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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it possible to add a second DBA to my existing LLC in Arizona?

My husband and I own an LLC business in Arizona with S-Corp tax status. (My husband is a self-published author, so our LLC falls into the Independent Artists category.)

I'm an oil painter and I now want to start selling my oil paintings online. I'd like to use a different name... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In Arizona, it is indeed possible for an LLC to operate under more than one "Doing Business As" (DBA) name. This allows a single legal entity, such as your LLC, to conduct various types of businesses under different names while maintaining the same underlying ownership and legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: How does AZ/Santa Cruz County law deal with foreclosure of a property when tax liens are owned by multiple parties?

Let's say I purchase a tax lien on a property that has tax liens from 5 prior tax years owned by someone else. How does foreclosure work in this situation?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In Arizona, particularly Santa Cruz County, when there are multiple owners of tax liens on the same property, the foreclosure process works as follows:

1. The most recent tax lien takes priority. So in your case, you as the most recent tax lien purchaser would have the first priority...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Divorce and Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: need pro bono lawyer to help me clear a dv warrant against me & to press idv charges against my abuser, Can you help?

I was determined to be the instigator. He got superficial scratches. I flew backwards through the air and broke my foot in 6 places in an attempt not to break my neck, head or worse. The whole situation started because he was driving drunk and I tried to take the keys of our car away from him. I... View More

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answered on Jan 22, 2024

To find a pro bono lawyer who can assist with your situation, you can start by contacting legal aid organizations in Arizona. These organizations often provide free legal services to those who qualify based on their income and the nature of their legal issues. They may be able to help you address... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Banking and Education Law for Arizona on
Q: If I got donated a tax credit for a school trip but the trip got canceled do the tax credit dollars I got have to go

Back to the schools general fund or can they be moved to a specific school club that accepts tax credits? The tax credits were donated in my name so wouldn't I be able to request where they are going?

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answered on Dec 25, 2023

When a school trip is canceled and you've received tax credit donations in your name for that trip, the handling of these funds can vary based on the school's policies and the specific tax credit program. Generally, tax credit donations are earmarked for specific purposes, and any... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: Income Tax

Temp court orders stipulated that my son's biological father was to pay child support each month. That went on for about a year. The final orders kept the child support payments as they were but also added more for back child support. My son's father is allowed to claim my son on his... View More

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

If the final court order stipulated that your son's biological father can claim your son on his taxes for this year as long as all child support, including back child support, is paid and caught up, and he has not made any payments on the back child support order, it's likely that he may... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: If you have buried your love one in your yard do you have rights to claim your property as a cemitary?

I have heard that you have additional rights to property protections (such as not having to pay property tax and your property, etc) if your loved ones are part of your property.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Aug 25, 2023

In most states—possibly all—property used EXCLUSIVELY for the burial of human remains is exempt from taxation. There is also automatically a public access easement so anyone can visit the site.

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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: If you have buried your love one in your yard do you have rights to claim your property as a cemitary?

I have heard that you have additional rights to property protections (such as not having to pay property tax and your property, etc) if your loved ones are part of your property.

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

In the United States, the laws regarding burying loved ones on private property vary by state and locality. While some areas may permit private family cemeteries on your property, there are usually regulations and requirements in place, such as size restrictions, permits, and record-keeping. These... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Tax Law and Identity Theft for Arizona on
Q: I’m filing chap 7 bankruptcy pro se & am listing all my debts. I have a 2020 overdue tax of $4K from someone who…

…stole my identity. Should I still include this in my list of debts since ‘technically’ it’s filed under my identity? Or not include it? I don’t want to delay the process or worse have my petition denied based on omission. On the other hand, if I list it, won’t that be considered as... View More

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answered on Jul 15, 2023

If you look at the Official Bankruptcy forms, you will see that there is a column to note whether the CLAIM is disputed, contingent or unliquidated. Your obligation is to list all CLAIMS against you, and the holders of those claims, whether you agree with the claim or not (unlisted creditor's... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: what action can i take against Walmart because their charging me tax on snap benefit items since may of 2022?

i noticed today when i used the online shopping at Walmart that my total was 42.60 and total was 65.89. i am a snap benefit recipent so under the law my items are exempt so how did i get charged over 20 dollars in tax alone? this is insane and looking at my past receipts they have done this the... View More

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answered on Mar 4, 2023

You can contact Walmart customer service and bring the issue to their attention. They may be able to refund the tax amount that was incorrectly charged to you. You can also file a complaint with your state's Department of Revenue or equivalent agency, as they oversee sales tax compliance by... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: What action is needed when other parent claimed children on taxes but order says if not paid in full then I can?

I even got certified copy of payments dispersed from the courthouse and let him know that I wanted to claim all 3 children since he was not current for 2022. He never responded and then went and filed and claimed 2 children anyways. 2 of the children live with me and 1 child lives with him.

