Tax

Have a Tax Question? Ask a Tax Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Tax
This answer was rated:

I was unemployed in 2009 and paid federal taxes on the benefits.

I was never given the...
I was unemployed in 2009 and paid federal taxes on the benefits. I was never given the option to have state taxes (New York) taken out so I assumed the benefits were state tax-exempt. I got a letter from Albany 2 days before Christmas this year telling me I was audited and owe the back taxes from 2009 by January 4th. Can these grinches really do this?
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Tax Question
Answered in 10 minutes by:
1/4/2013
Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 16,581
Experience: Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
Verified
Thanks for asking your question! I'm sorry to hear about your tax issue and I'm going to try my best to help you understand or resolve it.

Thank you for your question, and I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I'm sorry that the timing was less than perfect, I mean...Christmas...couldn't they at least wait until after the New Year?

Unfortunately, New York unemployment benefits are taxable at the state level. Some states do not tax unemployment benefits, but New York does. So, sadly - the answer is yes, the state can do this. CLICK HERE

You can, however, contact them and see if you could get an extension to pay or set up a payment plan. This may help you not incur such a big hit all at once.

Again, I'm sorry that this happened to you. I wish I had better news for you, but I don't. If you need further clarifications on this, please let me know. Thanks again for using JustAnswer.com and have a happy, and safe, New Year.

** Please take a moment to rate my response as "Excellent" so that I may be compensated for assisting you today. Please let me know if my assistance was anything less than "OK Service", as I am compensated based on whether or not I have assisted you with your issue. If you need further clarifications, PLEASE WAIT TO RATE MY ANSWER UNTIL AFTER RECEIVING FOLLOW UP FROM ME. If I receive anything less than OK Service, I do not get paid. Thank you for your kind understanding in this matter. If you have difficulties rating, then simply respond stating that you are having difficulties rating and thank me for my excellent, good, or ok service and we can get the rating applied by the site*
You should be aware that your question, as with most tax questions, can never really be answered completely...addressing all the permutations; that is because of the many assumptions that have to be made I have done my best to determine what I think you are asking and answering it in the most direct and understandable manner possible. If, however, after reviewing the questions, you have any uncertainties or further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 16,581
Experience: Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
Verified
Megan C and 87 other Tax Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Thank you for the positive rating. Please remember me the next time you have a question. Simply enter "MyVirtualCPA" in the subject of your question, and it will be routed directly to me. Thank you again for using JustAnswer
Ask Your Own Tax Question
Ask Megan C Your Own Question
Megan C
Megan C
Megan C, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 16,581
16,581 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level

Megan C is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response...

T.G.WMatteson, IL

I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight.

BonnieChesnee, SC

Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation.

JohnMinneapolis, MN

Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with.

OrvilleHesperia, California

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Wallstreet Esq.

Wallstreet Esq.

Tax Attorney

586 satisfied customers

10 years experience

Mark D

Mark D

Enrolled Agent

1,300 satisfied customers

MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues

Richard

Richard

Tax Attorney

4,310 satisfied customers

29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.

Robin D.

Robin D.

Senior Tax Advisor 4

13,695 satisfied customers

15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor

Megan C

Megan C

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

16,581 satisfied customers

Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level

jgordosea

jgordosea

Enrolled Agent

2,885 satisfied customers

I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.

R. Klein, EA

R. Klein, EA

Enrolled Agent

1,839 satisfied customers

Over 20 Years experience

< Previous | Next >

Related Tax Questions
What are the taxes rates 2016 for term gains in irrevocable
what are the taxes rates 2016 for long term gains in irrevocable trusts … read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
736 satisfied customers
I have questions about tax document. I'm on OPT extension,
I'm on OPT extension, and I'm working as a contract worker for a company part time base. They asked me to fill W-9 form in the beginning, but now I get a form from my bank (chase) to fill another form called W-8BEN Does these conflict with each other? … read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
Are death benefits taxable in the state of Oregon? My wife
Are death benefits taxable in the state of Oregon? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
I currently have a tax extension and I'm waiting on a
I currently have a tax extension and I'm waiting on a lawsuit result to file a correct amount owed to fed tax. The extension expires in a couple of days. What do I need to do from here as the court ha… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I had previously asked for a 2016 tax extension until Oct 17
I had previously asked for a 2016 tax extension until Oct 17 2017. I have been in Hospital and am not ready. Can I get another extension? … read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,483 satisfied customers
I received an extension for 2016 tax for Oct. 17, 2017 but
Second opinion] I received an extension for 2016 tax for Oct. 17, 2017 but have been in hospital and just got home -- can I get another extension? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
I got an extension on my 2016 taxes on 04/15. Since then I
I got an extension on my 2016 taxes on 04/15. Since then I have been in hospital for the last 2 months. When does my extension end? When are my 2016 now due?… read more
keeperumiami
keeperumiami
Sr Financial & Tax Consultant
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
1 satisfied customers
I need to get a copy of my 2015 state and federal tax. I
i need to get a copy of my 2015 state and federal tax … read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
How can I get an extension to file federal and state taxes
How can I get an extension to file federal and state taxes for 2016 … read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,483 satisfied customers
How can I get an extension to file my 2016 State and Federal
How can I get an extension to file my 2016 State and Federal Income Taxes? And for how long? … read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I'm trying to finish my tax return that was on extension but
I'm trying to finish my tax return that was on extension but I can't get into my return. … read more
Shan-Nel Simmons
Shan-Nel Simmons
Tax Professional/Owner
Master\u0027s Degree
27 satisfied customers
I filed an extension for 2013 tax return but no actual tax
i filed an extension for 2013 tax return but no actual tax return. Do I have until Oct. 15, 2017 to file for refund?… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,483 satisfied customers
I filed for federal tax extension and was approved, file
I filed for federal tax extension and was approved, file under married separate, after divorce finalized, in divorce decreed I am to file singe from 2016 forward, so do I have to complete the extensio… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
736 satisfied customers
Federal Tax Credit or NC Tax Credit For 2017, is there any
Federal Tax Credit or NC Tax CreditFor 2017, is there any type of tax credit for replacing a roof on a historical house (1870)? It is primary residence. They will either replace the roof or do "hydros… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,483 satisfied customers
I would like to know which will be the federal tax on a
I would like to know which will be the federal tax on a withdrawal if I am a non resident alien? … read more
James Daloisio
James Daloisio
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
What would the federal and state tax rate percentages be for
What would the federal and state tax rate percentages be for a $7700 IRA early withdrawal in Ohio?… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,483 satisfied customers
I elected an extension to file my federal taxes for 2016,
I elected an extension to file my federal taxes for 2016, and am now preparing the return. During 2016 I received benefits from NY Unemployment, however, I never received a 1099 from the state for the… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
736 satisfied customers
If I file exempt on federal taxes for the whole year but
if I file exempt on federal taxes for the whole year but filing head of household and dependent 13 years old...and paying my student loan 169 dollars a month … read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,220 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x