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5 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Michigan on
Q: Got layed off March 19, 2020. On March 20, a debt collector took all the money from bank account, I have no money left.

The money that was in my account was to file bankruptcy, all the courthouses are closed to the public due to the Coronavirus. Everything I had was in my account, now I have no money for rent, food, my car. Is there any way to fight this during a national emergency?

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Mar 22, 2020

There is also the possibility to have the fee either waived or paid in installments, especially if part or all of the garnished bank account will come back to the bankruptcy estate. There are attorneys who will start a bankruptcy filing for a low down payment.

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Michigan on
Q: IF dead parent left a trust, how can one find out? no communication between siblings.Is there anything that can be done?
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Andrew M Steiger answered on Mar 9, 2020

Trusts are generally private documents that do not require public filing like a will or disclosure in probate. A will may reference a trust and disclose its existence. You may also search public records for property that is commonly put in a trust, like a home, that would require a deed listing... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it legal for my husband to withhold our joint filed taxes from me?

He has refused to let me have any of the $750 rapid refund we were approved for. He then took every bit of the remaining funds off of the card. Due to his abusive alcoholism we are not staying together as of 2/13/20.

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 15, 2020

Did you report any income on the joint return that contributed to the refund? If so, you may be entitled to injured spouse relief.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Should I claim innocent spouse?

My husband and I were married in May 2019. When filing for our 2019 taxes I learned that my spouse has claimed “exempt“ on his payroll tax for the entire 2019. The result is over $13,000 in tax liability, when otherwise I would have been due a refund for my portion of overpayment of about $3500... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 12, 2020

Based on the limited facts, it sounds like you would not qualify. You are not required to file a joint return, so carefully think your situation through before you file your 2019 return and seek professional advice if you want to reduce or eliminate the risk of being stuck with your spouse’s... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a 12 yr old daughter and her mother has a no contact order where I can’t see or talk to my daughter. I can’t

Afford an attorney, so what can I do to get this order stopped. Her mother has 8 other children and there is an open CPS case right now involving one of her siblings. My daughter also had some history of cutting herself because she wanted to be with me and her mom won’t let her. I have been in... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 7, 2020

If you cannot afford a lawyer, reach out to a local legal aid group. Contact the Michigan State Bar if you need help looking that up.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for New Jersey on
Q: How to handle being significantly overcharged for tax preparation fees?

I engaged an Enrolled Agent to prepare my 2018 tax return. He filed for an extension for me and has been almost completely unresponsive (for months) to requests for status causing me to miss the extension deadline. When I finally received the prepared return I got an invoice for $3000. Several... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 6, 2020

Without receiving more info from him, I wouldn’t pay. Sounds like he breached whatever contract you may think you have with him, but maybe he knows his bill doesn’t square with his fee. If he threatens to go to collections, threaten to take him to small claims court and notify the BBB.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for South Carolina on
Q: If I claimed alimony on my tax return does she have to report alimony as income?
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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 5, 2020

The alimony rules changed for 2019. Generally, alimony is not deductible by the payor not includible in income for the recipient for the 2019 tax year. The prior rule required the recipient to include alimony in income.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: My 90 year old mother is a co-signer on my mortgage. How to take her off? Discovered tax lien her name.

When she migrated into skilled nursing, Going through her things discovered back tax notifications. Last year filled all her past taxes, one year had a problem. IRS won’t deal with me, asked my CPA to communicate, not very helpful. CPA said he would file something to at least stop additional... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 5, 2020

You should consider hiring a tax attorney to review the facts surrounding your mother’s tax debt, whether the lien was properly placed on your property, and how to remove it. Transferring property to scrub a lien does not work. The lien follows the property until the tax is paid, generally by... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I paid for child care and they refuse to give me the papers I need to file this on my tax return. How can they do this?

How can I get this from Punkin Patch Childcare?

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 4, 2020

Don’t let the companies failure deter you. Present them with a W-10 and ask for that info. If the company refuses, file a claim for the credit with the info that you have and attach an explanation to your return to document your request for the missing info. The IRS may deny the credit at... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: Frozen tax return

We filed our taxes and the IRS said we needed more proof of address an relationship to our kids. We sent it it in and we received a notice of denial for rest of tax refund prematurely on the IRS end . We notify the IRS and they have never responded to 3 seperate faxes all papers requested and now... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 4, 2020

You should speak with a tax lawyer who can clearly explain the law to the IRS and provide proper documentation to obtain your refund, assuming you qualify. That’s a lot of money to leave on the table. Hire someone who will do the work on a fixed fee, contingency basis so you get that money.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Banking and Probate for Michigan on
Q: I need to become my 14 yr old daughter’s conservator.

My daughter has an inheritance named to her from my Mother. It is coming from a Canadian bank in the amount of $5000 CA.