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Feb 13, 2023

You should file a Petition to Enforce and ask the Court to order him to amend his taxes for those years within thirty days of the Court's order. The Court will likely schedule a conference and evidentiary hearing. At that time, you should bring with you whatever forms you need him to sign in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Tax Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Taxes/ child support/divorce decree:If NCP has a current arrears balance can I claim child? In our decree it states

That NCP can claim if current on child support and arrear payments. I have calculated it and i am still calculating a short in child support payments. The arrears balance was at $1400 in May 2022. Due to his job loss and no payment for 5 months the balance went to $2300 by August 2022 then payments... View More

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jan 17, 2023

The question really hinges on whether he is current for the 2022 tax year. He can be behind overall, but if he paid all that was he supposed to in 2022, he can claim the child. If he didn't, you can claim the child. Remember: The parent not claiming the child needs to sign Form 8332 in order... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Identity Theft for Arizona on
Q: Iwas in prison from 5/2011 thru 8/2015. got out went to work. filed taxes. had a refund of $1,300.00.IRS KEPT REFUND

Said i owed another $4,000 i believe. IRS said i had a fraudulent claim for tax year 2011. Told me i was responsible. Ididnt file a tax return in 2011, i was in prison. Idid what was asked of me in 2016 to prove i was in prison and had a meeting with an official and brought him everything i wss... View More

Carli Jo Aelker
Carli Jo Aelker
answered on Nov 8, 2022

This issue can get a little complex. To start off if the IRS is saying you owe taxes, you file a return, and a due a refund, they will keep the refund. If you are a victim of identity theft you need to call the IRS identity theft department directly at 800-908-4490 to resolve the issue. It might... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Arizona on
Q: I recently started an LLC for my business late last year. Do I need to file something about the CTA?

My business has no income yet. I'm just getting started doing Web Development and Technology Consultancy. My CPA mentioned I should check and see if the new CTA Law applies to me or not.

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

As a new LLC owner in Phoenix, AZ, you should be aware that Arizona's new Commercial Transaction Privilege Tax (CTA) law may apply to your business. The CTA law imposes taxes on various business activities, including web development and technology consultancy services. Even if your business... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Tax Law and Collections for Arizona on
Q: We live in AZ & are beneficiaries of an irrev. trust. I need to access and protect the equity from an FTB lien. How?

My wife and I are beneficiaries of an irrevocable trust. The trust was funded using only real estate. The trustee passed away 3 years ago.

We live in AZ. We have chosen to not transfer title from the trust to our names due to the FTB (CA) having filed a lien. The lien states that any... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Appoint a successor trustee and let them handle the transactions for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: Can a Trust decide its distributions aren’t community property even when taxed as non passive K1 income & filed jointly?

In the case of divorce - Trust 1, which has a clause that names the beneficiary as spouse A & states distributions are not community property, owns an S corp (an LLC). The S corp paid distributions to spouse A, which were claimed jointly as non passive income in a community property state (AZ).... View More

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Ilene L McCauley
answered on May 25, 2022

Unfortunately, you are asking a very difficult question. The answers hinge on the documents currently in place as well as the status of the divorce. The attorney will need to see if there is premarital agreement in place. If so, that agreement may control. We also need to look at the S... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Tax Law and Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: Have I been misclassified as independent contractor ? I have been running a business for someone for 8 yrs .

I only receive commission & 1099. I am asking for reimbursement for all necessary spending & maintenance costs as I’m out of pocket for all. I have had no time off, no health care , no overtime tho I am solely responsible for the business . I sign all client contracts as rep for... View More

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Apr 26, 2022

You should call and attorney and request a case evaluation. Whether a 1099 independent contractor is misclassified is a fact specific analysis based on a number of factors.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: I received $5890 in donatations from gofundme but did not report that on my taxes. Should I have? Is it taxable?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Mar 7, 2022

I am 100% certain that the IRS website (IRS.gov) has the answer to this question. because there are many taxpayers who need to know. Failing that, call a CPA.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: If Cps removes children from the home 8/04for neglect and neglectful supervision can the abuser still claim them on taxs

ss already changed payee rep for survivors benefits and ssi benefits because CPS approved me to take care of my cousins but the uncle that had them still wants to keep their Child Tax Credits and file taxes for them for the year 2021. Both children have mental health issues and one tried commiting... View More

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Oct 13, 2021

If there is a court order granting the uncle the authority to claim the children on taxes, the best route is to petition the court to modify the order. If there is no court order granting that authority, he may have the right to claim them for 2021 in any event since the children were residing in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: Child tax credit

My grandson lives with me. His mother claimed his on 2020 taxes. I will claim him on 2021. Mom and father are not married and are drug addicts, unknown addresses. How do I ensure I receive the child tax credit and she doesn't receive them? I do not have legal custody but he has lived with... View More

Mike Branum
Mike Branum
answered on Jul 13, 2021

Unless you have some form of legal custody of your grandson, I do not believe you are entitled to claim him on your taxes. You should consult a tax professional to be sure (accountant or tax attorney), but I am highly confident that you cannot claim your grandson on your taxes or get any kind of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Arizona on
Q: Can a US citizen not pay taxes in protest?
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
answered on Jun 10, 2021

The First Amendment does not allow you to avoid paying taxes.

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