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Bruce Givner

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  • Will the irs take form 3949 a seriously

    A person I know has not filed taxes in over 5 yrs works makes 100,000 yr and their place of employment has them as a private contractor which Is just a way so they don't have to pay taxes

    Bruce’s Answer

    The IRS gets more submissions of whistleblower forms each year than it can possibly handle. So to have a chance of the IRS taking a submission seriously it must be (I) for a large dollar amount and (ii) carefully documented so that the IRS doesn't have to do a lot of investigative work. If you are unsure, you can talk to a lawyer who does this type of work on a contingency.

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  • Need 501 (c) (3) Info for outreach mentoring non-profit in TX

    I have completed all paperwork to file for the 501 (c) (3) exemption. My organization is a non-profit that does outreach, mentoring, social awareness, and community work. None of the descriptions for the Schedules within form 1023 seem to pertain ...

    Bruce’s Answer

    The Schedules simply may not apply to you if you meet Part X - Public Charity Status - question 5g, h or I. You should probably buy some time from a competent tax attorney.

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  • Should I take action?

    I have become aware that a non-profit company is abusing its tax exempt card to purchase items for themselves. They have also used company money to aid family, and keep some donated items for family as well. I don't have any evidence past witnessi...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You should contact the attorney general for the state of Texas. The AG's office will be unhappy that an exempt entity is abusing its tax exempt status. You should also contact the local taxpayer assistance office of the IRS.

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  • I don't know if I have to fill the form W-9

    i paid an immigration bond for my friend, He already won his case, and then they sent me a check. now with the check was attached a letter telling me that I have to fill this form W-9, I need to know if I have to fill this form or not. In the ot...

    Bruce’s Answer

    Yes. You need to complete the form. It does not cost you anything to do so.

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  • My wife's dad just transferred the title of a boat and car to her.

    My question is basically, how will we get taxed for this, or will we even get hit with any taxes. The value of the 2 are roughly $70k. Is there something specific we should do on our next tax return? Thanks.

    Bruce’s Answer

    Your wife is not taxed on a gift from her father. However, her father should meet with a CPA about filing a gift tax return (no gift tax will be due).

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  • Levy County is trying to shut down non-profit 501C3 that assists people with disabilities & disabled veterans? What can be done?

    Levy County is challenging the zoning of the location where a 501C3 nonprofit has been operating for 6 years in training service animals to assist disabled veterans and people with disabilities. If the non-profit loses at Levy County's hearings, ...

    Bruce’s Answer

    If the non-profit is having legal problems it should work with the University of Florida College of Law Virgil D. Hawkins Civil Legal Clinic 352-273-0800.

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  • Do I need to pay taxes on Donations? Is it legal to receive Donations?

    I host a game server and people will often send me donations to pay for the cost of the server. It this legal?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Yes it is legal for them to send you "donations". However, it is taxable income unless you are registered with the IRS as a tax-exempt entity.

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  • Are employers allowed to double tax your paycheck?

    My fiancé received money for referring people to work for the company he is employed by. The checks were supposed to be $500 each, but because of taxes they ended up totaling around $350 each. He made a 75 hour work week, which means after taxes h...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You should talk to a competent tax return preparer or certified public accountant who will do the calculations for you.

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  • In NJ, is payor taxed on $$amount property settlement agreement, post divorce, (payee is not)

    almost 4 years post divorce, parties wish to enter a property settlement agreement to bring finality to economic relationship between parties. Payee is not taxed on amount. Is Payor? most important, timing is crucial . thanks

    Bruce’s Answer

    Federal tax law provides that payments for property are not deductible by the payor or taxable to the recipient in connection with a divorce.

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  • Can I sue my real estate agent for failing to mention a nonresident withholding tax of an additional 7% until the settlement?

    I would not have put my home on the market had I known of this additional fee, because it can be lessened or avoided entirely with some work that I would have been willing to do. I went from having many options, to having none thanks to not knowin...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You should talk to a real estate lawyer in Alexandria, Virginia. My knee-jerk reaction is that a real estate agent is not responsible to tell you about a withholding tax. However, I am a tax lawyer and you need a real estate lawyer.

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