The bank won’t release the funds to my daughter until I gain conservatorship for her bank account. What forms do I need to fill out to do this in Wayne County?

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 3, 2020

A court appointed conservatorship is a lot of effort for CAD$5,000. I would work with the bank to see if there is another option and point out that you are the child's parent. An easier option might be something like a UTMA.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: Is a cash for keys buyout of my lease taxable income? If so is it regular income or capital gains income?

We lived in the same apartment in Los Angeles for ten years. The landlord let the building degrade over that time refusing to fix basic things like the roof leaking into the bedroom every winter from the start of the lease, not fixing broken security gates & doors, leaving the front gate of the... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Jan 31, 2020

It’s hard to say without seeing the lease and buyout agreements. In some cases, taxpayers can argue that a payment like that is actually a reduction in the monthly lease payments based on not receiving the value that you initially bargained for. In other words, an adjustment to the purchase... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: The IRS has had my 2018 tax refund for a year and refuses to give me any information.

In Feb 2019, I filed my taxes for 2018. I was self-employed and I have 3 small children that I have always claimed on taxes. Their father does not claim them. In the previous years, I used a W2 because I had an employer. Well, it’s been a year and I still don’t have my 2018 taxes. They... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Jan 31, 2020

You should hire a tax lawyer, provide a power of attorney using form 2848, and have the attorney call the IRS to figure it out. And in the future, adjust your withholding so the Treasury does not hold your $7k hostage indefinitely.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Can I recover the federal taxes that have been taken out of my check if my income is nontaxable? I work for IHSS.

IHSS never informed me about this when I moved my client into my home. I was never given the paperwork needed for the federal gov. They have been deducting federal taxes since August.

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Jan 24, 2020

Try filing a return with zero income and report your tax withholding. The result should be a tax refund.

2 Answers | Asked in Social Security and Tax Law for Florida on
Q: I am 67 years old living on Social Security. I was not filing Income taxes. I have an outstanding student loan.
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Andrew M Steiger answered on Jan 16, 2020

What is your question? If it is whether you have a filing obligation, that depends on how much Social security you are receiving.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: If the IRS discovers that my deceased father owed taxes, can they seize assets that were already distributed to heirs?
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Andrew M Steiger answered on Jan 10, 2020

As a matter of federal law, the IRS is not bound by state law probate administration rules and an IRS lien may be enforced against parties that receive property from a tax debtor, if proper. It is a matter of IRS discretion and the IRS has internal procedures to determine what actions to take in... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Arkansas on
Q: Shouldn't the Army have to notify me of taxes owed on moving costs in order for me to make the choice beforehand?

I recently moved from Utah to Arkansas to take a job as a civilian with the US Army Corps of Engineers. I had the Army move my HHG. I just got a debt collection letter from the Army saying I owed taxes on the amount the Army paid the moving company to move me (about $4,700 in taxes). None of the... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Dec 31, 2019

If the moving expenses are taxable fringe benefits, you would expect the cost of moving to show up in your W-2 as taxable income but I would not expect the employer to demand repayment of taxes unless the employer withheld taxes on your behalf and chose not to take the taxes out of your normal... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Michigan on
Q: lengthy so my question is i was divorced in 2012 but had filed taxes jointly with ex husband he recieved entire refund

So that was supposed to offset arrearges courts said i owed but it was never applied to arrearges now i owe even more arrearges due to loss of job a few times over pass few years for a few months but had the original refund been applied to arrearges the arrerges would have been paid off and i would... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Dec 11, 2019

You may have a valid “injured spouse” claim. A local tax attorney may be able to help determine if you qualify or if it is too late to seek relief. Best of luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Tax Law. I recently received a letter from the IRS asking for my small business W2's for the period ending 2013.

I mailed those in back in 2013 but the IRS slis saying they never received them. Anyways I resubmitted them again this year but now they want an explanation of why I didn't send them in back in 2013. They are trying to charge me with a $10,000 civil penalty. How can I show them proof that I sent... Read more »

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Oct 21, 2019

Did you submit those same W-2s to the state or local tax authority? Did you report them elsewhere on time? On time in 2013? A tax attorney may be able to help you explore other forms of evidentiary proof to satisfy the IRS demands.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Michigan on
Q: IL demanded I pay full year of State taxes even though I lived and worked only in MI . What legal help getting $ back?

Employer accidently sent first half of 2017 taxes to IL and IL demanded I pay second half. Had house in Cook county IL but lived and worked in MI entire year. What legal resources are best to use for recourse or simply a CPA issue? Ended up paying full year state taxes for both Michigan and IL.

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Andrew M Steiger answered on Sep 24, 2019

You owe personal income tax to the state of your residence. Request a refund from the other state. Michigan and Illinois have a reciprocity agreement based on residence, so once you establish this a refund should follow.

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