Lawyer accused of using run-on sentences and ‘verbose exaggerations’ files unusual brief in response

  Ohio personal injury lawyer Timothy Chappars decided to show an insurance defense lawyer what a real run-on sentence looks like after the opposing counsel claimed Chappars’ writing was so deficient that his entire lawsuit should be dismissed. In a Jan. 5 filing, Chappars wrote a run-on sentence that spanned more than two pages. Above the Law has the story and the brief. Chappars was responding to Dayton lawyer Nicholas Subashi, who said in his sixteenth affirmative defense to Chappars’ … Continued

Free File Opens Today; Offers Brand-Name Free Federal and Free State Tax Software

IRS YouTube Video: [youtube] WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service and its private-sector partners today announced the 2017 opening of Free File, the free tax software preparation program that gives eligible taxpayers a dozen options for brand-name products. Taxpayers can get a jump now on preparing their returns, and the companies will hold the returns until Jan. 23 when the filing season officially begins. Taxpayers also should remember that, by law, the IRS must hold refunds claiming the Earned … Continued

Guidance Relating to the Availability and Use of an Account Transcript as a Substitute for an Estate Tax Closing Letter

Notice 2017-12 SECTION 1. PURPOSE This notice provides guidance on the methods available to confirm the closing of an examination of the estate tax return (Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Return). More specifically, this notice announces that an account transcript issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can substitute for an estate tax closing letter (Letter 627). SECTION 2. BACKGROUND An estate tax closing letter is a written communication from the IRS that specifies the amount … Continued

Six Ways To Beat Income Tax Scams

If it’s January, it must be income-tax preparation season. Oh joy. As one who’s been the victim of a tax scam, I’m doing my homework to avoid problems. Thieves are stealing tax information and filing for fake refunds year round. It’s a big business and they are constantly trying to plunder your tax records. It’s prime time for them now. I’m not sure how my tax records were stolen, but when I received notice of a tax refund — I … Continued

If/Then Chart Explains How the Health Care Law Affects You

As you prepare to file your 2016 tax return, review this chart to see how the health care law affects you. IF YOU… THEN YOU… Are a U.S. citizen or a non-U.S. citizen living in the United States Must have qualifying health care coverage, qualify for a health coverage exemption, or make a payment when you file your income tax return. Had coverage or an employer offered coverage to you in the previous year Will receive one or more of … Continued