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NYS Tax Woes

I apparently owe NYS $7,000 with interest and penalties. Do I call them to tackle this myself or should I find a accountant in the morning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2015 - 9 answers

How can mom pay her taxes?

My Mom. Medicaid. A Miller Trust. And taxes owed. How can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Feb 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Itemized deduction materials

I’m getting tax assistance for the first time and I’m not sure what I’ll need to bring to my appointment to get the job search deduction, as this will be my first time using itemized deductions. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Overypayment of Taxes

How to record a federal and state overpayment of taxes in 2013 when that overpayment was applied to 2014 taxes. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Feb 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Why do I owe so much in taxes?

I made less than 30K last year and owe almost 2K in taxes (federal and state). What gives? I'm guessing this is a problem with withholding from multiple jobs but I don't understand what exactly happened or how to fix it. Please use small words. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Feb 19, 2015 - 28 answers

Affordable accountant needed in Boston / Greater Boston area

I've got some complicated taxes this year with two W2s and a few 1099s and living in multiple states. Yelp is not turning up anyone useful and the one local company I reached out to is not responding. I don't trust chains like H&R Block, but I don't mind a small company or independent professional. My budget is about $200-$250, might be able to do a little more. Boston, Dedham, Milton area preferred, but may be able to travel a bit further afield for someone with a great reputation. Recommendations are very much appreciated!
posted by thymelord on Feb 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Does my scenario require an accountant?

Building on an earlier question I'd like some personalized advice on using an accountant. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Westside LA and tax advice

Our taxes this year are complicated by a number of factors, like getting married and dealing with the paperwork from three states. Turbotax is not going to give us the advice we need, so we would like to hire a professional for this round. We also may need professional financial advice in the future, so if the person or firm also offers those services that would be a bonus, but not essential. Anywhere in the Westside would work, though we are also willing to go further out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Grad Student. Doesn't mean I understand a 1098-T.

I have a taxes and graduate school-related question for you all! Obviously, you are not my tax advisor, but can you shed some light on a very strange situation and suggest whether or not it's worth seeking professional help? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Can I claim my fiance as a dependent if we didn't live together in 2014?

My official residency last year was in GA with my mother, but I paid for my fiance's food, rent, and all living cost throughout the year. She is a resident of AL and the all utilities plus her apartment lease is in her name even though I paid for everything. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Feb 7, 2015 - 27 answers

Is my contract lawyer tax deductible?

in 2014, I went from one job to another, and part of that transition was negotiating a contract with my new employer. As part of the negotiation, I hired a lawyer to help me with the contract terms, which ended up costing me a decent chunk of money. My question: Can I deduct this money from my taxes? is it a job expense? I am thinking the answer is no, but I would love to be able to deduct that money.
posted by to sir with millipedes on Feb 7, 2015 - 5 answers

We did a deed in lieu of foreclosure in 2014. Tax consequences?

We did a deed in lieu of foreclosure in 2014. How will this effect our tax return? [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Feb 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Personal tax accountant in Seattle?

I'm looking for a good CPA in Seattle, particularly one who understands self-employment and royalties. I went through one last year, and recent conversations online are leaving me with some doubt as to his proficiency. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Feb 2, 2015 - 1 answer

US Expat taxes from Ireland

My friend and I are working on a few years of back US tax returns. We are both US expats in Ireland with (very) small businesses. We are fairly confident about filing the 1040, Schedule B and the 2555, as well as the FinCEN form 114. The 5471 is confusing though... [more inside]
posted by trixie_bee on Feb 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Is it legal to only accept pre-authorized or second-party payments?

Are there any laws or regulations in Alberta, Canada, that would supersede a county-imposed pre-authorized-only payment scheme? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jan 28, 2015 - 0 answers

Taxes on Student Loan Disability Discharge?

I'll speak with a tax professional next week but if you've had a similar experience I'd love to hear from you as I'm feeling my way through this. Today I received a notice that my $20,000 student loan has been formally discharged. My only income for the past four years has been Social Security disability and there's no foreseeable change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Dependent Care FSA Confusion

I signed up for a Dependent Care Flexible Savings Account for 2015. I am struggling to wrap my head around it. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 20, 2015 - 18 answers

A good accountant in Belfast for an American?

Can someone recommend a good accountant or accounting firm in Belfast for me? I am a US citizen who has earned income in both the US and in the UK (Northern Ireland) during the 2014 calendar year. I basically want to give all of my tax documents to someone and have them do my US and UK tax returns. Thanks.
posted by dhens on Jan 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Best Tax Program

I was hoping to get some feedback on what you guys think is the best program to do my own taxes in this year. I want to at least give it a shot. [more inside]
posted by SCarey on Jan 9, 2015 - 28 answers

What might my (US) tax return look like for last year?

