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Marriage and the tax penalty.

Should we get married this year, or will that end up in a tax penalty, considering our incomes are similar and we would end up in a higher tax bracket? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2014 - 14 answers

 

Help me not owe a bazillion dollars in taxes next year.

Somewhat unexpectedly, I find myself working as a full time freelancer. Help me anticipate the tax situation. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Feb 27, 2013 - 13 answers

excel income tax calc help

Excel help: I'm trying to input a dollar value into a cell and have the output be the federal income tax for that amount (just using the brackets). Federal income tax is calculated such that the first x dollars are taxed at rate R, the next y dollars are taxed at rate S, and up through several different rate brackets. I can do this calculation with a simple IF statement using multiple cells by summing the result of 5 separate bracket calculations. I'm not sure if I can cram it into one giant formula. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Oct 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Why not lower income taxes and increase capital gains taxes?

Has there been any serious discussion or analysis of "swapping" capital gains tax rates (by raising them) and income tax rates (by lowering them)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Tax issue or nonissue?

I think someone (semi-falsely, read on) wrote that they paid me a nominal amount on their tax return filed this year. I did not file, and did not need to. Several questions about filing, residence, and liability follow, somewhat NYC specific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 13 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

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

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

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

Does one have any recourse against a New York State income execution for taxes

Does one have any recourse against a New York State income execution for taxes? Can the person get it reduced or fight in any way? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Mar 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Do I claim rent in Ontario when the reported income clearly could never have covered it?

I am filing tax returns for a number of prior years. One of those years was spent renting an apartment, but having almost no income whatsoever to claim. Rent was paid through a variety of means (read: help from parents). It was one of those years. Do I claim the rent paid? [more inside]
posted by tapesonthefloor on Mar 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Employee Shouldering Cost of Payroll Mistake?

A friend's employer's payroll company has been incorrectly filing her payroll taxes by subtracting her healthcare costs after taxes, causing her to pay more income tax than necessary. Her boss has said she is out of luck, is there anything she can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 - 14 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

How to verify Reagan's high income tax rates on the rich?

How can I verify that Reagan's income tax on the rich was 50%, whereas nowadays the income tax on the rich is only 35%? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Jan 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Can I avoid paying hefty fees and interest on my late tax bill?

Can I avoid paying hefty fees and interest on my late tax bill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Absent dad wrongly claims daughters as dependents

How can this unfair income tax situation be resolved? [more inside]
posted by davcoo on Apr 15, 2010 - 12 answers

The Taxman Cometh

In 2009, I made less than $9000 at my part-time job. Do I need to include this income when filing my taxes? [more inside]
posted by en el aire on Apr 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Self-Employment for dummies

(Self-employment-Filter) What should I know about / be aware of when contracting for a local university? [more inside]
posted by explosion on Jun 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work

Self-employment tax help for out-of-state web work [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2009 - 9 answers

US income tax history and theory for dummies?

With all the bickering over taxes in the election campaign, I'm trying to get a broader picture of US income tax history, theories behind past policies, and analysis of how they worked (in idiot friendly language). [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Oct 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Income tax versus Fair tax....help

I need to better understand the proposed tax systems. Mainly the fair tax or sales tax versus an income tax. I am writing a paper for school on the viewpoints of TTARA (The Texas Taxpayers and Research Ass.) and CTJ (citizens for tax justice) but cannot gain a clear idea of what each side is proposing. Obviously the republicans want the fair tax, and since TTARA is business minded, I assume they too seek the fair tax, or at least support it. But what is the Dem idea of fair taxation? Do they want an income tax? What is all this talk on CTJ about income tax cuts? I don’t have the patience to sift through all the material so I'm hoping someone can give me a basic idea of the differing positions on the matter. Mainly answer the question of who wants what and why, and who benefits most from each plan.... Also what about the working poor, do they benefit most from an income tax? Etc. Etc.
posted by madmamasmith on May 4, 2008 - 17 answers

CPA in Pasadena?

Can you recommend a good CPA in Pasadena? [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Feb 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Australian tax question EXCITING. Not.

Any Australian mefites out there with tax accounting knowledge for film/tv workers? I am so confused about this "income averaging" thing everyone's talking about. I get the theory of why and how income averaging works, but I'm a bit confused about who is eligible, as I've been hearing conflicting stories... [more inside]
posted by mooza on Feb 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Better late than never?

US citizen living in Canada, didn't file a US return in 2006 for my meager graduate student stipend. Should I file a late 2006 US return now, even though I know I don't owe anything? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Jan 31, 2008 - 6 answers

Tax Withholding For Novices

We're looking for a good online tax withholding calculator. Our 2008 income will be much higher than 2007, and we've only filed jointly once before (newlyweds). [more inside]
posted by Lord Kinbote on Jan 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Which state am I a resident of? Where do I file my taxes?

