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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What do I need to do to receive my Stimulus if my ex wife received it?

My ex wife and I filed our taxes jointly in 2019 despite going through an amicable divorce that was effective 01/14/2020.

She received my stimulus and did forward it to me, reluctantly, indicating she wanted her stimulus and some of mine. There are talks of possible additional stimulus... Read more »

Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi answered on Apr 27, 2020

You were not married when she received the check, one half of which belongs to you because of your marriage during 2019. You need to work it out with her and let her know that you are legally entitled to ½ of the money. Probably, it is not worth to ask attorney to write a letter to her. I hope... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hi i'm a singaporean i'm planing on giving my Boyfriend in Philly $23,000 in Cash like cash.. for his 23rd birthday.

Since i'm a non us citizen and that money wasn't earned in the US would any of us have to pay Tax?

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Mar 26, 2020

Not taxed. It is required to be reported.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Im on house deed &title along with my BF & am being told that as part of the transfer to me only there are tax. True?

Hi, I'm in the process of remortgaging my house to put the loan in my name solely and to remove my boyfriend from the deed/title. The mortgage company is telling me that there is a transfer tax for the transfer of the deed, but I'm already on the existing deed; is it true that I also have... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 24, 2020

There is a realty transfer tax that will be assessed when you record the deed.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My boyfriend receives support in PA. The mother was $1200 behind for the tax year just ending (2019)

Her taxes were to be intercepted for the past due amount yet he only received $500 from her federal and $165 from her state. Why did he not receive the whole $1200 she owes??? We talked to domestics all they know is that the put in a form to intercept, that is all. Wheres the rest of the $$$. She... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 17, 2020

Are you sure she was supposed to receive more then what you were sent? The only other reason that I know of why you would not have received the full amount is she may have owed additional debts that had priority or the state did not update the records to indicate the full amount she owed. Also if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If the IRS made mistake, and took your taxes how to you get them back?

IRS took my 2019 Taxes said I was self employed in 2018, Which I was not worked for the same company for 13 years. I have called 3 to 4 time and talked to 4 Different agents and they don't seem to know why and kept asking was I self employed and one agent said someone messed up somewhere.

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

If the amount is high enough to make it worth your while to hire a tax attorney then you may want to go ahead and hire someone. If the amount is too low then I recommend calling the taxpayer advocate to see if they can assist you. Trying to resolve this on your own may get very frustrating.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to pay PA state tax on a lump sum life insurance pay out?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

Generally no.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello Could you please let me know on debt forgiveness as reates to the irs.

Original debt forgiveness was 10000.Paid a third party debt collector 3000.So does that reduce the debt forgiveness in the irs view to 7000? As income

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 10, 2020

As a general rule, all debt forgive is taxable income.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I paid for child care and they refuse to give me the papers I need to file this on my tax return. How can they do this?

How can I get this from Punkin Patch Childcare?

Andrew M Steiger
Andrew M Steiger answered on Feb 4, 2020

Don’t let the companies failure deter you. Present them with a W-10 and ask for that info. If the company refuses, file a claim for the credit with the info that you have and attach an explanation to your return to document your request for the missing info. The IRS may deny the credit at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mother died in PA with no assets in PA. Her estate is in a trust in Virginia. Does PA inheritance tax apply?

(i) Her permanent address was in PA for the last three years. (ii) Assets were bank account, stocks, and bonds. No real estate. (iii) Revocable trust domiciled in Virginia.

Michael Cherewka
Michael Cherewka answered on Jan 29, 2020

This question has too many unknowns at this point to answer in this short space. The three biggest questions are: (i) in what state was mom domiciled (her intended permanent residence) at the time of her death (just because she died in PA does not necessarily mean she was a resident here); and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My deceased husband inherited property in Green County, PA. I think I am the heir. Would I be liable for any debts?

I do not how to proceed. The property is 300+ acres.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jan 17, 2020

You could be. I need to know more about the matter. Please feel free to call me 412-391-7135 or email me emt@tarasilaw.com

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandfather and I have jointly owned a property in PA for the last 2 year he just passed away will I owe taxes..

My grandfather and I have jointly owned a property in PA for the last 2 years. He passed away this year and the

property transferred solely in my name. Is there any kind of tax I will have to pay when I sell it. The land was purchased for 18k and we rebuilt the property form the ground up.... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 27, 2019

You might be subject to a capital gains tax. I would consult with an accountant.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My house was auctioned by the state for property taxes . Do I get the amount over what was owed?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Oct 16, 2019

No. You lost it when the person who bid the highest at the auction. You could (should) have bid on it yourself.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got a 10 day notice for public tax sale dated 8/19/19 I dident see it till now which is 9/6/19 what can I do.

we were going to pay the 450 that we owed for 2017 but I lost my job is there any way I can get back on a payment plan or do I have to sell my car?hopfully by the 12th at 4pm.thanks none helped me but my house is safe a buddy sent me money so it didn't go up for auction.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Sep 11, 2019

You may be able to "get back on a payment plan" but not by asking lawyers here on Justia. Call the organization that conducted the tax sale.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I need to pay taxes on a $265 settlement from the results a AP&G class action suit?

The check is made out to my now closed LLC.

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Aug 13, 2019

You'll have to review the settlement documents to see what the settlement was for. Some items are taxed and some are not.

3 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandmother died and left her land to her children they have not paid land tax for 5 years do I have rights if I pay

The land was willed to her children who are not paying the land is still in my grandmothers name

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Aug 12, 2019

No. If you are not one of her children you do not have any rights.

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3 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Residence outside US , neither taxes paid nor pension collected, senior with handicap Can i return without arrest?

Can i reclaim pension and find pro bono help? I am 76 , alone, and have no earnings, I left in 2007

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 31, 2019

Assuming everything you say will stand the bright lights of the IRS/FBI/Treasury background checks, you do not sound like a candidate for a suite at the Grey Bar Hotel. However, you may still have to deal with paying some hefty portion of the total amount of taxes, penalties and interest accrued... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a hearing officer in PA for support give a child tax credit when irs laws say I am the custodian parent.

Can a hearing officer in PA give a child tax credit to the noncustody person that makes less than I and our settlement agreement says that i get both tax credits and make me sign the 8222 form.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 4, 2019

Regardless of who earns what, and regardless of what the settlement agreement says, the IRS gets to determine who is entitled to the child tax credit. So if the hearing officer in PA is affiliated with the IRS, the answer is yes.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I live in PA and getting 22k international cash inheritance (London). Do I need pay inheritance tax? Declare with IRS?

I was contacted by the Ward Gethin Archer law firm in London England that I received a 22k inheritance from a distant family member. Turns out its legit as my uncle and two cousins opened a new bank account and threw a few hundred in and each received the same amount of money evenly. They gave... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 15, 2019

As they say at the opera, "It ain't over until it is over." They also say "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't."

So, rather than worry about whether or not to "declare with the IRS" right now, and rather than worry about whether you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is my alimony taxable in PA on my 2018 tax return. Thank you
Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Mar 23, 2019

It is for your 2018 return and may not be in 2019 as well. Consult with an accountant or attorney familiar with the tax law changes and have him/her review the agreement/order awarding alimony.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I pay child support and mortgage support in PA. How much can I itemize on taxes of the marital home?

She currently resides in the home and I pay child support and mortgage support. How much can I take of the marital home deductions since it’s in my name also? Doesn’t the child support cover housing expense too.

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Mar 19, 2019

Child support is not deductible regardless of what its spent on.

I've never heard of mortgage support before, but there's no deduction for it.

If you mean that you pay the mortgage directly to the bank then you can deduct the interest for the amount you pay on Sch A....
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