Tax

Have a Tax Question? Ask a Tax Expert

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Tax

My mother is on medicaid and in a nursing home in Michigan.

Customer Question
Can she keep her $1100...
my mother is on medicaid and in a nursing home in Michigan. Can she keep her $1100 income tax refund to pay property taxes
JA: The accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: what else do you need to know
JA: Is there anything else the accountant should be aware of?
Customer: she pays her whole income less her blue cross to the nursing home every month. she owns her home. i am her son and i have been paying her property taxes
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Tax
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Tax Question
Answered in 13 minutes by:
11/11/2016
Tax Professional: Dr. Fiona Chen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 1 year ago
Dr. Fiona Chen
Dr. Fiona Chen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 482
Experience: Former IRS Revenue Agent
Verified

Dear Customer,

You need to consult with an attorney. Apparently, she is temporarily in the nursing home. That is why she can still keep the house. However, if her whole income and social security is completely paid over to the Medicaid and no money is allowed for the property tax, it is likely that the Medicaid does not know that she has this house.

Also, if she has income tax withheld, hopefully, she is likely to be on pension and not 401(k) type of retirement. 1,100 refund is a relatively large amount to be withheld. I am trying to think how much is her income.

For property tax itself, you may be able to apply for reverse property tax. That is, for seniors with low income, they can apply for not paying property tax until they leave the house and use the proceeds for the sale to pay the property tax. Usually, there is a percentage of interest each year accumulated.

But don't apply for this real estate hold yet. Don't contact your county government yet.

Consult with an attorney first and know all the aspects of the issues first. Consult with a medicaid planning attorney.

Your mother and you may face the possibility to sell the house to pay the whole proceeds to Medicaid if your steps are done correctly.

Please feel free to follow up.

Regards,

Fiona

Fiona Chen, MPA, Ph.D., CPA, ABV, CFF, CITP

Ask Your Own Tax Question
Tax Professional: Dr. Fiona Chen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) replied 1 year ago

p.s. Correction: your steps are NOT done correctly.

Ask Your Own Tax Question
Ask Dr. Fiona Chen Your Own Question
Dr. Fiona Chen
Dr. Fiona Chen
Dr. Fiona Chen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 482
482 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Former IRS Revenue Agent

Dr. Fiona Chen 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)

8,651 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
I am a Card holder planning to sell foreign assets (property
Hi....I am a Green Card holder planning to sell foreign assets (property in India)...I am aware that I will have to pay the higher of the 2 tax liabilities (either Indian or American)..I expect my US … read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
I am retired and my only income is SS retirement benefits.
I am retired and my only income is SS retirement benefits. My wife works and will make about $40,000.00 in 2017. I want to file married filing separate for 2017 - avoiding an any tax on my SS benefits… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
On a property sale which 4 members have a 1/3 interest on
On a property sale which 4 members have a 1/3 interest on the sale. … read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
I am retired but there is always a large interest that I
I am retired but there is always a large interest that I could deduct if I was filing taxes, is there anyway someone could get that money if you do file taxes… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I am receiving some income from a foreign government "social
I am receiving some income from a foreign government "social security-type" benefit program. Where should I report this income in my Tax Return? Should I report it as "Other Foreign Financial Assets"?… read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I am retired and own property in 2 states. Is it legal for
I am retired and own property in 2 states. Is it legal for me to live in Indiana for 8 months a year without having to pay Indiana's state income tax while I live in Florida for 4 months a year. I cur… read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
I'm on the single age pension and I receive $5,000 interest
HI! I'm on the single age pension and I receive $5,000 interest from my term deposit. Do I need to pay tax? … read more
abci168
abci168
Principal
27 satisfied customers
I have an NR4 Income Code 49 Pension Plan Beneifts - does it
I have an NR4 Income Code 49 Pension Plan Beneifts - does it need to be recorded on the 1040 form.… read more
Chad CFP ®
Chad CFP ®
Certified Financial Planner(R), Pro
Master\u0027s Degree
717 satisfied customers
I have an old 457b retirement plan from a county government
I have an old 457b retirement plan from a county government job. I have not worked there in over 14 years. Is it possible to roll the money in it into an existing IRA, or 401k? Dwight, Maricopa, AZ.… read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,215 satisfied customers
Next year I will be 66 and am planning to retire. My
Next year I will be 66 and am planning to retire. My projected monthly SS is $2100. My husbands monthly SS check is $1749. Is it true that we will have to choose only one of these and the government e… read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,452 satisfied customers
I have a summary of my retirement plan balances. MGH says
I have a summary of my retirement plan balances. MGH says they do not owe me the money. It doesn't say projected or estimated, it says my balance as of 12/31/13 is 14, 698.00. Don't they owe me this m… read more
NPVAdvisor
NPVAdvisor
CFP Licensee and Practitioner
Master's Degree
180 satisfied customers
I am retired with an income of $12,000/year from a pension a
hi. I am retired with an income of $12,000/year from a pension a d $12,000/year from ss before medicare deduction for a total of 24 000 annual income. I am 67 years old and for the past few years have… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
I am trying to find out about a retirement plan Tax code
I am trying to find out about a retirement plan Tax code 702j retirement account? … read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
3,452 satisfied customers
Income tax question. Are there any ways that interest on an
income tax question. Are there any ways that interest on an insurance policy can be tax deductible? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
Generally, 403()9 church retirement plans are not subject to
Generally, 403(b)9 church retirement plans are not subject to SECA taxes on ministerial salary reduction contributions. In other words, ministers will save almost 15 percent in SECA taxes by using a c… read more
Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor
Certified Public Accountant
Masters
2,215 satisfied customers
I have a retirement income question. 5 years ago I retired
5 years ago I retired and moved to New York. I receive two retirement checks, one from the San Francisco Fire Department and one from California Public Employees Retirement system. Last year I found out that my checks were still having Calif. State income tax removed yet I was paying NY State income tax. I was being double taxed. So I had the retirement agencies stop withholding CA tax. I researched the issue and found that the 1995, Public Law 104-95 made it illegal for states to tax retirement income of individuals no longer residing in their state. Now my tax preparer says I owe tax for NY and for CA. She says it is a part of her tax program and it asks for an accounting of any "income earned as a non-resident derived from California?" When she puts our earned amount in that box she says the program says we owe CA $1,800, yet we are paying NY a similar amount. Can CA tax my retirement income even though I don't live there? … read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
Resident and received the pension from China government. May
I am US resident and received the pension from China government. May I need to report pension on tax return? Someone say China has treaty with US, so need not to pay tax, but someone say needs to repo… read more
Robin D.
Robin D.
Senior Tax Advisor 4
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
13,695 satisfied customers
Is retirement income from IRA's, 401K's, Pensions, Social
Is retirement income from IRA's, 401K's, Pensions, Social Security etc. taxed by the state of Minnesota? and If so what is the tax rate?… read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 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