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How to prevent tax fraud occurring the third time?

It's tax time and we're having a problem again. Last year when we went to file our taxes electronically, they were rejected due to someone borrowing our daughter's social security number and using it to file taxes. We filed police reports, IRS reports and submitted our taxes by paper. The same problem is occurring this year. What can we do to fix this and prevent from occurring next year. Is there a specific number, agency or method to request help from? The IRS is closed over the weekend, so we'll be calling them this week, how should we go about doing it?
posted by lynnshaze on Feb 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Car Death and Taxes

How do I stop paying vehicle excise tax in RI when I haven't lived there in years and I don't even own the car anymore? [more inside]
posted by d(-_-)b on Feb 25, 2012 - 4 answers

IRS = High Interest Savings Account?

True or False: If you're supposed to receive a refund from the IRS, but you file an extension and submit it at the very last, the IRS has to pay you the interest that has accrued on your refund, just like you'd have to pay any interest to the IRS if you owed taxes. [more inside]
posted by chara on Feb 21, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I file my special snowflake taxes?

Can my husband and I file our Federal taxes jointly, and our State taxes separately? [more inside]
posted by apricot on Feb 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Taxes, College, and Lies

I lied about going to college whilst living with my mom. She still doesn't know. It's getting time for her to file taxes, and things could go very wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Taxes taxes taxes

How much does it cost to file state and federal taxes? (Plus one more bonus tax question.) [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Feb 10, 2012 - 13 answers

estimated taxes

You are not my tax lawyer. My first year freelancing, plus, I got married. Tax help? [more inside]
posted by entropone on Feb 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Robotic Accountant Options?

I'm tired of doing my own taxes, and afraid of hiring another accountant. What is the best/cheapest tax software for a Canadian living in Quebec? I just can't deal with another accountant. I'm tired of being told something will cost 150$ and then get charged 500$ as if they didn't know what they needed to do. I want a tax software that is going to do the weird stuff for me. I don't depend or trust what the box says either! I have some rental income, some contract income, and some salary income. I also have a second (gf) who has simple income.
posted by Napierzaza on Feb 3, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm pretty sure the Bluth family is a terrible role model here

I'm inheriting $100,000. My parents are inheriting a lot more (around $1mil, but we're not sure the exact amount). Please give us advice. We're in the US (New Mexico). [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Jan 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Owning Property for Dummies?

My aging parents want to put their 160 acres (where we all live) in my name. I know nothing about owning property. I am in Oklahoma. What can I expect to have to pay? Are there any other ways this will affect me? YANMEstateL.
posted by ThisKindNepenthe on Jan 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Tax spreadsheet with formulas?

Are US tax forms available as formula-based, linked Excel spreadsheets or Google Doc templates or something similar? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Jan 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I deduct travel time as an independent contractor?

Can I deduct mileage expenses when working as a part-time independent contractor? [more inside]
posted by lea724 on Jan 26, 2012 - 15 answers

I am filing taxes for the first time in 5 years. What can I do to avoid mega-penalties?

I am filing taxes for the first time in 5 years. What can I do to avoid mega-penalties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Organizing software

I need a good software tool to organize all my trips to conventions. [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Please help me understand State and Fed taxes for a stay-at-home nanny

It looks like we should file taxes on/for our in-home nanny, but we're not sure where to start learning about all we need to know. We're in California, and our nanny started in January, 2012. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 25, 2012 - 10 answers

need a primer on forward funding

Can someone give me a quick primer on the MBTA debt crisis? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Jan 18, 2012 - 2 answers

To be filed with FEDERAL return

I'm filing my US federal and state tax returns by mail this year. I realized after stamping and sealing one of the envelopes that I mixed up the W-2s, so that the Federal copy (Copy B) is on the state return and vice-versa. Are the names just a formality, or do the Feds really, really need Copy B?
posted by hwyengr on Jan 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Why is Uncle Sam doing this to me?

I have been doing my taxes for myself for a long time; late few years have done Turbo Tax on line. Very simple income, not much in the way of deductions, some 401k contributions thru my employer etc. I have never had to pay Federal Income Taxes albeit the refunds have fluctuationed over the years. [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Jan 17, 2012 - 10 answers

XXX-XX-XXXX?????

