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Freelance / self-employed tax deduction for reimbursed travel expenses?

Can a freelance / self-employed person (filing Schedule C) deduct from her taxes the cost of business travel (airfare, lodging) that she was later reimbursed for? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 9, 2014 - 3 answers

W8BEN WTF

A friend in Mexico does some consulting for a US company. He has an account in a US bank, where he receives payment for that work. The bank just sent him a W-8BEN form and we are not sure how to fill it. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Sep 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Help me find an expat accountant

I recently moved from the U.S. to Melbourne, Australia, and I have some questions regarding taxes and accountants. [more inside]
posted by milkcrateman on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Filing Federal Income Taxes with no Income (Partnered Dependency Issue)

My partner has not worked at all in 2012. He did not work much in 2011. (He had some income in January.) We are not married or civilly unioned or anything “official.” However, for the last two years, he has qualified as my dependent and I have filed accordingly. Last year, this felt tricky because we were concerned about where the income cut-off was, and he filed as usual, but reporting himself as my dependent. This year did not feel tricky at all because he had no income at all (no employment, unemployment, no disability, nothing), so as soon as I got my W-2, I filed and got my refund and put it out of my mind. Until this morning as we headed out the door to work/doctor's appointment, when he asked “wait, when you did your taxes while I was in the hospital, did you file mine?” Oops. [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Apr 15, 2013 - 6 answers

Do Free File confirmation e-mails contain sensitive information?

Do the confirmation e-mails for e-filing federal tax returns with Free File Fillable Forms contain sensitive information? [more inside]
posted by millions on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm a Filipino citizen in the Philippines, how can I get an ITIN?

I'm currently a contractor for a U.S. based website which has just changed owners. The new owners now require all contractors to send updated IRS forms 8233 and W-8BEN. I'm a Filipino citizen residing in Manila. I do not have an ITIN - this was never required of us before. The new requirements presuppose that I have an existing ITIN. [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Oct 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Are we wrongly telling our participants that they don't get taxed?

I'm trying to find information about taxes and volunteer paid experimental (non-clinical) studies. I work in a lab, and one of our participants told us a week ago that if a study pays (the volunteer) over a certain amount, it gets taxed. Can anyone tell me if this is true and give me an official link? We're in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I can provide any other relevant information you need. Thanks!
posted by two lights above the sea on May 24, 2012 - 6 answers

AMT 2012

Estimating tax payments for 2012. According to the 1040-ES instructions, the exemption for the alternative minimum tax (for married people) is only $45k, down from $75k in 2011. I don't itemize and will have an adjusted gross income above $45k. Do I need to budget for the AMT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 - 2 answers

Is paying my taxes in installments a bad idea?

I have a bigger tax bill than I expected, and I'm wavering between putting it all on a credit card and using the IRS installment plan. Have you put your taxes on a credit card? Have you paid through an installment agreement? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Apr 10, 2012 - 21 answers

Receipts

Question about proper saving of e-mail and web receipts in case of an IRS audit. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Mar 21, 2012 - 3 answers

tax consulting services

I'm in a situation with some unfilled taxes and potentially more back taxes then I can pay at the moment. I've seen ads for tax consulting services that help you talk to the IRS. I've also seen some negative reviews for some of them, but was wondering if someone has some positive experience with any of these and can make a recommendation? My throw away email is : hrmnm@gmx.com
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Is it possible for a currently-credit-troubled person to get my LLC off the ground?

Will I have to undergo a credit check in order to form an LLC and open a business checking account for that company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Loopholes for tricking the taxman

My aunt seems to be laundering her income through a 501(c)(3) charity which she is the secretary and treasurer of. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 6, 2012 - 17 answers

Which boxes are perfect for storing receipts?

I am looking for the perfect boxes to store receipts. I really like these, but I am not in the market to order 1000 pieces and I cannot find an office supply company that sells something similar. [more inside]
posted by banished on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me file US tax returns while abroad

Please tell me exactly what I need to do to catch up on filing the tax returns that I didn’t complete for the last 4 years as a US citizen living abroad. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Oct 14, 2011 - 1 answer

I hate myself enough already, thanks

Please refer me to a NYC-area tax accountant who specializes in arts/freelance clients with horrid IRS debt and deep financial shame.
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2011 - 4 answers

Would Cheese or Bodie have ever sat down with an accountant?

