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Mortgage broker insisting I sign out of date disclosures

I'm working with a mortgage broker who so far has been very helpful and transparent. I had asked for a preliminary mortgage estimate and we locked in a rate at that time. We changed up the terms of ...
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If you inherit a Roth 401(k), is it taxed?

My understanding is that a Roth IRA can be inherited and the U.S. government doesn't put an inheritance tax on it. Does that also apply to a Roth 401(k)? In other words, if I died, would my children ...
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Maximize negative tax rate

I've been reading articles about people getting negative taxes, and am curious about how much someone can actually earn and still pay 0 or negative taxes. Suppose I have an LLC, and my wife and I are ...
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Title company cost breakdown for home buying

A close friend is first-time buyer, and is closing a home with a title company in Chicago area (Cook county). After many issues with his lender not delivering the funds on time on 7/26, he has to ...
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what is the possibility of USA having negative interest rate [closed]

There has been attempt at reducing the interest rates. Apart from, elderly and savers depend on the bank interest and Stock market is driven by interest rates, the true cost of money if becomes ...
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Does a 401(k) loan count as debt when calculating Debt-to-Income Ratio?

Does a regular 401(k) loan count as debt when calculating one's Debt-to-income ratio when applying for a mortgage? The loan is within the organization that manages the 401(k), and it does not show in ...
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Can I use the address given to me by my Registered Agent for an EIN?

Can I use the address given to me by my Registered Agent for an EIN? I was applying for an EIN online and I arrived at the part about the company address. From what I've read here, the address ...
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Can a family member not on the mortgage take a separate loan to help with the down payment

Say you are getting a house and get preapproved for a certain amount. This amount plus your downpayment is just shy of the required amount. If say, your father offers to take a loan for 10-30,000$, ...
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How to spend the coins in your “piggy bank”? [duplicate]

I have saved a full piggy bank of coins and I never bothered to count them. I understand that there are money counting machines that usually charges about 10% of the value to convert them into paper ...
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Is there SALT on long term capital gains?

I see that long-term capital gains tax rates are 0%, 15% or 20%. But these are federal so is there also a state and local tax on long term capital gains? Specifically in New York City, which for ...
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Are there negative consequences to having multiple credit monitoring services?

I already have one credit monitoring service that I am not paying for due to a security breach somewhere many years ago. I am not 100% sure but I think it expires/ends in a few years. My data was ...
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If my pay period is split between 2 calendar years, which tax year do I file them in?

The pay period is from Monday 12/23/19 till Friday 01/03/20 and this pay period gets cashed into me on 01/10/20 (Not sure if this piece of info is relevant). Do I have to include this on the 2019 tax ...
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how to determine value of time share

At a resort, we were offered to buy one week of timeshare. It sounded gimmicky and their pricing was not clear. The starting ask price was a one time $50k payment and a yearly maintenance fee of ...
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Do I still file taxes when I make less than the standard deduction? What about withholdings?

I will be filing as single this year with no dependents. I might aim to make $10,000. I searched that the standard deduction for this year is $12,200. Do I still file my taxes? Do I get the full ...
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I did a wire transfer from my bank here in US to my client in Turkey but unknown to that his account was Euro account

I made a wire transfer to my client in Turkey using the swift code and the IBAN and other information, but the problem is that it was unknown to me that the turkey account he gave to me was Euro ...
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How much taxes should I be saving living in Chicago, IL?

I work under the 1099 Taxes. So I basically work as a contractor for a company in the Chicago IL area. Currently I am setting aside 20% of my bi-weekly check and saving it to pay for taxes come ...
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What are “redemption” schemes?

I am reading a page by the FBI on the Sovereign Citizen Movement. The article goes on to say: Not every action taken in the name of the sovereign citizen ideology is a crime, but the list of ...
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Is it legal to use cash pulled from a credit card to pay the monthly payment on that credit card?

I've got a buddy who is having problems with credit card debt. He had a small business go sour on him and ended up with about 35K of debt that's he struggling to keep under control while looking for ...
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Is it normal for an apartment complex to raise the rent on a long term tenant while listing identical vacant units at their original price?

I have been at this apartment complex for 2 years now. When I moved in two years ago, the rent for my unit was $2200/mo, which was reasonable for the market. At the end of my first 12mo lease, the ...
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Best/Least expensive way to cash a Canadian check in the US?

I live in the US, and I recently took a vacation in Canada. My flight home was oversold, and I was stuck at the airport for several hours. The airline is required to send me a check for 2400 Canadian ...
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Is the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction computed with or without the Standard Deduction removed from business income?

I received a notice from the IRS this month: We changed the amount claimed as your Qualified Business Income Deduction because there was an error in the computation. The difference is in the ...
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Is selling in IRA and then buying similar stock in regular account a wash sale?

Suppose I buy 10 shares of XXXX at $300 in my IRA account on Jan 2nd for total $3,007. XXXX drops to $250 on Jan 10th and I then buy 10 shares in my taxable account for a cost of $2,507. On Jan ...
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Not quite vested in a defined-benefit plan

Another question on this stack made me curious about this: From 1999 to 2003 I worked at an unpleasant place. The retirement plan was a defined benefit plan in which one was vested after 5 years. ...
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Foreign inheritance subject to U.S. taxes for permanent resident?