I was unemployed for most of last year and began working as an independent contractor (no taxes paid up front) later in the year. I was not on any assistance. I was also medically uninsured the whole year and heard you have to pay a fee for every month you were unemployed. With this info, is there any way to estimate what my tax return will look like - whether I will get a refund or have to pay up - just so I can know what to expect?
posted by atinna on Jan 5, 2015 - 8 answers

As a contractor, do my taxes depend on where my payments get sent?

You are not my accountant. I am a 1099 contractor that works for a consulting company. I am meeting with my accountant next week to form an LLC for 2015. I will be getting paid for the month of December at around the same time. I will open a separate bank account for the corporation, but I will not be able to do it in time to have my first 2015 payment deposited into it, so it will get sent to my personal bank account as it does now. Will this cause any problems in 2016 when I'm doing my 2015 taxes? Or does it not really matter? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 31, 2014 - 5 answers

What kind of financial help do I need?

Through a combination of illness, procrastination, and overwhelm, my modest financial life is in shambles. I don't have a lot of extra money, but I would throw what I could at this problem to have help in getting it straightened out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2014 - 5 answers

Do I need a lawyer or a CPA or a ???

Last year, little baby iminurmefi was born, and while I know that there's a grace period where you can say "I just had a baby!" to excuse temporarily dropping the ball on all sorts of life stuff, it's about year past when my husband and I should have gotten our crap together and done that legal... stuff (that's the technical term)... that you're supposed to do when you have a kid and a house and assets and newly-complicated taxes. Estate planning, I guess? I know AskMe can't do this for me, but I am a bit lost as to what sort of professional(s) I need to hire here. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Nov 18, 2014 - 13 answers

Tax implications of paying back a signing bonus

If I have to pay back a signing bonus because I didn't stay at the job for a full year, is there any way to recover the taxes I paid on the signing bonus? [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Nov 7, 2014 - 8 answers

How does a nomadic 1099-er pay state income tax?

Suppose someone has the ability to work 100% remotely in the US for a company as a 1099 contractor. He has a permanent residence in state A. If he travels around the country over the course of the year, 3 months at a time in a new state, would he need to pay some state income tax for each state, or would he pay state income tax for state A only? If my thinking is correct, that it depends on state law, then how is this enforced if he is, say, living in an RV?
posted by alligatorman on Nov 3, 2014 - 12 answers

describing your own profession

On one's U.S. tax forms, where you have to put down your occupation, can you describe your job as you please, or is one legally required to describe one's job as your employer lists it? I would like to put down "blame-taker" or "scapegoat" because, essentially, this is what my job amounts to. But obviously that's not how my employer describes it. Can I get in trouble for this?
posted by Opengreen on Nov 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Should I hire a tax lawyer, or contact the accountant, over bad return?

My accountant screwed up my 2012 tax return, to the tune of a six-figure tax bill. You are not my lawyer, or my accountant, but hopefully you can help me figure out which I should contact: a tax lawyer or the accountant? [more inside]
posted by arco on Oct 29, 2014 - 10 answers

Financial planner in the Bay Area & knotty tax problem I'm afraid of!

I'm looking for a fee-based financial planner in the Bay Area to help me figure out one simple problem, and one knottier one. I have about $10k in CDs, and I'd like to invest it in a slightly smarter, similarly low-risk way (probably index funds) that I can add to slowly and in (relatively) small increments. I'd probably also like to start a 401k. Unrelatedly, as a child I was gifted $3k in shares of a single bluechip stock that I've never touched, and it's accrued value gradually but steadily over several decades. Recently, talking to a wiser friend, she pointed out that I've never paid taxes on it! I'm not sure how to deal with that, but probably can't avoid it much longer! How money works is confounding to me; I come from a working class background and am good at saving, but not saving wisely. Anyway, I'm primarily looking for financial planner suggestions, but if you've dealt with related stock/tax issues please share your experience and advice! Throwaway: infernalsockpuppeteer@gmail.com if you'd prefer.
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2014 - 11 answers

I sold my house. Yay! Now what?

Yay! I finally sold my house and have the check from the title company in hand. I made money on the sale of the house, but I have a few questions about how to maintain my investment. For tax purposes, does this qualify as "income"? Will I be assessed a Capital Gains Tax? Is a money market the best place to keep the cash from the sale? Please help a money noob... [more inside]
posted by chatelaine on Oct 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Definitive guide(s) and resources for understanding taxes in Canada?

How can one learn about the Canadian tax system (Toronto, Ontario to be specific) in the easiest way possible? Does one need to do a ton of reading to grasp the basic concept behind how they work or are there nice videos and presentations that explain how they work? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Oct 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Tax question - how do I (or do I) pay tax on a distribution from a K-1?

I had an interest in a limited partnership that wound-down and distributed its assets. I received a K-1 with the distribution shown in Box 19. How do I pay tax on this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Can anyone with Accountant / Tax knowledge help me?

