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3 Answers | Asked in Tax Law and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: I bought a home in 2020. Had it professionally appraised at 65k.The county is taxing me on 106k without even seeing home

Now my homeowners ins. has gone up 183% based on the arbitrary (imo) valuation. I cannot afford it and will have to sell my home. I was told I cannot protest my property taxes because the home was a foreclosure. I am 63, single, and live on disability. Doesn't a professional appraisal carry... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 1, 2022

Yes, a recent unbiased professional appraisal carries considerable weight in a tax protest. In most instances, the appraisal review board will adopt the professional appraiser's valuation in such circumstances.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: Is there a way I can check on my business tax return from last year?

The person who was in charge of doing our taxes last year quit and I can't seem to find out whether if they filed for 2021 or not. Is there a way to check if my business filed taxes for 2021?

Carli Jo Aelker
Carli Jo Aelker
answered on Dec 1, 2022

You can go onto your IRS portal and pull the account transcript for the business. This will tell you if a return is on file. If you are unable to do it that way, you can call the IRS directly. Just be prepared for long wait times.

The easiest way is contacting the firm you worked with or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Tax Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Employment offer letter states housing provided at (blank) property. No details, what is or isn’t allowed?

Housing provided = 2 bed, one couch bed rv camper trailer. Details of said housing were not outlined in employment contract/offer letter. We are now purchasing a mobile home (larger/more permanent adequate). Company owner is allowing placement on the property. We do not pay rent, but portion of... Read more »

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Nov 30, 2022

I would need to reach the contract to determine if there is a breach.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I have green card and I own a house in TX, value of 1 m $. Do my inherits will pay inheritance tax? how much?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 30, 2022

Texas has no inheritance tax and is highly unlikely to adopt one.

Our federal government has vacillated between having no estate tax to imposing an estate tax with an exemption. This is not imposed on an asset by asset basis, but rather on the amount of your entire estate.

In...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: Two companies I worked for, did not pay my taxes correctly and now I owe money to the IRS. What can I do?

one of the companies I worked for, for a year and they only paid 51 dollars in taxes, yet my taxes was taken out of every check. Same with the other company except they only paid 320 dollars in taxes for the months I was working with them (temp agency) now the IRS is claiming I didn’t file my... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell
answered on Nov 29, 2022

The easiest way to resolve this would be to provide the IRS copies of your paystubs which show what was actually taken out of your check.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Tax Law and Business Formation for Texas on
Q: I need a trademark lawyer
Carli Jo Aelker
Carli Jo Aelker
answered on Nov 12, 2022

Hi! Unfortunately this is not the place to retain an attorney, it is a forum for legal questions. You should reach out to a trademark attorney privately.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: A tax firm asks me to sign the Binding Arbitration form to petition the property tax. Will there be a problem later?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 28, 2022

Only if you don't want to arbitrate any future dispute you may have with the tax firm. With very few exceptions, arbitration agreements are enforceable.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I've not reported taxes in 5y (but only made maybe 40k total during that time) Will I go to jail?

-all money was made from Uber

-the majority of it I made this year

Carli Jo Aelker
Carli Jo Aelker
answered on Oct 20, 2022

it is unlikely you will be pursed criminally for missing returns unless something else is going on. However it is possible that the IRS and/or State may file a substitute for return on your behalf. When the IRS and/or State takes this action, they utilize the wage and financial information that has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: If my exboyfriend and I filed Married joint taxes, do we have to get divorce? Were not married by a Judge or Preacher.

We lived together and filed together but 6 months later he left to Florida. He's been gone over a year..I just need to know if I have to divorce him legally to get legally married to someone..some say no but I need to know for sure before we apply for a marriage license..

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Oct 12, 2022

I it has been less than 2 years since you separated you should file for divorce .

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: Why does our prenup not supersede this law? Will my spouse signing this impact them fiscally?

Signed prenump, no community property exists and yet my spouse is being asked to sign off on title of home that belongs solely to me. Title company lawyer is citing this law: Sec. 5.001

Sale, Conveyance, or Encumbrance of Homestead

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Oct 12, 2022

A prenuptial agreement can waive a spouse’s homestead rights in property. There are, however, very specific requirements.

Just because you agreed that the homestead property is your separate property standing alone does not waive your spouse’s homestead rights in such property....
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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Tax Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: Considering investing in tax foreclosures in Texas. The listings are each labeled with: EOS, EXE, Sale, resale, PLURIES.

From an auction bidder's perspective, do each of these types of real estate tax foreclosure types (for example EOS, EXE, Sale, resale, PLURIES) have the same redemption period?

