Tax Law Questions & Answers

Q: Under general laws chapter 59 section 38D can they charge me 50 dollars if I do not have info to them in sixty days?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Under the plain language of the law itself, they do have the authority to charge a $50 penalty if you do not provide them the information required for them to assess the residential property: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleIX/Chapter59/Section38D
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Q: if a attorney advises there client to hire a fiduciary and the cient suspects a conflict how to prove it

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for California on
Answered on Feb 21, 2018

To properly evaluate any legal question a lawyer needs a thorough summary of the facts. What you have shared is not much. If you are not clear then the lawyer will no doubt be challenged to give an accurate answer.

It is the same as using the adage for using a computer... “JUNK IN, JUNK OUT”.

You need to contact a local lawyer for wherever you live.

Sometimes an "appearance" of a conflict is not really a conflict and other times an appearance alone is enough to...
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Q: ALL my books were stolen. I have no records or receipts. I cannot get through to the IRS. What do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Nevada on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

You will need to reconstruct your records. Start with your bank statements and credit card statements. If you paid cash at places that may keep records then contact them and see what they may be able to supply to you. The IRS will only have records of any wage information that was reported by people that employed you if they sent you a 1099. Transcripts of any reported income can be obtained online. Go to irs.gov then click on get your tax record.

Failure to file penalties are very...
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Q: Can I bring up charges on a tax prepper who file my taxes without my permission who

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Tax Law for California on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

To properly evaluate any legal question a lawyer needs a thorough summary of the facts. What you have shared is not much. If you are not clear then the lawyer will no doubt be challenged to give an accurate answer.

It is the same as using the adage for using a computer... “JUNK IN, JUNK OUT”.

this is a perfect example of a question that is not yet a question.............
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Q: My divorce was finalized November 22, 2017. Do we file 2017 income taxes as married or single?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Tax Law for Florida on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

Single. The key date is December 31. You can still divide things like mortgage interest or property taxes.
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Q: I file Schedule C. I purchased software for $56. I use it for business & non-business related typing. Can I deduct it?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

You only deduct the business use portion. Make sure that you keep good records as to how you arrived at your figure in the event of an audit.
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Q: My brother gave his house to me. Filling out quit claim deed. Not sure what answer to put for transfer tax act 207.526

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

You need to complete the Property Transfer Affidavit and file with the appropriate assessing office where your property is located within 45 days of the transfer of ownership, and your basis seems to be $0. However if you are getting a loan to pay off his land contract, the it seems from your facts that the stated purchase price is really the loan amount. You should really execute a purchase agreement as well.

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Q: If I pay the taxes on a property I don't own, can I take ownership on the land?

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 19, 2018

You may be able to obtain ownership to the property through adverse possession, but an attorney must have more information prior to advising whether or not this is a possibility. This is a very fact specific determination, so I recommend organizing all information relevant to this situation, including your lease and tax documents, and consulting with an attorney individually to discuss your options.
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Q: I have never filed my taxes and this year i tried to file but i have to id verify.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Answered on Feb 19, 2018

The problem you are most likely to encounter is if you are asked for your prior years' AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) or Tax amount. If you get these questions, simply answer "0" if you did not file for last year. Other than these, the ID verification questions are typically related to driver's license information or other statistical information that you should have even if you did not file your return.
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Q: If judge finds her in contempt can I get my back child support of $9,000 washed away?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Feb 19, 2018

Very little chance of that, in my opinion. If you have claimed one child and she has claimed two, it may delay your tax refund, but other than that it wouldn't adversely affect you.
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Q: How long after 2017-2018 unpaid taxes due can your lien be auctioned My taxes are due 3/1/18. Not sure what to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 17, 2018

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 interest charges. But, if you ignore them, they eventually bite.
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Q: Does arears child support payments affect an adult disabled child's social security income?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Tax Law, Workers' Compensation and Social Security for Texas on
Answered on Feb 16, 2018

Yes. Ask the court to enter an order that it must be paid into a special needs trust, an account with a master pooled special needs trust (such as the ARC of Texas Master Pooled Trust) or a combination of these with an ABLE account on which you have signatory authority (see www.stable.org). Money in these does not affect SSI. If the total is up to $15,000, an ABLE account is the least expensive option. The ARC of Texas Master Pooled Trust is next at $600 to establish and $400/year to...
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Q: By the judge altering the custody of my children to me. Does that change the divorce agreement to allow me to claim kids

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law and Tax Law for Massachusetts on
Answered on Feb 15, 2018

You will either need to have a Modification Agreement on that issue which can be filed with the Court as an uncontested proceeding. otherwise you will need to have a Modification on that issue and also should have an appropriate Motion before the Court if this custodial change happened in 2017, to permit you to claim them on your 2017 taxes.
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Q: Can a county increase real estate taxes based off MLS?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Virginia on
Answered on Feb 14, 2018

You'll have an uphill battle as to using the sales price for the re-appraisal. Many jurisdictions do exactly that, and the fact that you paid $735,000 is going to make it fairly difficult to argue that it isn't worth $735,000. You might have a better shot reversing the $762,800, but you need to review the details with an attorney familiar with this area of law, and you would probably do better with a lawyer in Northampton County who knows the local process.
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Q: My Dad just died my brother died before he did can his children claim ownership of my Dad's property.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Probate for Texas on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018

If your dad had a Will, his property will pass according to his Will. If he did not, his property will pass according to the Texas Laws of Descent and Distribution. What will pass to whom depends on what is community property (with the spouse) and what is separate property. Nieces and nephews do not inherit if there are living children (you.)
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Q: In the state of Oklahoma, how many cars can I sell as a private seller before I need to have a business license?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Tax Law for Oklahoma on
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 other thing of value, sells, brokers, exchanges, rents with option to purchase, or offers or attempts to negotiate a sale or exchange of an interest in used motor vehicles, or who is engaged wholly or in...
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Q: I get $400 a month from government to rent a room of my house out to a disabled tenet. Is this taxable income?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for New York on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018

You should declare the $400 per month rent as rental income on a Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You will be able to deduct a portion of your mortgage interest (not the mortgage principal) and property taxes against this income. You will also be able to deduct a portion of your utilities allocated to this rental on this form as well. I suggest using an experienced tax preparer to help you, especially in the first year, to make sure that you are claiming all the deductions you are...
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Q: I pay child support monthly no back arrearage, and I have no parental rights can I write it off as a charitable donatin

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Tax Law for Missouri on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018

You cannot right it off as a charitable donation, because it is a court ordered obligation, not something you elect to pay. However, you can include it into your taxes as part of your expenses. It is not possible to actually give up rights to your child without someone else taking your place; i.e. a step-parent adoption, or the state taking custody. Therefore you do still have rights to your child, even if they are severely limited at the moment. If you would like to re-establish contact...
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Q: Is there a procedure to stop irs from issuing levy to take property and garnish wages?

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Answered on Feb 11, 2018

You can request a collection alternative such as an Offer in Compromise, Installment Agreement, or Currently Not Collectible status. It is impossible to tell you in this format which is the appropriate alternative for you. Seek the assistance of a tax attorney. Most offer a free consultation. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on tv.
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Q: My husband’s employer reported him and other new hires as being exempt from federal withholding when they claimed 0

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for New Hampshire on
Answered on Feb 11, 2018

Your husband will need to pay the taxes he owes. The IRS will be of the opinion that he should have noticed that taxes were not being withheld and corrected the issue. As far as the money that he owes, he can set up a collection alternative if he cannot pay the balance due. If the amount owed is significant I recommend that you seek the assistance of a tax attorney. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on tv and use a competent tax attorney. If the amount due is small and he...
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