Taxes & Camping
It’s getting towards the end of tax season again, so I thought I would put up a few reminders.
- If you are living and making any sort of money/income/living space/trade in the US, you need to file taxes (working for trade counts as income according to Congress)
- If you don’t have a social security number (there are a ton of reasons some people still don’t have one, whether they’re citizens or not), you can get what’s called an ITIN to file (process takes a bit, so scoot!)
- If you don’t have everything yet, and can’t get it before the due date, file an extension to the IRS and any states you lived or worked in during the year (states don’t always have the same due date as each other or the IRS)
- Having no official home of record doesn’t get you out of filing. There’s actual specific guidance for it. They go by where you made money (or where you were physically while you were making online money)
- Don’t just not file (or guess/lie on your taxes)!! That’s how they nailed Capone. Per Sophie Devereaux: “That’s how they get everybody”
- If you live across states, you may need to file for each state for the amount of time and money of each. Get a tax preparer who specializes in All-State Returns (yes, it’s a thing)
- If your only income is retirement and Social Security, check with a professional to see if you need to file the federal or the states where you’ve been (for example: PA has a filing requirement of $33, but a ton of stuff they don’t tax if you’re a resident)
- If you haven’t filed in a few years, talk to an experienced preparer – don’t wait for the IRS to catch up since the penalties are worse
- If you spend part of the year out of the country, even on the due date, you still have to file. You may also need to file in the countries you’ve been staying in if it fits any residency requirements or you made money while there. (Check around quick, Brazil’s entire tax season is only 2 months long – America gets over 3)
- Don’t lie about the money you make online or from your home. Most online transactions are tracked now, and in-person stuff needs 1099s etc, so you will get caught out eventually.
- Don’t lie about your expenses either, for all the same reasons (seriously, they can request car repair records, credit card statements, anything)
- Check to see if where you’re staying has a local tax. Some places that do are: NYC&Yonkers, most of PA, Columbus & a lot of Ohio.
- If you’re in a MINVOW state, have someone look it over. It’s simple, until it’s not.
- If your marriage is complicated, don’t move to California.
- Not all states even have a state tax. Look around and pick a climate you like!
See, I was even able to end it on a happy note!
Can you tell I used to do taxes? I think you can. 🙂
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