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Ebates offers hefty cashback during Tax filing

Tax season is the favorite season to talk more on money, taxes, savings, Wouldn’t it be interesting to get rewarded for paying your taxes appropriately in the form of cashback. Now, ebates does offer fantastic cashback for simply starting your tax filing from within ebates. Choose from one of the many different taxstore options available, shop around and start tax filing
Ebates a popular cashback site literally offers free money for starting the purchase from their website. This free money comes in the form of cashback. I started using this last month. I got my first cashback cheque yesterday. Today morning I started shopping around for best fee with tax filing software inside ebates website. Interestingly I found lots of interesting cashback bonuses while using tax filing software from within ebates
Here are the cashback percentage that are calculated on total amount spent towards tax filing as fees before taxes while your taxstore shopping starts at ebates
H&R Block – 9% cashback
e-file.com – 31% cashback
FreeTaxUSA – 25% cashback
TaxAct – 10% cashback
e-smart Tax – 10% cashback
intuit Payroll – upto $22.50 cashback
Note that taxes for 2018 are due april 17th 2018. File taxes, save money as cashback today from ebates

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Walgreens prescription history for taxes

Now, it is possible to access your prescription records as well as you past payment history online form Walgreens. This is an interesting feature offered for free by Walgreens Pharmacy
Why do I need to access these records?
You can access details on prescription, payment history that can be used for filing your taxes
If you own HSA (Health Savings Account) account if there is an audit this comes handy
FSA (Flexible Spending Accounts) reimbursements mandates prescriptions that can be accessed from here
If you would like to share details on your health with family, friends this comes handy
How do I access my prescription records and payment history?
Navigate to the website of Walgreens Pharmacy
Register for free and access details

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Can i pay taxes with credit card

I filed my taxes yesterday and chose to pay the taxes using my Chase Freedom credit card instead of direct ACH transfer from my bank account. The CPA was against this as he had mentioned that I’m making a foolish decision by wasting 1.89% towards processing fees. Here is what I explained him that I’d like to share as money saving tip today
1) I applied for chase freedom credit card last month after doing rough math of my taxes. Chase freedom card comes with $150 cash back bonus that can also be redeemed in form of Chase ultimate rewards that can be used for many different purposes including travel. In my earlier post I’ve given full details on why I’m maintaining my Chase Sapphire reserve credit card inspite of paying $450 annual fees. The ultimate reward points that I earn towards meeting this spending limit can be redeemed towards travel 1.5 times its value as ultimate reward points can be combined and transferred from Chase freedom card onto Chase Sapphire card. The equivalent cash value becomes $150 x 1.5 = $225
2) In addition to this I earn 1% cashback on my spending in Chase Freedom credit card
3) Chase freedom comes with 15 months 0% APR on purchases. So, I dont have to repay this amount in full. Typically if I repay the minimum balance with $1 extra every billing cycle for next 15 months it is more than sufficient
4) I can park this money in safe instruments like one-year CD. Currently the average rate on one year CD is 2.10%. With 15 months interest it comes around 2.15% APY
Now, let us do simple math on processing fee and see if we make more
Processing Fee = 1.89%
Income Earned by Parking in CD’s = 2.15%
Cash back rewards = 1%
Cashback rewards + sign-on bonus rewards towards travel = 1.5 times $150 plus your tax bill
As a whole I save 0.50% minimum towards this if I make use of Chase Freedom credit card. You can apply for Chase Freedom credit card and get this approved today. Interestingly there is no annual fee ($0 annul fee) on Chase Freedom credit card