My wife is a permanent legal resident (I am a U.S. Citizen), is the money brought into the United States in the form of an inheritance subject to taxes? Her mother recently passed away in Taiwan and ...
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kids pooling money for Lego League and taxes

Based on Will I be taxed for accepting money to help needy?, I am wondering how the law goes. Suppose a kid is taking part in a school activity (e.g. http://www.firstlegoleague.org) along with a team ...
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What recourse do I have when my COBRA insurance provider refuses to pay my claims? (Presently enrolled and paid in full)

My COBRA health insurance provider won't pay for my prescriptions using excuses like they can't find me in their system or my group number is wrong even though nothing has changed. I'm paid in full ...
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401(k) investment after being fired. Do I own it?

A friend was released from their job after 4 years, not vested. I understand 5 years are required to be vested. Are they entitled to the contributions they made to the 401(k)?
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Advice on loan to friend

I am writing up a legal document (USA, Michigan) for loaning 7k to a friend with 10% APR with a term length of 5 years. (known him 5 years, he has paid back many smaller loans before). We'll both ...
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Online banking in USA allowing sending money via ACH to another bank account not owned by the payer [closed]

I know that the online banking of Bank of America allows the users to make ACH transfers to other bank accounts in USA (without Zelle, Paypal or Bill Payment and to accounts that do not belong to the ...
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Good ways to keep up with inflation with a business account?

My spouse and I recently purchased a rental property. We have about $40,000(US) that a recently deceased relative left us and we have decided to use it for our rental business to handle special ...
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How do taxes work if one's spouse dies?

My question is not for estate planning, but to understand taxes (similar to question for Canada) but when taxes have been filed regularly (and pertaining to the U.S., not Canada). Suppose a couple ...
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Cashed a check twice

I recently had the stupidest idea to change my direct deposit from Wells Fargo to Bank of America (my BOFA account is about 6 months old). Since I changed it 2 weeks in advance I was shocked when I ...
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How are app sales/acquisitions taxed in the US?

Hypothetical scenario: I identify a gap in a company's product offering. I, as an independent developer, write a desktop, web, or mobile application that bridges this gap, and I contact the company in ...
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is it required to give exact /approximate or rounded income for credit card

A friend of mine is self employed for personal and self-employment(Doing business as), and at looking at I'm starting a new job in 20 days - can I include my future income when applying for a ...
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Where to save for retirement

TLDR: Given the option to save for retirement in Europe, USA or Japan where is the ideal place to save up money and why? So I'm somewhat of a global citizen who has been moving around the world ...
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Can I collect unemployment as an S-Corp owner and sole employee?

I am the sole owner of an S-Corp. I contract out my time at an hourly rate, and pay myself a representative salary. I pay into state (Illinois) and federal unemployment each year. My contract has ...
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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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How to maximize my retirement money?

I am 69 years old, have $200,000 in a savings account, and $1000 a month in social Security. I have $30,000 in car debt. I rent, but really would like to own some type of housing. Really worried about ...
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Can I run a renting business in USA as a foreign citizen?

I'm considering buying a property in Houston, TX for the purpose of renting it. I'm a foreign citizen and don't know much about how renting functions in the USA. So far I found out that it's possible ...
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Joint checking account with renter who is a close relative

I am the owner of a property. I am currently renting out that property to my close relative. I trust this family member to use my money to pay a contractor to make small fixes to the property. For ...
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Can an individual contribute to a SIMPLE IRA if he doesn’t work for that employer anymore?

Can an individual contribute to a SIMPLE IRA if he has left that employer and his new employer doesn’t have a retirement plan?
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Tax considerations rolling SEP IRA over to Roth

I have a SEP IRA with about 125k in it and I'm thinking of rolling it into a Roth so that I can have ready access to the money if I need it before age 59.5 (i.e. I'd like to keep my FIRE options open)....
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Medicare Part A and a Health Savings Account (HSA)

I'm over 65, have a part-time job with a high-deductable health plan and a Health Savings Account (HSA). I want to take Social Security, which includes Medicare Part A automatically (retroactive for ...
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My 14 year old Son has won prize money in the EPIC fornite competition - Tax on his winnings?

My 14 year old son born and living in the UK has winnings coming to him from competing in a USA based on-line gaming company (EPIC) international competition (the game is called Fortnite) and he has ...
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Credit Union taking 2 months to post transactions

Is there a rule or law on how long credit unions can take to post transactions? Everything I've seen says it should take immediately as debit or 1 to 2 days as credit. However, I'm having some ATM ...
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Maximizing the Cost Basis Reset on Death

Consider the case of a married couple, living in the USA, with appreciated stocks and bonds in a living revocable trust worth between 1 and 5 million dollars. The husband then dies leaving everything ...
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Future planning [duplicate]

My wife and I bought our current house about a year ago. We love it. The location is great with many new projects coming to the area, including a train station, a shopping plaza and a marina by the ...
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Strategy to pay off revolving debt while building reserve savings fund?

We currently have about $16K cash. I'd like to have $30-35K+ for a ~6 month reserve. This will be a "single giant reserve fund" that will pay for large and/or unplanned expenses, frivolities like ...
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US securities/brokerage account, owned by non-resident; tax liability

Assume the following scenario: natural person (not US citizen or Green Card holder) is tax-resident in some European (EU) country owns a US-based securities/brokerage account that holds shares of a ...
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Credit card details stolen every 1-2 years. What am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

Background I just had my credit card canceled because of fraud. This is actually a perfectly normal occurrence for me, which is the impetus behind this question. The card in question was only about ...