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The difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance

Much about our tax system is complicated - the forms are complicated and the laws are complicated. Mistakes are made. When do those mistakes rise to the level of tax evasion?

The key is intent. If you use the laws to your advantage, that is tax avoidance. If you make a mistake and inadvertently underreport income or overestimate a deduction, that is considered tax avoidance as well and the IRS will simply demand a correction and, perhaps, a penalty.

Should a divorcing couple hire two appraisers?

Have you considered hiring your own appraiser to value and divide property in a divorce? In some divorce cases, the parties and their attorneys agree upon a join appraiser and split the cost equally.

However, it might seem like a good idea if you do not completely trust your soon-to-be ex-spouse. It is important to understand the possible legal and financial impact this decision could have on your case.

Is Your Echo Recording Your Private Conversations?

We all expect to have a certain level of privacy in our own homes. But what if I told you everything you say is being recorded 24/7? If you sport Amazon’s Echo in your home, that is exactly what is happening.

In the last few years, investigators have compelled Amazon to turn over Echo data in criminal cases – particularly violent crimes such as murder. Many people, Amazon personnel included, believe that this falls in direct violation of a citizen’s First Amendment rights. Amazon did not want to violate their customers’ privacies, but were ultimately left with no choice.

The difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance

Much about our tax system is complicated - the forms are complicated and the laws are complicated. Mistakes are made. When do those mistakes rise to the level of tax evasion?

The key is intent. If you use the laws to your advantage, that is tax avoidance. If you make a mistake and inadvertently underreport income or overestimate a deduction, that is considered tax avoidance as well and the IRS will simply demand a correction and, perhaps, a penalty.

Financial considerations during a divorce

It is no secret that divorce is expensive. The average New Jersey divorce costs $15,600, according to a recent news article. However, there are many factors that could drive that cost up, including the division of marital property.

New Jersey uses an equitable distribution system for dividing marital property. This means that almost all assets acquired by either or both spouses during the marriage will be divided based on several factors, including the duration of the marriage, the couple’s standard of living and the earning capacity of each spouse.

Why you need a forensic accountant on your divorce team

In complicated divorces, even amicable splits can produce difficult financial scenarios. However, if your divorce isn't amicable and your spouse provides bogus or incomplete financial information, then a forensic accountant is a must-have member of your divorce team.

In a high-asset divorce, a forensic accountant can help uncover financial inconsistencies, reveal hidden assets, appraise property and assets, account for art and antiques and make sure all distribution is equitable.

The cost of a New Jersey DUI

It’s amazing how quickly an evening of cocktails can go from fun to nerve-racking. Seeing red and blue lights in the rearview mirror is not the way anyone wants to end an evening out. 

Facing DUI charges in New Jersey can be a frightening experience. You may have had a friend or coworker who has gone through the process and understand that it can get expensive fast.

Expand Miranda Warnings to Advise of Immigration Consequences Before Police Interrogation

The now familiar police warnings which derive from the United States Supreme Court's decision in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966) and which are given to those suspected of a crime and about to be interrogated ("You have a right to remain silent;" "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law," etc.) have become ingrained in our popular culture. Though well-intentioned, these warnings need to be updated and amplified to meet the needs of a changing legal landscape.

Is it worth it to fight a speeding ticket in New Jersey?

You’ve been pulled over and receive a citation for speeding. You contemplate simply paying the fine to settle the matter quickly. This may not be a good idea for a variety of reasons.

Here are a few things you should consider before you act after receiving a speeding ticket.

How Does A Criminal Conviction Affect College Admissions?

It is your senior year and you are in the early stages of the college application process. However, a few years ago, you were convicted of a drug crime. While you have since turned your life around, you are worried how your criminal record will affect your academic future. Fortunately, a recent change in the college admissions process may decrease the impact that your criminal past will have and increase your odds of being accepted.

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