don't pay sales tax if it's being shipped to my state. If I live in state A ...
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Can landlord's business expenses be retroactive?

Say, I am planning on moving out of my house and keeping it as a rental. The house needs a bit of work, which I can start before I move out to save on the downtime before I look for renters. Can the ...
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Reuse of money in account for repetitive stock trades

I have a question regarding day trading abilities and limits. From what I understand, you can only make 4 trades per day and have to wait 24-48 hours to get your money back after you sell a stock ...
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Applying a refund to avoid past debt

I am on a tax repayment plan for a previous year, but expect a sizable refund for last year. Can I apply the expected refund towards next years taxes to avoid the IRS automatically applying it to my ...
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How to get a uniform amount of money for each paycheck given the social security threshold?

Near the end of last year, my paycheck stopped including Social Security Tax, causing my net pay to increase. I just learned that there is an annual threshold for contributions to FICA/SS This caused ...
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Why don't companies systematically offer ESPPs that offer stock options (instead of stocks)?

I read on https://fairmark.com/compensation-stock-options/employee-stock-purchase-plans/overview-of-employee-stock-purchase-plans-espps/ (mirror) in the context of employee stock purchase plans (ESPP) ...
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How to get a refund from the IRS if taxes were over-withheld?

Here is my timeline: I did not work in 2019 until Sept 23; Sept 23, 2019 start a job with 36% of every paycheck withheld for tax; Jan 10, 2020 got laid off; Jan 15, 2020 got a partial paycheck ...
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Employer didn’t treat J-1 intern as employee

I visited the US on a J-1 Visa as an intern for 7 weeks. My employer wasn’t withholding any income for taxes, so I paid estimated tax once I received my final paycheck with a plan for my employer to ...
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How is a signing bonus given over multiple years taxed?

In Fall of 2018 I was a senior in college and I accepted a job offer with a signing bonus of $10k. $5k of that was deposited to my bank account in 2018 and the other $5k (after some taxes) was ...
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Irrevocable Trust- Adding A Beneficiary

In the USA, an irrevocable trust is set up and funded for individual #1. Can an additional beneficiary be added later by the original donor? I am trying to understand how much flexibility irrevocable ...
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Why does increasing my W2 HSA contribution in TurboTax INCREASE my tax due?

TurboTax becomes more inscrutable every year. I was looking for where to report my HSA contribution, then realized it already came in on my W2. I have a $6000 line 12, code W (Employer contributions ...
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Adjusting withholdings for high debt?

I am looking to find out if it would be a good/beneficial idea to adjust withholdings for the next year, and use the extra money to pay down credit card debt. Using rough calculators, I am estimating ...
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Does a state tax credit received as a gift count as income?

I have received a state tax credit for a historic rehabilitation project, which for a fixed fee the state of Arkansas allows me to partially sell/transfer. Whoever has the credit has up to five years ...
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How to properly account for a leased property where the tenant has the option to buy

I'm the personal representative of an estate with a situation like the following: Property with tax assessment of $100,000 Tenant with a multi-year lease for the property with a total "lease fee" of $...
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Adding To An Existing Irrevocable Trust

In the USA, once an irrevocable trust has been set up and funded, can the donor add additional funds at a later date?
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Excess contribution to 403b

We had 39000 taken out from our payroll last year and put into the company 403b plan. Now we realize that this is more than the 25000 allowed. (19000 + 6000 over 50 years old) How can we handle ...
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Can I be refunded excess social security tax if my total salary for the year between two jobs exceeds limit?

For 2020, I will have my income split between company A and company B. Between the two jobs, my income will exceed the limit of $137,700, but it will not exceed it for either specific job. With that ...
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Lending money to a friend to buy a car

My friend is buying a car. She does not have money for the down payment. So I am going to lend her money. I have two options: I give her a cheque and then she pays to the dealer. I pay directly to ...
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Scam involving cash, Western Union transfers, and shipping iPhones?

My online girlfriend from Ghana sent me cash in the mail and asked me to use Western Union to transfer the money to a 3rd party. In return I will be mailed 2 apple iPhones which I am to send to her. ...