September 23rd, 2017
Here is some basic information from the Missouri Bar regarding plea agreements:
What is a Plea Agreement? Sometimes the prosecutor and your lawyer negotiate an agreement to settle your case without a trial. If you agree to plead guilty to a certain charge, then in return the prosecutor agrees to recommend a specified punishment to the judge, which can either be a specific sentence or a recommendation for probation. Your lawyer will advise you whether it is a good idea to agree to the terms of the plea agreement and plead guilty, or whether you should refuse and go ahead with the trial.
Does the Judge Have To Accept The Plea Agreement? NO! The final decision on punishment is up to the judge. However, if the judge refuses to accept the plea agreement, the judge must allow you to withdraw your plea of guilty, and you still have the right to a trial.
Can You Answer “Not Guilty” Even If You Are Guilty? Yes. You are entering a plea, not giving testimony. Under the law, you are presumed to be innocent until you are proven guilty. Furthermore, you have the right to have your case decided by a trial. You may have a trial only if you plead “not guilty.” Your lawyer will advise you about whether you should plead “guilty” or “not guilty,” but the final decision is up to you.
Connecticut is Drowning in Debt
August 29th, 2017
The state of Connecticut may be looking at huge spending cute to education and other spending areas unless they can offload some debt. Currently, the state faces a $3.5 billion deficit over the next two years.
If you are drowning in debt like Connecticut, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at Hoorfarlaw.com.
It’s to Help Schools
August 24th, 2017
A California man tried to deduct lottery ticket purchases as donations to the California School system. The claim was that since the proceeds of lottery tickets are supposed to go to the schools, that the tickets could be deducted as a charitable contribution. The problem is that the IRS specifically states that the cost of raffle, bingo, or lottery tickets are not deductible. Just a friendly reminder, if you win the lottery the proceeds are taxable so be sure to find yourself a tax attorney if you win the powerball.
If you or some one you know is having some tax issues, give our office a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.
August 21st, 2017
In another case of a denied medical expense deduction, a woman tried to apply the old maxim “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” by claiming that her pepper spray was a medical expense. Her argument was that an attack would kill her due to her weakened heart. The issue with this one is not that she didn’t suffer from a medical condition, it is that there isn’t much of a connection between pepper spray and treatment of a heart condition. The pepper spray also can’t be considered to prevent disease because it didn’t actually prevent her weak heart condition. There just wasn’t enough of a connection between the pepper spray and her condition to justify the deduction.
If you or someone you know is needing help with taxes, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.
Dancing with the IRS
August 18th, 2017
Celebrities often use Dancing with the Stars to rehab their image, but the IRS doesn’t allow dancing as an expense to rehab your wallet at tax time. The IRS has consistently rules that taxpayers may not deduct dancing lessons as a medical expense. People have tried this for various conditions such as varicose veins, arthritis, and nervous disorders. All of these have been tried by taxpayers and denied by the IRS.
If you need some help with your taxes, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.
Deductible Sex Changes
August 17th, 2017
One exception to deducting medical expenses for changing one;s appearance is that taxpayers have been allowed a deduction for a sex change operation.
The taxpayer in the O’Donnabhain case was diagnosed with a gender-identity disorder because he felt he was a woman trapped in a male body. The taxpayer tried to deduct $22,000 in out of pocket medical expenses for various surgeries, including hormone therapy, breast augmentation, and sexual reassignment surgeries.
The Tax Court ruled that the taxpayer was able to deduct $14,500 as a qualified medical tax deduction because they felt the surgeries and hormone therapy promoted the proper function of the body or prevented or treated an illness or disease.
However, the Tax Court disallowed the cost of the breast augmentation surgery because they felt that it was strictly for improving the taxpayer’s appearance.
If you are seeking help with some tax issues, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.
August 16th, 2017
While beauty may be in the eye of the holder, the IRS says it’s not subjective whether expenses to improve or alter your looks are deductible. The rule still applies that you can’t deduct cosmetic surgery or similar items. This means that tattoos, body piercings, and most cosmetic surgeries are not deductible. However, some forms of cosmetic surgery are deductible, if for treatment of a disease or condition. An example would be skin grafts and surgeries for a burn victim.
Regret is not a medical condition, so the removal of that full back tattoo of your first crush is not deductible.
If you are dealing with some tax issues you can contact us by phone at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.
Dressmaker Alfred Angelo Says Its Dresses are Not Coming
August 14th, 2017
Three weeks after filing for bankruptcy, the bridal company Alfred Angelo has told its customers that their dresses won’t be coming. Customers who believe they are owed money should file a proof of claim.
If you need representation in bankruptcy court, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at Hoorfarlaw.com.
Attacking a Cop is a Costly Dangerous Felony
August 10th, 2017
Missouri law requires that a person serve 85% of their sentence if they are convicted of a dangerous felony. Assaulting a police officer is considered a dangerous felony and therefore, if convicted of the crime, you may not be eligible for parole for a while.
If you have been charged with a crime and would like some legal help, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.
Repossessing Your Dog
August 2nd, 2017
Missouri courts will not honor contracts with pet adoption shelters that transfer ownership of a pet to you but then cite specific conditions which would cause the animal shelter to take the pet back. Once the pet has been transferred to you and is yours to own, the animal shelter may not repossess the pet.
If you are facing a contract dispute and would like to speak with an attorney, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.