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Home based business tax write offs when you don't own the home

Can you write off renovations to your home on your taxes for a home based business if you don't own or rent the residence? [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly on Apr 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Do we have to repay the first-time home buyer credit? [scenario inside]

I am buying a new house in my name only. My wife and I received the 2009 $8000 tax credit for first time home buyers, and have not lived here the required 3 years. The house was purchased in her name and she will be staying at the old house. Do we still have to repay the credit?
posted by idyllhands on Apr 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Does my accountant have to give me a copy of a past tax return?

Is my accountant obliged to give me a copy of a past business tax return if requested? [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Apr 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Australian with US investments

What sort of things should an Australian living in Australia know about owning an investment (e.g., an index fund) in the USA? The investment would be part of a retirement fund that has a low (15%) tax rate in Australia.
posted by Joe in Australia on Apr 23, 2012 - 2 answers

I've stumbled into a fairly successful business. What's next?

How to be the best digital content consulting guy I can be: taxes, subcontracting, incorporation, fees, etc. Your thoughts on freelancing business stuff? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol on Apr 18, 2012 - 2 answers

How do you cope with tax inequality?

I'm broke, can't find work, and owe more taxes than Bank of America. Help me deal with the financial and emotional fallout. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 - 17 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

Help me have more of my income withheld for taxes!

I'm tired of getting screwed over on my taxes. I have two jobs, one of these jobs will not take taxes out with each paycheck. How do I arrange my other job to take more out to cover this? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Apr 16, 2012 - 19 answers

Do I need to file a 1040X? How does that affect my state tax return?

Tax panic! I e-filed my 1040 federal return a few weeks ago; then, while finally tackling my state tax return last week, I discovered I'd incorrectly transferred an amount from one of my additional forms into the 1040. Do I need to file a 1040X to correct this, and how do I proceed with my state return? [more inside]
posted by estherbester on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Does this seem like a virus threat?

I purchased some software recently from a company txf.express designed to help create an 8949 form for stock trades. It seemed that it was improperly calculating a few numbers, and upon my questioning the software creator asked for my trading history to review the data and look for errors. He then sent me a .piz file and asked that I rename it to a .zip file and open it for a properly functioning program. My limited understanding is that " if you receive a piz file in an email and you are not familiar with the person who is sending it or are unsure of why they are sending it, do not change it to a zip file and try opening it. This could result in infecting your system with a computer virus." Are their legitimate reasons why he should be sending a piz file and asking me to rename it?
posted by dougiedd on Apr 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Historical Tax Data - someone has it somewhere, right?

OMGTaxFilter question about historical tax costs. Historical stock price research? Why can't a company keep track of it's own stock price? Why can't I look up an old stock cost price on a recently defunct stock ticker? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Apr 11, 2012 - 13 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

How to figure out what to charge for 1099 work?

How to figure a contract rate for 1099 work? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Mar 29, 2012 - 10 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

Collecting out-of-state unemployment while living in New York

If I collected California unemployment benefits while living in New York, do I have to pay taxes to New York? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

AMT, not ATM

I am single, rent, and payed AMT for 2011. If I owned my own home and had a mortgage, would I have been able to deduct the interest, or is the fact that I payed AMT a sign that no further deductions were available to me? I have few deductions but itemize because my state tax alone is more than the standard deduction. You are not now, and will never be, my accountant.
posted by benbenson on Mar 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Primary residence NH MA

I am currently living with my parents in NH.I just moved here from NJ. My job will be in MA. I just bought a car in NH and will be registering it here tomorrow. I plan to eventually (less than 6 months in the future, this question might come up) rent a place near Boston in order to be closer to work on days I might have to work late and to be able to socialize and party in a more urban area without driving sometimes on weekends or weekdays. It seems that if I make this future dwelling my primary residence, in MA, I will have to pay a bunch of money on car sales tax and registration conversion. I will be spending a few days (3 maybe) a week at my parents place anyway. Is there any legal way to keep this address in NH as my primary residence, while being able to also rent a place in Somerville or Cambridge and park there? [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Mar 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Documenting tithed amount/donation; need to keep records under a certain percentage?

What amount of my income can I claim as tithed/donated without having to have receipts or a paper trail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 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

Set up LLC now or later

Asking business question about setting up LLC and tax savings [more inside]
posted by akomom on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents

Being pressured by my company to sign legal documents. This seems very not okay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Work visa in the USA

Can I apply for a visa to work with a company that I create in the USA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How to make a loan to a family member?

