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Stop doing this. If your friend contacts you, don't answer until you've followed through on step 2. Go get a lawyer. They might advise you to contact the police and tell the police what's been going on before you get a knock on the door with a warrant behind it. Here is why: you are almost certainly inadvertently participating in money laundering. The funds ...


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Lying to save on taxes is called tax fraud. The threat of large fines and jail-time is what prevents most people from committing tax fraud.


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You (or whoever is responsible for that) look into the old books to see if the payslips were paid out. There should also be a folder with old payslips where the ones in question should be missing. After that, the person in charge of cashing them in can safely do so. If there is no such thing, you(r manager) should cash in the slips as the price for an ...


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Can I be debt free or should I file bankruptcy There's no reason to file bankruptcy with $64k in debt and a $80K net salary. You can get out of debt in 1-2 years if you're willing to sacrifice. The harder you sacrifice, the less time it will take. Please advise me how to reduce my debt. Stop creating any more debt. Cut up all credit cards Put $1,000-2,...


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Nobody legit will ever ask you for money to give you money. If there is a million dollar inheritance and it costs $1,000 to get the money to you, someone legit will take $1,000 from the inheritance and give $999,000 to you.


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You need to change the way you think. First, understand compounding. Not just intellectually, but viscerally. You need to develop an aversion to spending borrowed money. A debt with 22% APR doubles every 38 months. Every dollar you pay down your debt, cuts the total length of time you will be paying that horrible interest. Every $1 you spend now ...


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The tax return of a dependent does not flow to the parents return. Earned income is taxed at your own rate, up to $12,000 tax free. for your own standard deduction, but unearned income is taxed at higher trust rates. No idea where they are getting this information from. If your parents' insurance is somehow tied to "family income," things change. It's still ...


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Scam/Criminal. There is no limit how much money he can send into the world, so the excuse is BS. Of course, nobody can say for sure, but the chances are that it is money laundering: Illegally acquired cash is paid in, and the receiver sends it right back as a clean electronic transfer. When the FBI (or the DEA or another alphabet-soup agency) catches up ...


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You can't prove a negative. Therefore, you cannot prove that an invoice is unpaid; it is assumed to be unpaid on claiming so, and the payer has to prove that he paid. That should be easy for him, if they did pay.


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He COULD use the signature to forge her name on a check or a contract. Of course that would be wildly illegal. Just because she gave him the signature voluntarily (under false pretenses) doesn't mean he's authorized to sign anything in her name. At a minimum, you should watch your bank statements and get copies of your credit report for the next few months....


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No, what it says is “In half a year, we’ll give whoever holds this bond $10,000 for which you pay us $9,750 now”. This is equivalent to an annual interest rate of about 5% (the example is showing a yield way more than currently available). Plus you can sell the bond to another person in the meantime.


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Negotiation 101, never be the first to say a number. You tell them you have a $300,000 limit and magically they want $300,000. Alternatively, they may just assume you carry the minimum.


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Some folks have touched on this, but I wanted to make sure I emphasize this. Getting a college degree does not require going into massive debt. In fact it doesn't require debt at all. Here are some options (this is US-focused): Get your core classes out of the way at a community college. Community colleges are a significantly cheaper way to earn college ...


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They want to gauge the chance of a successful sale. There's nothing quite as frustrating when selling and moving to a new home as getting into escrow, doing all the paperwork, crossing off all the check lists, only to find out that your buyer didn't qualify for the loan and the mortgage fell through. By asking about your down payment (20% or more is often ...


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But what should I be expecting? How much trouble am I in? If you graduated with $134,181 in loans at a rate of 9.3% you'd expect a repayment amount of $1,722/month for 10 years. If you make $70,000/year you'd have ~$2,617 after your loan payments each month, and if the $1,800 monthly living expense you mention is sustainable during loan repayment then you'...


