Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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...
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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.
Radha Rothrock's answer 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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