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Dennis N. Brager

Los Angeles Tax Lawyer.

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  1. Am I responsible for my husband's tax debt when he just added my name to his tax filing due to bad advice?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
    2. Ayuban Antonio Tomas
    3. Mitchell Paul Goldstein
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    The 2007 taxes are too recent to be discharged in bankruptcy. You still may be entitled to innocent spouse relief, but since it seems you live in California even if you receive innocent spouse treatment your community property which includes your income from a job or business will be susceptible to collection by the IRS. You need to consult it a tax controversy attorney in California skilled in tax collection matters to discuss your options.

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  2. I have been working for 7 years under a fake name and haven't paid taxes, what can I do to correct this

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
    2. Donald Erich Lowrey
    3. Derek B Brett
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    You should see a tax attorney who has experience dealing with the IRS on criminal tax matters. You will probably need to file the back tax returns, and pay the tax. If you come clean under the IRS voluntary disclosure policy, and you do it soon enough you can probably steer clear of any criminal tax problems.

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  3. What action can I take to dispute IRS owed income tax, I have never worked in the U.S.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
    2. Michael Mott Brewer
    3. Margery Ellen Golant
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    I couldn't agree more with Margery. Tax Problems are not like fine wine, they don't get better with time. Not responding to letters from the IRS may seem like the way to go since the IRS may not take any serious action for quite a long while. Nevertheless ignoring the IRS will most likely end up in IRS tax liens, and tax levies on any bank accounts or assets you have in the U.S. Dennis Brager

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  4. Tax attorney or an accountant?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Craig Gerald Christensen
    2. Knute Arthur Rife
    3. Dennis N. Brager
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    It sounds like you need a tax attorney, or perhaps a civil litigation attorney who can demand that the broker fix the problem or sue if necessary for any damages caused by their error. If the amount is small enough you might just consider suing the broker in small claims court. The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the...

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  5. If i closed my mothers checking account after her death, will i have to pay taxes on the amount ?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Brad Howell
    2. Dennis N. Brager
    3. Janet Lee Brewer
    4. Charles Edward Mcwilliams Jr.
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    You do not pay income taxes on property you inherit. As noted in a previous answer unless the estate is quite large (don't forget the value of her home) she wouldn't be subject to estate taxes. The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the educated opinion of the author. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. The...

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  6. Am I responsible for my ex wife's tax fraud on our joint taxes and the business taxes? If so, how do I go after her for it?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. Michael W. Eaton
    4. Andreas F. Zybell
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    Your family law attorney needs to point out to your wife's family law attorney that if the issue of your wife's failure to report all of the income on the tax return comes out in open court the judge may wind up contacting the IRS himself to report your wife's tax fraud. The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the...

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  7. Can the ftb lien my ss income for back taxes

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
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    You should call the FTB, and work something out. With your income the FTB should agreed to put your account on hold, and not collect anything from you. This assumes you don't have other substantial liquid assets. I strongly recommend you talk to them; otherwise the FTB will levy on your bank account. The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to...

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  8. Am I personally liable for minimum corporate taxes incurred after closing of a business but before corporate dissolution?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Dana Howard Shultz
    2. Dennis N. Brager
    3. Kevin James Griffith
    4. Jeffrey Michael Webb
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    It does not make any difference whether your corporation was a C or an S Corporation. Even in an S corporation, liability for taxes and other obligations do not pass through to the shareholders. You will only have liability to the extent that you received corporate assets, barring alter ego or transferee liability issues. As a practical matter, the Franchise Tax Board doesn't often pursue shareholders for failure to pay corporate taxes.

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  9. I am a US citizen, worked and had bank accounts in the foreign country where I lived 6 yrs. I did not know I had to file taxes

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. James Elliot Pratt
    4. Steven J. Fromm
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    It depends what you mean by a "favorable outcome." If handled properly you can expect that you will pay the tax, plus interest, plus a 20% penalty on the tax, and 20% of the highest account balance. In some cases it may be possible to do better. If you had more than a $100k in the outcome you should consult a tax attorney who is currently handling at least a few of these types of cases. NOTE: If you find this response helpful, please click on the “thumbs up” button at the bottom. The...

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  10. Would I be subjet to taxes once I inherit assests from another country. The benefactor is not a U.S. citizen.

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Dennis N. Brager
    2. Henry Daniel Lively
    3. Steven J. Fromm
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    Although non-taxable to you must file a Form 3520 with the IRS if the inheritance is more than 100,000. Failure to do so could result in a substantial penalty. If the funds remain in a foreign bank account you will need to file a Form TD-F 90.221-1 with the IRS. If the amounts are substantial you should consult with a Tax attorney knowledgeable in this area. NOTE: If you find this response helpful, please click on the “thumbs up” button at the bottom. The response given is not...

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