Civil Demand Letters, Retail Theft and the Law

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Shoplifting and retail theft may consist of small amounts of money. However, it is a serious crime treated as larceny by the law and taken seriously by retail stores. If you have been caught shoplifting, you may have been told that you will receive a civil demand letter or you might be surprised to see one arrive in your mailbox. If this is the case, it is important for you to understand shoplifting law, civil demand letters and what to expect going forward. [Read more...]

Fraud and Misrepresentation

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Fraud involves dishonest and deceptive conduct by a person or a party for the purpose of obtaining an unfair and unlawful gain. The act can constitute both a crime and a civil wrong. Detecting fraud can be difficult and sometimes it is never discovered. While knowing the law and your remedies is important, being able to identify circumstances when a fraud is most likely to occur is the best way to protect against such harm. [Read more...]

Statutory Rape Law

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The term “statutory rape” refers to sexual relations with a minor who is under the legal “age of consent.” An act of force is not necessary, only that the act meets all the elements defined by statute. Under the law, young persons below a certain age are not able to give their consent. As a result, a violation of the statutory rape law may occur even if the minor insists that he or she was a willing participant in a sexual act. [Read more...]

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...]