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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do i have to pay the 10 percent of what my vehicle is worth in the state of Louisiana when I get a new license plate.

And I'm 70 percent DV

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 3, 2022

In answer to your question, no, however, if you have purchased a vehicle and seek to get it registered into your name, then generally you will have to pay tax on the purchase price of the vehicle which is approximately 10 percent (tax rate depends on which zip code you are residing and the tax rate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: I have a property I would like to purchase but is having a hard time getting the tax sale purchase to sale

At the time of the auction the owner had died and her heirs wasn't aware of the sale but is willing to sale to me but can't because the tax sale has 100% but hasn't quiet the title.I have offered him cash and still won't sale he doesn't live in state and the property is now... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 27, 2022

If this property is in Louisiana and you are not in Louisiana and this property is going up for a tax sale, then I strongly recommend that you contact and hire a Louisiana real estate attorney practicing in the local jurisdiction where the tax sale is being held so that you can make sure that all... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do I need an attorney to file a Responsive Pleading to Board of Tax Appeals regarding the LA Dept of Revenue?
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 7, 2022

Depends. If you are an individual /solo proprietor, then you do not. If you are a company (corporation, LLC) then yes. That said, there's a saying that's essentially true: only a fool represents himself----thus I highly recommend that you contact a tax attorney to represent you in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: If i own a tax lien certificate on property in st tamany parish, can this property be sold without paying the interest?

Plus the penalty?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 29, 2022

Assuming proper recordation in the public record, the new owner would not have clear title unless the tax lien certificate is resolved.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: If I inherited property and it was sold in a sales tax auction without notifying me do I have the right to appeal that?

A succession was done before the property was sold. The property was in the auction as if yesterday, July21,2022.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 21, 2022

More information is needed to answer your question-----you should contact a real estate lawyer or if a succession was completed putting you in possession of the property, then contact the succession lawyer and bring up your concerns. You use the phrase sales tax auction----depending on when this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Estate Planning and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: What is the rules of tax purchase on property. He has paid taxes since 2005 . Prperty owner has died no kids or wife..
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 12, 2022

Depends----did you purchase the tax title or did you pay the taxes but in the owner's name? There's a big difference here. Anyway, I would contact a local attorney in your area and to discuss your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Can my current husband claim my daughter on our taxes?

I have two children, I am domicile, My ex-husband claims one child, and I claimes the other. That’s how it has been for three years. This year I am without work, as my current husband works so that I may stay home with the children. My ex-husband is threatening court as he believes that he is... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Apr 28, 2022

Yes your second husband can claim the dependency on your joint tax return.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I pay my late grandmothers property taxes to take ownership in three years of her house?

My grandmother passed away last year, and the house was left to her three children. I have no contact with my dad, aunt or uncle. I lived with her for three years and continued to live there after her passing. She has delinquent taxes as of 2021. I was inquiring about paying these taxes. Would I be... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Mar 16, 2022

This is not as easy as just paying the delinquent taxes, but you can attempt to do so however there are a number of specific steps you have to take in order to (eventually) obtain clear title to the property. I would recommend that you contact a real estate attorney in your area and set up a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: Does a prenup help with tax issues?

My boyfriend has back taxes he owes from before we were together. If we decide to get married would a prenup keep my refund from being taken to cover his debt? We live in Louisiana, or is there someway other than filing married but separately because we wouldnt get the deductions? Thanks!

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Feb 4, 2022

You need both Prenuptial and to filed married filing separately

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: What should I do about a Property Sale Tax letter I received for a house I don't live in but was willed to me

My wife inherited 50% her grandfather's house in 2013 when he passed away. We weren't allowed to move in because Louisiana deemed it a family house. Her aunt has been living in the house since 2014 but is not paying property tax. We received a letter in the mail with my wife’s name and... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 26, 2021

At some point in time the taxes will have to be paid or you risk losing ownership of the house. Based on your post, it is not clear whether the sheriff has seized the property for a tax sale, or if someone pad the unpaid taxes and "purchased" the property---you need to contact an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: i have a property that is in my deceased mothers name a tax notice was not received to pay taxes on the property so it

sold without me knowing found out notices were sent to address that had no box so no certified receipt was signed can i be required to pay redemption of property fee to nullify the sale

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 28, 2021

You should speak to both a property or real estate attorney and a succession attorney to answer your question contained in your post and to get this property out of your mother's name. I am fairly certain the redemption must be paid as the property owner has some obligation to notify the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can an elderly person donate property to another person?

Grandmother wants to give 50% of house to grandson.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 11, 2021

As long as the donor is of sound mind, the donor should be able to donate his/her interest to whomever he/she wants----since you are discuss a house, which I interpret to mean real property, there are rules on how to donate real property, which if not followed, may nullify the donation----so, I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: If the non custodial parent owes in arrears, are they able to claim the child as a dependent on their taxes?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Mar 3, 2021

No. The tax dependency exemption is not available to a parent in arrears in child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Nov 2019, I was awarded custody of my daughter, with liberal visitation for the mother. Child lived the whole year with

me, and only went one day to her mothers in 2020. Upon filing with turbo tax, it was determined that because of the court order I would be able to file HOH and qualify for the EIC and the mother gets to claim as a dependent. Mother isn’t happy with just the dependent. In an email with her lawyer,... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Feb 27, 2021

If you were domiciliary parent, then you get the dependency deduction unless a judgment says otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: I filed Chapter 7 in Louisiana..I was told that the trustee can't take my EIC or Child Tax Credit from..is this correct?

I filed Chapter 7 in Louisiana..I was told that the trustee can't take my EIC or Child Tax Credit from..is this correct?

Eric M. Wilson
Eric M. Wilson
answered on Jan 14, 2021

In the Northern District of Alabama Western Division - the Trustee does not take your EIC or Child Tax Credit

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: My step dad left me everything in his will. He has mortgage still but no other debt. What happens next?

My step dad has no kids and never married. He raised me since I was four and I’m now 33. He left everything in a will to me. He still owes on his home and has two harleys and a truck that are paid for. He has never filed taxes in his life and has always received a 1099 from his boss of 30+ years.... Read more »

Mr. James Zitzmann
Mr. James Zitzmann
answered on Dec 14, 2020

Yes, you have to file a succession to get title to the house and vehicles. It also might have to be administered depending on the debts. Just in general, the process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months for most cases.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: The company i work for changed my tax information with out my concent I started with a w-2 form with no dependents almot

3 years ago and now here a few months ago they changed my taxes from a w-2 form to a 10-99 form and changed my dependents to 99 and never gave me a notice or nothing isn't that illegal and can I sue them for doing that without my consent

J. Heath Dillon
J. Heath Dillon
answered on Dec 6, 2020

You don't have a colorable lawsuit or any damages to speak of. Fix the situation with your employer/HR department, etc as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: My grandfather passed away in 2015 and I'm just finding out their estate was left to me then finding out it was sold

Twice with out my knowledge

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Jul 18, 2020

Hire a Successions attorney quickly.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: If judgements don’t say anything about claiming kids for taxes can I claim them every year she is in arrears on support?

Have joint custody with me as custodial parent. Also have a child support judgement. She is in arrears do I have to let her claim a kid for tax purposes? Her child support is only been paid once by her taxes and once by stimulus check. Never by her or her job.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on Jun 20, 2020

Claim both kids and hire a child support lawyer to file for a wage garnishment.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: My father has filled out and filed for the stimulus check and I'm a dependent. Can he keep the $500 from me?
Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi
answered on Apr 25, 2020

He gets $500 only if you are under 17 years of age. This question may indicate that you are not, right? Stay safe.

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