[US Tax Filter] My daughter does not yet have a social security number. It seems unlikely she is going to get one in time for tax season. How do we file if we don't have her social security number? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jan 12, 2012 - 13 answers

taxing.

argh!! nooooooo!! my amazing tax accountant has decided to retire and is leaving me without any referrals. can anyone recommend an awesome tax accountant, bonus points for specializing in working with creatives. [more inside]
posted by violetk on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Taxes, taxes, taxes - how do they work?

I've submitted taxes a few times in the past, but the forms were filled out by a surpassingly generous and competent friend with a lot of free time. This year for the first time I have to do everything myself. Please explain the process to me as if I were the stupidest person in the world. [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jan 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Weird tax filter: Is my compensation for egg donation taxable?

Is my egg donation compensation taxable if I don't receive a 1099 form? Details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 - 10 answers

VA, unemployment, and state taxes!

Simple (I hope!) tax question: my only income in Virginia for 2011 was unemployment benefits (~$9k). I now live in CA. Will I need to file a Virginia income tax return? I believe that in VA unemployment benefits are not taxed at the state level... so I shouldn't need to file, no? Thanks!
posted by alaijmw on Jan 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Financial confusion, help please!

Should we file taxes separately or jointly? Pay off a chunk of student loans now or pray for forgiveness? Help me identify the interaction of these questions. I'm not good with money! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin on Jan 4, 2012 - 15 answers

The wind fell. Now what?

I got a large bonus this year which will probably never be repeated. After taxes, it was 26K. I don't have any immediate needs (no medical issues, etc), and I know next to nothing about investing. Given this economy, what should I do with it? Stocks? Bonds? Saving account? IRA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2012 - 19 answers

Raise taxes to cut spending?

Recently I saw an article online in which a conservative argued that the battle to cut spending was unwinnable and that therefore the conservative strategy should be to raise taxes to the level required to maintain programs, the idea being that this is the only way to convince people that spending cuts are necessary. Help me find this article please.
posted by Jackson on Jan 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Life changes (and the associated paperwork)

Document checklist for a recently-married couple? What's crucial to get organized/updated in terms of legal/financial issues? [more inside]
posted by bitter-girl.com on Dec 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Prize taxes and offsets

I sometimes hear about someone winning a prize where somehow the taxes due are somehow offset by the giver of the prize. How is that offset calculated? Do they just add money to the prize until the post tax amount would be the same as the intended prize (so say 10% tax on $5,000 prize they end up giving $5,555.56. This involves the additional being taxed iteratively since it is all income to you. Or do they somehow just pay the government the money you would owe on the intended prize amount and the offset doesn't count as income. So for 10% on $5,000 they'd just pay $500. Or a mystery third option?
posted by obfusciatrist on Dec 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Should I close on my house (buyer) in 2011 or 2012?

If I have the option, is it more advantageous for me to close on a house (tax wise) in 2011 or 2012? [more inside]
posted by batcrazy on Dec 20, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I pay taxes on freelance income in the UK?

Help me understand taxes as a freelance consultant in the UK. [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

USA Tax question: American Expat beginning investor

How do taxes work on investments in mutual funds? I am a novice at investing. American citizen working overseas and building a portfolio finally. I've established my emergency savings and am heading into taxable investments. Unfortunately, I am unable to contribute to my Roth IRA or contribute to a traditional IRA while claiming FEIE (Foreign Earned Income Exemption) with the IRS. I'm looking into investing in Vanguard's VWINX fund. How would US taxes work on these investments?
posted by thatgirl1985 on Dec 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Does the tax man keep your money if you overpay?

If you pay estimated taxes and then end up not owing those taxes, do you get them back? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Dec 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Going to the courthouse and we're gonna get married

Stay single or get married for tax purposes? [more inside]
posted by angab on Dec 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Cash. And Taxes.

