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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: I have a vending machine business, can I have freelancers?

I know there some ab 5 law now but I want to hire freelancers to stock my machines. I will purchase the food products for the machines. They will stock the machines once or twice a week. Meaning 1- 2 hours a week. I am giving them a set payment amount for each month they help me. Do I have to... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Mar 21, 2021

The chances are very high that those workers would be classified as employees. In today’s world, it is harder than ever to successfully classify a worker as an independent contractor. But a lawyer would need to ask a lot of questions before giving an opinion. For example, will the workers have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Me and my wife is not divorced or legally separated she is kept all the stimulus checks is there anything I do

as married and I'm always ahead of household she always thinks you can just do whatever she wants and get away with it all I want is what is mine my portion not the kids and not hers what can I do to get my portion

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Mar 19, 2021

Take her to Small Claims court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Can anyone pay the taxes on a property that has not been lived in for several years and gain rights to the property?

If a property tax becomes delinquent on a property which I do not own and which is uninhabited, and I pay that tax, do I then have a right to entry on to that property?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Mar 19, 2021

Not unless you buy the property at a tax lien sale. You should contact a local RE attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Started a new religion; got an EIN. Should I apply for tax exemption in the (no members) beginning or wait?

I'm thinking I should apply for the 501(c) (3) status in the very beginning with no members or place to "worship" because in the beginning the IRS won't see me as anything that could be taking monies they could otherwise be taxing.

For example, if I'm just... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Mar 19, 2021

The earlier the better. Then you have time to work out any snags.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: My ex spouse used my social security number on her 1099s. What can I do?

My ex spouse receives payments from a company that pays both of us. I just learned that she used my social security number for her payments. We are currently in court for another matter. Through discovery I was able to see years of her 1099s. All of hers have my social security number instead of... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 18, 2021

if you are in court you must have a lawyer.

direct that question to him/her.

if you have kids, you probably want to consider carefully whether you want any potential criminal action against her.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Probate for California on
Q: I am 75, my estranged daughter is 35. I have read that an UGMA can be ended if I pay IRS 10%

and then pay the taxes at my own rate. Can anyone suggest what legal book or IRS ruling I can consult? I plan to hire an attorney, but so many of you seem to think this can't be done.

Barry L. Adams
Barry L. Adams answered on Mar 9, 2021

When you set up the UGMA account, you made a completed gift to the minor recipient. You cannot now revoke that gift. Therefore, it is not a tax issue - it is a legal issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: Can retroactively reclassifying IC to employees, ammend returns, pay EDD/IRS penalties counter a misclassification suit?

If a small business that is being sued for misclassifying employees as independent contractors, and the they choose to ammend payroll taxes, tax returns and retroactively reclassify these individuals, will it help in their position for the lawsuit? The plaintiffs were deceptive from the start and... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Feb 24, 2021

It is wise that you think proactively, but you should not do anything until you have retained your defense attorney who can then guide you through the best way to deal with the alleged liability. And you should not try to defend this case yourself. These kinds of cases can be bet-your-company... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Tax Law and Trademark for California on
Q: i have my own business and i went as far as paying for my trademark do i have to pay taxes on my business still?

i have not have my wedsited just yet or business cards, i havent even hired no one and i just want to know if i have to files for the business and even if i got my ein number

Julie King
Julie King answered on Feb 21, 2021

If you are taking about income taxes, the answer will depend on whether you have any income. However, you must remember that there are MANY kinds of taxes. If your business is incorporated or a limited liability company, you must pay the minimum of $800 per year franchise tax. I assume you have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for California on
Q: Can I gift shares to my daughter for estate planning?

I just started a company (a Delaware C-corp). It is worth basically nothing at this point since it just got started. There are no investors so far, so I own most of the shares in the form of restricted stock that has been early-exercised. The shares will be vested over 4 years.

I have a... Read more »

Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Feb 9, 2021

One solution I have seen is to issue her non-voting shares. These will have 40% less value than a regular voting share because they have no control. That would allow you to give them to her at $25,000 per year without filing a gift tax return.

3 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Probate for California on
Q: Is the property sale of a deceased child considered an inheritance and if so does it exempt them from some or all taxes?

A family friends son passed away. They are in probate to sell his home and pay off his debts, they are the only heirs. They live in CA as is the home being sold.

John B. Palley
John B. Palley answered on Feb 6, 2021

Hard to say for sure but typically most probate assets are received tax free. The exception are things like 401ks and retirement accounts. Happy to chat about the details if you contact me directly.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: My mother would like to transfer ownership of her $1.2 million dollar home to me. Will there be a gift tax? Who pays?

