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Dealing with the constitutional, common-law, statutory, tax treaty, and regulatory rules that constitute the law applicable to taxation.

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Contingence in the law - citizenship or residence

Non-US individuals who get payments from a US company have to fill in a W-8BEN form and give the form to the US company and then the US company gives the form to the IRS. This happens for example ...
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Other means of payment related to property taxes

Probably my question is related to one of my previous ones, but it is most likely not the same. If a foreigner who doesn't live in the US as main residence and therefore doesn't have tax residence ...
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Cosmetology salon workers status in California from 2020?

I have been reading at various sources that beauty salon workers that have independent contractor status would be reclassified as employees starting from 2020 throughout the California. Presumably ...
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Russian Dual Citizenship Tax Rules

My mother and I are thinking about having me applying for Russian citizenship since she is one. Is there any tax regulations we would have to be aware about if I were to apply, but live in the US? ...
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Refusing income or payment without tax liabilities

I am part of a non-profit organization that is insisting on paying me for my time. For personal reasons, this payment is more costly for me to accept than to disclaim it entirely. Is there a proper ...
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When is “at the time of the gift or inheritance”?

"Similarly, if you received specified foreign property as a gift, or inheritance, the cost amount is its fair market value at the time of the gift or inheritance" Question: If I am the beneficiary of ...
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Working for Spouses foreign company

My spouse and I currently live in the US. We plan to move back to my spouses home country, where we will live and work long term. Our current plan is to have my spouse start a company in the foreign ...
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How to handle an existing business' income and expenses when incorporating

I'm looking at incorporating my sole proprietorship as an S Corp. (An alternative I'm also looking into is an LLC taxed as an S Corp). My existing company already has income and expenses in 2020. ...
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Are there taxes associated with shipping a secondhand iPhone from the US to the UK?

If I buy a secondhand iPhone in the U.S., have it sent to a friend in North Carolina, and that friend then forwards it to me in the UK: Should I owe any taxes on such an importation?
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Capital gains from bullion sales

I read on the internet that one can sell, online, less than 25 troy ounces of gold Maple Leaf coins without reporting the sale to the IRS. Is this true? Is this over a calendar year?
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Could U.S. states test a wealth tax?

There has been some debate in the Democratic Party on the subject of a federal wealth tax. I know that there is some debate about the constitutionality of a wealth tax, but for the purpose of this ...
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Living in permanently growing debt to your own company

Some countries entertain corporate income tax rates significantly lower than personal: Ireland: 12.5% vs 20–52% Estonia/Latvia: 0% vs 20% Sweden: 21.4% vs 32–57% Barbados: 5.5% vs 25–38% Say Bob ...
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State property immune from local taxation?

I know that Federal property is generally immune from local taxes, but what about property owned by the state? Is that just a matter of state law? Is there a term for this kind of immunity because I ...
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Is it legal to pay a contractor cash?

I know that some businesses accept cash in exchange for services and never declare that income (tax evasion). I understand that it is illegal for businesses to do so. But what about the other end of ...
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Would an organization committed to non-violently supporting indiscriminate human annihilation be eligible for 501(c)(3) exemption?

Hypothetically, if someone formed an organization whose objective was dedicated to the annihilation of the human race, but did not permit violent acts from its members, would it in any way be ...
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What legal consequences might reasonably arise from marking marriage status on tax forms incorrectly?

I want to get married through a confidential marriage license (I'm a California resident), but I don't want my accountant to know (for annoying family reasons). If he later goes through my tax forms ...
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Responsibilities (legal and fiscal) for individual (based in Germany) hiring an international freelance contractor online

Suppose that an individual hires a freelance contractor (through online platforms like Fiverr, UpWork, or Freelancer.com). The contractor may be from any country and may or may not have a regular VAT. ...
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What is the legal principle which requires Apple to pay the Irish State €13 billion?

In 2016, the EU ruled that the Irish State provided state aid to Apple, which was deemed to be illegal. As a result of this, Apple are required to back-pay €13 billion to the Irish exchequer. From a ...
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Do H1B visa holders allowed to use Patreon to get extra income?

Could anyone explain if H1B visa holders legally allowed to use Patreon or similar services to get some extra income or not?
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If an American LLC buys something, do these expenses reduce their profits?

Imagine an American LLC which buys some commodity (e. g. gold) for every dollar that it owns (after taxes). At the end of the year, the company has 0 dollars in the bank (because all money was spent ...
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Tipping competing salon that unjustifiably sued us to IRS for misclassifying their former employees?

We are being sued by a competing business salon that in complaint filed with court alleges that their "former employees" conspired with us in stealing trade secrets (a.k.a. customer contact list). In ...
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UK Single person council tax discount when owning joint property

We own a joint property in the UK, and are full taxpayers of all taxes including standard rate council tax band for the region. But my partner will be going abroad for a significant amount of time (6 ...
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Can a founder 'gift' pre-existing assets to a company after hiring a cofounder?

I live in the U.S. Suppose that I create a company with a deposit of $10,000 and want to bring in a cofounder for an equity stake of 15% in this company. I have personal assets like computer code, ...
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Property tax in NYC

How much do property taxes amount to in terms of their related asset worth in NYC? Are they delivered in form of bill or notifies?
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Filing US tax returns over bank account-related interests

I do know that in the US, bank-account interests are taxable as passive incomes, but what I don't understand is the point of filing tax returns on bank account interests, since the government (or the ...
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Buying a home in NYC as a non-citizen with no previous ties with the U.S

If a person wins, let's say, the equivalent of US$ 300 million in another country, goes to New York City and buys a house there, they certainly need to report their own residence in order to live ...
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Isn't paying overdue taxes an indirect admission of guilt?

