You Are Not My CPA Filter: I have a friend who is running for a small-time local political office (city charter commission) and who is paying all his campaign costs (signs, literature, etc.) out of his own pocket. Are these expenses tax deductible? We're having trouble wading through the thousands of Google results on business deductions to find an answer....
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]
I have not filed my tax returns for the past THREE years and would to rectify that. [more inside]
I am looking to make long-term low maintenance investments (e.g., index funds) in Euros in a tax-optimal way in France (assurance vie or PEA are what I understand are the real alternatives) but am shocked and appalled at the fees charged by French banks and mutual funds. I'd be quite grateful for any suggestions.
I have a good friend who's getting screwed by his (soon to be former employer) re: expenses and payroll taxes. What's the best way to resolve this situation? [more inside]
a friend just called frantic - her tax preparer failed to file her taxes by April 15. What to do? What next? [more inside]
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]
Where can I get good tax advice in the UK? [more inside]
New York City resident. I earned very little in 2008 and am getting all my withheld taxes back. So far so good. TaxACT seems to think I deserve an additional $145 "New York City School Tax Credit". In other words, I'd be getting more money than I put in. Is this plausible? [more inside]
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]
My funds to pay my (large) tax bill might not clear into the account I transferred them to until April 16th or 17th. What can I do to prevent the IRS from getting angry that they can't do the desired electric withdrawal on the 15th itself, or my bank getting pissed that the IRS trying to withdraw funds that just aren't there (yet)? [more inside]
I filed paper versions of my federal and state (ca) tax returns out of country. How can I check they were received? [more inside]
Estate tax returns in NC. Is this done by an accountant or an Estate Attorney? [more inside]
I'm currently working on my request for reassessment for my Toronto property. Are there any generic reasons could I add to my list? [more inside]
What is the legal definition of "first-time home-buyer" in Canada? [more inside]
What are the working opportunities for tax consultants with ACA qualification in the UK looking to emigrate to Malaysia? [more inside]
Yet another tax question: How can I calculate the value of all the public services I consume? [more inside]
Online Tax help specifically for people who live in NJ and work in NY? [more inside]
What state (or DC) do I have to pay tax in? [more inside]
Today was the first day the stimulus withholding showed up in my paycheck. I can't tell: is this additional $13 just a change in withholding, or is my annual income tax actually reduced by $400? If it's just another bullshit rebate, I do not want this money. Please advise. [more inside]
Why, now that the Australian government's "Alcopops" tax has failed to pass, does the government owe liquor manufacturers money? [more inside]
I suspect my former company is guilty of tax evasion after paying me like a freelancer instead of a full-time employee, unless I'm operating under a serious misconception of tax rights. I quit under duress, but now I'm filing taxes and I'd like to report their behavior if it has indeed been inappropriate. Please tell me whether or not I'm right to do so, and if so, how I should report them to the IRS with very little concrete evidence other than hearsay and my own 1099 form. [more inside]
Am I really paying $1,000 in taxes to freelance? [more inside]
Taxfilter: Why does the (US) federal government bother with payroll deductions? [more inside]
What is the best strategy for choosing the number of exemptions when filling out a W-4? Currently I'm getting a pretty big return come tax time. Should I be declaring more exemptions so that my return is closer to 0? That way I will have more money throughout the year to invest.
Will the stimulus law affect my tax filling? [more inside]
Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work [more inside]
Tax preparer with experience helping self-employed folk, ideally in Portland, OR? [more inside]
TaxFilter, specifically Department of Part-time Expatriate Freelance Taxation. A thorn in my side, inside. [more inside]
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.
If I interned for 3 months in Seattle but live and go to school in Wisconsin, do I need to pay WI state tax on the money I made over the summer in Washington, which has no state tax? [more inside]
ILiveEverywhereAndNowhereFilter: In 2008, I attended school in New York, worked a three month summer internship in Washington state, and maintained permanent residency in California. Given this, where do I file my state taxes? [more inside]
TaxFilter: So I need more monthly income. I'm thinking about upping my exemptions, but I would like to know how dramatically that will effect my tax return. More inside... [more inside]
Can grocery retailers claim a tax deduction for the market value of donated food, or just the cost of that food? I've been given both answers - but only one can be right, right? [more inside]
Which version of Turbo Tax should I use? [more inside]
Explain to me how property taxes in NYC work. [more inside]
Canadian finance minister, Jim Flaherty, is set to announce our government's plans to stimulate the economy. That plan is rumoured to contain some major tax cuts. Help me understand why every policy, in good times and bad, always calls for tax cuts. [more inside]
I need recommendations for consumer tax preparation software, other than TurboTax. [more inside]
Building a website for a charity in Australia. Can I get any tax deductions from this? Does it make a difference if I charge them or if I do it for free? [more inside]
Need a recommendation for tax prep software appropriate for public practice [more inside]
Please recommend a local tax preparer in the SF Bay area (San Jose preferred). I have a fairly straightforward situation: single, 401(K), charity donations that need to be itemized and some interest income from a money market account.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a good CPA in the east bay (San Francisco) area. We don't know many locals who don't use turbo-tax and have a complicated year's worth of taxes. [more inside]
I'm living in Melbourne, Australia, and I have a whole lot of unwanted clothing (some unworn or barely worn) that I want to donate to an op shop. Am I able to get any tax deduction for this?
My partner and I need to pay off some debt, and unfortunately we need to dip into our retirement funds. Our tax accountant is on vacation and we can't find the answer to our question. We have two sources–either sell some stock or cash out a couple of short-term IRA CDs. Which is the lesser of two evils? [more inside]
[Tax/Stock Filter:] Employee Stock Purchase Plan advice especially in re: taxation [more inside]
Looking for a good tax preparer in the Boston area. [more inside]
blogging as a business and taxes - it can't be so difficult! Or can it? The Plan - spouse and I want to start a travel blog (we love to travel and are *good* at it!) as a business. You know, run some google ads, make a little money. Actually, if we make enough to cover our travel, we'll be happy (until the eventual greed kicks in). Soooo... if we're going to make more than $600 here in America, the IRS is going to want it's share. But two can play at that game! We want to take all the deductions we can (home office, website costs and, of course, our travel). It will just be the two of us, no employees. But therein lies the confusion... [more inside]
We're probably having a quick before-end-of-financial-year Wedding in California. What are some marriage tax / credit / legal / other benefits? Disadvantages? Actions to take before marriage to maximize our stability and security? [more inside]
30-year investment portfolio which has to start before the end of the year and wants to be left alone afterwards?
If you had a very strong incentive to invest money before the end of the year with a 30-year outlook, and a further strong incentive to not adjust your investment strategy over that timeframe unless absolutely necessary, what kind of portfolio would you assemble? [more inside]
Is it legal for AT&T to charge sales tax on the un-discounted price of a new phone (versus the actual purchase price)? Why? [more inside]