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Q: DHS is holding my back child support collected thru tax off set. He did not file a joint return but claimed his step kid

D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Aug 14, 2019

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Q: My father died with no will. His house/property went to myself and his wife. She hasn’t paid taxes in 4 years. Options?

I am his daughter. I started receiving back tax stubs about 6 months ago and just got a letter of intent to auction. She refuses to sell the property back to our family (we got the land in the Okalahoma Land Run) and refused to pay the taxes. Shouldn’t the resident of the property be responsible... Read more »

Richard Winblad answered on Jul 8, 2019

Sorry for your headaches.

I am assuming that the wife has a spousal homestead in the property. You may want to protect your interest by paying the taxes to prevent a tax sale. You would be entitled to contribution if the property later sells. While I agree that she should pay the taxes,...
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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 15, 2019

Every check from every source must always be signed by all the people and organizations the check is made payable to.

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Q: Past taxes owed from my husband's previous marriage, why is it just now showing up?

When my husband and I filed Married-Joint for the first time we found out that he owed back taxes from a previous marriage. The taxes were from 2011! He was injured on the job so he had not been working from 2012 - 2016. So when we filed it took all of our tax return to put towards that debt. His... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 24, 2019

It sounds to me like your husband must not have filed any tax returns for 2011, nor during the five years he says he did not work, which would trigger an IRS audit. If his ex wife also failed to file in 2011, she would also be in the snare with him. Sounds like she may have filed without him... Read more »

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Q: Mom died last year the deed was quit claimed to my sister to sell and split 3 ways shouldn't this be an inheritance

She has sold the house so shouldn't each of us pay there own taxes based on fair market value of the home at the time of death and how do you get the fair market value.

Doak Willis answered on Jan 21, 2019

The fair market value is determined by an appraisal or by relying upon a Realtor you can trust to set the price to ask when selling the house. When the proceeds of the property are split between the heirs, they will each pay tax on their amount they received. Since there was no probate no estate... Read more »

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Q: I pay at least 98% support for grandson n daughter. Can I claim my grandson on income tax?

My daughter 34 yo and grandson live with me in oklahoma. My grandson has been here since May 2016 n her sept 2016. She works but has made less than $5000 for the year. I pay at least 98% for both of their care and housing etc. She is behind on child support for another child. Their lawyer is saying... Read more »

Reece B. Morrel Jr answered on Dec 12, 2018

According to the IRS, you can claim someone as a dependent if you provide for more than half of their support. But, this rule can be modified if there is a divorce decree or some other governing document.

Assuming that you meet the requirements, I should warn you that it gets more...
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Q: If I live in TX and telecommute for a company in OK as a 1099 contractor, am I responsible for OK income tax?

All work will be performed in TX without me ever traveling to OK. My understanding is that OK receives a copy of the 1099. If I am not responsible for OK taxes, I don't want to end up in a dispute with the OK taxing authority.

Reece B. Morrel Jr answered on Dec 12, 2018

Congratulations, you have landed on a real "hot-button" topic - especially when Oklahoma is suffering from a budget crisis.

To be honest, I really need more facts to be able to advise you properly.

But let me give you something to consider. The statute-of-limitations starts to run...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Tax Law for Oklahoma on

Q: My wife has a tax question. Per her divorce decree her and her ex are supposed to alternate years claiming their son.

There was a order of protection and my wife and her ex could not contact one another. The decree was final in 2017 and he was claimed by his dad in 2016 for 2015 when they were apart. My wife not her ex claimed their son in 2017 for 2016. Who is can claim their son for 2017?

Reece B. Morrel Jr answered on Nov 19, 2018

I have worked on several of these cases in the past. Usually, the Judges do a fairly good job of making their instructions clear. If not, the Judge gets to see the case again. Not something they are anxious to do.

If it is not clear, I would have your wife's lawyer contact the ex-husband's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Tax Law and Business Law for Oklahoma on

Q: Company makes us file as independent contractor but we’re employees. Is there an anonymous way to report them?

We’ve researched definitions of what makes an employee. We know they’re not in stone but we feel they meet enough we should be employees. It’s for a Trivia game nationwide company & we host trivia games at bars. So: they tell us when & where to work. They supply the items needed to host a... Read more »

Reece B. Morrel Jr answered on Aug 20, 2018

Welcome to the murky waters of employee vs. independent contractor.

Part of the problem is that you have several agencies - both federal and state - with overlapping jurisdiction.

