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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

Definition of “out-of-state business activity”

What does “out-of-state business activity” mean in the below quote? “If you are a Michigan resident, all of your income is subject to tax, no matter where it is earned, except income earned from out-of-state business activity.” From this web page – here [more inside]
posted by Sabby on Aug 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for a production/entertainment accountant in L.A.

I'm making a feature film and I need an accountant to maybe handle payroll, but mainly to advise on tax matters for my LLC and me personally. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Accounting/Tax preparation software. Mac + Canada + idiot

I have looked at previous questions but truly don't understand what I am actually needing enough to judge suitability. Here's what I have and what I need. I don't know what to track (in the finer sense) or how best to track it but I have a fair bit of money coming in and out and I'd like to know if I am ahead this year and also whether I have (for instance) enough tax room to upgrade stuff that I can write off (ie new Macbook Pro, specific software for my stuff, specific hardware etc.). [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Jul 26, 2013 - 1 answer

How do I find the details of a business's unpaid federal tax bills?

A local politician has an unpaid $500,000 tax bill associated with a business he owns. I'd like to find out more details on this. [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now on Jul 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me stock up on life supplies

For boring, complex, tax-related reasons, I have more than $4,000 which must be spent on goods or services in the next week. What vouchers, memberships, services or products should I buy to put the money to good use and hopefully make the next year awesome? (In Sydney, Australia or online). . [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Jul 3, 2013 - 57 answers

First time self employed - what can be deducted? Therapy, bike, health?

Hello! I am an independent contractor (1099 Misc form) for the first time in my life and need some tax advice as the budget is a bit tight! Therapy, acupuncture, bicycle, insurance, computer, etc. How do deductions work? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jul 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Running an LLC while travelling the world?

I'm working on a few apps and I'd like to form an LLC. What complicates matters is that I plan to travel the world for the next few years, meaning that all my work will be done from my laptop with no stable office and no employees other than myself. I'm currently based in California. What are some good resources to help me figure out the best way to establish my business, both financially and legally? [more inside]
posted by archagon on Jul 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Questions in preparation for early retirement

I am thinking of retiring early, relatively soon. Probably within five years, maybe much sooner. I want to make sure that I correctly understand various things, so I have several questions related to taxation, Obamacare, health savings accounts, IRAs, and SEPP. [more inside]
posted by Sock McPuppet, Jr. on Jul 1, 2013 - 5 answers

UK Do I have to "register" a business name to do business under a name?

I'm in London UK and I'm working for as an independent consultant for some businesses in the UK and Overseas (non EU). Currently I'm trading under my given name but I'm wondering if I can just start using a business name instead. just for the appearance of more "professionalism". Can I just start using "XYZ Consulting" as my business name on contracts and invoices etc? Or do I have to do I have to register something. I"m not that fussed about limited liability etc. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jun 28, 2013 - 6 answers

LLC then what?

After you've incorporated, what are the daily, monthly, and yearly behaviors and fees associated with having an LLC? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 22, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I label customs forms when shipping personal effects to the US?

I am about to send some used personal effects to the US from Europe. I'm sending four boxes of used books and clothes. Each box weighs about 20kg. What should I put on the customs label? In particular, how do I estimate the value of used personal effects? Is it zero? I don't care about insurance/replacement value, I just want to minimize/avoid customs charges. If it matters, I'm in Germany, and will be sending by DHL. I'm a European citizen who will be moving to the US for three years with a J-1 (academic) visa. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jun 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Delinquent expat tax situation, will I need an enrolled agent?

I've had a difficult time figuring out my tax situation since I moved from the US and now I'm trying to get everything settled. I'm behind a few years and need someone to talk directly with the IRS on my behalf. Will I need an enrolled agent? A tax attorney? Both? Neither? Arg it's so confusing! [more inside]
posted by tacocat on May 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Legal and Tax Ramifications of Paying Subcontractors

I've been doing a fair bit of freelance work, and it's to the point now that I have to sub out certain tasks that are outside my area of expertise. I don't want to make my clients cut multiple checks if I can avoid it–want them to just deal with me to keep it simple and neat. However, I do not want to be on the hook for income that is actually going to a sub. What to do? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on May 17, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I Re-Mail US IRS and Treasury Dept Tax Info?

