I live in California. I want to apply for food stamps. I do not want to, and will not, lie to the food stamps people. However, I make about $250/month in cash (in addition to my part-time minimum-wage job for which I get a W-2) that I do not report to IRS because then I will have to pay self-employment tax on it and fill out a bunch of forms for what is really just a friend paying me to help them out for maybe 12 hours a month. If I tell the food stamps people about this monthly cash income, will they share that information with the IRS? So far I have been dealing with this by just not applying for food stamps, and with careful spending I am OK, but as I notice myself obsessing over tiny things in the grocery store this starts to feel ridiculous.
How should I decide when I became unemployed (...or who should I ask?) [more inside]
What paperwork will the IRS accept that proves I am authorized to sign my deceased Mother's tax returns? [more inside]
In my mail today was a check from the IRS, made out to myself and my wife, for exactly $4000. The check and additional literature in the envelope said it was our tax refund. The thing is, we owed money this year, and I paid it via electronic check when I filed; the exact amount due came out of my checking account the next day. So what should I do with this thing?
I was lightly whining about the pain of sending in my first quarter taxes yesterday. A Facebook acquaintance stated (paraphrasing) that not only can he not afford his back taxes from last year due to not paying his pre-paid amounts, but he can't afford the new first, second, third or fourth quarter payments either. [more inside]
I'm having some confusion with my (USA) taxes, involving estimated payments and refunds. [more inside]
I was researching some tax questions on AskMe and learned about the "injured spouse" provision. Last tax year we had a situation where our refund was absorbed by an old outstanding tax bill my spouse incurred a decade before we were married and had forgotten about. I understand I can file as an injured spouse to recoup some of this loss that came from my withheld taxes, but my question is: what happens to the debt? Will my spouse just receive a new bill for that amount? If that's what happens we're probably best chalking it up as water under the bridge. Thanks for any help you can provide.
If you get a divorce, is that automatically reported to the IRS? [more inside]
I want to do the right thing: pay what I owe. Yet, I don't know who would be on my side! A tax preparer? An accountant, CPA, tax attorney, someone else? The years have caught up to me, true, but how will I live once I've acknowledged my debt? Can I pay my bills and the person/company helping me before the IRS freezes or sucks money out of my account? What if my "income" comes not from a job, rather a will/trust account? Add to this Obamacare and recently, a state tax. I am frightened. I figure I'll pay until the day I die. How many years will that be? [more inside]
Wondering if the Hivemind has any recommendations for a CPA that has experience working with freelancers in the NYC area. I used to freelance and now have a 9-5, and I need some help dealing with the transition.
What measures should I take after learning that someone else has filed taxes using my SSN? [more inside]
For the past 5+ years I've owed small amounts of Federal income tax, $5-$11. Why not this year? [more inside]
If I prepaid taxes on a Roth conversion then recharacterized back to a traditional IRA, how do the taxes I paid work? [more inside]
My spouse efiled our US federal and state tax returns as married/separate. I haven't filed mine yet. We did some re-calculations and realized we'd get a bigger refund filing married/joint. How do we get the IRS to delete/reject the already efiled return or amend things so we can file the married/joint one correctly?
I'm dealing with the tax ramifications of a bonus clawback, and it's ugly. I'd like get a feeling for just how ugly it's gonna get. Would any MeFites please share their US compensation clawback experience? I understand none of you are my accountant and that none of you are offering specific tax planning advice.
You are not my accountant, but I'm trying to figure out whether I need a tax preparer, or whether software based services like turbo tax can help me navigate the rough and choppy seas of my tax nightmare. [more inside]
Because of transgender reasons, I recently legally changed my name in court (and at Social Security and the DMV). I have taken care of my bank and my work accounts. Credit card companies and my ISP require me to mail the paperwork. I feel like I'm missing a lot - can you give me some examples of other stuff I will need to change? What is the most important stuff that I should do first? [more inside]
My health insurance provider wants my social security number. Do I need to give it to them? [more inside]
I own several rental properties in Columbus Ohio and I plan on expanding. My current CPA does not have much experience with real estate investors and is also slow in getting back to me when I have questions. How can I go about finding a CPA who is well versed in real estate, responds quickly to my questions? Thanks
Long story...be patient Before I even start explaining this situation, I am going to admit that business between family members is always a disaster in the making. I was left out of the decision making on all of the below described situation and only heard bits and pieces of what really happened until it got to the point where I had to get actively involved. This has to do with a grandchild cheating his grandmother out of a large sum of money and getting away with it legally. Read on [more inside]
A few years ago, a friend was staying with me for an extended period of time. Although he has residency over here in the UK, he is still a US citizen and 'temporarily' used my address for bank statements etc. How do I get the IRS to stop sending his letters to my house? [more inside]
How do I choose a tax attorney? [more inside]
My lawyer is unwilling to email me an appeal they have written for me. They say I can review it in their office, but as policy they do not email 'work product' to clients. This is frustrating to me because I feel I can better understand the documents if I read them at home, rather than being put on the spot in a meeting. Is this normal? [more inside]
TaxFilter: I need help with figuring out some tax stuff as an American who will working abroad, self employed. I have already read all the relevant IRS stuff so I need more than just links to Pub 54 etc. Naděje mi, prosím! [more inside]