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To be clear, this has nothing to do with tax brackets. (There's a longstanding belief that getting into a higher income bracket will increase taxes on all your income, when that bracket just applies to your new income.) Instead, this has to do with eligibility to (I believe) Apple Health, which is Washington's low-income health insurance program. This pdf ...


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I was contacted by a private bank overseas to get my inheritance Umm, sorry - but no, you weren't. You were contacted by a scam artist who is banking on your greed outweighing your common sense. Inheritance & deceased estates don't work that way. The executors of the estate may be able to deduct some of their costs from the estate, but that's done ...


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You really have only three options (leaving out somehow legally forcing them to pay, about which I know nothing). I'm also assuming you're in the US. Somehow get enough in scholarships and grants to pay for your tuition and living expenses. Take out loans, which as you say may put you deeply in debt. Put off college for a while, and work until you have ...


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Your friend is basically doing "Credit Card Kiting". While not strictly illegal* (there are nuances), it's an expensive way to maintain debt. Your friend would be much better off taking the time to consolidate his debt at the lowest possible interest rate and come up with a repayment plan. $35k seems like a lot, but it's doable and his current plan has him ...


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For people that don't earn very much, the largest single financial event of the year is often getting a large tax refund thanks to the Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit. These refundable credits can result in people getting refunds for thousands more than what they had withheld over the year. This makes fraudulently claiming dependents ...


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There are two ways to improve your personal finances: Make more money Spend less money That's literally the secret. To afford the car, you either need more income, or lower expenses. Don't fret, though. It's good that you are learning this lesson early in life because a lot of people live paycheck-to-paycheck their entire lives without realizing that some ...


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The answer is YES. The responses saying no are so wrong it isn't even funny. How do I know - I used to do tech work for a repair shop and saw all of the inner-goings. A shop is a preferred shop because they will repair the car basically as cheaply as possible. They have to abide by certain things or they will lose their "certified repair shop" status. ...


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With $5k in income, you'd probably get all $400 in federal tax back, since the standard deduction would reduce your taxable income to $0. You might qualify for refundable tax credits, too, which is basically free money, if you file and take the standard deduction. It's up to you whether $400+ is worth it to you to file; that amount is equivalent to about ...


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You can lend at any rate you like. Finding a borrower is a different matter, as is ensuring that the borrower pays it back. Few banks will borrow from you at the Fed rate. Currently, rates on savings accounts are less than 0.5% and FFD target is about 2.5%. Plenty of customers still use the savings accounts in spite of this. These customers are your ...


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What's the rationale behind this? Why not let people contribute more than $19k/year to their 401k? Retirement accounts are tax-advantaged, removing the caps would benefit the wealthier end of the spectrum and decreases tax revenue. The caps keep the retirement account benefits in line with other progressive tax policies.


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IMHO, you made a very poor choice with school selection. When we make poor choices as adults we have to write checks to solve those problems. Yours is one that will cost you well over 140K, and quite possibly more. For the price of your last year, you could have attended a state university for 4 years and made a very similar salary. When one does not ...


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If it was me, I would count the bonus lost. You need money to live, and they are not paying you so the answer is obvious: seek another job (or three). I'd have a chat with your manager about you stopping work and explaining that you are your family's sole source of income. How they react will dictate how you proceed. If they get all upset with you, ...


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In the United States, an employer is required to verify identity and citizenship as part of the hiring process. The way that they do that is that they ask for documents. There are three lists. One list has documents that verify identity and employment status at the same time, e.g. a passport. A second list verifies just identity, e.g. a driver's license. ...


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If the seller only accepts a payment method that doesn't allow you to get your money back, then there is a reason for that. There is a much higher likelihood that something happens where you'd want a refund, and you won't get one. So I would stay well away from this.


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Another reason to use standard: audit If you get selected for an audit of your itemized deduction or a specific category (e.g. all medical expenses or all charitable contributions) then at best you have the time to send in all the receipts, and then answer questions about some. At worst, the auditor disallows something and now your itemized is less than the ...


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