Are there exemptions?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Feb 6, 2021

There are a number of ways to do this, legally, to avoid capital gains tax, probate fees and other taxes. DO NOT HAVE HER SIGN A DEED UNTIL YOU CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY THAT SPECIALIZES IN ESTATE PLANNING FIRST.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Do I need to file a W9 if I did a favor for my dad at the business he owns and he gave me some money via a company check

In the beginning of 2020 my father asked me to help do some clean up in his new warehouse at the business he owns. I was not hired as an employee and did not fill out any tax paperwork I was just only there to help out and my dad always gives me a bit of money for it. At the end he had the company... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Feb 6, 2021

Do the W-9, or risk an audit by the IRS for failure to report income.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: I have two mortgages on two properties in CA. One will soon be used as a rental. Is it better to consolidate the two?

I should refinance both properties now because I can save money with the low interest rates on mortgages. One lender suggested that I consolidate the two loans and pay-off the loan on my future rental property. But I wonder if I will benefit more (because of the tax benefits) if I maintain the loan... Read more »

Jonathan Purcell
Jonathan Purcell answered on Jan 27, 2021

I suggest you build a good spreadsheet and analyze and compare individual scenarios as they arise.

Jonathan Purcell is a California Attorney. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended nor should be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Family Law for California on
Q: Thomas Fire settlement soon. Does that affect spousal support I get? Land is separate property inherited.

My siblings and I own the property inherited from our parents. It has always been separate property. It was burnt in the Thomas Fire and settlement is expected this year. Will the money from the settlement be considered income and thus cause a change in spousal support or as compensation and not... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 25, 2021

I would think that money received in a fire insurance settlement is not income unless a portion of it was paid for lost income due to being displaced. You should consult a tax attorney for this, or a tax accountant.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Estate Planning for California on
Q: What is the exempting language under R&T code 11930 for transfer tax purposes?
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Jan 21, 2021

I am not sure exactly what you are asking, but if when I transfer property into a living trust I write on the deed "Transfer to inter vivos trust per Cal Tax & Rev Code 11930". I put it near the transfer tax line.

Depending on the county, they may also want a Transfer Tax...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for California on
Q: Sale of Property - Title parties disagree

Sorry, I'm sure this is not an original question, but here it is.

My name is listed as one of two on the deed of a property. There are no banks nor outside liens against the property. Party Two physically lives on the property, while Party One (me) would like to live there. However,... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Jan 17, 2021

You can file a court action for "partition". The court will order the sale of the property (assuming physical division is not appropriate). Often, once such an action is filed (sometimes just after getting an attorney letter that filing is imminent) parties will work out a settlement... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: What legal consequences will I be facing, come tax season, for using crowdfunded money to pay a friend for work?

I don’t have a business and will be using money gained from crowdfunding, to pay a friend to help me develop an animated feature. Will there be any differences if I were to make this animated feature available to the public free of charge or selling the feature when it is done? What legal... Read more »

Alexander Kugelman
Alexander Kugelman answered on Jan 12, 2021

Very likely the money received via crowdfunding will be taxable income to you. If you don't have an entity, then you would report it as a sole proprietorship income on a Schedule C. Keep in mind that you can claim ordinary and necessary business expenses to offset the income. For example,... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Elder Law for California on
Q: An elderly neighbor offered to will me her home if I managed her care for the next few years. What are the issues here?

My elderly neighbor's husband just passed, and she finds herself overwhelmed by paperwork, by legal matters, and so forth. She is getting quite on in years and has no living family. She offered to will me her home if I would become power of attorney on her behalf and helped manage her affairs.... Read more »

Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Jan 5, 2021

The main issue is that it is not enforceable. Also, you are trying to take payment for something without calling it income.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Consumer Law for California on
Q: Can a flower shop business whichv isn't registered, no permit, no resell license, and is now selling from from her house

This lady buys flowers from local markets or supermarkets and makes flower pieces for funerals and resales them for a higher price out of her house and she's got social media advertising her illegal flower shop. There's a local "Florist" who I purchased flowers pieces for my... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Dec 9, 2020

Her license or lack of license is separate and apart from whether or not your relatives can recover from her. If they paid for a product and didn't receive the product (assuming it was under $10,000) they can sue her in small claims to recover the money.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for California on
Q: Tax treatment for lump sum settlement payment from lawsuit

Back in December 2018, heavy rain created a flood and my apartment unit got completely submerged in water. Due to this, I’ve lost everything inside my unit including a Toyota Prius.

I’ve been driving Uber as a job full time for the past 6 years.

I purchased (financed 100% @ 23K)... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Dec 4, 2020

Unlikely they will itemize. You need to pay employment taxes on lost income, if any. You should allot a portion to lost income or IRS will come knocking. If you took tax deductions for casualty losses, and recover the $ for them that may also be taxable income. You should ask your attorney for... Read more »

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