People are strongly advised to pay taxes due, regardless of how old they may be. But wouldn't it seem obvious that paying taxes due years back would be somewhat of an admission of guilt? You are ...
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How can tax residency be proven within the EU?

I am aware of tax residency 183 days rule which in theory obliges you to pay taxes to a country where you reside 183 days or more. The thing that I do not get is how can this be applied to EU ...
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Why is it legal to look at pending stock orders for some participants

another question indicates that market participants can take a look at the orders for a stock, option or futures. An ordinary investor can only look at the BID and ASK, but not the entire series of ...
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Is imposing taxes on WhatsApp use legal or not?

I hope this is the right SE site to ask this question. Recently, in Lebanon, the government decided to impose a daily tax on the first call made using WhatsApp call feature, equal to 0.2$. Now ...
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Does the owner of a foreign company need to pay taxes in the country of residence, if he does not receive any money from the company?

Imagine someone in Austria, let's call him Franz, registers a company in another, non-EU country. He sells some services in the name of the company. The company gets paid by its customers (the money ...
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Reopening A New Medical Corporation Following Closure Of An Old One Due To Tax Issues

Is it possible for a physician to reopen a new medical corporation with a new tax ID, new telephone number, new location and new name after his old one has been closed due to unpaid taxes? And, if so, ...
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Starting a business: is it legal to hire freelancers if you haven't registered the company yet?

The reasons I would want to delay the registration of this business as much as I can are: I don't foresee having a single dollar of revenue until at least 2 years later (the product I'm building is ...
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How to start the “streamlined procedure” with the IRS?

I am a USA expatriate. I just learned about the IRS requirement to file tax returns no matter where you live. After some research, it seems the way forward is that I enter the "streamlined procedures" ...
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Cyclic definition of “US Person” by the IRS

The IRS classifies taxpayers into categories of "US Person" and "Foreign Person" based on their immigration status. However, the definition appears to be cyclical: According to the IRS: The term ...
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At formation, in exchange for stock, X contributes cash, Y contributes only “services provided”. What's a smart way to do it?

Setup: X has cash, Y has an idea, experience and contacts and wants to work on this idea full-time. X wants to create a corporation with Y and contribute $100,000 for 50% of its equity. Option 1: Y ...
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State of Legal Residence - is this person filing taxes right?

I have a friend who left home at 18 to join the Marines. He used his parents' address for mail. He then worked for various overseas companies (doing oil related things) and continued to use his ...
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Can Congress, or any other body, subpoena the President's tax records?

President Trump's tax records, and the question of whether Congress can access them, have been on the news for years. In all this time, I've never heard any analyst debate whether or not a president ...
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Does receiving a stipend for participating in GSoC constitute self-employment?

I participated in Google Summer of Code and received a stipend from Google. I worked with volunteer mentors associated with free/open source projects not associated with Google in any direct way. ...
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Import duty tax UK if the parcel goes back without being delivered

I ordered a parcel from US (I live in UK) and so I paid import duty tax before delivery. Now, for weird reason FedEx didn't delivered the parcel to me and send it back to US. Now, technically there ...
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Can you avoid extra taxes by making your children the owners of your new business?

My father wants my brother and I to be the owners of his new business in my home city. The reason behind this is to avoid paying extra taxes, as my father already has many businesses in his name and ...
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Taxes and freelancing in Germany

This question is a follow up and more precise version of Tax law and freelancing as a side-job in Germany. As explained in the linked question, working as a freelancer in Germany could turn out to be ...
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Does the ATO recognise a PayPal business account as a valid business account?

The Australian Tax Office requires that all registered companies have a dedicated bank account for their business. Does the ATO recognise a PayPal business account as a valid business account? I'...
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Hiring freelancers in Germany

This question is the counterpart to Tax law and freelancing as a side-job in Germany. What are the laws concerning hiring a freelancer for a short project (for example an international freelancer ...
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Does an increase in Tax Exemptions mean I will pay less in Tax for each paycheck? (USA)

I get too big of a refund each year, so I want to get that closer to 0. Not owing and not getting a refund, in tax. Should I increase "exemptions"? Also is "Allowance" and "Witholdings" and "...
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Tax law and freelancing as a side-job in Germany

Is it legally possible for a European (non-German) PhD student/research assistant at a German university (who gets paid according to 75% of the TV-L 13 wage) perform side jobs for international ...
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Hiring a UK resident and citizen to work remotely in a Finnish company (pre and post brexit)

Company A: a software development startup. Incorporated in Finland. Person B: An UK resident and citizen A is looking to employ B to work entirely remotely. Because of reasons, it is not possible ...
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What Remedy When a judge sets an impossible standard of evidence?

Is there a legal term or definition to use in an appeal when a lower court judge has set an impossible standard of evidence in his decision? In a property tax appeal,a judge has ignored higher court ...
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Do you have to pay capital gains tax on money earned before you incorporate?

This scenario is in the UK. A person X makes 1.2 million in sales of an asset, before the end of the tax year the invests all the sales into a newly created corporation and they become owners equity....
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GST/VAT tax. Why some countries return tax to tourists? [closed]

Some countries return tax to tourists in airports. I don't understand it. Why is it happening? What was the logic behind the decision? Why is it only related to purchase tax and not to income tax? ...