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Robert Scott Williams

Tallahassee Estate Planning Attorney.

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  1. Who is liable for tax evasion, the former business owner who cooked the books or the new owner who was honest from day one?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
    1 lawyer answer

    If you properly structure the acqusition of the business, you can eliminate the potential for being liable for his tax liabilities, as well as any potential other business liabilities. Please hire a reputable tax attorney to assist you in acquiring this business. He or she can protect you from these types of potential claims.

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  2. My boyfriend owes back taxes for more than he/we can pay. I want to get married, would I become liable for his debt?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
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    The risk is that you comingle your assets after marriage, and the IRS seizes the assets to satisfy the back tax obligation. If you keep your financial affairs separate, including filing separate tax returns, you should be able to protect yourself. Your boyfriend should address the debt by either agreeing to a deferred payment arrangement with the IRS for the debt, or requesting an offer in compromise. If he can reach an agreement about the debt with the IRS, there should not be any collection...

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  3. Penalties and Interest owed to IRS

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
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    The amount of an acceptable offer in compromise is based upon your current net worth plus what you could pay over the next couple of years (Depending on the length of your offer in compromise payment terms). The best way for you to figure out an acceptable offer in compromise is to get the form 656 off the IRS website (www.irs.gov), and complete it. While you are not currently employed, you should estimate when you might be able to secure a job, and how much it is likely to pay. It may be...

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  4. How do I get my 401k when the company isn't around anymore?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
    2. Steven J. Fromm
    2 lawyer answers

    Typically 401K accounts are invested and held by a stock brokerage firm, not your employer. It seems to me that you just need to find out which firm has your account. I would start by contacting your former employer and asking them who has your 401K account. The you can contact the brokerage firm and get control of your account. You should consider rolling the assets from your old 401K account to an IRA account with an investment advisor of your choice.

  5. Is a will a public record in the state of FL?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Lee R. Carr II
    2. David Michael Goldman
    3. Robert Scott Williams
    4. Jeffrey Allen Cramer
    4 lawyer answers

    Under normal circumstances, a will of a decedent is filed with the probate clerk in the county where the decedent resided at the time of his or her death, and you can get a copy of the will from the probate clerk. I have had wills kept from the public in cretain cases in the past for a period of time. Even in these cases, beneficiaries under the terms of the will were provided copies of the will. The first step would be to visist the proper clerk's office to see if you can get a copy. If the...

  6. What tax implications will I face if I make my Canadian Corp a subsidiary of my US Corp?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
    1 lawyer answer

    Unfortunately, this is not a routine question that is simple to answer. You really need to engage a tax attorney to assist you with this question. There may be a better solution for you than what you are planning, and someone needs to study your circumstances to give you a good answer.

  7. My sister obtained POA to sell my mothers house then used it to enrich herself. Mom died 4 years L8r in march with nothing left.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Jeffrey Allen Cramer
    2. Robert Scott Williams
    2 lawyer answers

    It may be best for you to pursue this through the probate proceedings which will need to be done in Pinellas County. You should engage a probate attorney to assist you with the probate and the gathering of these old records.

  8. Do investment Groups receive finders fees?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
    1 lawyer answer

    I would need more information about the proposed deal. Have you signed a written agreement? What is the nature of the deal? Are you buying a business? Real estate?

  9. How can I get my deceased brother-in-law's car title placed back into my mother-in-law's name?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
    1 lawyer answer

    Under Florida law, since your brother-in-law passed away without a Will, and leaving no spouse or children, his assets will pass to his parents if surviving. Assuming his mother is the only parent surviving, she will inherit the car, assuming there are no creditors. If your brother-in-law had unpaid creditors, the car may need to be sold to pay these debts. If not, his mother can inherit the car. If that is the case, you may want to try going down to the Department of Motor Vehicles with his...

  10. I am 73 years old . do i still pay irs. i dont work anymore . i herd that i dont have to pay irs becuse of my age ?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Robert Scott Williams
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    3 lawyer answers

    Whether or not you are obligated to file a tax return, and pay taxes all depends on your income level and filing status for the tax year in question. Generally, it is a good idea, whether you owe taxes or not, to file your tax returns each year. How else will you know for sure that you need not file, if you do not sit down and do the computation? You can confirm the filing statuses and income amounts by going to the IRS' website at www.irs.gov.

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