What important household papers and documents must I keep and file? What papers are OK to throw away? [more inside]
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]
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]
What kinds of jobs are available for tax accountants? [more inside]
Help me find out what happened to my accountant!! A little sleuthing help, please.... [more inside]
Last minute Taxfilter! First time form 1040 user, more questions inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
(Self-employment-Filter) What should I know about / be aware of when contracting for a local university? [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
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]
I'm thinking of returning to school for an LLM in taxation, and am looking for advice, experience, pros, cons, etc. [more inside]
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]