We will be importing a 2004 Honda Accord into Canada this weekend, I hope. We must pay taxes (16% of value of the car!) when we bring it in. It is up to us to put a value on the the car and hope the customs agent accepts our assessment. If they don't accept it, they will put their own value on the car and we must accept that and pay taxes accordingly. Two questions: how would you assess the value? And how would you try to pay the least amount possible? [more inside]
As we discuss our future together, and with other big changes afoot/underway, my boyfriend and I would like to see financial advice about some specific questions/scenarios but I'm not sure what kind of advisor we should be seeking out. [more inside]
My boyfriend's tax refund check was mailed over a month ago, according to Where's My Refund. We have surpassed the 28-day waiting period before one can file a claim for a missing or lost refund check. Does anyone know about how long it might take for the lost refund claim to be processed and the refund to actually be received? Also, he's wondering if he can change his mode of receipt from mail to direct deposit, to speed up the recovery. If you have experience in this arena we'd love to hear about it. [more inside]
Websites and software like Turbotax make it fast and easy(-ish) to file taxes. But what about everything else? I'm curious what kinds of paperwork could be "turbotaxed," but doesn't yet have a streamlined website or program to help people get through the red tape. [more inside]
This quote has been going around various friend's facebook pages, supposedly from a NYT editorial opposing the 16th Amendment. I can't find the rest of the article, and would like to see the context for the quote. Any leads online or offline where I could check it out? [more inside]
Me and my wife work, and always get a tax refund. I'm making more with my side business, so do I need to pay estimated taxes even if we'll still be getting a refund if I don't? [more inside]
Calling all internationally mobile, 'creative-class' freelancers- how do you determine who taxes you, if your design clients are in one country (for me, USA) you live in another country (Germany) but are a citizen of yet somewhere else (Canadian)? Does everyone get a piece of my income? [more inside]
As an S-corp, am I legally obligated to present receipts or copies of receipts in the event of an audit? [more inside]
I'm mailing out a copy of my tax return and W2's to my employer's tax accountant, so he can take a look at them and do an adjustment. Do I send him the real W2's, or a copy? [more inside]
I have money in need of investment and my sister has student loans. Can I pay them off and then have her pay me a smaller rate of interest? [more inside]
I'm searching for a quotation that was paraphrased to me as
Talking about sustainability should not be like doing taxes, it must be like writing a love letter.The person (architect, with interest in sustainable design) who paraphrased this to me is certain this is not the actual quotation and citation, and believes it came to her attention within the past seven years.
I live in a co-op in New York City. My spouse and I 'own' the unit, but we have a friend who lives with us. The unit is owner-occupancy only, so when we bought, we got special permission from the board for this one person to live with us. Owners are not allowed to rent out their units (but our situation is understood). Our roommate helps us pay the bills by giving us some money each month. There are no leases, subletting, proprietary lease for the coop, or any formal documentation at all. Is the money that he gives us each month "rental income"? I would prefer not to separate out rental income, expenses, etc. in addition to our legitimate home offices. However, I care more about doing this properly and not harming a) the roommate, b) the co-op, or c) my bottom line. [more inside]
So I am paying my California taxes using CalFile (their free online filing website at webapp.ftp.ca.gov). I get a few questions in, and then I get to the "Payments" section, with these 4 questions that make no sense to me. [more inside]
My girlfriend nannies for three girls and has concerns about tax season, raises, bonuses and general treatment. [more inside]
My husband made less than $10k this year but TurboTax is telling us he owes over $1k in taxes. Is that right?! [more inside]
I am an independent contractor. I did not pay taxes for 2011. I cannot afford to pay my taxes for 2012. I am scared. [more inside]
I am trying to fill out our first 1065 on Turbotax. We formed as an LLC with the State. The IRS doesn't have a designation for LLC, and considers us a Partnership. Turbotax is asking for each member of the LLC whether we are Limited Partners or General Partners. On the operation agreement, we are member, and actively run the business together. We did not specify a member-manager. On Turbotax, it is asking whether we are General or Limited partners and I am wondering which one I should select. [more inside]
Should I have received additional paperwork after exercising ISOs in a cashless transaction from my former employer? [more inside]
The (unromantic) case for marriage. [more inside]
Is the non-profit I work for legally required to generate 1099 forms for all of the individuals who receive stipends from this org. and have filled out W9 forms (technically "independent contractors")? [more inside]
If I am submitting business expenses for my own business in my 2012 taxes, must I limit them to the 2012 calendar year? Or can they go up to April 15 of 2013?
What is the process and what taxes must I pay when transferring a car title from my father to me? Interstate snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I know that I can still contribute to my IRA account for 2012; can I still make catch-up contributions to my 401K for last year?
I lived in two states last year, but apparently only paid taxes in one. Now what? [more inside]
Asking for a writer friend:
I need an accountant who is up to speed on writers'/artists' tax affairs, and in particular one who understands the intricacies of residence and/or obligation to file in more than one country.[more inside]
I am not sure whether to consult a CPA or a tax attorney for this. I currently live in Chicago. My brother lives in Louisiana. I am, separately, the trustee of a trust for him and his designated power of attorney. While in Louisiana, I sold his primary residence acting as his POA. I deposited the proceeds from the sale into the trust. No 1099 was issued for the home sale. Howwww do I report this to the IRS? [more inside]
I am taking a new position where I am paid a non-taxable income/stipent. Essentially my position is funded through a grant. I am not a student, this is a full-time and temporary. I am afraid when I go to file my taxes next year something might come up where I do have to pay taxes. I guess I don't fully trust the government in not wanting to place their sticky hands on my money! Is there anything I should be aware of? Should I file my taxes a certain way?
