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Canadian tax accountant recommendations

Past-aurynn left me in a a situation where I need to file back taxes in Canada, and I'd like professional support in order to get this sorted correctly. Wrinkle: I'm now a Canadian expat living in New Zealand. Does anyone have good recommendations for Alberta-knowledgable tax accountants, who are responsive to email, that could help me out?
posted by aurynn on Sep 21, 2015 - 0 answers

Sales Tax for Online Purchase from Co. with no physical location in VT

I just purchased some home automation items from Belkin and was surprised they charged me sales tax when they have no physical location in the state of Vermont. They won't reimburse me without proof from me that Vermont doesn't charge sales tax for such transactions. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Sep 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Things Might Be Looking Up. Is this Deductible?

For reasons I won't get into, I stopped making my house payment in May, 2013. I never resumed. In June, 2015, I was finally able to sell my home, as the market had suddenly improved, and rapidly. This was a month ahead of the foreclosure auction. I don't know why the lender took so long, because I wasn't working with them at all. [more inside]
posted by flowergate on Sep 7, 2015 - 5 answers

Pretty - No - Really Late Taxes

How do I choose a tax attorney? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2015 - 15 answers

My lawyer is refusing to share work product

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]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2015 - 11 answers

How do taxes work for non-resident citizens?

How do (Canadian) taxes work for non-resident citizens, if they work for a short time in Canada? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Aug 19, 2015 - 1 answer

Czeching out my taxes

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]
posted by sio42 on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 answers

What would happen if businesses only paid a gross revenue tax?

If every corporation/business had to pay a fixed percentage of its gross revenue as a tax, what effects would there be on prices and the economy at large? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Jul 8, 2015 - 22 answers

I was wishing for a windfall, but what should befall the windfall?

The IRS made a mistake hugely in my favor. Yay! But I called them! Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2015 - 42 answers

Sales tax question: Buying a Mac in Canada

I live in Seattle. If I buy a Mac in Canada, can I get the sales tax refunded? Also, does this even make sense with the exchange rate? Does Apple just raise their prices in Canada? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jun 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Any tax implications when transferring money into UK if non-resident?

I am a non-resident Briton who has built up a substantial amount of savings while working abroad. This money was earned from employment in foreign countries and was taxed in those countries. Are there any tax implications if I transfer some or all of this money from my offshore bank account into my UK bank account? Is there a limit to how much I can transfer into my UK account? From what I have read so far, this answer is "no" and "no", however I am nervous about tax and would appreciate some reassurance...
posted by teselecta on Jun 15, 2015 - 3 answers

What does tax-deductible mean?

If some fees you pay are tax-deductible does that mean the gov't gives you all the money back at the end of the year? Or only a part of the money back? How can you tell how much you will get back at the end?
posted by manderin on Jun 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Sole Traders / Partnership

What are the advantages and disadvantages of setting up a partnership as opposed to sole trading? (UK Tax Filter) [more inside]
posted by sock of ages on May 16, 2015 - 3 answers

My Math/Excel Ignorance is Showing

In three cells in a single column in Microsoft Excel, I'd like to be able to input a number in the bottom cell, have the middle cell calculate what a 6% sales tax on the figure below it is, and provide the amount before that 6% tax in the top cell. Any help will be appreciated. The last math class I took was 44 years ago and I didn't pay much attention in that one.
posted by imjustsaying on May 8, 2015 - 8 answers

Setting up a fund-raising donation page for a Nepali village

In light of the recent earthquakes, I am looking for the best and easiest way to setup a page that accepts donations for a small, local, Nepali nonprofit. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Apr 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Filing US taxes homeless

I was homeless for part of the year last year. I'm filing late (with deferral, sorry I didn't bring this up on Askmefi when it would be more pertinent) because I just now got all the proper info together. Is there anything I should know about filing US taxes for a year in which I was occasionally homeless and/or unemployed?
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Trouble understanding this Vox/Quartz chart on the IRS

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]
posted by hermanubis on Apr 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Cosigners on foreign bank accounts: how do you handle IRS forms?

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]
posted by JoeZydeco on Apr 14, 2015 - 4 answers

US tax deduction for donating a third-party service?

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]
posted by NortonDC on Apr 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Do I give back a lot of money that no one will ever ask for?

$40,000 was deposited in my bank account last week, and it's not mine. I've figured out that it was tax money owed to my old employer (from 2013) but they never claimed it so the tax office waited until now and forwarded it to me. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2015 - 32 answers

Do I own my late parents' house?