In Oklahoma, you have the IRS, the OTC and the OESC just to name a few.

Not only that, but a...
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Q: I live in Oklahoma and am trying to give someone power of attorney for me. How can I do this?

I have found many online forms, but have no idea how to make them legally binding. How do I do this? Should I use an online form? Does it have to be notarized or something else? Thank you in advance!!

Richard Winblad answered on Jul 10, 2018

Be very careful. I have lots of folks who walk in with an online power of attorney. I estimate that about 20% have serious errors. These may be drafting, witnessing, signing, and creating unworkable situations. Most attorneys will provide service on a flat fee basis or may provide you with the... Read more »

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Q: How were medical deductions changed with the most recent tax laws?

Eric Steven Day answered on Jul 3, 2018

Qualified medical expenses that are part of the deduction will remain the same under the new law. For 2018, you will be able to deduct expenses exceeding 7.5% of your AGI. Therefore, if your AGI is $100,000 you will be able to deduct all medical expenses that exceed $7,500. Anything under that... Read more »

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Richard Winblad answered on Jun 25, 2018

If someone tells you that you won a lottery then demand cash it is a scam.

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The 25,000 is the amount the person carried so they automatically said the taxes take half which left me with 12,500 is this tax deal true

Reece B. Morrel Jr answered on Jun 25, 2018

With the limited facts you have given, it is hard to determine what is going on - but, I am suspicious.

First of all, it is common to have taxes "withheld" in a variety of transactions. These can include withdrawals from retirement accounts, winnings from slot machines, etc. And as an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation, Divorce and Tax Law for Oklahoma on

Q: My divorce lawyer told me the adultry law had been repealed in the state of Oklahoma so is this accurate?

My ex wife was witnessed stealing my mail to file a joint tax return in which the money was not deposited into an account under my name as well as hacking my checking account to transfer money from accounts she was not on so how do I have her prosecuted for these 3 felonies since these issues were... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 9, 2018

Sorry, but adultery is still a felony in Oklahoma, punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or 5 years. See 21 OK Statutes § 871. Most District Attorneys are not interested in prosecuting these cases however. They're already overloaded with more serious crimes.

You should see your lawyer...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Tax Law for Oklahoma on

Q: In the state of Oklahoma, how many cars can I sell as a private seller before I need to have a business license?

Richard Winblad answered on Feb 13, 2018

This might help:

Oklahoma Statutes

Title 47. Motor Vehicles Chapter 62A - Used Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers

Section 581 - Definitions

19. a. "Used motor vehicle dealer" means any person who, for a commission or with intent to make a profit or gain of money or...
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Q: I inherited 40,000.00 in a life insurance policy... do I have to pay taxes on it?

Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jan 31, 2018

Generally if you are the beneficiary of a life insurance poicy the funds are nontaxable. You do need to pay taxes on any interest that you receive.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Tax Law for Oklahoma on

Q: My ex has been claiming my son on taxes but he is no longer paying child support and he is 19. Can I claim him now?

My divorce papers do not specify a time limit on claiming the children and he lives with me.

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Jan 12, 2018

Yes, you should, if you contribute over 50% of his support. But in an abundance of caution, check with a tax professional

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Q: I have a $105000 federal tax lien on my credit report that is non collectible , how can I go about getting this removed

Michelle D. Wynn answered on Jan 12, 2018

It depends on why you are saying the lien is non-collectible. If it is past the statute of limitations for collection, the lien will usually have expired and it will remain on your credit report as a historical bad debt item until it ages off. If you are referring to the more likely reason, that... Read more »

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Q: I have paid for years of delinquent taxes on property can I get the property

Richard Winblad answered on Dec 19, 2017

That depends. You might have a claim for adverse possession if you have occupied it for 15 years. Paying taxes, in itself, does not bestow title upon you. I'm guessing that the property belonged to a family member. You may need to file probate to clear the title.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Tax Law for Oklahoma on

Q: Claiming another child on my taxes will Dhs take the money I get for him/her for back child support for my other kids?

Last year Dhs took all of my tax return for back child support, if I claim my new child, I had with someone else that I am taking care of and living with, on my taxes, will Dhs take the money I should get for him/her along with the rest of my return?

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Aug 7, 2017

Claiming an additional child will lower your taxes, and create greater refund, helping get more back support paid.

Not claiming means you pay more taxes. Best bet is to claim the child. Good Luck!

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