I'm curious about the theoretical tax situations of characters from The Wire. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Can I get a free computer by doing my taxes right?

My roommate told me I can buy a computer and get a full refund on my taxes because I'm a student. Is this true, or partially true, or complete B.S.? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Sep 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Do I have to file state tax just because my company is based there?

State Tax Question: I live in Florida (no state tax) full-time, year round; the company I work for is based in North Carolina (state tax); I work in Florida in a home office set up by the company (co-workers home) year-round. NC State Tax is being deducted from my paycheck; is this correct? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Jan 30, 2011 - 9 answers

pick a tax form, any tax form

How do I file taxes? [more inside]
posted by lover on Jan 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Tiny Business Taxes for Software Sold

How should I be reporting Google Checkout and PayPal Express Checkout income and expenses to the IRS in 2011 for the 2010 tax year? [more inside]
posted by alan on Dec 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Show me the money!

I still haven't received my tax refund from way back in April. I've been in touch with the IRS, and my track record and paper trail are all on the up and up. I'm assured that it's all a misunderstanding, and once the bureaucratic machinations run their course, I will get my money. Will I? Has this ever happened to you? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Nov 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Paying to learn a tough lesson

How do I go about proving an uncollectible debt? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Automating Sched. D wash sale accounting?

Is there a way to automate wash sale accounting/schedule D preparation for a very active investor? [more inside]
posted by de void on Jul 14, 2010 - 4 answers

tax trouble, need help

Through a combination of bad advice and sloppiness / ineptitude, we've gotten ourselves into a fix with the IRS. No saber rattling yet but I know it's coming, so I'm hoping for some words of experience. [more inside]
posted by during_intimidated.01 on Jul 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Deduct annual broker fees?

taxfilter: Can I deduct the annual fees for my managed broker account (non-IRA)? I think this is OK, but Google is just making my eyes cross...
posted by smelvis on Mar 10, 2010 - 3 answers

I get a car! And I get a car!

I'm purchasing a new car, and I'm getting conflicting information about what to do with an insurance settlement check I received. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 - 3 answers

Is this worth a trip to small claims court?

Is it worth it trying to sue my accountant for not filing my taxes on time? [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Feb 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Is it okay to use this obsolete 1040X form?

Should I use the newest revised version of form 1040X to amend my 2008 taxes, or is the previous version okay? [more inside]
posted by supramarginal on Feb 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Are the taxes on an American sweepstakes win by a Canadian worth our while?

SweepstakesFilter: My wife (a Canadian like myself) recently won a large number of travel rewards points from an American chain of hotels. Help us determine if the prize is worth keeping considering what we'll have to pay in taxes to the IRS. [more inside]
posted by stungeye on Sep 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Yikes! The IRS wants to auction off our mom's house!

Greetings all! My brother, two sisters, and I formed an LLC to administer the ownership of my mom's house when she died. Each of us is has a 25% partnership interest. The LLC was formed in 2005. Well, it turns out my brother has tax debts to the IRS dating back to 2002, and now the IRS wants to put mom's house on the auction block. [more inside]
posted by luciosilla on Aug 26, 2009 - 46 answers

How should I handle taxes when I babysit?

Baby-sitting employer wants to pay under-the-table, but also claim the Child Care Credit using my SSN as a care provider... isn't this asking for trouble? [more inside]
posted by DeucesHigh on May 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Help Me Keep the Guys in the Green Visors From Chopping Down My Door.

I can't pay my taxes right now, but according to the IRS's information form on payment plans, if I can pay within 120 days I don't need a installment plan -- which would charge interest. The form requests that I call the IRS to notify them and get more information. However, I haven't been able to get through on their phone line for the last week, and now it's the 15th. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 15, 2009 - 11 answers

Are IRS tax liens public record?

