Questions Answered by Radha Rothrock

Q: A short sale on 2010. The bank never sent me 1090 form. The IRS said the bank never sended. The bank forgive the debt?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Nov 17, 2013

Answered on Mar 23, 2014

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Unless the bank expressly waived its right to collect the deficiency, it has until July of this year to sue on the deficiency. If the bank agreed to waive its right to collect the deficiency, it would have given you something in writing at the time of the short sale.

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Q: How do I find out if an individual living in Pinellas County Florida has filed bankruptcy.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Feb 17, 2014

Answered on Mar 23, 2014

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You can register for Pacer here: http://www.pacer.gov/register.html

You can also check the clerk of the court of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Tamp division.

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Q: How can i check the case of the bankruptcy, online?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Jan 30, 2014

Answered on Mar 23, 2014

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Pacer is the easiest way, as Mr. Bresalier stated. You can register at http://www.pacer.gov/register.html

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Q: I had a company forgot to put motor oil back in my car and they refuse to pay for the damages, wat type of lawyer i need

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Florida on Nov 27, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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It depends on the amount of your damages. If your damages are a few hundred dollars, the attorney fee will be higher than your damages. In that case, you can try the attorney general's office or the better business bureau. If that route fails, find someone who practices general civil law.

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Q: Can a non-biological parent claim their child on their tax return

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Jan 27, 2011

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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Yes, you don't need to be a biological parent to claim someone as a dependent. Just make sure no one else claimed the child as a dependent on their return. If so, the IRS will come after you for money. The best thing to do is to get a waiver signed from the parents giving up their right to claim the dependent. Keep it in your file in case the parent tries to claim the dependent.

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Q: How can I find out if my ex has been filing income tax returns? The local cse is no help

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Feb 9, 2011

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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The IRS won't give you this information without a power of attorney. If your divorce decree requires you to provide a copy of the return to the other person, you might be able to file some sort of an enforcement action throught the divorce court.

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Q: What administrative and record keeping procedures must a tax return preparer comply with relative to tax returns prepare

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Apr 6, 2011

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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You must be a registered preparer with the IRS. They will give you a ptin number. They have minimum requirements to get the ptin number depending on your educational level.

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Q: If an inmate is compenstaed for his labor, does he pay tax or file a 1099?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on May 4, 2011

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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The inmate wouldn't file the 1099. The person paying the inmate would file the 1099. Inmates are subject to the same reporting requirements as other citizens when it comes to tax law.

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Q: Do i have to keep with me a receipt of tx expense under US$ 20?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Jul 21, 2011

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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The feds can ask for a receipt for any amount. As a practical matter, they usually won't object to it if if it's under $20.

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Q: If I owe taxes on a property,can I sell the property to the goverment for back taxes and keep whatever is left.?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Nov 28, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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Do you owe the federal government for IRS taxes or the local government for property taxes? If you owe the feds, they will probably lien the property. They can force you to sell it, but generally do so as a last resort. If you owe the county property taxes, they will sell a tax certificate to the highest bidder. If you don't pay, the bidder will take title to your property.

You can also look at filing bankruptcy if you owe taxes. Depending on the amount of taxes owed and the year...

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Q: My wife is a victim of ID theft and now the IRS is trying to extort money that we do not owe , we filed ID theft

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Dec 16, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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If they sent you a notice, you will have to appeal it by a certain deadline depending on what you sent. Consult with a tax attorney as soon as possible. If you miss the deadline to appeal, your remedies will be limited.

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Q: Need help filing financial heartship

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Dec 18, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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California has state and federal taxes so I would recommend consulting with a tax professional in California rather than Florida.

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Q: Large tax liability and wife has not worked.Is the tax liability still 50/50%?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Florida on Dec 25, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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There are a lot of factors that will decide this issue. The first factor is whether or not you have already filed a tax return. If you haven't already filed the return, you can prepare it single as well as joint to see which way results in the lowest liability. If you have already filed it, you could possibly amend the return depending on when it was filed.

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Q: Need a pro bono or low cost atty for a situation between sun coast property services and myself, a condo owner

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure for Florida on Dec 28, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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There are two places you can look for a low cost or pro bono attorney. First, you can check with your local bar association in the county in which you reside. Some of the attorneys agree to accept cases on a low cost or free service. The second place you can look is legal aid. Most Florida counties have a legal aid office. If you qualify, you don't have to pay a fee.

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Q: My house went up for foreclosur last week how can i find out what happened

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure for Florida on Dec 17, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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Many of the clerk's office allow you to search their records online at no charge. Some of the offices allow you to see the documents while others allow you to see the docket sheet without seeing the document.

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Q: I need to quickly file a pro se motion to enlarge on my foreclosure summons. Don't want to leave anything out. Help!

2 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure for Florida on Dec 6, 2012

Answered on Jan 22, 2013

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Try calling the opposing counsel to see if they oppose your motion to enlarge the time to respond. Usually, they won't oppose it. If they don't oppose it, you can prepare a sipulated order and ask the judge to sign it. If you are living in the home and don't have an attorney, most of the larger banks will be agreeable to this.

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Q: Can you keep your mortgaged home after filing bankruptcy 7 or 13 which ever applies?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Nov 29, 2012

Answered on Dec 2, 2012

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Yes, you should file a Reaffirmation Agreement if you choose to keep your home in a chapter 7 case. You should inform the trustee through your chapter 13 plan if you wish to keep the home in a chapter 13. You will need to make the mortgage payment if you choose to keep your home.

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Q: I need to file for bankruptcy but I don't have the money to pay for a lawyer I don't know what to do?

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Nov 21, 2012

Answered on Dec 2, 2012

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Try your local bar association or local legal aid society. Either one of these associations might be able to find you an attorney at a free or reduced cost.

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Q: If someone abandone their house and file bankrupcy are they still responsable for the house maintanace expenses

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Nov 22, 2012

Answered on Dec 2, 2012

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If you surrender your home in the bankruptcy but continue to live there, you will still be responsible for HOA fees incurred after you file bankruptcy.

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Q: Can you file bankruptcy without a lawyer?

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on Nov 18, 2012

Answered on Dec 2, 2012

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If you are an individual, yes. You have the right to represent yourself. I would recommend getting a lawyer. If you mess up your paperwork, your debts may not be discharged. If you can't afford an attorney, try the bar association or legal aid in the county where you reside. They might be able to provide you free or low cost service.

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