I live in NH but still have a CT driver's license... due to a combination of supposed lack of need and laziness. [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Jan 20, 2008 - 9 answers

Filing for child tax credit separately

Is it legal to file for child tax credit separately? [more inside]
posted by mithiirym on Jan 3, 2008 - 7 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

How much does it cost to have your income tax done by an accountant?

Quick survey: how much does your accountant charge to do your income tax? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Jul 21, 2007 - 18 answers

Mac-Friendly Site for Free Filiing Taxes

Last year, I used H&R Block's web site to file my taxes. At the time, I was working on a PC laptop. Now, I'm using Mac, and none of the h&r tax filing apps are rendering properly. I tried using Firefox, Safari, Explorer, and Opera to no avail. Are there any 'free file Companies' on the web for Mac-Users?
posted by sswiller on Apr 14, 2007 - 13 answers

USA freelancing from abroad?

Are there any US citizens here who have lived abroad but did freelance or contract work for clients in the States who can share their experiences? I am a US citizen living in Australia as a Permanent Resident since 2001. I have just gotten some freelance work from the States and need to figure out who I need to talk to on which shores to figure out the details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2007 - 10 answers

A TAXing Question

H&R Block sells kinda pricey tax preparation software and for an extra $15 bucks, or so, you can file online using that software. Or, you can go to the IRS website and grab a link that allows you to prepare AND FILE your taxes for FREE -- using H&R Block's website. This makes no sense to me. Why on earth would they do that??? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jan 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Health insurance and taxes

How do I "incorporate under my business" for the purpose of deducting health care costs from my income as a self-employed person? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Is Income Tax Illegal in the USA?

Is there a law requiring you to pay Income Tax? I saw this video over at youtube, from The FreedomtoFacisim.com website. They say that Income tax is illegal and there are no laws. They even mention that the 16th admendment isn't valid via the supreme court. Ok, are these guys wackos? IRS has guns, so they make the rules, thats all I know.
posted by IronWolve on Nov 5, 2006 - 30 answers

How can I be forced to pay income tax to two states?

I live in New York and recently started a new job in New Jersey. On my first pay stub, I noticed that I'm paying a state income tax for both NY and NJ (and the tax for new jersey is actually $30 more than the NY tax). How can I be forced to pay income tax to two different states when I only live in one? This seems unjust.
posted by zembla3 on Apr 30, 2006 - 5 answers

My Partner on My Tax Return?

Have you claimed a domestic partner, boyfriend, or girlfriend as a dependent for IRS tax purporses? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo on Mar 1, 2006 - 11 answers

Deadline for claiming small business expenses on income tax

I'm a Canadian who has very recently bought a pre-owned computer for a business I'm starting. Can I claim it in the upcoming income tax? Should I have registered the business first, and then make the necessary purchases? What is the deadline for claiming small business expenses on income tax anyway?
posted by rinkjustice on Jan 17, 2006 - 5 answers

Investment interest at tax time

Canadian Investment Loan Income Tax question. I get so sick of people telling me "You can write off the interest...." and then when I ask them what that means exactly... Silence. [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet on Dec 28, 2005 - 6 answers

Relocation Allowances - Taxable?

TaxFilter: A co-worker and I both recently relocated and received a relocation allowance. Anything above the cost of the move (excess reimbursement) we were allowed to keep. I know that the excess is taxable income. My co-worker feels that the relocation allowance is like our Meals and Incidental Expenses per diem, we didn't spend all of the allowance, so we get to keep the balance treating it as non-taxable income.

How can I simply explain the difference between a per diem and an excess reimbusrment to him? I've showed him relevant IRS documentation such as Publications 17 and 521 to no avail.
posted by Fat Guy on Feb 5, 2005 - 5 answers

Bonus Taxes

How can one determine how much tax they're going to pay on their annual bonus? I don't much understand tax schedules or anything, pointers to "for dummies" style-explanation sites would be helpful.
posted by TuxHeDoh on Jan 21, 2005 - 11 answers

US tax question - telecommuiting

Taxfilter: telecommuting across state lines. [mi] [more inside]
posted by 445supermag on Jan 16, 2005 - 2 answers

Tax and Stock Options

I have exercised stock options and taken possession of a small number of shares. I have not sold anything, but am wondering how screwed I am, tax-wise. First, do I have to declare the value of the stock as "income" for the year that I acquired it? Second, if I should sell it, do I add the money I receive from that sale to my regular taxable income? Do I deduct the amount I paid in? Is the net difference subject to other taxes? Is this handle-able by an average person or do I need an accountant?
posted by scarabic on Jan 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Income tax question for an LLC

If one has a business that is registered as an LLC (with no partners-- just the one person) and if: the business location (office) is in one state, the owner lives in another state and most of the business (or clients) are in a third state in which state is state income tax due-- where the office is, the owner's residence or where the clients are?
posted by limitedpie on Aug 24, 2004 - 3 answers

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