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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Everytime i file my taxes, I always have had a problem with the irs, telling me i need an Identity theft number.

Everytime i get in contact with the irs they cannot help me. Over the phone they tell me to go online and verify my identity online. When i go online its asking me for a credit account, mortgage account, auto loan account, Student loan account and which i have neither. I have a secured CC but that... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Sep 16, 2020

Call your local taxpayer advocate. Here is a link to look up the number for your local office. https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/contact-us

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: My grandfather passed away yer ago and now is his home is for sale. Can I purchase through FHA?

My grandfather passed a year ago. His home is now for sale through his estate. As his grandchild, am I able to purchase the home through FHA?

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Aug 3, 2020

Yes. You can contact the administrator and make an offer. You will not get a special, family deal. The administrator can only take a fair market offer. You might ask the administrator to get an appraisal.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: What options do I have?

Older brother claimed me on his taxes last year. I did not agree to it. Now I won't get my first stimulus or even second a friend said. I'm 41 and not even a dependent

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Jul 20, 2020

If you filed your own taxes as a non-dependent, then you will get a stimulus check and he could be charged with tax fraud. If you claimed on your taxes that you were claimed as a dependent on his return, then you agreed to it and will not get a stimulus check. If you did not file taxes, you may not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: i a have a tax lien on my home from my ex husband that he owes the IRS for $35000 and i cant get it off and he wont pay

i was divorced in 2014 and tried to refinance my home in 2015 and this is when i was told about the liens on my home. i have been trying to get him to pay for them or make arrangements but he refuses. i had tried to get my divorce lawyer to have him held in contempt of the court order but, she was... Read more »

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

Unfortunately this is a problem that will likely require the assistance of an attorney. Most of us offer a free consultation. Just stay away from the places you see advertised on TV.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Dear sir I have submitted gradually a lot of money to my friend account in USA. Now i want to transfer this money to

Out of USA.But they say i should pay tax.

How can i transfer this money?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 20, 2020

If your "friends" has the money you may be out of luck. This is why no one should "submit" money to anyone withou some assurances about how to get it back.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Daughter was classified as IC, but paid hourly & treated as an employee. No W-2 or withholdings. Do we get lawyer?

Daughter was hired to work in a salon (eyebrows, eyelashes, makeup). Signed a "contract" and it said she was an independent contractor. Yet, she was paid an hourly wage, under complete control of her boss for hours, etc. My daughter did not pay any rent. She used the owners supplies.... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Feb 12, 2020

Contact your state department of labor and open a complaint.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Should I claim innocent spouse?

My husband and I were married in May 2019. When filing for our 2019 taxes I learned that my spouse has claimed “exempt“ on his payroll tax for the entire 2019. The result is over $13,000 in tax liability, when otherwise I would have been due a refund for my portion of overpayment of about $3500... Read more »

Andrew M Steiger
Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 12, 2020

Based on the limited facts, it sounds like you would not qualify. You are not required to file a joint return, so carefully think your situation through before you file your 2019 return and seek professional advice if you want to reduce or eliminate the risk of being stuck with your spouse’s... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Vacant lot next door shares my postal address and that lot is being sold for back taxes.

The vacant lot is delinquent on its property taxes for many years and is being sold by Lake County, Illinois. Because the postal address is the same as my house in which my daughter and grand children reside, the sheriff arrived at 4:30 AM at my house to serve papers and dozens of certified... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Aug 16, 2019

Hire an attorney. It's probably an issue with the deed or the filings.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: hello, i made 1mil in trading, but havent paid taxes yet I want to buy a house for 500 can i do that? because i dont wat

to wait. basically i want to know can i buy now, and then pay the 500k tax later. i am buying in cash no mortgage, i couldnt find any topics in my situation :) dont mind my typos this site only lets me use few words

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Aug 12, 2019

If you have the money still just buy the house and submit an installment agreement. They'll lien it but until you plan to sell or refi it won't matter.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: work 5 1/2 mos in CA, keep home family and ties in IL do I pay tax just on the 5 1/2 mos income

Currently a resident of IL. Considering taking a job that will involve travel to various sites and offices on the W Coast and states adjacent – basically CA, NE, AZ and OR. Will have latitude on where to spend my time, but the main office is in LA. Will get a cheap apartment there. My... Read more »

