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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Everytime i file my taxes, I always have had a problem with the irs, telling me i need an Identity theft number.

Everytime i get in contact with the irs they cannot help me. Over the phone they tell me to go online and verify my identity online. When i go online its asking me for a credit account, mortgage account, auto loan account, Student loan account and which i have neither. I have a secured CC but that... Read more »

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Sep 16, 2020

Call your local taxpayer advocate. Here is a link to look up the number for your local office. https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/contact-us

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Indiana on
Q: Do I owe taxes to the IRS for a personal injury settlement?

I received a settlement in 2017 for a personal injury suit. In June of this year the IRS advised that I owe tax on this. I never received a 1099 for the settlement. The IRS stated I need to go through a tax attorney. I have very limited income at this time and not sure how to proceed.

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Aug 24, 2020

Try contacting a low income taxpayer clinic (LITC). Here is the link to find one in your area

https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/about/litc

If you cannot find a LITC to take your case then you may have to hire an attorney. Most of us work anywhere in the country and offer a free...
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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: I have been married for 11 months and just found out my husband has not filed taxes in 10 years. Am I in any way liable?
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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Aug 23, 2020

I agree with Attorney Blackburn. I also wanted to add that if you file a joint return going forward, you will need to file for injured spouse relief at the same time so that you will receive your portion of your tax refund. Also, you will need to be careful with joint bank accounts and any other... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for New York on
Q: Husband files taxes for us jointly and will not give me access to tax returns or bank statements, how can I get them?
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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Aug 18, 2020

You can request copies from the IRS. You can may even be able to obtain online through the "get your tax record" link on the irs.gov homepage.

If you have a joint bank account then the bank will print out the statements for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Tennessee on
Q: My mom is 72 years old and she recently went back to work she files her taxes for 2019 and she got a letter from the IRS

Stating that her and her husband owed the IRS $1600 in back taxes but the man’s name on the letter was a man that she was never dead married to and he is dead what should she do she is done all the documents all the paperwork that she had to do and send it to them and now they are refusing to... Read more »

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jul 26, 2020

She should call the taxpayer advocate and ask them for assistance. Here is a link to look up the number for the office closest to her.

https://www.irs.gov/advocate/local-taxpayer-advocate

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for New Jersey on
Q: My son was divorced about 2 years ago. Part of the settlement was for his wife to pay their then due federal income tax

She has not paid and they are billing him. Is there anything that he can do?

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jul 20, 2020

Unfortunately other than taking her back to court he will need to set up his own collection alternative with the IRS. This can include currently not collectible status, an Offer in Compromise, or Innocent Spouse Relief. Most of us offer a free consultation so it would not hurt to speak with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: Had a tax lien fixed, but how do I stop receiving letters from third parties?

I didn't know I had to report zero sales on a transient vendors license and received notice of estimated taxes due. I called multiple times and was told multiple times it was fixed. Apparently a tax lien was put in place, but around the same time it finally got fixed and I received... Read more »

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jun 10, 2020

There are companies that send people out to town halls to compile lists of people with liens and then sell them to companies that offer to help you with your lien. The lists are usually compiled a month or two before they are sold. You are likely receiving letters from one of these companies.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for North Carolina on
Q: If there is back taxes of $20,000 owed but have not received income tax in 2 years

Can that be considered at least partially so If you made at least $7,000 in income tax?

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jun 10, 2020

I am not sure what you are trying to ask. Clarify your question and hopefully someone will be able to answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: i a have a tax lien on my home from my ex husband that he owes the IRS for $35000 and i cant get it off and he wont pay

i was divorced in 2014 and tried to refinance my home in 2015 and this is when i was told about the liens on my home. i have been trying to get him to pay for them or make arrangements but he refuses. i had tried to get my divorce lawyer to have him held in contempt of the court order but, she was... Read more »

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on May 10, 2020

Unfortunately this is a problem that will likely require the assistance of an attorney. Most of us offer a free consultation. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on TV.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Washington on
Q: My husband has taken draws from a company that he is part owner in for two years and hasn’t claimed as income on taxes.

He has always handled taxes in past and I just found this out. Is this illegal? What could the ramifications be for me as a spouse? If I file separately, can I avoid being responsible for his decision? Legal seperation is in the works for marriage

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Apr 16, 2020

If you have or will file any joint tax returns with him you are both separately and jointly liable for any taxes due whether they are due when the return is filed or as the result of an audit. If you file separately you will not be liable for any of his tax debt for the years you have filed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Vermont on
Q: How would I go about fixing a non filing for a few years issue?

