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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Immigration Law on
Q: I-864 taxes problem

My husband and I are about to start the NVC step of but he didn't file taxes for the past 3 years. He filed for 2019 but the 2 priors he didnt even though he was supposed to.

The problem is that now IRS is not mailing the wages transcripts we would need to back file those years and he... Read more »

Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder answered on Jul 2, 2020

IRS transcripts can be obtained online and there is no fee. I am not aware that online service is not possible at this time. If online service is unavailable at this time you will need to obtain the transcripts by mail. A check can be mailed to pay in advance, a pre paid card can be obtained... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: I would like to claim independent status on my tax return.

I am a 20 year old attending university as a full time student. My parents claim me on their tax return every year, so my status is dependent. However, due to recent altercations with my parents, we have decided I will be on my own now. I was wondering how I can claim independent status on my tax... Read more »

David Ostrove
David Ostrove answered on Jun 29, 2020

You do not claim "independent status" on your tax return.

You file as a single person . You claim one exemption. Yourself. HOWEVER:

If your parents pay more than 1/2 of your support in the calendar year, they may claim you as their dependent. AND:

If they claim you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I sell my house with unpaid property taxes? It is not up for tax sale, but is 2 years delinquent.

I have a buyer, and will be selling the house for the remainder of the mortgage, walking away from the closing table with nothing.

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Jun 29, 2020

You can sell your house but the unpaid property tax will have to be paid at closing.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Tax Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Q: What is my entity type if I’m running an online smoke shop?

Any other legal advice about starting an online smoke shop

David Ostrove
David Ostrove answered on Jun 28, 2020

Based on what you have stated, you are probably a sole proprietorship.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: I sold my house back in April 2020 and now the title company is calling me saying I had a supplemental tax from 2015.

The house is not in my name anymore do I have to pay this tax and if so should the owner title insurance cover this. Also If I don't pay it what can they do?

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Jun 24, 2020

They may end up paying it, but they will likely chase you for reimbursement if it proves to be your obligation that was due.

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1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Michigan on
Q: my uncle passed away and left no will my father his older brother gave me his property then 3 months later took it back

he decided to sell said property to my half brother no taxes have been paid I don't even think my father has the title I have lived in my uncles house with my wife for 3 months anyway I can fight this and stay and own my uncles property

David Ostrove
David Ostrove answered on Jun 20, 2020

If your father had title and made a completed gift to you, then you owned the property and your father cannot take it back. However, was there any paper work; any deed signed by your father? You have raised a lot of issues with your question. As a matter of law, you may own the property, but you... Read more »

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 Divorce and Tax Law for California on
Q: Can I still claim my stimulus check money if I filed my taxes in 2018 but left the US after that?

I reside outside of the U.S. right now, however, my ex-husband (though he is still working on his divorce papers) got the check through our old joint bank account and refuses to send it to me.

He explains that since I am not physically in the U.S. he can not send my check to me and he... Read more »

Chris M. Bradford
Chris M. Bradford answered on Jun 19, 2020

You say you "ex-husband" is working on his divorce papers. Does that mean he is working on the divorce papers from you? The divorce papers that he or you filed in California? If the California divorce is not finished between you and him, then he is not your ex-husband yet. It sounds... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for New Jersey on
Q: I filed my taxes this year , and someone claimed me on their taxes . I don’t Know how to go about this ?

Last year, I was in a government program from September 2018-May 2019. Afterwards i worked two jobs. I want to know how to go about this situation.

James Daloisio
James Daloisio answered on Jun 17, 2020


Your situation is not uncommon.

You said you filed your taxes, so I'm assuming you mailed your tax return because if you e-filed it'd have been rejected.

If your paper return was rejected and returned to you or if you received a rejection notice, re-file...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Tax Law, Constitutional Law and Gov & Administrative Law on
Q: How should one need to do file tax for sponsoring spouse?

My wife is US citizen and i was in F-1 visa when we got married in 2015.

I worked in 2017-2019 in uber without work permit. But, I was never out of my status.

I filed tax file in 2017 single(my wife filed with her parents in 2015-2017) and in 2018 I filed tax with my wife and son... Read more »

Ify Princess Ikeakanam
Ify Princess Ikeakanam answered on Jun 17, 2020

Good Morning! In addition to showing your wifes income for the affidavit of support, filing joint taxes is additional supporting documents to show a bonafide marriage.