Andrew M Steiger
Andrew M Steiger answered on Aug 3, 2019

Your biggest problem may be California. Check it’s residency rules versus part year resident and non resident and document accordingly. California is notorious for its aggressive pursuit of tax dollars. You likely have to file a non resident return for states where you are physically located... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Immigration Law, Tax Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Illinois on
Q: What steps do I need to take to become of majority status and correctly use the name? Indiana and internationally.
Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Jun 24, 2019

Sorry, but this does not sound like a maritime question. Also, the naming in issue did not come through. Please try trademark and copy write experts. Thank you and best regards. Tom Evans Maritime Lawyer Please see Justia disclaimer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: If an accountant has delayed (4 months and counting) a tax return because of an admitted mistake...

can they send a check from their firm to cover that amount (~$3,000) until the IRS sends the money to us?

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jun 17, 2019

They can, but they won't.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Traveling for work often in multiple states income tax?

Hello - as a Field Application Engineer with my company I often travel to any of the 50 states for up to 3 weeks at a time to work on various projects.

When I do this am I considered to be earning income in that state that I am working in? Or am I simply considered to be earning a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

It sounds to me like you are making up problems for yourself. Concentrate on paying Uncle Sam and Illinois whatever income taxes owed and forget about the other 49 states. If there ever is a problem they will contact you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Tax Law, Workers' Compensation and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: My husbands employer accidentally paid him after he was fired for six months and we didn't notice bc I work there.

We got a letter from the employer saying we needed to pay back $27k in two weeks. When we got his w-2's and mine , this pay was not reflected at all. We don't know what our right's are in this case. We don't pay much attention to our bank statements and just paid bills as usual... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 28, 2019

Whether you look at your bank statements or not is irrelevant. If your employer actually paid your husband $27,000 more than he was entitled, he will either have to give it back or will probably be sued by the employer.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: I have a question for a restaurant group re: gift card Sales. I was reading about this and I am so confused.

Last year we reported on the prior year. The person who used to do this left the company so we wanted to be sure we were entering the correct year.

I think we only report gift card sales for the year but only the cards that still have dollar amounts

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 24, 2019

Unless you CPA is unavailable, they should be able to handle this tiny problem. If you have no CPA, get one.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: What can I do if my income puts me just over the Obamacare cliff and I have to pay an extra 20k in taxes?

My income puts me just over the 400% threshold. If I made a little less I would not owe very much in taxes but now I owe 20k because I have to repay the full health insurance tax credit and I can’t afford it.

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 31, 2019

The first thing I would advise is to have your return prepared by a good CPA if you have not already done so. Make sure you use a good CPA and not a national chain. They may find some deductions that you were not aware you could take. After that if you still have a large balance due, contact a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Securities Law and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: Does investment firm have to refund withholding tax that was withheld in error?

Backdoor Roth Conversion in December requested NO Withholding. Discovered 1st. week of February that they withheld 10% for taxes.

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Mar 17, 2019

When you file your personal return you add the withheld tax as a credit which will be applied to tax due or refunded.

The investment firm doesn't have the money they sent it to the IRS.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Divorce, Family Law and Probate for Illinois on
Q: Can I claim child tax credits for 2018 if ex-spouse died?

In our settlement, my ex and I agreed he would take the child tax credits for our children every year on his tax returns, though I am the custodial parent. He died last spring. Should his 2018 (deceased) return carry the child tax credits, (in which case any refund would go to his estate which is... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Feb 24, 2019

You are bound by the terms of your Marital Settlement Agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: I am married and travelled here on H1B alone with my daughter (2years old).Can I claim daycare fees in 2018 tax return?
D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Feb 15, 2019

Yes, the child and dependant care credit is available regardless of immigration status as long as you qualify under the rules of the credit.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: If I receive money from sale of parent's home after their death, can I claim it on next years taxes

I will receive a check today from the sale of my father's home, he died in April. If I don't cash it until 2019, do I still need to claim it on 2018 taxes?

Jon Dowat
Jon Dowat answered on Dec 13, 2018

Your are dealing with about three issues here and it is not that simple. First, income should be reported in the year it was received. Even if you do not cash the check the IRS treats it as if you received it, that is called "constructive receipt," which means we will pretend you... Read more »

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