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Calculating interest using the effective interest rate?

I need to calculate the interest to be paid on a loan of $300,000 with a term of 4 years where the effective interest rate is 10%, payable monthly in arrears. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by herschellie on Aug 22, 2014 - 12 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

Reporting taxable income from secret govt work

I have often wondered how a person deals with taxes if he has a full-time position--say as an academic--but also does work for the govt in work, say CIA or NSA, that is not to be known or discussed with anyone. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on May 21, 2013 - 18 answers

Just moved to the UK 3 months ago from the US. Have US tax questions.

Just moved to the UK from the US in mid-October. I haven't paid any income tax in the UK yet due to not earning above the personal allowance, and I have a same-sex partner in the UK who is not a US citizen and never lived in the US, and I did a bit of cross-state moving in the US before relocating overseas, so this may make my state returns from California and my reporting of foreign bank accounts more complicated. [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast on Jan 12, 2013 - 2 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

What does it *mean* for a corporation to evade taxes?

I have a question that I feel stupid asking, but I don't know how more elegantly to put this: what does it *mean* for a corporation to not pay its taxes? What exact taxes are being bailed on? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Mar 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Taxed too many times

Why am I/things taxed so much? [more inside]
posted by penguinkeys on Jun 9, 2011 - 47 answers

Robber barons, in reverse

What is the moral obligation that the wealthy have towards the less-well-off? [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Apr 22, 2011 - 75 answers

Do I have to live in Virginia to go to school there?

My family lives and pays taxes in Virginia, and has for nearly a decade. I'd like to live and work in D.C. and commute to a certain suburban Virginia school to finish my Bachelor's degree starting this coming Fall term. I'd be financially independent with the exception of tuition, which my parents would cover. Is there any way I could be eligible for in-state tuition while living in the District?
posted by elektrotechnicus on Apr 17, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I tell if a tax accountant is on the up-and-up?

I'm meeting with a tax accountant for the first time on Wednesday. I'm a freelancer who gets my income from a number of sources (a combination of freelancing and part time salary work), so my taxes are pretty complicated. Two friends who do similar work recommended this guy, and said he got them big refunds last year, despite having almost no taxes withheld all year. I'm a newbie to taxes -- when meeting this guy, how can I tell whether he's on the up-and-up or whether he's going to get me audited?
posted by tweebiscuit on Mar 28, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me understand how much of my hard earned £/$/€ ends up as tax

Is there a known term / theory for describing (and maybe even calculating) how much of gross income ends up as tax? [more inside]
posted by nofunnyname on Jan 19, 2011 - 6 answers

I choose Sweden!

What logistical hurdles exist for implementing a differential taxation system where the level of government services you receive is determined by the taxation rate you choose to pay? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Aug 19, 2010 - 40 answers

The tax man's taken all my dough

Do higher rates of taxation for high-earners kill entrepreneurial spirit? [more inside]
posted by northerner on May 4, 2010 - 32 answers

Overall Taxation Rate

What is our real taxation rate? Is there a program or set of instructions to help determine each individual's rate of taxation, considering Fed/State Income, Workman's Comp, Unemployment, County Property, Auto, city trash/water/gas, telephone, internet, etc.? Granted, it would take some research per individual, but it would be worth it. French complain of 50% What is mine?
posted by 77144 on Feb 15, 2010 - 7 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

Tax advice, UK?

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

Recommendations for online accounting?

Need recommendations for online billing, invoicing & book keeping solutions. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Feb 25, 2009 - 2 answers

Uncivil service?

What options does a Canadian have to report a negative experience with a Customs Canada officer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Structuring advice for "non-resident" corporation?

I want to start a business that operates exclusively within the United States, but I don't live there. Who should I talk to about setting up the legal business framework? [more inside]
posted by lowlife on Sep 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Taxes on house appreciation in Canada?

If I sell the house I live in, will I have to pay taxes on the difference between the original purchase price and the sale price? [more inside]
posted by watsondog on Jun 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Taxed Twice: will I have to pay a fine?

Is the IRS going to penalise me for filing late from a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on Jun 18, 2007 - 11 answers

Cross border shopping question.

Is there anywhere that explains, in understandable english, what the duties & fees are for cross-border shopping? I'd like to know what to look for when shopping in the US. [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry on Oct 1, 2006 - 7 answers

help me help the man

I'm trying to make my new web project legal in California. After reading through the Nolo press book(s), we thought that perhaps the LLC was the best corporate structure (we are going to issue stock and give the primary developer a portion in lieu of payment). While the Federal government taxes LLCs like sole proprietorships - you aren't taxed unless you make profit, and I don't see our profit outpacing our costs for a year - the State of California charges an LLC "tax" (really a fee) of $800, due almost immediately after your incorporation paperwork goes through, so... [more inside]
posted by luriete on Sep 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Taxation consequences for an expatriate investor?

My friend is a USA citizen permanently residing in Australia. What are the taxation consequences of choosing to invest a windfall in the USA rather than Australia? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 4, 2006 - 4 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

US corporate tax on Americans abroad

Do any MeFi Americans have experience of (part)-owning companies overseas? [more inside]
posted by sagwalla on Oct 19, 2005 - 3 answers

French VAT Repayment

Our company recently participated in the MIDEM conference in Cannes (and they didn't take me!). We were assessed a reimbursable Value Added Tax. However, MIDEM arranges this repayment through an agency which takes a cut. I would like to get reimbursed without anyone taking a cut. Is this possible to do directly?
posted by Captaintripps on Mar 2, 2005 - 4 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

Taxation and Reporting for eCommerce

Ecommerce filter: Here at work we are attempting to understand/define the default business rules for taxation calculations within an ecommerce app. Specifically we are all tied up in knots over the application of rates, reporting issues, etc. Is there an industry standard for handling this aspect of a transaction? Who defines the standards, and how can I find out more about it?
posted by lilboo on Aug 12, 2004 - 2 answers

Medical Reimbursement Plan - what does the IRS require?

I've recently started a company, structured as a 'C' Corp, to sell my consulting/contracting services. One of the reasons I'm working as a 'C' corporation is so I can have the company pay all medical expenses. I've read from the web and various IRS publications that as long as the Medical Reimbursement Plan is offered to all employees equally (no problem there) then it can be paid for by the company and written off on the corp taxes. But in order to make the MRP legit what, other then limiting medical expenses to those listed as acceptable by the IRS, do I need to do? Special records? Outside plan administrator?
posted by dirtylittlemonkey on Apr 6, 2004 - 3 answers

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