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Passports and Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt If you (or someone you know) was certified to the Department of State by the Secretary of the Treasury as having a seriously delinquent tax debt, you cannot be issued a U.S. passport and your current U.S. passport may be revoked. If tax debt is not resolved before applying…

IRS Fresh Start Initiative Program, resolving IRS tax debts. Do You Need a Fresh Start on your IRS tax debt? You’ve no doubt heard the words “fresh start” a lot recently. Many of our competitors hype it as the silver bullet that will solve all of your tax problems. But, what do they mean by…

IRS First Time Penalty Abatement – FTA The first-time penalty abatement (FTA) waiver is an administrative waiver that the IRS may grant to relieve taxpayers from failure-to-file, failure-to-pay and failure-to-deposit penalties if certain criteria are met. The policy behind this procedure is to reward taxpayers for having a clean compliance history; everyone is entitled to…

Seat Belt Laws, New York Starting November 1, 2020, New York State now requires all passengers to buckle up regardless of where they sit in the vehicle – including drivers and all passengers. If your passengers do not wear a seat belt, your vehicle can be pulled over and your adult passengers may receive a ticket. If you…

If you filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy, look into filling IRS form 982 When you filed your bankruptcy, debts were written off. Creditors sometimes mail to you a document called a 1099-c. This is sometimes referred to as “forgiveness of debt” In order to eliminate the potential negative income tax consequences to you: When you…

DID SOMEONE FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS UNDER YOUR NAME? If you discover that someone has collected unemployment under your name (or someone you know) here are some things you can do to deal with this situation. This is a bigger problem that you might imagine. There are people trying to collect unemployment, in multiple states…

What is a self proving affidavit for a will? While a self-proving affidavit form is not required under the laws of the state of New York, here is brief discussion regarding why it is recommended. If you don’t have one, let us know, and we can get one for you. The affidavit is a document…

Getting your affairs in order Plan for the Future! No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. Yet, it’s this kind of planning that can make all the difference in an emergency. Long before she fell, Louise put all her important papers in one place and told her son where to find them. She…

RICO suit, McKinsey In a decision last week, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived Jay Alix’s RICO suit against McKinsey regarding the latter’s conduct in securing a large piece of the high end bankruptcy consulting market (estates with assets worth over $1 billion). The Southern District of New York had previously ruled…

BEWARE OF USING MONEY FROM YOUR IRA OR 401(K) TO PAY DEBTS This can be a costly error. Using retirement funds to pay off debts can hurt you in numerous ways. The vast majority of retirement accounts are exempt. This means your creditors cannot get at them and you won’t lose them if you file…

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