Are IRS tax liens part of the public record? If so, is there a public database where I can access current/historical liens against individuals? [more inside]
posted by raz5 on Apr 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Why Withholdings?

Taxfilter: Why does the (US) federal government bother with payroll deductions? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Mar 4, 2009 - 25 answers

Will Obama give me money?

Will the stimulus law affect my tax filling? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Feb 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Messed up my tax return - what now?

I filed my taxes online about two or three weeks ago, and completely forgot about a mutual fund I own. Or rather, I remembered it, but because I didn't take anything out of it or put anything into it, I didn't think anything of it. Of course, I forgot about the dividends. So, today I get my Form 1099-DIV from Goldman Sachs, and find that I received $71.04 in total ordinary dividends. What should I do? My taxes were filed electronically and I've already received my state refund. Should I just sit on it and if I'm questioned by the IRS, pay the $10 or whatever in extra taxes? Will I get fined a huge amount if I don't alert them now? If I do alert them, how would I go about doing that? Asking anonymously because I feel like an idiot.
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I be paying US taxes?

Should I be paying US taxes? I moved to the UK when I was 14 (1991), and have never drawn an income in the United States, don't maintain a credit card, bank account, address, etc. However, I am still a US citizen, as well as a UK resident (soon to become citizen). A (paranoid and not informed) parent is worried that I'm going to end up in prison for tax evasion. I certainly don't earn enough money that I can afford to be taxed in two countries. Any information is greatly appreciated.
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Tax me on the River

Gambling and the IRS: I've been honing my poker skills and I think I'm ready to take my game to the next level: professionally. If I begin making gains at both casinos and online, what is my duty in terms of declarations and bookkeeping while filing my taxes?
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Any word if the IRS will rate the 2008 mileage rate because of the rapid increase in gas prices?

Any word if the IRS will rate the 2008 mileage rate because of the rapid increase in gas prices? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jun 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Can my minor children receive a gift from their great aunt that is excluded from the gift tax?

Can my great aunt make a $12,000 gift to me, my wife, and each of our two kids (for $48,000 total) without incurring the gift tax? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! on May 4, 2008 - 12 answers

How do I find a companies Fed Tax ID online?

How to find a company's Federal Tax ID # (in a hurry!) [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 15, 2008 - 6 answers

Excessively taxing a bonus?

So a friend's just received a bonus from her employer, but the bonuses seem excessive. (The taxes from that bonus exceed the total of taxes that were paid for the entire year.) Is there anything that can be done? [more inside]
posted by leo. on Apr 14, 2008 - 14 answers

Foreign Money Tax Filter

Foreign Money Tax Filter: This is likely a silly question, but please humor me. Money sat in an interest-friendly account overseas for 20 years, was finally all withdrawn this year.... [more inside]
posted by paperlanterns on Apr 13, 2008 - 5 answers

IRS installments vs credit card debt

Paying US back-taxes: should I go for an installment plan or pay it all now, and pay off the credit card companies instead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2008 - 8 answers

What Proof for Colorado Hybrid Tax Credit?

What proof do I need to claim the Colorado Alternative Fuel Vehicle Credit on my taxes? [more inside]
posted by cschneid on Feb 17, 2008 - 1 answer

I hear some people pay taxes. Not me though. Oh, damn.

I haven't filed (US and NJ) taxes in... hm. Possibly ever. I'd like to fix that, but have no idea what I made and when, and how to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2008 - 16 answers

Resident alien US tax liability? Advice?

Tax question/advice re: UK IT worker moving to US [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Nov 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Effect of marital status on taxes

U.S. tax question: Does married filing separately result in the same tax obligation as if a couple living together were filing as single? Does having a child create differering results?
posted by hodyoaten on Oct 8, 2007 - 5 answers

Help me hire an employee, in the eyes of the government

I am a sole proprieter in CA and hiring my wife as an employee. I am having a lot of trouble figuring out the process. I know that the CA EDD is the state agency, and the IRS is the federal agency that we use to make this happen- but neither place states very clearly what to do to tell them that I am hiring her. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Apr 9, 2007 - 4 answers

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