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Old 02-19-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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I think this will be an excellent platform for dispensing some free advise . Any good Samaritans out there?
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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I'll buy you a nice dinner if you pay my taxes.
Is that 'Good Samaritan' enough?
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Old 02-19-2010, 06:23 PM
 
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It might be helpful to know what your questions are.

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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Its nothing personal but I just thought a thread like this would give the people something to share about their knowledge of finances.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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There is a Personal Finance Forum on C/D - http://www.city-data.com/forum/personal-finance/

Not sure what sort of loop holes your looking for. If you're uncomfortable doing a basic return on your own there are lots of software options available to guide you through the process. If you have a more complicated return then it's worth considering going to an Accountant/Professional.

Just follow the standard practices cause you're not going to change the Federal Gov't but they will fine you up the wazoo if you're audited.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:56 AM
 
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Thought it was a great idea!
Not all of us are up to speed with tax returns and would like to learn, rather than just dumping on an accountant or other tax prof.
Doesn't mean we are looking for loop holes!
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:14 AM
 
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Default Taxes

I used an accountant, a former revenue agent, but when he didn't file my corporate return I had to punt and buy the software and it's not that hard if you aren't looking for loop holes and if you keep track of your expenses for the year with Microsoft Money, just make folders for specific deductions and for my stock trades, gains or loses I use Gainskeeper who prints out your schedule at the end of the year, if you keep it updated and you are connected to your brokerage account. Turbo Tax takes you through step by step but for some who own rental property or out of the normal matters it could be a bit difficult but you can always find answers on the 'net, like information on Roth's or gas tax.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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I used an accountant, a former revenue agent, but when he didn't file my corporate return I had to punt and buy the software and it's not that hard if you aren't looking for loop holes and if you keep track of your expenses for the year with Microsoft Money, just make folders for specific deductions and for my stock trades, gains or loses I use Gainskeeper who prints out your schedule at the end of the year, if you keep it updated and you are connected to your brokerage account. Turbo Tax takes you through step by step but for some who own rental property or out of the normal matters it could be a bit difficult but you can always find answers on the 'net, like information on Roth's or gas tax.
Nothing complex. Husband works and has tax deducted at source.No other income.
I don't (can't) work and we have a son at school.
Looked up re him claiming allowances for us and taxes for dummies said he would have to quote our SSNs, which we don't have, because we thought we couldn't get them
Went round in circles and discovered what we need is ITINs , which you have to send to texas for (with ID- ie passports)
Then discovered that certain businesses were acceptance officers for verifying the ID, but they will only do it if they do your tax returns at the same time and we wanted to try and file oursleves.Have to submit tax returns with application for ITIN, which is confusing in itself as I thought I didn't have to file a tax return.
I would happily buy turbo tax or something like that, but only if it will be able to deal with our situation, ie in the USA as non-permanent immigrants.
Taxes for dummies clearly wasn't.

And that was several hours gone-justlike that
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