I have been in a dark place for about 15 years now and just haven't filed. I know that I am facing fines as well as an audit. that being said what can I expect and how harsh can these fines be? I really do need to take care of this issue. Been heavy on my mind for a few years.

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Apr 13, 2020

You should start with a consultation with a tax attorney. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on TV. You do not want to just start filing returns. If you were not entitled to a refund you will be assessed several penalties as well as interest. Working with a tax attorney will... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for North Carolina on
Q: Tax law... Married filing separately husband left home for 6 months made no contributions to home can he claim kids

He moved out the home, provided no financial support , moved back into the home, and is now living in the garage. We filed joint tax returns for 2018 he filed separately and claimed the kids because he made more money is that legal? Even though the kids and I never left the home and I provided all... Read more »

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Apr 13, 2020

If you believe that you provided more than 50% of the support for your children then you can file a paper return claiming the children. Provide any documentation that will support that you paid more than 50% of their support. The IRS will investigate who can actually claim the children.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Young bro lives with me for 1 yr. Mom hasn’t bothered w/us until she found out i claimed him. Can i get in trouble?

Financially taken care of him for 2 years but he has lived with me for 1 year. Mom never calls to check on him. Everyone knows he lives with me. She does not work. I thought it was only right for me to claim him on taxes since i care for him.

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Apr 10, 2020

Look at the following two tables (I have provided the links) to see if you were allowed to take your brother as a qualifying relative.

https://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/content/globalmedia/table_1_dependency_exemption_child_4012.pdf...
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3 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Nevada on
Q: I haven't paid taxes in a while and looking to clear everything up. How do you do that?
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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 31, 2020

You should speak with a tax attorney first. You may end up doing yourself more harm then good. Most of us offer a free consultation. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on TV.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: If someone failed to report an entire source of income over 2 years. What’s the chance they will see prison time?

If they have been turned in via 3949a

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 22, 2020

It is impossible to say without additional information. This is also something that should not be discussed in an open forum. You need to stop looking for answers here and contact a tax attorney where attorney client privilege will apply.

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5 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Tax Law for California on
Q: Are income taxes from about 10 years ago dischargeable through chapter 7 bankruptcy?

My partner never filed the tax return for those years. I believe IRS filed substitute returns and the income taxes owed for each year were assessed a while ago. Do I need to file returns for those years before filing bankruptcy?

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 22, 2020

You need to be careful. You cannot file bankruptcy for two years after you file the returns. You may be better off consulting with a tax attorney first. You may be able to get an offer in compromise or some other type of collection alternative. It is usually better to work in conjunction with a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: What are the penalties for failure to report income? How serious does the IRS pursue these cases?

Over a period of multiple years.

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 21, 2020

If the person is audited then they can receive up to a 50% penalty depending on whether or not the IRS considers it fraud or not. That is on top of all the other penalties and interest that will also be assessed. I cannot tell you whether or not the IRS will audit a taxpayer without a lot more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: Can a income tax garnishment through accounts in a financial institution incur NSF fees and if so who is liable?
Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 21, 2020

If you mean that the garnishment caused you to bounce checks you have already written, you are responsible. The IRS gives you time to get the levy released. If the bank has not already sent the money to the IRS you still have time to reach a collection alternative with them. Most of us offer a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: My girlfriend failed to claim income on her taxes. A little over 50k. What type trouble is she looking at?

She was paid under the table and deposited checks into her bank account.

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 21, 2020

This is not the type of question for this format. She needs to talk with a tax attorney directly where she will have attorney client privilege and everything she says will be confidential. Most of us offer a free consultation which can be done over the phone. Just tell her to stay away from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My boyfriend receives support in PA. The mother was $1200 behind for the tax year just ending (2019)

Her taxes were to be intercepted for the past due amount yet he only received $500 from her federal and $165 from her state. Why did he not receive the whole $1200 she owes??? We talked to domestics all they know is that the put in a form to intercept, that is all. Wheres the rest of the $$$. She... Read more »

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Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 17, 2020

Are you sure she was supposed to receive more then what you were sent? The only other reason that I know of why you would not have received the full amount is she may have owed additional debts that had priority or the state did not update the records to indicate the full amount she owed. Also if... Read more »

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