I live in (and am a citizen of) Canada, and have recently mailed important tax information to the US IRS and Treasury Department via the regular Canada post. Should I re-mail that information to ensure that it made it to the proper destinations? [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on May 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I effectively protest the actions of my state tax authority?

I'm seeing reporting that bothers me that my state tax authority is targeting artists for auditing based on what sounds like some specious assertions regarding whether their business models and expenses are appropriate. I realized I don't know what I should do to formally protest these actions. [more inside]
posted by Luke Skywalker on Apr 30, 2013 - 10 answers

and I thought we were done with tax questions for a while

My employer paid me separate checks for my regular hours and overtime hours, and the overtime was not taxed. Is this cool? [more inside]
posted by secretdawn on Apr 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Calculating California state income tax withholding

I feel like this should be really easy, but I'm coming up with a non-sensical result. I am considering taking a job that would involve a pay cut (long story, I promise it's worth it). I am trying to calculate what my actual paycheck would be. I'm using the paycheck calculator at Paycheckcity.com to figure this out. But the number it's giving me for California state income tax doesn't seem right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 2 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

Freelancers: What are your tips to make it easy to do expenses/taxes?

I work as a freelancer, and have done so for many years. Which means I need to track all my expenses for tax time. I'd like to spend as little time as possible on this, both week-to-week, and at the end of the year. I'm in Canada, if that affects things. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Apr 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Tax Question: Writing Off Startup Costs In the First Year of Business

Question about whether it's worth it to write off approx. $2500 in startup costs for a small business that generated no income in 2012, and whether it's worth it to do so. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Apr 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Is an org. legally required to generate 1099 forms?

Is the non-profit I work for legally required to generate 1099 forms for all of the individuals who receive stipends from this org. and have filled out W9 forms (technically "independent contractors")? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Tax Q: Gettin' divorced, can't claim deductions.

Here's the rub: In February on 2012, I decided to end my marriage. Because I was dead broke, we simply moved apart, split the bank account in two and went our separate ways with the understanding that we'd make a move to formally divorce in the next year. We did not get a legal separation. That divorce is now pending. My soon-to-be-ex-wife filed her taxes 'Married, Filing Separately'. This causing me all kind of tax havoc, including a bill I have no way of paying. More inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2013 - 28 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

Do I need a new W2 and other tax questions

I lived in two states last year, but apparently only paid taxes in one. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the sense in the marriage tax penalty?

Can anyone explain the politics behind the marriage tax penalty? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Mar 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Did you find mistakes or problems with Turbotax?

Hi AskMefi. Did my taxes as I always do withTurbotax Deluxe. They came out higher than I expected. I'm considering getting a professional to see if I'm making errors but wanted to see if anyone has had a similar experience where they found that turbotax left them with unaccounted or unexpected payments. Any experiences like this? Thanks.
posted by CaptainCaseous on Mar 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Can I rent an apartment in NYC with this on the credit report?

I've paid my back taxes for New York State as of last year, but the judgment is still on my credit reports, although marked "paid". This is my only ding. Will landlords refuse to rent to me anyway? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Feb 28, 2013 - 4 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

Do I need a CPA/CA to prepare my taxes?

I moved back to Canada in November 2012 after living in the US for the past five years. Last year I had a CPA prepare my 2011 US and Canada returns and was shocked when I was billed $2,200 for what I see as a relatively simple tax situation. (W2, 1099-INT from the bank, statements of 401K and RRSP contributions and charitable donations) I still haven't recovered from paying so much last year and well, it's that time of year again. What are my options of having my US and Canadian returns prepared for a more reasonable amount? Can I get a US tax preparer in the States and a different one in Canada or is there some sort of connection that's required? Can I do the taxes myself using a TurboTax package from the US and one from Canada? I have my 2011 returns to use as a guide. I'm scared I'll miss something or do something wrong, but it's awfully tempting under the circumstances.
posted by Babushka on Feb 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Paid a friend to help me with a project. He wants a W2. Really?

