Dealing With a Tax Refund Check Sent in Error

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It’s unusual that the IRS generates a tax refund check by mistake but it does happen. And when it does, you might want to consider the consequences of cashing in on your lucky day. Do you need to pay it back to the IRS? (The answer should be simple.) When might you need to return the money to the IRS?  Can you be charged with wrongdoing if you used the money? Will you incur any penalties or interest? [Read more...]

How to Avoid a Late Filing and Late Payment Penalty

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What happens if April 15th arrives and you realize that you won’t be able to file your income taxes on time? How about making a late tax payment? And what if you can file but cannot afford to pay what you owe to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) at the deadline? There is no need to panic about these situations and avoiding a late filing and late payment penalty. These situations are manageable, provided you follow some simple steps. [Read more...]

How to Get a Tax Deduction for Charitable Contributions

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Making a donation to a charity, whether it is old clothes or money, may come with an additional benefit – a deduction on your federal income tax return. However, not every charitable contribution may be deductible, which is why it’s important to understand the rules and conduct proper tax planning. Let’s look at what charitable contributions qualify for beneficial treatment, how to value donated property, and how to handle these itemized deductions on your tax return. [Read more...]

Questions to Ask a DUI / DWI Attorney Before Hiring One

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If you’re facing DUI or DWI charges,  you’ll certainly want to make sure that you’re being represented by a reliable and experienced attorney. You’ll also want to make sure that there are no surprises when you get the bill. In order to make a good decision, you’ll need to conduct a useful interview. The following are a list of questions to ask  a DUI / DWI attorney that you are considering hiring. [Read more...]

Top Driver Errors Resulting in Traffic Tickets, Accidents

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The overwhelming majority of traffic tickets and auto accident lawsuits concern operator negligence. This means that the driver is charged with failing to use the reasonable care that an ordinary person would use in the operation of a motor vehicle. The following is a list of the most frequent examples of driver errors that lead to traffic tickets and auto accidents – and how to avoid them. [Read more...]

Expungement: How to Clear Your Criminal Record

Having a criminal record can affect your ability to be hired for certain jobs or obtain a promotion for a job you already hold. You may not qualify for a loan or clear a background check when you apply to rent or lease an apartments. Many people also want to have their criminal record expunged to limit public view and the embarrassment it can cause. The following are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about expungement of past crimes. [Read more...]