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Dana Whitney Atchley

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  • Can I sue H&R block for marking the box saying I'm a felon?

    On my educational credit, they marked me as a convicted felon. Some people say that's going against my character.

    Dana’s Answer

    No. Based solely on your description, you haven't suffered any harm. Your tax information is confidential so nobody would even know unless you told them about it. The simplest solution is to simply file an amended return to fix the mistake.

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  • Is A Contract A Contract?

    I received a contract from a business allowing me to have a adult type party at a normally child environment business. I paid a small deposit then went along booking other amenities I needed for the party. Weeks later the owner decided he didn't w...

    Dana’s Answer

    You should consult with a lawyer who can read through your contract carefully and sue if it appears (as it seems to) that they breached the agreement. If they didn't retain the right to cancel on grounds that would apply to you, then the contract was almost certainly binding and the owner breached it, and may owe you damages. It's "nice" that the owner thinks it was a mistake, but that is generally irrelevant because the actions of his manager will generally be treated as his own actions.

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  • What kind of attorney do I need to seek for this situation.

    Supposedly my dad borrowed $xx,xxx amount of money from my dad's brother when my parents were having some financial difficulty. My dad has since passed away and now my uncle has hired a lawyer who sent a letter asking my mother to pay his client b...

    Dana’s Answer

    Your mother should consult with a lawyer. Based on what you described, unless your mother made a binding promise to repay this alleged loan, then she cannot be forced to pay it, even if your father really did borrow money from your uncle.

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  • Can I file a lawsuit against FedEx for taking too long to deliver my package?

    Can I file a lawsuit against FedEx for taking too long to deliver my package? I mailed a package on January 5, 2015 and it still hasn't been delivered. I spent $110.00 to mail it to United Kingdom. They are just now asking for $245.00 in custom fe...

    Dana’s Answer

    Read the shipping agreement you have with Fedex. I am quite certain that you don't have a case inasmuch as you almost certainly agreed that they would not be liable for late delivery.

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  • Can I claim a child, that is in college, on my taxes if the father has only paid child support for 5.5 months.

    I am divorced and have 3 children ages 21,19,and 14. They always have and still do live with me. The father has paid child support for all three until each has graduated high school. Child support was paid for 5.5 months this year then stopped whe...

    Dana’s Answer

    That depends on what the divorce agreement says. If it says from 2007 forward, without any upper limit, then it would appear that he is allowed to claim the children as long as he is otherwise able to do so (i.e., without reference to the fact that he is the noncustodial parent).

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  • Can a person have two tax liens against them? Or is it one lien with an updated amount?

    Im looking up someone who owes me money and they have a tax lien from 2007 and one in 2010. I didnt know someone could have 2 tax liens?? Also, it looks like one has been satisfied in 2014. Does that mean they paid it or it dropped off? Does that ...

    Dana’s Answer

    You would need to get copies of each tax lien, as well as the apparent satisfaction, to see whether they relate to the same tax liability or to different liabilities. Odds are, though, that they relate to separate liabilities.

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  • Is there anyone reason I should avoid a tenant with a tax lien?

    I am a landlord and not aware if the IRS can charge me for their money or how it works exactly? Please help. :)

    Dana’s Answer

    The only thing the IRS might do - and they rarely, rarely do this - is to go after the tenant's security deposit, which they could technically force you to pay over to them. Otherwise, they can't do anything to you, generally speaking. Someone having a tax lien doesn't necessarily mean that they won't pay their rent on time, but you should consider pulling a credit check to see if there are other unpaid bills.

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  • Husband filing tax return in US; I have not entered US yet, waiting for my greencard; what should be his filing status?

    I am waiting for my greencard and I have not entered US so far. We got married in 2014. My husband (who is a greencard holder, hence a resident alien) is preparing to file his US tax return for 2014. Should he file the return as married joint or m...

    Dana’s Answer

    He cannot file as married filing joint unless you and he elect to have you treated as a resident alien for all of 2014. Otherwise he will have to file as married filing separately.

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  • What to do if I forgot to issue a w2 to an employee last year?

    My now husband is here on an O-1 Visa, I am the petitioner for his visa and didn't issue a w2 last year for him as 1: I thought it was supposed to be a 1099, and 2: it wasn't over the standard deduction for which he would of had to file. We are pr...

    Dana’s Answer

    Your business could issue him a W2 now if it turns out that your business should have issued him one. Just make sure that it's issued for the correct year.

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  • Can my husband take our tax refund to pay off the lean on his car?

    getting ready to divorce, no children between us but we both have children from previous marriages me two and him one, his home is in his father's name, the only debt we share are two car loans and a credit card. both vehicles are in my name and b...

    Dana’s Answer

    If you're only working part time, then it sounds as if most of the refund comes from his taxes, not yours. In that case it's not entirely unfair for him to get all or most of the refund.

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