My father passed away in 2014 (in TX, if it matters). I am the only heir and my mother pre-deceased him. My father's estate includes the house he lived in. It was fully paid off. There was a court ruling (Dec '14) affirming that I am to inherit his property and that I am the executor of the estate. Do I now own the house? Or is it technically owned by the estate until the (non-mortgage) debts are all finalized? [more inside]
posted by emilisha on Mar 25, 2015 - 11 answers

Credit report dispute/error, city tax edition.

The city says they will remove the negative report upon payment. Should I also contest it from my side with the credit agencies? [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Mar 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Schedule C deduction of education expenses- help!

You are not an accountant or not my accountant, and I take full responsibility for verifying any information that you provide me. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Mar 25, 2015 - 2 answers

Please reccommend an accountant in Los Angeles

I need an accountant in L.A., preferably somewhere between downtown and Mid-City. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 10, 2015 - 2 answers

What's the best alternative to Turbo Tax?

Simply stated- TurboTax is a scummy company with a checkered past that always makes me feel weird using it. Surely there has to be a spritely, young up and comer in the tax game? My taxes are pretty simple- I have a few 1099s, perilously little income and student loans out the wazoo. Nothing too weird. What else is out there?
posted by GilloD on Mar 9, 2015 - 20 answers

US expat living in UK - US tax advice

How do I find someone I can trust to get US tax advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2015 - 6 answers

How to file taxes when there is part-year-resident overlap with wages?

Most of the part-year stuff on Turbotax seems to assume a clean break - that you lived in one state, worked there, then moved and established a residence in a new state. But we moved, established a residence in a new state, and then while there, still had work income from the first state. How the hell do we show this on tax returns? [more inside]
posted by corb on Mar 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Help my friend in time for the RRSP deadline - Canuck Version

Is an RRSP loan worth it? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Feb 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Grad Student. Doesn't mean I understand a 1098-T.

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]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Can I claim my fiance as a dependent if we didn't live together in 2014?

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]
posted by isopropyl on Feb 7, 2015 - 27 answers

Business expenses- buy right now, deduct later?

I would very much like to buy some things for my business which does yet technically exist. How does that work? Business owners of metafilter, pleas help me! [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Feb 6, 2015 - 2 answers

How best to take advantage of 0% sales tax in Oregon?

I live in Seattle and travel to Oregon (Portland area) several times per year. What strategies can I use to best take advantage of the fact that the state has zero sales tax? Sure, I can just buy stuff when I'm there, but can I buy items online and ship them to an Oregon address? Or does that trigger sales tax in the originating state? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Feb 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Medical expenses deduction question

I went up to my deductible in my health insurance plan - So I had a $4,500 total bill. However, I'm on a repayment plan with the hospital. If I have was billed this amount during 2014, but am still repaying it, is this amount considered "out of pocket expenses"? If I only include the portion that I paid under the repayment plan, I don't qualify for the deduction (yet I'm still paying the big silly amount so it feels like I should.)
posted by mermily on Feb 5, 2015 - 4 answers

At what income bracket is it worth hiring actual tax accountants?

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]
posted by corb on Feb 4, 2015 - 17 answers

Is it legal to only accept pre-authorized or second-party payments?

Are there any laws or regulations in Alberta, Canada, that would supersede a county-imposed pre-authorized-only payment scheme? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jan 28, 2015 - 0 answers

Where do I start to sort out my life?

I'm completely lost. I have always suffered from depressive episodes (never discussed it with anyone) and now things have come to a head. I am in my early thirties. I don't know how to carry on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Paying french income taxes after leaving the country

I've been working in France for the past year and am leaving permanently in one week. I've been churning through all the various administrative tasks but I'm a bit confused about tax. I know that this year I will need to pay my taxes for 2014. The question is, do I need to inform the government that I am leaving, or do I need do anything else before I leave? How do I organise paying my taxes from Australia? [more inside]
posted by neatsocks on Jan 13, 2015 - 1 answer

Germany - tax return deadlines?

Guten Tag Ask MeFi! I need to fill in at least one tax return, for 2013-2014, and possibly also for 2014-2015, here in Germany. It is all about income earned here in Germany. What is (was) the deadline(s)? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Jan 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Can't carry over an FSA. Right. So -- then what?

