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Jonathan H Levy

Jonathan Levy’s Answers

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  • Can I do a house lottery/drawing with a house in Switzerland while I live in the United States ?

    I live in the US, my dad lives in the Philippines. He has a house in Switzerland that he wants to sell in a drawing. This is not allowed in Switzerland, but we want to do it. So my idea was to set up the drawing and buy the house with that money (...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Actually, I have seen this attempted though the legality is highly questionable. It is also not likely it would be a success as there are many others trying other such schemes. Finding a cooperative bank and webhost would also be a challenge owing to the above.

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  • How Do I Obtain an Employee Identification From the IRS if I Do Not Have Social Security Number?

    I started a California corporation and want to obtain an EIN/Tax ID Number. However, on the form for the EIN, the IRS asks you for your social security number, which I do not have since I am not a US citizen. What can I do?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Any officer of your company with a SSN can obtain the EIN. Also if you search Google you will find that there are firms that can obtain it for you for a fee.

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  • International Wire from my broker to another broker lost after 3 months.

    I initiated a bank wire transfer from one of my US brokers, they use Citibank and the intermediary bank JP Morgan chase to make an international wire transfer. The destination is Scotiabank in Bahamas. After 3 months of trying to resolve this, my ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You need to hire legal counsel now. to get to the bottom of this. Wires do not usually go missing in my experience regardless where they were sent. If the wire did not go through as some times happens, it would have returned to your account. If it did not, someone likely converted your funds either on the sending or receiving end.

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  • Connection between IRS and FBAR?

    Offshore assets never been filed to FBAR and Tax return due to unknowing of those obligation. Now, started to prepare to fix it with a submission of SODP program which is 5% penalty. but needs more time to collect all statements from banks. it won...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    This is not a do it yourself scenario, Get a layer (not an accountant) who can assist you. They will need to understand about the assets and circumstances before they can give you any intelligent advice.

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  • Will my foreign spouse be allowed to come to the U.S., if we are first cousins?

    We are getting married in a country that allows cousin marriage (she is my first cousin). However, I reside in Ohio, and I know Ohio doesn't allow first cousin marriages. Will this be overlooked since it was lawful in the country the marriage took...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    How would anyone know she is your cousin? However, the age might raise some questions if she was closer to 12 than 16. You would be well served to read the USCIS policy on marriages below:

    http://www.uscis.gov/policymanual/HTML/PolicyManual-Volume12-PartG-Chapter2.html

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  • Sexting done in foreign land, can my friend be prosecuted in here?

    My friend has a question (lets say just a scenario). What if she is from Australia (consensual teen sexting is not illegal, only those who leak them to a third party will be in trouble) and then immigrated to USA which defines teen sexting almost ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your friend would be the victim not the perpetrator; I do not see how she can be prosecuted since she did not circulate the photos.

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  • Can a foreign company incorporated abroad create a commercial website that transacts in the US?

    The company in question is incorporated in a treaty country. The founder is seeking to create a website using either US or home country hosting service. The website will then act as a intermediary between buyers and sellers of a particular service...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    If you are based in foreign country in general I see no reason why you cannot transact business with US customers. However, I suspect based on the careful wording of your question (lack of any useful facts) that you would be better served getting a consultation from an attorney.,

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  • What steps should I take in this matter?

    I am a board member of a non profit organization and help out at the Bar. Once a month we meet and count the bar money after an event. We being the person in charge of the bar and myself. The other person counts and I do the final count and write ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Since the accuser already retracted the allegation and there is no evidence based on what you have written I do not see what else you can logically do.

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  • Can you form a holdings company in Wyoming as an S-Corporation?

    Since Wyoming does not recognize the federal S corporation election and does not require a state-level S corporation election, since there is no state income tax in Wyoming, does this mean you cannot form a holdings company in the state of Wyoming...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    No you are wrong, incorporate the Wyoming corp. and then file the appropriate form with the IRS indicating you want S corp. treatment for tax purposes.

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  • Can a corporation( whose founders are not US lawyers ), Hire NY lawyer and practice in name of corporation ?

    1. Can a NY corporation Hire NY lawyers and practice visa, in name of corporation ? 2. OR, what type of corporation needs to be established wherein founders are not US lawyers, but corporation intending to Hire US Lawyers in corporat...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I believe that District of Columbia is the only US jurisdiction that permits non attorney's to have an ownership stake in a lawfirm and that would be subject to the specifics of the rules in DC. What you are proposing in New York would likely be illegal.

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