Hi HiveMind, I'm filing my own taxes for the first time as a recent college graduate (using TurboTax -- so easy!) and I have a question with regards to my Roth IRA account. In 2012, I graduated college and started a business. We didn't open for business until late November and I only paid myself $1,250 for all my work in 2012. I also opened a Roth IRA account and contributed $5,000 for the year. However, according to TurboTax, contributions to an IRA account cannot exceed earned income. My question: can I simply report a $1,250 contribution to the IRA on my taxes and leave the $5,000 in the IRA? Will this get me in trouble? Should I merely take out the $3,750 and invest it in a different account? If noticed, could I just plead ignorance as my first time filing? Thanks!
I know the self-employed in the US face a strange tax situation. Now think of the salary + benefits of a full-time employee position. How much more money would you have to be paid, as a self-employed independent contractor, to get the after-tax equivalent of that salary, assuming you then had to purchase the benefits yourself?
Somewhat unexpectedly, I find myself working as a full time freelancer. Help me anticipate the tax situation. [more inside]
Should I e-file my taxes? Specific computer phobia (or phobia of the IRS) is involved. [more inside]
I did not file US taxes in 2011 because I thought I didn't owe. I just got a letter saying I did need to file, so I rushed around to do this and now I have filed. Unfortunately, I just found a document that I should have included - a K1 form. My deadline for filing is February 27; it will be virtually impossible to refile by then. I can easily get this refiled in a couple of weeks though. What should I do?
I'm looking at tax softwares and not finding one that suits our particular need, which is, specificially: run all these scenarios and figure out what's best. [more inside]
I'm looking for a recommendation for someone in the St. Louis area (or Metro East) who prepares taxes. [more inside]
Please help me understand whether I can write off my health insurance premiums. [more inside]
Not sure what happened, but I have a Simple Roth IRA through Fidelity that I overpaid accidentally. I'm in my 40s, so as I understand it, can put in up to $5,000 per year. Last year, I overpaid my maximum by something like $300. I didn't worry too much about it. Starting to do my taxes this year, I looked at my Fidelity statement and it looks like this year I overpaid by $1300. What are my options? How does this affect my taxes, if at all? [more inside]
I am selling a rental house and I have some questions about taxes etc. I know YANMCPA, but if you could point me to a place I can read some clear information, I would appreciate it. [more inside]
Looking for a CPA in Minneapolis for a fairly straightforward tax situation. [more inside]
Should I hire a CPA for my taxes this year? 1. I relocated for my job this year and received multiple relocation benefits. 2. I sold off stocks that were gifted to me and I do not have any cost bases for them because they were purchased so long ago. [more inside]
I would like to travel the world while writing my own software (for profit). Ideally, I'd like to stay in each place for a couple of months, not just a few days or weeks. Where can I learn about the legal specifics of doing this? [more inside]
If I quit my job in April and start working on my own projects, can I buy a new laptop in July and write it off as a work expense on my taxes, even though I might not actually make any money from my projects until next year? [more inside]
If I'm ordering something online and they're based in Canada, will I have to pay customs when they ship to the US? [more inside]
YANMA. I am working full-time and taking part-time classes at the same University where I work. They provide a full tuition waiver and just require me to pay taxes on the amount over $5250, as required by the IRS. These taxes are taken out of my paycheck over 4 months. Can I claim this amount somehow when I file my taxes?
My two sisters and I were equal beneficiaries in a realty trust. This past year, my older sister bought my 1/3 share (as well as that of my sister.) According to the legal documents, it was a "transfer of beneficial interest". Other than signing and notarizing the documents to transfer the real estate share, nothing else official occurred and my sister just paid us our fair share of the assessed market value. She is not planning on reporting the transaction. I have no idea if I owe taxes on the money I've received (and will also be receiving this year - it was divided into a few payments) and if so, what kind of tax that might be. [more inside]
What withholding should I put in my W4 if I'm paying alimony/spousal support? [more inside]
What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?
What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
My husband and I are moving to NYC for work, but we own a condo in MA. Should we try to maintain MA as our legal, permanent domicile or should we just give in and call that our second home? What are the implications of working & renting in one state and owning a home in another? [more inside]
I am suddenly making a grown-up salary, with a retirement plan and everything. I need to talk to a financial professional about optimizing my taxes and retirement and building a perfect(-ish) machine that I don't need to think about too much. I don't actually know what this person is called. Am I looking for an accountant? A financial advisor? A financial planner? Or something else? Please help me overcome my laughable naïveté. Thanks! [more inside]
My friend, a dual Canadian/American citizen living in the UK, is discussing the terms of a trust with her (US) father. By the time she inherits, she may have given up US citizenship. Does this need to be mentioned so they can account for it now? [more inside]