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Income Tax Question

We live in the state of Alabama. My son is 18 and a full time college student. He is starting a part time job to help with school. He will be making minimum wage and will work 20 or so hours per week. We are filling out his paperwork and came across the "Alabama Dept. of Revenue Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate" http://www.ador.state.al.us/Withholding/FA4(01_07).pdf Would this apply to my son or do we leave it blank?
posted by Kam1761 on Aug 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me gain better administrative skills at my nonprofit -- audits, accounting, and taxes

Help me with my nonprofit's accounting and audit practices. Just looking for some general tips on (1) learning the basics on accounting; (2) learning how to prepare audits most efficiently; and (3) bonus points for help on the more stringent 2008 IRS filing requirements for nonprofits. [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Aug 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Recovery of US casino jackpot tax withholdings

As a Canadian, how do I recover gambling tax withholding from winnings at Las Vegas casinos? [more inside]
posted by albertagirl on Aug 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Which papers go in the rectangular file and which go in the circular file?

What important household papers and documents must I keep and file? What papers are OK to throw away? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Calculating Canadian customs duties?

CustomsFilter: I shipped something to Canada and messed up the declared value. How do I calculate what the recipient will have to pay? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Jul 27, 2009 - 4 answers

What's the deal on California food taxes?

I've noticed when I buy food in California at different restaurants, sometimes there's sales tax and sometimes there's not. What's the deal? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 2, 2009 - 13 answers

Jobs for tax accountants?

What kinds of jobs are available for tax accountants? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Jun 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Maybe he's in some sort of tax shelter?

Help me find out what happened to my accountant!! A little sleuthing help, please.... [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jun 18, 2009 - 25 answers

How to pay my tax quarterly?

Last minute Taxfilter! First time form 1040 user, more questions inside. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jun 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Should we buy our next car in Oregon or Colorado?

We're planning to move from Oregon to Colorado. We also plan to buy a new car soon. Should we buy it in Oregon (no sales tax) or just wait til we get to Colorado? [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Jun 13, 2009 - 6 answers

New to the UK and working as a contractor - how do I arrange for tax?

New to the UK and going to be working for a Europe-based company - how do I deal with this? Am I self-employed? What do I do about tax and deductions? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jun 10, 2009 - 6 answers

I got taxt problems and need a CPA in New Joisey!

Can anyone recommend a good CPA and/or Tax attorney in the Montclair / Caldwell area of New Jersey? Several potential tax issues and or problems I am facing....More after the jump... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Jun 10, 2009 - 1 answer

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

Does the US tax non-US citizens working outside the US for US companies?

I am not a citizen or resident of the US, but I've been offered the opportunity to do some freelance work for a US-based company. The work will be done entirely in my country, without ever visiting the US, but as far as I can tell they will be paying me directly from their home office in the US (not via a subsidiary in my country). Under these circumstances, would the IRS be expecting some sort of filing from me relating to this when the next US tax deadline comes around?
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Credit against *what* taxes?

Help me understand tax credit incentives for filming movies in a particular city/state. How would the production company get enough taxable state income to make a credit worth it?
posted by smackfu on May 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Wilder, VT versus Lebanon/Hanover NH.

Wilder, VT versus Lebanon/Hanover NH. I recently got a job in Hanover, NH. I am looking for places to live and am trying to decide between living in the Lebanon/Hanover area or a cheaper place that I found in Wilder, VT. [more inside]
posted by icy on May 13, 2009 - 16 answers

I'm a dependant, full-time student abroad and haven't filed with the IRS for the past three years. Doing immigration stuff and need tax returns. What now?

I am helping my partner migrate to the U.S. after our marriage. We're nearing the point where we do an Affidavit of Support during our embassy interview abroad, which says I need to bring tax returns. I have not filed income taxes for the last three years, because I have been a full-time student in this country. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Masochism expressed through higher-level law degree, or good idea?

I'm thinking of returning to school for an LLM in taxation, and am looking for advice, experience, pros, cons, etc. [more inside]
posted by bunnycup on May 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Are campaign expenses incured by the candidate tax deductible?

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....
posted by anastasia on May 5, 2009 - 5 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

How do I go about filing late tax returns?

I have not filed my tax returns for the past THREE years and would to rectify that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I avoid paying obscene fees to invest in France

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.
posted by 12trees on Apr 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Paying Payroll taxes on Employer Expenses?

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Oh Boy - Tax Man Wants Answers

a friend just called frantic - her tax preparer failed to file her taxes by April 15. What to do? What next? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 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

Tax advice, UK?

Where can I get good tax advice in the UK? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Gift from the government?

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]
posted by limon on Apr 14, 2009 - 9 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

I won't have the necessary funds to pay my six-figure taxes until April 16th. Am I going to jail?

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]
posted by lexfri on Apr 9, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I check my tax returns were received?

I filed paper versions of my federal and state (ca) tax returns out of country. How can I check they were received? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Apr 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Estate tax accountant, Estate lawyer or both...or WHAT!? Help!

Estate tax returns in NC. Is this done by an accountant or an Estate Attorney? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Apr 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Toronto Tax Filter

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]
posted by Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown on Mar 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Buying a home?

What is the legal definition of "first-time home-buyer" in Canada? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

Tax consultant with ACA qualification from UK looking to work in Malaysia

What are the working opportunities for tax consultants with ACA qualification in the UK looking to emigrate to Malaysia? [more inside]
posted by ianK on Mar 29, 2009 - 1 answer

Yet another tax question

Yet another tax question: How can I calculate the value of all the public services I consume? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Mar 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Taxes for NJ dwellers working in NY.

Online Tax help specifically for people who live in NJ and work in NY? [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Mar 25, 2009 - 4 answers

Where do I file my taxes?

What state (or DC) do I have to pay tax in? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Mar 20, 2009 - 6 answers

LOAN or GIFT?

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]
posted by mwhybark on Mar 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Fieldings Folly

Why, now that the Australian government's "Alcopops" tax has failed to pass, does the government owe liquor manufacturers money? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Mar 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Taxation without representation?

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]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 18, 2009 - 21 answers

The high cost of earning little?

Am I really paying $1,000 in taxes to freelance? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Mar 14, 2009 - 22 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

How do I choose the number of exemptions on my W-4?

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.
posted by zzztimbo on Mar 3, 2009 - 11 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

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

Tax help for self-employed Portlanders?

Tax preparer with experience helping self-employed folk, ideally in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Just tell me what I owe

TaxFilter, specifically Department of Part-time Expatriate Freelance Taxation. A thorn in my side, inside. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Feb 20, 2009 - 9 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

Do I really need to pay WI state tax?

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]
posted by mezamashii on Feb 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Who gets my money and how much are they going to take?

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]
posted by zachlipton on Feb 3, 2009 - 11 answers

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