If I contribute $2500 to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) in 2015, and end up spending only $2000 of it on health costs -- what happens to the other $500?
posted by LonnieK on Nov 18, 2014 - 17 answers

Overpayment by employer - gross vs. net repayment

I just received an email from the company through whom I contract, claiming that they had paid me twice for a recent week. Obviously they now want that money back; however, they are asking for the full amount I was paid, NOT the amount I received after taxes. I am assuming I am on the hook for the whole [cursing] thing, but can someone tell me how this works? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Nov 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Tax implications of paying back a signing bonus

If I have to pay back a signing bonus because I didn't stay at the job for a full year, is there any way to recover the taxes I paid on the signing bonus? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Nov 7, 2014 - 8 answers

Financial planner in the Bay Area & knotty tax problem I'm afraid of!

I'm looking for a fee-based financial planner in the Bay Area to help me figure out one simple problem, and one knottier one. I have about $10k in CDs, and I'd like to invest it in a slightly smarter, similarly low-risk way (probably index funds) that I can add to slowly and in (relatively) small increments. I'd probably also like to start a 401k. Unrelatedly, as a child I was gifted $3k in shares of a single bluechip stock that I've never touched, and it's accrued value gradually but steadily over several decades. Recently, talking to a wiser friend, she pointed out that I've never paid taxes on it! I'm not sure how to deal with that, but probably can't avoid it much longer! How money works is confounding to me; I come from a working class background and am good at saving, but not saving wisely. Anyway, I'm primarily looking for financial planner suggestions, but if you've dealt with related stock/tax issues please share your experience and advice! Throwaway: infernalsockpuppeteer@gmail.com if you'd prefer.
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Tax question - how do I (or do I) pay tax on a distribution from a K-1?

I had an interest in a limited partnership that wound-down and distributed its assets. I received a K-1 with the distribution shown in Box 19. How do I pay tax on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Taxaphobic in Chicago

We hate doing our taxes. Despite a professional familiarity with the basics of the tax code, or perhaps because of it, dealing with all of the paperwork really stresses me out, and my spouse doesn't like to do it either. Can you help us find an accountant in the Chicago area who will be competent and easygoing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2014 - 2 answers

How should my Dad leave us the proceeds from the sale of his land?

My Dad owns about 20 acres of land in a small town that he wishes to give to my brother, my sister, and myself now, not when he passes. My siblings and I plan to split the proceeds of the sale of the land evenly amongst us. Which way, tax-wise, would maximize the amount of money we receive from the land in the end? Should my dad give the title/deed to us first and we sell it, or Dad sells it and then gives us the money from the sale of the land? [more inside]
posted by Gmbee on Sep 28, 2014 - 15 answers

citizenship tax and student loans

I'm a US citizen with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. I want to apply for UK citizenship. I have defaulted student loans in the US and haven't filed my taxes in the US for ten years while I've lived here in the UK. Am I going to need to get straight with the US before I can naturalise as a UK citizen? I intend to pay / file what needs paid and filed but what order should I do it in?
posted by Mistress on Sep 25, 2014 - 6 answers

TAX??? Low earning American marries High Earning European

Okay. I have been in Europe now (and live as an EU citizen) for almost 10 years. I have no desire to ever return to the states. NONE. WHATSOEVER. NONE. I make very little money so have never passed the threshold to need to pay American tax. But if I get married to a high earner here in Europe. (we are talking 200k plus per year in salary) what happens? Is that joint income if we are married? And if we want to have, say- 3 children, in quick succession. How could this work? Could I have the children, pass on my citizenship, pay tax and then relinquish? What happens? I am completely fine with giving up my US citizenship, and my possible future husband has no desire to live in America- but I realize it could be beneficial to my children. I'm not sure exactly what to think. This is not happening at the moment. But it could happen in the next couple of years. Advice and anecdotes are most welcome!
posted by misspony on Sep 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Can I drive to a mechanic for repairs with no tax or MOT?

My car failed its MOT yesterday and, as a result of my bad time management, the tax disc has expired today. I can't tax it without it being covered by a valid MOT certificate, but I need to get it to a garage for repairs so that it can pass the MOT. Is it legal for me to drive it to the mechanic? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Jul 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Tax strategies for a travel year of no income

My spouse and I are going to leave our jobs at the end of the year and travel internationally throughout 2015, with no income. Are there any strategies we should be following to make the most, tax-wise, of this change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Gay Tax

I hit the holy grail and have a new position with full benefits, including full coverage for domestic partners. I have a partner who lives with me, but we are still fairly newish and are not ready to get married. I have to enroll us in the benefits very soon, like now. The problem is, the queer tax (I guess now the Not-Legally-Married tax) on my partner's benefits. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 12, 2014 - 14 answers

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