COVID 19 Resources for Bay Area Superior Courts

COVID 19 Resources for Bay Area Superior Courts

These are links will lead to the most current information provided by the Bay Area Superior courts.

Contra Costa County Superior Court

Alameda County Superior Court

Napa County Superior Court

Solano County Superior Court

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Good News for Social Security Recipients!! – CARES Act in Response to COVID-19

Good News for Social Security Recipients!! – CARES Act in Response to COVID-19

Good News for Social Security Recipients!! – CARES Act in Response to COVID-19

Initially, under the CARES Act, social security recipients were going to have to file income tax returns, even if they normally did not have a tax return filing requirement.

However, after much backlash, this is no longer a requirement.  This is great news for recipients of social security benefits who would not normally need to file an annual income tax return.  It is a difficult time for us all, and requires that an individual who would not normally need to file an income tax return, which is an added burden.

Congress has provided the U.S. Treasury a way to rely on Form 1099-SSA instead of a Form 1040 in order to issue stimulus checks.  You can find this updated information on the IRS website here.  The IRS website states,

“Since the IRS would not have information regarding any dependents for these people, each person would receive $1,200 per person, without the additional amount for any dependents at this time.”

This is great news for many seniors, many veterans, and many disabled individuals who may have been previously concerned about the added burden of needing to file an income tax return.


If you have any questions about this, other tax law matters, probate, conservatorships, estate planning, divorce, civil litigation, or unlawful detainers, we hope you will contact Mendes Weed, LLP, today.  We are here to help you at this difficult time.  Just call (925) 390-3222.

BEWARE OF TAX SCAMMERS DURING COVID-19

BEWARE OF TAX SCAMMERS DURING COVID-19

BEWARE OF TAX SCAMMERS DURING COVID-19

The IRS is reminding taxpayers to make sure they follow official IRS guidance and social media, especially right now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IRS official guidance and social media will be the best resource for finding out information and avoiding scammers.  Remember, the IRS will not call you and leave threatening voicemails.  Do not give your social security number out over the telephone if someone is calling you.  If you have never even received an IRS notice, you should be especially suspicious of threatening calls from someone claiming to be the IRS.

You can find IRS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.  When attempting to follow or access different IRS social media accounts, make sure you verify it is the correct IRS social media account, and not an imposter account, here first.  You can also sign up for IRS email notifications here.  E-news for tax professionals can be found here.


If you have any questions about possible scams, tax law matters, estate planning, divorce, child custody, probate, civil litigation, unlawful detainers, or business law, we hope you will reach out to Mendes Weed, LLP, at (925) 390-3222.  We are here to help you during this difficult time.

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Who is Getting a Stimulus Check from the Government in Connection with the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Who is Getting a Stimulus Check from the Government in Connection with the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Who is Getting a Stimulus Check from the Government in Connection with the Coronavirus Pandemic?

As part of the almost $2 trillion relief package passed by Congress, many Americans will be getting relief checks of up to $1,200.00 (those who file jointly could receive up to $2,400.00) to help taxpayers recover from any financial setbacks they may have encountered as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Here is a link to help taxpayers calculate how much they might expect to receive via check or direct deposit.  

Unfortunately, if you are an undocumented immigrant who files tax returns with an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), and not an SSN (Social Security Number), you will not be included in this relief package.  You can read more about that here.  

Not all taxpayers will receive checks.  Individuals with AGI of $75,000.00 or less will be eligible for up to $1,200.00 ($2,400.00 for joint returns), and $500.00 for each qualifying child.  Taxpayers can expect checks to start going out within the next three weeks or so. Make sure to keep an eye out for any IRS notices that may be sent out as well.  

The IRS will use 2019 return information for taxpayers who have already filed 2019.  Otherwise, the IRS will use your 2018 return information.  

If you have any tax questions, please reach out to Mendes Weed, LLP at (925) 390-3222.  We are working remotely during the shelter in place order to assist clients with tax law, estate planning, probate, trust/estate litigation, divorce, child custody and visitation, domestic violence and elder abuse restraining orders, civil litigation, civil restraining orders, and unlawful detainers.  You are not alone during this time; we are happy to help!  

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California Court Updates for COVID-19 Pandemic

California Court Updates for COVID-19 Pandemic

Courts across California have been disrupted during this Coronavirus pandemic. Trials have been suspended by order of California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

At the firm, we continue to work for our clients and are here for you if you need legal assistance. See the full order and calendar in the link: https://calawyers.org/court-updates/ 

If you have any questions about your case, or about scheduling a consultation, please feel free to reach out to our office – (925) 390-3222. Our office provides flat fee consultations at affordable rates.  We would be happy to assist you with your legal needs in this area; it is at the heart of what we do.

Please note: We are excited to have a new location to assist you in Jack London Square starting April 1, 2020.  We hope you will reach out to us to schedule an appointment at any of our current locations.

The tips and materials provided on this page are for informational purposes only, offered as public service. No information on this website should be considered legal advice or used as a substitute for legal advice. For legal advice, you should contact an attorney directly.

 

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Tax Relief in Wake of Corona Virus Pandemic

Tax Relief in Wake of Corona Virus Pandemic

Tax Relief in Wake of Corona Virus Pandemic

The IRS has extended the April 15, 2020, 2019 tax return filing deadline in the wake of the Corona Virus pandemic. The deadline is now July 15, 2020. See https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owed

Generally, taxpayers can request an extension of time to file their income tax returns, but this only extends the filing deadline, not the payment deadline. However, under the relief provision described herein above, the deadline to pay tax is also extended.

In addition, this extension also applies to estimated tax payments. See Notice 2020-17.

Please note that the IRS is the agency in charge of assessing and collecting federal taxes, not state taxes, so these provisions do not automatically apply to states.

However, for taxpayers in California, the State has issued similar relief provisions. You can find Governor Newsom’s Executive Order here.

Mendes Weed, LLP is still here for its clients during the California Shelter in Place Order. Although we are meeting with clients over the telephone or in a Zoom Conference, we are here to help you. If you have questions about the tax law, or your rights as a taxpayer under the current Executive Orders that are in place, please do not hesitate to contact us. (925) 390-3222.

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