I am a U.S. citizen. I moved to a foreign country on July 1, and will officially started earning income in the foreign country on August 1. If I quit and move back to the U.S. on July 1, 2016, will I receive foreign income exclusion on my taxes for both the 2015 and 2016 tax years? [more inside]
What does "writing it off" really mean? Explain it to me like I am a small child. When people say, "At least you can write it off on your taxes," is that really a silver lining? My personal scenario inside. [more inside]
The IRS made a mistake hugely in my favor. Yay! But I called them! Now what? [more inside]
Can I Trust formi9.com with my US Social Security Number and other Personal Information? [more inside]
I missed the deadline to file federal taxes, and Turbotax says it's too late to file an extension. What do I do? I estimate being able to file my taxes by the end of May, but not before then, but would like to not have the IRS breathing down my neck. [more inside]
I've having trouble understanding this chart, which was included in this article by Vox. It says that the US government's cost/net revenue is 0.66. Does this mean the US spends 62.5 cents for every dollar it takes in? [more inside]
I am really upset that we’re down to the last minute and my CPA has not finished my taxes or communicated with me since April 3. I haven’t paid him yet. I’m about ready to download Turbo Tax tonight and use his draft to double check. Would I still be obligated to pay him? What if I wait until tomorrow (which is going to make me extremely anxious)? [more inside]
TaxFilter day continues! In 2014 my mother-in-law made my wife a cosigner on her German bank account. The account is substantial (over €100,000 but under €150,000) and, of course, we need to fill out FinCEN 114 and IRS 8398. The instructions for IRS 8398 only cover "joint" account holders in the context of marriage. How do we approach this? [more inside]
We donated a service provided by a third party (i.e. "not us") to a deduction-qualified church. The service has a clearly established price of $150. We didn't pay for the service, because the right to the service was given to us in compensation for the provider botching another instance of the service. Can we claim a deduction on our US federal taxes for the normal price of the service? [more inside]
The IRS says they can't identify me and therefore cannot send me my tax refund. The web verification process doesn't work and every phone number I've found for them just gives an automated "we cannot handle your call right now" and hangs up - no option to wait on hold. Please see extended explanation for more details, thanks. [more inside]
How do I find someone I can trust to get US tax advice? [more inside]
How to record a federal and state overpayment of taxes in 2013 when that overpayment was applied to 2014 taxes. [more inside]
We have way too many filing cabinets taking up space in the home office and we'd like to digitize most of the contents and then shred the original physical items. I've read this document for retention best practices but it doesn't mention anything about digitizing. We're talking receipts, medical records, financial statements, etc. All sorts of goodies. In my mind, worst case scenario is we have to print out any records before submitting them but I could be totally wrong... Thanks!
I have a taxes and graduate school-related question for you all! Obviously, you are not my tax advisor, but can you shed some light on a very strange situation and suggest whether or not it's worth seeking professional help? [more inside]
My official residency last year was in GA with my mother, but I paid for my fiance's food, rent, and all living cost throughout the year. She is a resident of AL and the all utilities plus her apartment lease is in her name even though I paid for everything. [more inside]
Can a person who owes past federal taxes and has set up a payment plan with the IRS make voluntary contributions to her employer's retirement plan, provided she continues to make the payments to the IRS as agreed? [more inside]
California has a law permitting nonprofit unincorporated associations to enjoy many of the benefits of incorporation without actually incorporating. I am a member of such a nonprofit association. We are now applying for EIN for banking purposes, and I have some questions. [more inside]
I know that if you plan well with accountants, you can reduce your tax profile. At what income bracket do you actually get enough advantage from doing this and finding all the weird corner hidden deductions to well cover the expense of hiring the accountant in the first place? [more inside]
My ex-husband says we were audited and I owe half the tax bill!? Is that possible? [more inside]
I was unemployed for most of last year and began working as an independent contractor (no taxes paid up front) later in the year. I was not on any assistance. I was also medically uninsured the whole year and heard you have to pay a fee for every month you were unemployed. With this info, is there any way to estimate what my tax return will look like - whether I will get a refund or have to pay up - just so I can know what to expect?
I'll be changing my name very soon. Problem: My employer will also file my W-2 soon. I don't want mismatched documents to make SSA or IRS send a no-match letter. It'd inconvenience us both, and since this is due to a gender transition, it would also accidentally out me. Is there some time early next year when all the W-2 forms will be processed, and I can tell the SSA of my name change, then my employer, without triggering a no-match? Or is my best option to tell everyone ASAP and hope for the best?
At my company, I have a Roth 401(k) (post-tax dollars). The plan also allows "after-tax" contributions as well. (ie beyond the 401(k) limits). What's the name for those after-tax contributions, or what are they classified as, especially when rolling over or taking disbursements ? [more inside]
My parents called in a panic about what sounds like a scammy voicemail message on their land line. Problem is I just can't figure out the angle. [more inside]
What's the worst that will happen to me if I use my HSA card for a non-medical bill? Or a few. [more inside]
I am writing this on behalf of my almost-ex-husband. He has owed between $80,000 and $100,000 to the IRS since 2003 and has done almost nothing about it. More details inside. [more inside]
Regarding the gift tax, the IRS indicates that a gift does not count against the annual exclusion ($14,000), and is not taxable against the giver, if it is gifted towards a tuition payment. Would this also be the case if it was gifted to pay a student loan for someone directly to their lending institution?