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Suzanne Alexandra Ascher

Staten Island Tax Lawyer.

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  1. I am a "off the books" employee. Can my employer make me work weekends?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Bruce Gold
    2. Richard C. Southard
    3. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    4. Vincent Peter White
    4 lawyer answers

    In addition to the question you raised, I would ask that you consider another issue: whether you are indeed an "employee" or an "independent contractor"? There are facts and circumstances which should be reviewed concerning your situation to accurately define the whether or not this relationship with the person referred to as your boss is actually an employer or not. You may in fact be an employee; however, maybe not and instead an independent contractor. The distinction is very...

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  2. I have inherited business property. Several years of back taxes are due. Should I hire a tax attorney or a real estate attorney?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    2. Dorothy G Bunce
    3. Henry Daniel Lively
    4. Matthew Scott Ritchie
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the attorneys above. When you do consult with an attorney, it is a good idea to also ask him or her whether you may be entitled to some sort of reduction in the bill that is owed, for example, getting an abatement of penalties which are calculated upon the unpaid taxes and interest. Sometimes, depending on the taxpayer's situation and type of tax owed, a written letter fully explaining the circumstances, along with supporting documentation, as to why past taxes were not paid...

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  3. Is my house subject to a franchise tax warrant?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Michael David Siegel
    2. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    3. Henry Daniel Lively
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other two attorneys who answered this question. I would like to add to the discussion. You mention that you set up the corporation out of your home. I am assuming that you own your home and have not actually transferred ownership and title of the real property from you personally to the corporation. Assuming that such a deed transfer never occurred, your home personally owned by you (and not the corporation) should be safe from outstanding "corporation franchise taxes"...

  4. Federal income tax laws

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. Steven Francis Schroeder
    3 lawyer answers

    On the IRS website, there is a publication you may want to refer to: IRS Publication 501 "Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information (for Use in Preparing 2010 Returns)" which addresses dependent exemptions in detail. The link is: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p501.pdf In any case, please consult a licensed tax professional on this issue. Thank you. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher, Esq., CPA, Tax LL.M.

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  5. I own 10% of my families estate If I want to can I give my 10% to my mother by just writing it out on a regular paper .

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Brian C. Snell
    2. Erik Hammarlund
    3. Herbert Warren Cooper IV
    4. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    5. Steven J. Fromm
    5 lawyer answers

    You should definitely hire your own separate lawyer to advise you. You asked if you could prepare something in writing ("living will" "wish") and "get it notarized without a lawyer". Please do not try to handle your own legal matters without your own attorney. An attorney familiar with estate, probate, and taxes can help you get what you need and advise you on what is best for you. In the short term, it may cost you some legal fees, however, without the proper guidance and...

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  6. How much will it cost to have a lawyer take a look at my non-compete?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Colin M Page
    2. Michael S. Haber
    3. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    3 lawyer answers

    In trying to obtain a sense of how much this non-compete issue may cost you, you should consider speaking to a few attorneys. There are various ways of trying to find an attorney who is suitable for you, including -- but are not limited to: (a) calling the local bar association for names and contact information of experienced attorneys in good standing with the bar association who provide these services [NOTE: being that you mention that this is in New York City, there are so many...

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  7. Am I responsible for my deceased husbands unpaid taxes?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Steven J. Fromm
    2. Matthew Scott Ritchie
    3. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    4. Henry Daniel Lively
    4 lawyer answers

    My condolences to you on the loss of your spouse. In addition to the answers given to you by the other attorneys above, I understand that the federal and state/local government to who his business may have owed unpaid payroll taxes can hold not only his business liable but also -- if his small business to which you referred was an entity such as a corporation -- the government can pierce the limited liability of the entity and hold your deceased husband (and therefore his estate)...

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  8. Do I need to pay decedent’s income tax?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Dustin James Wetton
    2. David L. Carrier
    3. Steven J. Fromm
    4. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    4 lawyer answers

    I concur and agree with my fellow attorneys. Provided that the conversation from the IRA (assuming traditional IRA or the like) to ROTH IRA is upheld, expect income taxes to be owed. Please immediately consult your tax attorney, accountant, tax advisor, etc. to determine the proprer amount of income tax to be paid if you have not done so already. All best, Suzanne Alexandra Ascher, Esq., CPA, Tax LL.M.

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  9. Do I need to pay decedent’s income tax?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Steven J. Fromm
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    3 lawyer answers

    I concur and agree with my fellow attorneys. Provided that the conversation from the IRA (assuming traditional IRA or the like) to ROTH IRA is upheld, expect income taxes to be owed. Please immediately consult your tax attorney, accountant, tax advisor, etc. to determine the proprer amount of income tax to be paid if you have not done so already. All best, Suzanne Alexandra Ascher, Esq., CPA, Tax LL.M.

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  10. Tax deductions for home improvements to sell house

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Henry Daniel Lively
    2. David L. Carrier
    3. Suzanne Alexandra Ascher
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the above. Also, I assume that your home has been used by you and your spouse entirely as a primary residence and would meet the criteria for the primary residence exclusions of $250,000 (single)/$500,000(married) of capital gain as already explained in the other attorney's answers. Internal Revenue Code 121 and its applicable Treasury Regulation sections address the primary residence exclusion for capital gains on the sale of primary residences. However, in the...

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