Got my bill today from my accountant...Can anyone tell me if these fee's are legit? They seem pretty high and im hoping someone with knowledge in this could elaborate or confirm these fees are standard. Thank you!
posted by red47Apple on Sep 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Taxaphobic in Chicago

We hate doing our taxes. Despite a professional familiarity with the basics of the tax code, or perhaps because of it, dealing with all of the paperwork really stresses me out, and my spouse doesn't like to do it either. Can you help us find an accountant in the Chicago area who will be competent and easygoing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2014 - 2 answers

How does giving to charity reduce tax liability?

I understand the literal answer to this question--if I donate $100,000 to charity, I can deduct that amount from my net income for tax purposes, and my tax liability will be significantly less. If I'm well into the 39.6% federal income tax bracket, I will reduce my federal taxes by $39,600. But I'll also have $100,000 less in my account. Can charitable giving increase the total amount I retain, even considering the amount lost by donation? [more inside]
posted by benbenson on Sep 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Independent financial advice in London

I've inherited from a family member. Not a house or enough actual cash to buy a house outright, but enough to get on the property ladder. I'm awful with money (amongst other things). It's time to get professional advice in London. Can you recommend someone? Or tell me how to find someone? [more inside]
posted by pup socket on Sep 13, 2014 - 1 answer

Which version of Quickbooks is most commonly used by small businesses?

I am thinking of getting Quickbooks, but I am wondering which is the best one to get for a small business. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Sep 8, 2014 - 7 answers

We just got 150k from Kickstarter and need real financial advice.

My business partners and I just closed a Kickstarter for around 150k! Awesome! But, for the first time, we have real money and now we need real advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2014 - 6 answers

If I wanted my taxes to be done wrong, I would've done them myself

My accountant screwed up my taxes. I'm unsure of how I should proceed. [more inside]
posted by peachpie on Sep 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Taxes on a house

I will be contacting a CPA. But I am a novice at this and I am wondering about the taxes on the sale of a joint tenancy house. [more inside]
posted by buzzieandzaza on Sep 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Dumb Idea Filter: Using HSA card for ineligible charges

What's the worst that will happen to me if I use my HSA card for a non-medical bill? Or a few. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2014 - 21 answers

The bureaucracy of international remote coding work

From a description of a web company: "Everyone works from their own home or office, and we’re spread out all over the world — California, Texas, New York, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Iceland, Bulgaria, Australia, and more." I know lots of development companies operate like this, and I'm intrigued, but I don't know how it works, especially the aspect of taxation, citizenship, etc. [more inside]
posted by mbrock on Aug 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Preparing to pay taxes as a freelancer

I’ve just started freelancing as a copywriter and have some questions about preparing to pay taxes, and what I can claim as expenses. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jul 13, 2014 - 16 answers

Boston Logan Rental Car Taxes!!

We go see my mom in Welfleet, Cape Cod once a year and usually spend the night in Boston after the flight, in which case we pick up a rental in Cambridge where it is hundreds of dollars cheaper a week due to airport taxes (or so I am told by the rental car agencies) [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jul 10, 2014 - 17 answers

HSA Employer Overcontribution

My new employer is adding what looks like a pre-tax contribution of an extra 1k to my paychecks monthly to pay for health insurance and the remainder is meant to be put in to an HSA. My wife's insurance plan only costs us $210/mo and the HSA contribution limit for a family is $6550/yr what is going to happen to the remainder of the money? [more inside]
posted by jojomnky on Jul 1, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I get "certified" as having a disability?

I'm better now, but I feel that I was disabled before and want to re-file my taxes. Do I need to prove this, and how does that work? What does it take to prove disability, especially retroactively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2014 - 6 answers

more money more cash more chilling

I'm having trouble keeping my finances organized for tax purposes. Special considerations: renting out a property, medical expenses. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jun 14, 2014 - 5 answers

I need helping know how to deal with this debt collector letter.

I recently received a letter from Pioneer Credit Recovery, informing me that my debt of ~$1500 in state taxes has been assigned to them. There are some details that make me unsure how to respond. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2014 - 19 answers

Asking for Kind-of-ex-husband: how to deal with large federal tax debt?

I am writing this on behalf of my almost-ex-husband. He has owed between $80,000 and $100,000 to the IRS since 2003 and has done almost nothing about it. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Buying a used car in California, then moving to Minnesota

I'm planning to buy a used car in the Bay Area soon, then a month later use it to drive across the country to my new home. Do I need to consider anything special as far as taxes, licensing, insurance, etc? I haven't had a car for nearly a decade, so just buying one is daunting, let alone worrying about any additional financial or legal concerns. Is there anything I should know about?
posted by chriswarren on Apr 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Best way to plan for tax season?

I’m about to become a contractor. I live in Canada. When I get paid, there will be nothing automatically deducted in the way of income tax, CPP, etc. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by rabbitfufu on Apr 26, 2014 - 7 answers

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