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I have not filed our income taxes last 3 years, which is not

I have not filed our income taxes for the last 3 years, which is not good. The first year (2013) was b/c my husband lost all of our deduction records esp. the medical ones. I have to had some of them re-sent to me. Since then, my computer has lost everything that I had finished through Turbo Tax, so I have to try to re-create it--I have decided to just send it in anyways. We would get back about $3,100. Now in the following year (2014) we were told that a credit card "forgave" our debt of $13,000 to them so this is now considered income (if we had the money to pay the credit card--we would have and the credit card balances were so high due to a fraudulent business that I tried to do on-line to help us pay our bills--I am on disability and working out is hard for me, so I try to make income as best as I can to pay the bills and I was taken advantage of by unscrupulous company(ies) of the amount of $25,000 on several credit cards). In addition to it looking like we made a lot more income because of the discharged cards that had to now be listed as income (ha, ha--how does that work??), we also lost the ability to claim my mother, who we support as a dependent as the income limit for a dependent changed to a low of not more than $3,500 for that tax year. We also could not claim any medical expenses since the medical percentage to income limits was raised. Triple whammy!! So when all was said and done we owed the IRS about $1,700. which we cannot afford. How can the government think that we can pay taxes on a bill that we could not afford to pay?? I presume that the banks were able to convince congress that an unpaid bill is equivalent to income, but not so. Since the big banks were no longer able to charge inordinate amount of interest and other fees, they have found this other way to collect. Well, let me tell you that with all the interest, late fees and other fees that they charged us, we did pay the initial principle back. So this is just a way to steal from us, poor American citizens. So I did not file since we cannot pay or even make payments on an "unfair" and "unjust" law that allows Americans to be punished for being poor. Again if, we were wealthy, we could afford lawyers to defend us, but alas, we are not. In the past when we owed the government for a lost business that my husband had--he owed about $3,000 in employee taxes of some sort, the government put us on forbearance, but continued to charge us interest--even though they had over $3,000. of my unfiled refunds for taxes due to me in their coffers.

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Which scenario would be more feasible tax wise: Pulling

Which scenario would be more feasible tax wise: Pulling $11,000 a month from an annuity to pay for nursing home cost or cashing $11,000 in EE bonds? My dad lives in NJ and my mom is a resident in a Nursing Home since March of this year.

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I need my CPAP at night. It's a prescribed medical device. I

Hi. I need my CPAP for breathing at night. It's a prescribed medical device. I had to buy a battery and special plug to be able to power it while camping. Is that deductible as a medical expense?JA: The Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.Customer: The battery is an Ankor powerhouse with a Cigarette lighter plug and 110 Outlet plug in. I paid somewhere around $450.00. It allows me to power my CPAP breathing machine for my sleep apnea while tent camping. Is this portable power battery and cords I had to buy tax deductible?JA: Is there anything else the Accountant should be aware of?Customer: The CPAP is a prescribed medical device from doctor.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Accountant about your situation and then connect you two.

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Barbara

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I am entering into a contract with an attorney

I am entering into a contract with an attorney for his representation for a lawsuit against CIGNA. His fee will be taken out of my checks, if appeal is successful. What do I claim as income, and is there a place to deduct his fee, somewhere in my tax return? I want to make sure I pay taxes on the correct amount.Thank you for your time.

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Robin D.

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On my personal tax return I noticed I have a NOL

On my personal tax return I noticed I have a NOL carryforward into the next tax year. When can I use it and are there any limits as to how much can be used to offset income?

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Robin D.

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Can I deduct unused medical expenses from previous years ,

Can I deduct unused medical expenses from previous years , says back three years, against income from this year ?

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Barbara

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I live in Pennsylvania and have lived with my boyfriend

I live in Pennsylvania and have lived with my boyfriend since 1995. He is now on disability. His income is non-taxable/he files no return and it is under $20K. My income is $70K a year. He has had extensive dental work as a result of medication on his teeth- that I would like to claim on my 2016 return. It is more than 10% of my total income. Can I claim this? Can I claim head of household since his income is non-taxable and I support over 50% of the household? Thank you for your help.

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Robin D.

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I have a question regarding health insurance premium

I have a question regarding health insurance premium deductibility and taxes. I am a licensed Real Estate Agent who occasionally makes commissions (from which I receive a 1099) but also makes a regular salary (from which I receive a W-2). If I were to get paid $800 per month in commissions and pay out $800 per month in individual plan health insurance premiums, would this zero out my tax liability for my 1099 income? Or would I still have to pay taxes on all the 1099 income? Am I able to write off (all or a portion of) my individual plan health insurance premiums through my business as a Real Estate Agent? If I did NOT receive commissions, am I still able to write off (all or a portion of) my health insurance premiums through my W-2 income?Also, Is it legal for an employer to provide a benefit (such as health insurance) to one employee but not another?

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Robin D.

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I got a cp2000 from the it's I forgot to claim, I

I got a cp2000 from the it's for 2014 for 1099s I forgot to claim, I withdrew the money to pay medical beiil and tuition I have printed off the 5329 form but I have no idea how to fill it out or what section I use

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