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Validity of 15ca and 15cb

Reserve Bank Of India the premiere financial regulatory body in India has released a circular on May 7th 2012. According to this NRI’s (Non Resident Indians) who currently maintain NRO account with any of the banks present in India can have their funds transferred to their NRE account
This is a gift move much awaited by many NRIs ever since interest rates have been sky rocketing in NRE accounts. According to current rate on an average the investments gets doubled in about 7 years and 5 months to 7 years and 10 months in case of 10 year NRE fixed deposit
NRE has an additional advantage that NRI’s dont have to pay a single penny towards Indian Income taxes. However in case of countries like USA , the FBAR law that has come into effect since January 29th 2012 has mandated the declaration of investment and earnings on foreign investment of US residents. It is good to check with your CPA on this
What are the steps to move money from NRO to NRE?
NRO interest income is taxavle in India. Even with DTAA submission tax comes around 15% in case of US residents. Hence it is a good idea to make a move from NRO to NRE.
Though the steps are not properly documented RBI circular states the following facts
1) Transfer of about 1 million USD pr year is permitted
2) Taxes must be paid properly before moving NRO to NRE. TDS deduction is automatic in most banks and this is taken care of by them. Some banks are willing to waive penalty during this move. Please check with your banker to know more details
3) Forms including 15CA, 15CB and A2 must be filled with the help of your auditor in India and we need to submit the same to the bank
Utilize this opportunity to save and grow rich
Following the RBI policy change to transfer money from NRO to NRE account directly without repatriation need forms 15CA and 15CB have become the talk of the tow. So, NRI’s who make monthly income abroad make it a habot to transfer funds on a monthly basis. In the case most of them have multiple fixed deposits/special term deposits as banks call it variously opened under their NRO account.
If they wish to proceed with NRO to NRE transfer what should they do? Is it sufficient to submit one 15CA and 15CB form or more forms.
Here is the simple reply from banks on this question
Forms 15CA and 15CB are used for repatriation now in our case transfer from NRO to NRE account (internally referes to savings account as NRO FC to NRE FD is not feasible) on a ONE TIME BASIS
For each and every repatriation we need to provide different 15CA and 15CB forms.
Say you have opened FD’s from January to December of last year you need to wait until December (if you wish to take advantage of 1 year interest rate)  of this year break all FD’s put it onto NRO savings and have this transferred onto NRE in a single shot
If not close FD’s from January upto June, put it in NRO savings, transfer money from NRO to NRE savings. Submit one form 15CA and 15CB for this purpose
Wait for further maturity close it one by one, submit 15CA and 15CB for each and every transfer (remittance)
Plan good before you initiate this transfer process
Can I submit Multiple Form 15CA and 15CB during a year?
ARBI has opened gates to transfer money from NRO to NRE account. Since then this is a common topic of discussion. To give a lime light on how to safely transfer your money with minimal loss in interest here are the pointers to be followed
1) Obtain form 15CA from your auditor. Form 15CB and A2 are to be filled by you. Submit all the three documents to your bank
2) In a year we can transfer upto 1 million USD from NRO to NRE account
3) This internally means that we can submit any number of form 15CA and 15CB (multiple submission allowed) considering the fact that the amount to be trnasferred doesnt exceed 1 million USD
Do I need To Submit Form 15CA,15CB for NRO to NRE Transfer?
We have discussed about the RBI circular that permits the transfer of  money from NRO ro NRE account. This is high time to save on taxes at India. The next question is about the necessity to submit forms 15CA, 15CB to the bank branch to initiate this transfer.
So, is it needed to submit these documents?
Simple answer is YES. The logic works this way
1) Maximum 1 million USD can betransferred from NRO to NRE per year subject to payment of taxes
2) The user can choose to initiate transfer from NRE – This money needs to be properly validated by bank
RBI has clearly specified that the steps are the same as NRO repatriation onto foreign account except that it is a local NRE account
So, can I transfer my NRO FD’s to NRE FD’s?
Simple answer is it may be not possible. NRO savings to NRE savings is the possible way to have this transfer.
Talk to your bank manager and auditor to start next steps

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LIC policy for green card holders

Green card the much enticing residential status in countries like USA, permanent residency status in canada, blue card status in Europe to name a few offers plethora of benefits. In addition it closes plenty of investment avenues to Indians who can otherwise avail it as an NRI (say in temporary work visa rather than permanent residential status)
So, LIC policy an enticing insurance investment run by government of India is not open to green card holders. So, if you are an NRI planning to settle in foreign land it is advisable not to go for LIC policies
Why should I not go with LIC policy?
Most of these policies are life based (i.e) will give full benefits in case of unexpected event like death or say after its maturity tenure called policy term. Most of it is well above 5 years.
In case of a usa immigrant say for example the person can choose to maintain H1B status for 6 years maximum. In current scenario people file their GC on first or second month of USA arrival to get their GC 5 years down the line. In case of canada it is just 2+years to obtain a permanent residency. Considering these factors, it is advisable not to go for LIC policies
I already hold a LIC policy. What should I do?
If that be the case calculate your surrender value and this is the amount you can expect after getting GC/permanent resident status
Surrender value = (number of term paid/policy term)*Sum assured + (sum assured/1000)*bonus
For calculating bonus, refer to chart released by LIC each year
Where do I get details on LIC bonus chart?
LIC bonus details are accessible when we log into our LIC profile with online registered user account. This gets deposited once the bonus is declared on an annual basis
Is bonus taxable at India?
Though many auditor say it is taxable if surrendered before the term it is advisable to contact your auditor in India to get details on income tax policy
Is there a reliable link on LIC website that talks more on this?
Yes. There was a link in lic website talking more on this
Please refer to the following question :
Are Green Card holders and Foreign Nationals of Indian Origin treated as NRIs?
No, Green Card holders and Foreign Nationals of Indian origin are not treated as NRIs for the purpose of allowing Insurance. They are treated as Foreigners and the underwriting rules as those prescribed for foreigners will be applicable. As of date this link is not available. IF you have any questions contact LIC helpline
Got GC/Citizenship Invested in India LIC – Alert Read on :
This is GC season. Many were uncertain about their future and had their investment made in India in safe instruments like LIC policies. LIC proved to be an excellent tax saver tool, hefty bonus returns and was an enticing option around 2005-2009.
If you’ve already invested in LIC or planning to invest in LIC policy it would be right time to reconsider your investment. As per guidelines from LIC india investment in LIC is not open to green card holders, US Citizens.
Norms that provide full details can be obtained from LIC website