Where can I find a good contract template for a loan between two family members? What about the tax implications? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Feb 15, 2012 - 1 answer

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

Sales tax in Tx

TaxFilter: Should i be charging sales tax when i do computer work for someone? Not selling any parts, just service such as removing viruses, installing software, reinstalling OS, etc... Im in the State of Texas. Thanks in advance.
posted by flipmiester99 on Feb 5, 2012 - 3 answers

What do I owe Her Majesty the Queen?

Help an American citizen with British income tax on book royalties. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm pretty sure the Bluth family is a terrible role model here

I'm inheriting $100,000. My parents are inheriting a lot more (around $1mil, but we're not sure the exact amount). Please give us advice. We're in the US (New Mexico). [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Jan 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Can you help with this Canadian GST/HST dilemma?

Canadian tax question: I quoted a client for a job, and neglected to specify whether GST/HST is included. They think the price should be understood as including GST/HST. I think it should be understood as excluding GST/HST. Is there some external standard to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 27, 2012 - 23 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

I know there is a reason for this...

What is the catch here. Business creating a seperate LLC for company cars. [more inside]
posted by handbanana on Jan 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Life insurance loan is underwater? Is there anything I can with the tax hit?

Many moons ago, my parents took out a loan against a whole life insurance policy on me. Now the policy is underwater and the insurance comapny wants to terminate it and I'm taking a tax hit. Can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Jan 23, 2012 - 12 answers

small potatoes tax question

Tax Question: I'm getting paid to do art in another city. Is it more sensible to use my travel stipend or my credit card points to pay for the flight? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 11, 2012 - 3 answers

taxing.

argh!! nooooooo!! my amazing tax accountant has decided to retire and is leaving me without any referrals. can anyone recommend an awesome tax accountant, bonus points for specializing in working with creatives. [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Any potential tax write-offs for long-distance commuters?

US-ian Tax questions: After a long hunt, this year I finally found a job (yay) several time-zones away from my husband and family (boo). The travel, additional housing, etc costs have consumed a lot of my income. Are any of those additional expenses potential write-offs for my taxes? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Dec 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Are there tax implications to my parents helping me to pay off my student loan?

[Canada Tax Filter] If my parents loan me money to pay back a non-government student line of credit from a bank, and I pay them a portion of the principal each month, are there any negative tax implications? [more inside]
posted by dobie on Dec 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Does the tax man keep your money if you overpay?

If you pay estimated taxes and then end up not owing those taxes, do you get them back? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Dec 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Brainstorming problems with regular gifts from friend

Off the top of your head, what are the potential pitfalls with a friend giving me a regular gift of money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Is an undefined holiday allowance legal in the UK?

My boss wants to change my holiday allowance. Ignoring how good or bad a deal this is, is it actually legal? Does it have tax implications? [UK specific] [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Nov 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Help keep my friend out of prison

My friend is being being influenced by internet crackpots. How can I get him to listen to reason? [more inside]
posted by ambulocetus on Nov 3, 2011 - 42 answers

How do I write-off a donation?

Tax question: How do I determine the value (if any) for a donation write-off? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Nov 2, 2011 - 11 answers

In the unlikely event they don't get full-ride scholarships

I own a lot of shares in a company that has done very well on the market recently. So well in fact that if I sold it all now, I could divide the proceeds equally between my two kids and set them both up for college — something my parents couldn't do for me. However, my oldest child won't be ready for college for another 12 years. Is there any way to convert the stock shares into something less volatile than the market, without incurring capital gains tax? My kids both have 529 funds and I'd love to be able to move the stock there but I want to avoid the IRS as much as possible. Yes, I am naive and ignorant of the finer workings of finance, so please be gentle.
posted by Ratio on Oct 30, 2011 - 13 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

Paying taxes as a contract employee

Until this year, my wife and I have been salaried employees with large organizations. This year, she has become a contract employee for the first time, and neither of us knows much about the process of paying taxes (Social Security, Medicare, and income) in that mode. [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 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

How to avoid import taxes on a parcel from the US to the UK.

How to avoid import taxes on a parcel from the US to the UK. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Sep 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Estimated Self-Employment Tax

I am trying to learn more/understand better my new tax situation as an independent consultant, and was hoping someone could help me with the following questions: 1. How do I compute my Net Earnings From Self-Employment (NESE)? What calculation is used? 2. Since I am excluded from Federal and State tax (my tax domicile is TX) for my foreign-earned income amount (I estimate it would be $87,500 for 2011) - can you break down how I can get the estimated tax payment amount for 2011? [more inside]
posted by bbhart113 on Sep 10, 2011 - 7 answers

US Tax Law Change for Americans Living Abroad

As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks on Aug 27, 2011 - 9 answers

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