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Bruce Givner

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  • I run a non-profit transitional housing program for homeless women, if they aren't following house rules can I terminate housing

    I'm running into some of the house rules being neglected, ex. chores not completed, visiting hours not obeyed and, and a few with allowing men on the premises. One man actually broke a window upstairs trying to enter to see his girlfriend. I not...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You need the advice of a real estate lawyer to have quality leasing agreements with your tenants. That is especially the case since California laws heavily favor tenants.

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  • Paid for service( 2013 Personal & Corporate taxes) did not receive my personal ( filed online) & the corp was Incorrectly done.

    Hi , I paid 4k to have my taxes done, 3k up front for corporate and then 1k for personal. 8 months went by before they delivered the corporate taxes ( which I today find were done wrong & must be redone) and I ended up fling my own personal on ...

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    If the $500 was just to take down the bad review, and not as a complete settlement, then you can sue them in Small Claims court.

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  • Can non USA citizen start a christian church among mongolians and register it? What We need to do to register the church service

    We are Christians, I am a pastor of Mongolian church. We would like to register our church. Can we start to register the church for Mongolian people in LA?

    Bruce’s Answer

    Yes, you can set up a church. There are actually organizations that help people set up churches for free if you do a thorough search on the internet. If you work with a lawyer it will probably cost $10,000 or more.

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  • I have a question regarding gifting.

    If someone has gifted you real estate. and filled out a gift tax return and gifted it to you in a LLC. is that property yours? Does anything else need to be done?

    Bruce’s Answer

    If it is a single member LLC then you indirectly own the real property; you can liquidate the LLC and own the property directly if you wish. If you are merely one member of the LLC, then you only own a membership interest in the LLC which owns the real property. There is nothing for you, as the donee to do, as gift taxes, if any, are paid by the donor. You might want to make sure that you have the appropriate insurance on the property.

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  • I need to pay 41% income tax, according to my accountant, is this huge % amount correct?

    I'm 22 years old and single, I have a small business in Los Angeles. For last year my revenue was about $70,000 after expenses. I spoke with my accountant and he told me I'd need to pay 41.6% income tax on that amount, which would be about $24,000...

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    My quickie software program for a single person with $15,000 of itemized deductions and $3500 of deductions not subject to phase-out shows $8,000 of adjusted persona exemptions and a $7,543.75 federal tax. There would also be another $5,000 or so in state tax. That would be about $13,000 or 29% of your net income. So it is worth having the CPA show you how he got to the results that he has shown you.

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  • State Tax Lein ( CA ) in 2007 for unfiled return

    Back in 2007 I had a CA State Tax lien filed against me for an unfiled state tax return which I had thought I had filed. After submitting the unfiled return I actually ended up receiving a state refund. To this day the Tax Lein appears on my Credi...

    Bruce’s Answer

    You need to contact the credit reporting agencies. This is not the responsibility of the state of California.

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  • Do I need to pay US taxes if I work in a foreign country?

    I am currently on a non-immigrant visa working in the US and contemplating starting my Green Card application. If I do get a Green Card, will I be liable to pay US income taxes if I work in a foregin country? Is it dependent on which country I wor...

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    U.S. citizens and residents are taxable on their worldwide income. The U.S. has income tax treaties with various countries which might possibly impact the actual tax results. There is a list of treaties on the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/International-Businesses/United-States-Income-Tax-Treaties---A-to-Z. There is also a credit for taxes paid to foreign countries. You can work this out with a competent tax return preparer.

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  • Is it illegal for a family member to deposit your taxes in their account after being told a paper check would be mailed to you?

    My sisters father in law did her taxes for her and told her she would be getting them back by check because she didn't have an account to put them in right now. He did them because he said he had the password needed for her soon to be ex husband, ...

    Bruce’s Answer

    Messrs. Zellinger and Pittman have given you the correct advice: only the taxpayer should negotiate the check.

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  • Do I need to pay CA LLC Tax if I file a Form 4/8?

    Is this information still accurate: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutFTB/Public_Service_Bulletins/2012/Bulletin_1224.shtml I started a CA LLC in April and, for several reasons, have decided to dissolve it. My Franchise Tax Fee ($800) ...

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    Technically you owe the minimum franchise tax once you form the entity. However, if you do not use it you will not have personal liability if you fail to pay it (though the state will send you notices to pay it).

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