A friend in the same field as me, who was underemployed last year, helped me on a project last year. Over the whole year it was a total of 32 hours (I paid him at $50/hr). Now he's asking for a W2. I think it's pretty clear that he was not an employee (W2), but rather an independent contractor (1099). Aside from inventing a time machine to go back and clarify the terms (which I didn't think would be a problem, considering our friendship), what should I do here? What's at stake?
posted by Anonymousness on Jan 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Help! File for me, s'l vous plais!

Looking for a referral for a tax preparer for personal and small creative business. I am located in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots on Jan 24, 2013 - 1 answer

Missed 1099 form. How much trouble could I get in?

Missed 1099 form. How much trouble could I get in? (You are not my tax lawyer. Understood but seeking advice) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2013 - 15 answers

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Should we file jointly or individually?

Mr. Arnicae and I are married, but haven't filed our (U.S.) taxes jointly before. We're trying to figure out how to decide if it would be financially advantageous to file jointly, and what the negatives or positives would be. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Dec 15, 2012 - 9 answers

How common are discontinuous tax rates? And why would any nation have them?

I had previously thought nonflat taxes were all marginal, but to my surprise the UK Stamp Duty Land Tax doesn't use marginal rates at all. Are there other taxes like this? And why would a nation implement taxes this way? [more inside]
posted by jackbishop on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Want to sell my paintings - what to do?

I would like to begin to sell my paintings at local art fairs and online sites such as Etsy, $25-100.00 price range. Do I really need to set up an LLC or sole proprietorship, get a tax number and whatever else just to sell a painting or two (if I'm lucky?) Thanks. P.S. I live in Illinois.
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Nov 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Cheapest / smartest way to upgrade new Macbook?

Help me navigate buying and upgrading a new Macbook Pro. Can I upgrade the HDD or RAM myself without voiding the warranties, or am I stuck paying the Apple tax for more HDD and RAM? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Nov 20, 2012 - 10 answers

I just want to vote for the president

Absentee voting for US elections - what is this 'tax liability' business? State is Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield on Nov 1, 2012 - 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

New York State Sales Tax headaches for a clothing retailer

How do you handle the labyrinth of New York State sales tax? I'm launching an online business that sells goods (some clothes, some non-clothes). We're located in New York State. We need to collect tax in New York State... gorey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Muffy on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 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

Take my deductions -- PLEASE!

Does Romney want to remove deductions for 401k to help pay for his 20% "across the board" tax cut? [more inside]
posted by bionic.junkie on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking for a cross-border Canada/US tax expert

Recommendation for cross-border Canada/US tax expert (in Bay Area, or other)? [more inside]
posted by Chaotic Bedlam on Sep 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Tax on Early iRA Withdrawal

Looking at cashing in a post-tax IRA for purchase of a second home. Realizing there are tax and penalties to be applied, this still may make sense. Because the IRA funds are post-tax, however, what exactly will be our total tax liability be? [more inside]
posted by flyingrock on Aug 26, 2012 - 2 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

Negotiating on benefits: Sure, you can supplement my take-home pay with chocolate.

I know how to negotiate on salary. Tell be about negotiating on benefits. What have you asked for and received that really sweetened a job offer for you? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Am I going to be audited?

So I was just wired ~$23,000 into my checking account from a foreign bank. How much (if any) tax do I have to pay on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Seeking helpful tax professional in Durham/Chapel Hill?

It's time to hire help for tax stuff. Any recommendations (including self-recommendations, if you want) for someone around Durham-Chapel Hill, NC? Need help with: working in multiple states (NYC, RTP), lots of travel & business expenses (probably including deductions we don't know about) and maybe other stuff. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 2, 2012 - 3 answers

How does the property value really affect me?

Home value dropped - does it really matter? [more inside]
posted by smelvis on Jul 31, 2012 - 9 answers

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