A friend owes me $8k to $12k. What tax laws do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Nov 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Looking for a real estate tax/legal professional in the Twin Cities

I need recommendations for an accountant, tax lawyer, or real estate lawyer in the Twin Cities. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Nov 14, 2011 - 3 answers

CPA recommendation for part-time online LLC

I've read How to pick an accountant for your online business and I'm ready to find a CPA, but a little lost on where to start. Online searches tell me who is good at SEO, but not who is good at tax advice. The few people I know with similar work situations are still doing their own taxes. I was comfortable doing that before, but my tax situation has grown complicated this year. So I'm looking for recommendations from people in similar situations. [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on Nov 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Asking the right questions about being put on the deed of a house.

My mom is discussing purchasing a house and putting my name and my sister's name on the deed as well as hers. What questions should we be asking before she does this? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Oct 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Dealing with same-sex couples' taxes in community-property states: Could it be any more Byzantine?

You are not my tax advisor, but... We're a same-sex married couple in California, trying to make heads or tails out of the (confusing) IRS tax-filing pickle that is in effect for the 2010 tax year. We have to combine our community income, split it in two, add any individual income to the respective partner's form, and then create two separate forms for the IRS for each of us, but check the "single" category for filing status. Here's the dilemma: He gets a W2 (salaried employee). I freelance (several 1099s and a Schedule C). Do I have to duplicate the entire Schedule C across both forms, and put half of each deduction on my form and half on his? :-0 Or do I do the full deductions on my form and fill in something on the adjustment line (line 21, I think it is) on his 1040 form as a way of evening out the reporting? [more inside]
posted by kentk on Oct 6, 2011 - 8 answers

O Canada, Your Taxes Baffle TT!

Does anyone have any advice about or know a good tax preparer experienced with international wages in LA (Pasadena-ish)? [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Oct 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Overdue taxes, freaking out

Help! I still haven't filed my taxes for 2010. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 16 answers

under the table, off the books nanny. You could be disbarred and you know it.

I work as a nanny. I work part time for 3 different families. They all know that nannying is my full-time career. Everyone's paying me off the books right now. They all should know better, one family is 2 lawyer parents. I want to pay taxes. Can I? I'm pretty sure I won't owe any taxes because I make so little and when paid legally I never have but the families I work for definitely owe their share on my wages. Will the families I work for all get audited if I try to file? What happens? Should I try to tell them that this is my plan? The last time I talked to a family about wanting to be paid legally the gig fell apart, it was a total disaster and I lost the job. I don't want to screw people over but I don't want to get screwed myself.
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal?

Corp-to-Corp computer consulting in CA- what's the deal? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Sep 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Do we really need to incorporate?

A friend and I are starting on a side project together - do we really need to incorporate? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Sep 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Will I need to pay taxes on this inheritance?

Will I need to pay taxes on this inheritance? [more inside]
posted by miskatonic on Sep 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Can I get a free computer by doing my taxes right?

My roommate told me I can buy a computer and get a full refund on my taxes because I'm a student. Is this true, or partially true, or complete B.S.? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Sep 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Who gets the charitable deduction credit?

When an author, political figure or other speaker donates their speaking or appearance fee to charity, do they garner any tax benefits? Does this donation show up as a charitable tax deduction on their tax form? Does it show up as a charitable donation on the sponsoring organization's tax form? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Sep 20, 2011 - 7 answers

"So where does your money come from?"

How do income taxes work when my income is not by W2s or invoices? (home day-care; house cleaning) [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight on Sep 19, 2011 - 9 answers

How to avoid import taxes on a parcel from the US to the UK.

How to avoid import taxes on a parcel from the US to the UK. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Sep 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Estimated Self-Employment Tax

I am trying to learn more/understand better my new tax situation as an independent consultant, and was hoping someone could help me with the following questions: 1. How do I compute my Net Earnings From Self-Employment (NESE)? What calculation is used? 2. Since I am excluded from Federal and State tax (my tax domicile is TX) for my foreign-earned income amount (I estimate it would be $87,500 for 2011) - can you break down how I can get the estimated tax payment amount for 2011? [more inside]
posted by bbhart113 on Sep 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Remaining a Georgia citizen while traveling abroad . . .

Is there a way to maintain your state citizenship while traveling within the country, and perhaps outside the country, for up to two years? [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Aug 30, 2011 - 15 answers

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