I moved out of the US and file my own taxes and just realized I've been filing my taxes incorrectly the past couple of years and fear that if the IRS finds out, I'll be charged with a felony. I thought I had to file based on where I practice business (I still work remotely for US clients) and not... Read more »
Criminal or civil fraud requires knowledge of the fraud and intentional conduct to perpetrate the fraud, so honest mistake is a complete defense. Stop worrying. Hire a CPA to review your past returns and file any corrected or amended returns for the affected years, as necessary. Any penalties or...Read more »
I filed for bankruptcy in 2009. Last year BofA worked out cash for keys so I could move out of the house. This year I received a 1099 with a check mark in box 3. Do I have to claim this on my taxes? Are there any precedents that homeowners do not have to claim this as income?
Income is "Income from any source." If the income could be a settlement for a foreclosure, you might treat it was a return of equity. Consult your tax advisor. But, if this was the normal cash for keys, and you were a tenant, it is income.
Get a tax lawyer, and not one of those shady, dishonest fix-your-debt thieves who advertise on TV, and work out a payment plan with the IRS. The IRS tiger turns into a pussycat when you work out a plan for paying off back taxes. They will often eliminate crippling penalties and just leave the...Read more »
No more than 15% of social security income may be garnished at a time from all creditors who are legally allowed to garnish such income. So, that’s the limit. Both past due federal taxes and federal student loans can be collected in this way. Both debts are possible to be discharged in...Read more »
I received approval from MD state for Kinship care authorization after losing both our parents. Given that the surviving parent also passed at the beginning of May of the tax year, and I ended up caring for my minor siblings for greater than 50% of the tax year (with documented proof and receipts),... Read more »
Most estates do not need to file an estate tax return. An estate tax return is different than an individual tax return. The person who died does typically have a final 1040 income tax return filed in the year they died (which may or may not have...Read more »
I worked at a total of 3 jobs in 2017 at one job I filed exempt from withholding and when I enter only the information of the W-2 where I claimed exempt from withholding it says I will get a return, but when I enter all 3 jobs it says I owe money. My question is Can I legally only enter the W-2... Read more »
I would have an accountant prepare your returns for this tax year. They can determine the best way to file your taxes. If you end up owing taxes that you cannot pay, filing separately would make you solely responsible and your wife would not have to worry about the IRS coming after her for your...Read more »
How and why are they allowed to take more money? Each day I should make $280, with them taking out extra I only bring home $104 per day. That's alot of money to take. How can I support my family with them taking so much. I have a degree and it's basically for nothing now.
I'm a US citizen, but my wife is from the EU. We are moving back to the US, but she wants to keep her job from an EU company and work for them from home in the US. Does she have to pay US taxes? The money is going from a foreign company to a foreign bank, in €, and to a foreign citizen. Nothing... Read more »
If your wife is going to be in the US for enough of the year that she is treated as a US tax resident (which can be based solely on time spent in the country rather than citizenship) then she would need to declare her EU income on a US tax return. In addition, she would be subject to US income tax...Read more »
Mother in law wants to sell us a home, the cost of the home would be $50K, she has owned the home for 27 years and has used the home as a rental for about 20 years. She owes $21K on the mortgage, if we get a mortgage against the home for $50K, would she have to pay taxes on the $29K she will get... Read more »
You should consult a tax advisor and not a lawyer for this question, but the answer you will probably get is that: "If you have a capital gain from the sale of your main home, you may qualify to exclude up to $250,000 of that gain from your income, or up to $500,000 of that gain if you file a joint...Read more »
It depends on the nature of the business and what type of "business taxes."
A sole proprietor who files on a Schedule C and has no employees may elect to use their own social security number for their estimated tax payments, but most small businesses would benefit from forming an entity and...Read more »
A donor may need to get a qualified appraisal of the property. The instructions to Form 8283 give more details. Determining entitlement to a deduction in a particular case will be quite fact-specific and is best raised with your accountant or tax professional.
Capital gain is calculated and paid when a home is sold for profit, not when it is transferred without consideration. To figure out your potential capital gains liability you would need to talk to an accountant or tax professional and know the basis in the property and the anticipated future sale...Read more »
Monies in escrow should have absolutely no bearing on an attorney's tax liability. A retainer should be held in a lawyer's escrow account and not be withdrawn until earned. Once money is earned, it becomes income subject to tax. Any unearned portion should be refunded when the attorney/client...Read more »
First, businesses should be very sure that any independent contractors are truly independent. This is an area where the IRS seeks verification that the independent contractors are not mis-classified employees. If they are correctly classified, then they would receive a 1099 at the end of the tax...Read more »
My mother passed away last week. There is a bank account with about $150,000 that is in my mothers name and my name. Can I write checks to my 2 siblings for 1/3 of that amount and will they/we have to pay any tax?
Generally speaking, how a bank account will be disbursed will depend on how the account was titled. If, for instance, an account is titled as tenants in common, then a portion (typically 1/2) will need to go through an estate while the remaining portion would not. On the other hand, bank accounts...Read more »
as one of the grandkids what can i do if i want to pay off debt? more importantly would the city leave the house in my grandfathers name even knowing hes deceased. i dont want to put so much money into the property and it not be mine or for my uncle to than make an issue or try to claim it
I read on the Internet that you do not have to claim the money if you live in the house for at least two years and that you don't have to pay capital gains taxes on as much as $250,000 for a single sale or up to $500,000 for a couple as long as the home was your primary residence and you lived... Read more »
Your question asks about capital gains. Generally speaking, under IRS rules, if you live in a home as your principal residence for 2 of the 5 years before you sold it, the first $250,000 of gain may be excluded from income. The IRS' website has a detailed publication on the topic of capital gains...Read more »
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