I'm referring to the auctions from the Tax Code from Chapter 34. TAX SALES AND REDEMPTION, from the... Read more »

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Oct 2, 2022

If your question is looking for a "redemption" period after a f/c sale. There is none! Once it is sold at foreclosure, it is the property of the buyer, 100% in fee simple. While there may be some other legal issues of the property you buy at a f/c sale, it is a different legal process,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Immigration Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I am Ukrainian citizen living in the USA as a student and I want to open an online business how should I pay taxes.

I am Ukrainian citizen living in the USA as a student waiting for my F-1 visa and TPS and I want to open an online business.

I want to open drop shipping business I have an Ukrainian card and I have a card in PNC bank that I just opened, but because I am minor it was opened on my host mom... Read more »

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Sep 20, 2022

In my experience, business owners generally hire an accountant to help them navigate the taxes.

I really like Peters CPA, LLC https://www.lpeterscpa.net/ or (972)863-9640.

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: What to do if company won't honor warranty?

I purchased a home in 2021 that came with 10 year warranty for the foundation. Recently, interior of home started having foundation issues on one side of the home. Company came out to take a look but refuse to fix the issue because warranty apparently has been voided for two reasons. 1. Warranty... Read more »

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Sep 10, 2022

This is a classic move by a home builder company. Unfortunately, it is time to sue.

You need to visit with an experienced lawyer who handles real estate contracts and litigation.

Your rights are in the agreement you entered into with the seller and/or builder. The details will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Estate Planning for Texas on
Q: Can I file a quit claim deed on my fathers home without harm to his VA mortgage on benefits?
John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Aug 27, 2022

The answer you seek would require me or any other attorney to review all of your dad's estate planning documentys and assets. Plus, the latest deed and lien on the subject property. Why are you giving a deed?

Do you own the property with your dad?

I can guide you, but do not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: How do I go about getting custody papers changed regarding claiming all the children as dependents on taxes?

The other parent does not see the children as often if at all, mainly around holidays (compared to when the order was first established). child support is not consistent and there is a large amount of back pay owed.

Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed
answered on Aug 2, 2022

If your current court orders address claiming the children as dependents on your tax return, you can file a Suit to Modify Parent-Child Relationship and request a change to that language. in a suit to modify, you must be able to explain to the Court that there has been a "material and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I have a tax lien filed against me. I have no real property to attach. I owe another $39k I bills including g my car.

Our income is $4300 per month. Our expenses..credit cards, rent etc, car and life insurance is over $5k. Then everyday expensle, like food, gas, utilities. Would bankruptcy help me?

To.

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Jun 12, 2022

If you have filed tax returns in prior years, for those unpaid income taxes, then yes, a bankruptcy can help you. Unpaid income taxes, for returns filed more than two years and four months prior to the date of bankruptcy, are dischargeable, along with the interest and penalties accruing.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I worked 4 months in 2021 and made $4500.00. I also received $15,900 in social security benefits. Do I need to file tax?
Nicholas Nemeth
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Nicholas Nemeth
answered on Apr 14, 2022

Generally, if your Social Security benefits are your only source of income, then they are usually not considered taxable income. If Social Security is your only source of income, then you typically do not need to file a tax return. If you are still working when you receive Social Security benefits... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Tax Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: My son turned13on 2-03-22 His dad has lived 20 minutes away made his choice not to be part of his life, plz read belw

Seeing him less than 5 or 6 times yearly.Hes a journeyman electrician of 25+ yrs, makes very good money but always lied about it and when he did pay c. Support, it was 500 at its highest.The woman he lives with is a P.Assist.On 6-13-2021 I was in a terrible car wreck.My poor son, who had spent the... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 16, 2022

If they supported him more than 50 percent of the time they can claim him, If you think you are entitled to exemption call the IRS and there is a form you can fill out to contest your ex claiming your son,

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: I have a abandoned property next door which is causing me issues, I would like to buy it however no one knows the owner.

I was recommended adverse possession due to I have been maintaining it & I haven’t been able to find the owner or relatives.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 3, 2022

Usually the easiest way to obtain abandoned property is a Tax Sale, so check on its tax status in your County. But you will also need a TX attorney to search the title and determine ownership, easements, etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can an employer deduct taxes from a settlement? Employer agrees to pay 3,000 in damages instead pays 2,500 after taxes

I presented my employer proof of employment discrimination and signed an agreement to receive money and not pursue a lawsuit. I was deposited less than the money agreed. The company claimed they deposited less because they withheld taxes from the net pay.

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell
answered on Feb 17, 2022

If the settlement replaces lost wages those funds are taxable.

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