Though Im not a tax professional and this is not legal advise, I’ll say it will be beneficial to file jointly showing...
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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Business Law and International Law for Florida on
Q: My US based company received a payment from a french corporation. The owner of the french corporation is asking a refund

on his personal account which looks like laundering money thing. What is the international law that forbids me to proceed in the repayment of the french corporation into the owner's personal account? Thanks in advance for your prompt answer.

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Jun 15, 2020

I can think of no "international law" that prohibits you from refunding as directed; however, state and federal statutes against money laundering might well be triggered if this is this person's "modus operandi". Has he requested this method more than once? A pattern is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Do I have to pay taxes on my Louisiana Teacher Retirement pay? Note I live in California.
Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi answered on Jun 13, 2020

I would say “yes”. An out of state retirement plan received while resident of California would be taxable to California. You may be able to get a credit for any Louisiana taxes in your California tax return, which I don’t believe the law allows them to. Zaher Fallahi, Esq, CPA (CA &D.C.).... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Would I have to pay taxes on a prize I won from a non-profit fundraising drive?

A local hospital foundation is giving away a prize valued at $3,000 to one person. Donors and fundraisers are both eligible to win. If I win it, would it count as income and be taxed?

Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi answered on Jun 13, 2020

Generally, prizes are taxable, and I am not aware of an exception if the prize was given by a non-profit organization. Of course, your paid lawyer may research the law and find an exception for you. Zaher Fallahi, Esq, CPA (CA &D.C.).

Disclaimer: The information provided here is not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Tax Law for Colorado on
Q: Can an undocumented immigrant, who was an independent contractor, file a tax return without a 1099 or W-2?

He will apply for an ITIN with the tax return.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jun 12, 2020

Yes. You are a tax resident, not a permanent resident, if you reside in the U.S. for more than 183 days, so if you owe taxes, then you are required to file a Federal tax return. In addition, this filing can help confirm that you resided in the U.S. should it be necessary to prove it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Tennessee on
Q: In Tennessee can I seller-finance mobile homes in mobile home parks?

My business plan was to buy old mobile homes in parks and repair them. After repairs, sell to individuals with sound credit, housing record, and employment on terms for 3-5 years with no interest and no early-payoff penalties.

Im serving three purposes: I'm cleaning up mobile home... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 11, 2020

Your business plan will require alot of work, and will incur significant risks. Do not buy any mobile home that does not have a certificate of title that goes with the serial number on the home. Then you will need a financing statement and note for each sale. Then you must record the lien... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: Had a tax lien fixed, but how do I stop receiving letters from third parties?

I didn't know I had to report zero sales on a transient vendors license and received notice of estimated taxes due. I called multiple times and was told multiple times it was fixed. Apparently a tax lien was put in place, but around the same time it finally got fixed and I received... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jun 10, 2020

There are companies that send people out to town halls to compile lists of people with liens and then sell them to companies that offer to help you with your lien. The lists are usually compiled a month or two before they are sold. You are likely receiving letters from one of these companies.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for North Carolina on
Q: If there is back taxes of $20,000 owed but have not received income tax in 2 years

Can that be considered at least partially so If you made at least $7,000 in income tax?

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Jun 10, 2020

I am not sure what you are trying to ask. Clarify your question and hopefully someone will be able to answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Mom passed in 2005, she owned lots of land and buildings. No Inheritance Tax Return was ever filed.

Is there a tax with interest and penalty due. Value of Estate is around $4m. There has been 3 bad lawyers involved and internal as well as external fighting that has now lasted 17yrs from DOD. I am very concerned about potential liabilities. All born in PR, 3 live in USA and 1 still lives in P.R..

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jun 8, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. Very sorry to read that you have had horrible expirience with the prior three Attornys.

An Inheritance Tax Return must be filed as soon as possible. There will be a Tax liability on the value of the Estate plus penalties and ingrest fees. In addition...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Covid-19 act provides assistance to americans who qualify so It is not a tax refund even if IRS is in charge.

this an economic assistance service provided by the Gov . How is that IRS is with holding these monies from debts due to child support. Does it mean that they don't get to have help? Not all fathers are dead beat dads and this is a help for some and a punishment for those in debt for reasons... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 8, 2020

Whoever told you that is wrong.

The recent $1,200 stimulus check (or deposit) everyone was entitled to receive from the IRS was not a free gift. The payments are legally considered as advances on any tax refund the taxpayer recipient might be entitled to at any time in the future....
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