The Importance of Tax Law and Tax Returns

By on 3-07-2016 in Truck Accidents

If you’ve ever had a job in the United States, you’ve likely had to do your taxes at one point or another. It starts off with you filling out a small mountain of paperwork when you first get your job and ends with you filling out a slightly-larger mountain of paperwork during tax season.

For a lot of us, tax season is a fun time of year because we usually get a bit of money back with income tax. This money is given back to us because the government took x amount of money out of our checks when it was not necessary.

The checks we receive around tax season fund a lot of things for different people. Some get much-needed work done on their cars, while others use the money for their summer college tuition. Other people have more reliance on their income tax checks, and when they don’t receive it, disaster could strike.

Certain low-income groups budget the first half of their year on receiving their income tax, and one mistake could prevent them from getting it. Even one small error on one line of paperwork can throw a huge wrench into things.

And when these people don’t have the money that they were counting on, they can run into a lot of trouble with various groups of people to whom they owe money. They quickly rack up late fees for car payments and struggle to pay back other loans.

You’d think that because income tax is such a vital source of income for some people, the laws surrounding filing would be simple.

Well, according to THEVOZ Attorneys, LLC, tax law is one of the most complicated laws out there, especially in the United States. This means that the average person likely struggles to understand just how those forms work.

If there is an error on the tax filing, the Internal Revenue Service will send a notice to the taxpayer and give them a window of time to fix it. Hopefully, the taxpayer can fix it and the issue is resolved. But, if the taxpayer is unable to fix the issue, or does not even think that there is an issue, a lot of other issues can pop up.

One of the consequences of incorrectly filing taxes is paying a hefty fine, and a more severe consequence is jail time. Now, neither one of these options sound particularly appealing, do they?

The best thing for someone who feels a bit confused on their tax filings is to find someone who can help guide them through the process. There are a few online services that will file someone’s taxes for them for free. If there are any issues, the website can help them out.

But the big issues arise when those websites fail to catch issues and the client is left confused and alone. A law office well-versed in tax law can help challenge tax disputes and ensure that the taxpayer ends up with everything filed and put away neatly.

South Carolina and Target Zero

By on 3-07-2016 in Truck Accidents

The South Carolina Department of Safety has its sights set on zero traffic deaths. To achieve this goal they have crafted a plan called “Target Zero.” To achieve this goal, the South Carolina Department of Safety has crafted a safety plan accounting for various threats to roadway safety. Information from a Myrtle Beach Personal Injury Law Firm confirms many of the same dangers as leading causes of serious car accidents.

Roadway departure accidents:

These accidents occur when drivers are transitioning from the traveling lanes and either moving to the shoulder or attempting to exit. These types of accidents are of particular interest because they accounted for 43% of fatal and serious injury accidents on South Carolina roadways from 2008 – 2012.

Unrestrained motor vehicle accidents:

Those who wear their seatbelt or proper safety restraints are 50% less likely to sustain a serious injury should they be involved in an accident. Research found that back seat passengers are far more likely to wear their restraints. To encourage South Carolinians to wear their restraints, the Target Zero plan aims to education, outreach, and enforcement.

Age-related accidents:

In South Carolina, the leading cause of fatalities for drivers aged 15 – 24 is car accidents. This age group is also most likely to drive distracted, speed, and drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which are all contributing factors to accidents.

Speed Related accidents:

Car accident caused by using excess speed or made much worse by excess speed are under review by the Target Zero campaign. Research obtained by Target Zero indicates that men are more likely to be involved in speed-related accidents. Though speed related accidents have improved in recent years, it is still the fourth most contributing cause of serious car accidents.

Vulnerable Roadway Occupants:

Motorcyclists, pedestrians, cyclists, and moped drivers are all particularly vulnerable to serious injury while inhabiting the road or nearby areas. From 2008 tp 2012 of all of the fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred in South Carolina, 74.2% of victims who suffered fatal injuries were not wearing helmets. As such, the program will focus on highly encouraging the proper protective gear.

Intersections and High-Risk Locations:

Intersections, work zones, and railroad crossings are all, unfortunately, the site of more accidents. In an effort to curb these occurrences, the Target Zero project is looking at design solutions as well as educational opportunities.

Impaired Driving:

According to the Target Zero page, of all the states in the U.S., South Carolina has one of the highest fatality rates related to impaired driving. The statistics for South Carolina’s drunk-driving fatalities doubled the national average

Commercial Motor Vehicles:

While integral to the economy, large cargo trucks are a risk to other drivers and passengers that share the road. The Target Zero campaign plans to address safety concerns through increasing vehicle inspections, providing additional education, and improving roadways.

Distracted Driving:

Through ongoing research and education, distracted driving is being addressed in South Carolina. Though the issue of distracted driving is widespread, by starting locally, Target Zero hopes to save the lives of South Carolinians.

Getting to Know the Legal Side of My New Pool

By on 3-07-2016 in Truck Accidents

I recently put a pool in my backyard. This was a long time coming. My kids are now well into their teenage years, and the wife and I had been planning to surprise them with more aquatic summer fun for years now. But, finances, setbacks, and other priorities came first, and its taken until now to actually put the pool in.

The kids are still grateful, by the way.

But now that Im a pool owner, I sense I have a new responsibility on my shoulders. Im now tasked with keeping people safe from what is usually fun but which can always be a dangerous object right in my backyard. I have to make sure my pool is safe for me and for my family. And for who else?

Well, I did a little research. According to a local Connecticut law office, Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, Im on the hook for quite a lot.

Perkins says there are three kinds of entrants to a pool and that the kind of entrant determines whether Im guilty or not.

The first group is really the one that concerns me. Licensees are people who are welcomed to my pool. So, friends of my kids, friends of mine and their kids, perhaps some neighbors who Im tired of being side-eyed by for not extending an invite sooner. For these people, I have to mention any safety risks and make every effort to keep the pool as safe as possible. Otherwise, in the worst possible scenario, Im at risk of a lawsuit.

The second group doesnt really involve me. Theyre called invitees (which seems the reverse of what it should be to me, since I invitefriends and a business licensesentrance, but whatever, this is why Im not a lawyer), and they are people who visit public pools. Whether theres admission charged or not, if the pool is public, it falls under this category and has certain responsibilities based on that. I suppose I could start charging the neighborhood kids a dollar per swim to get a return on my pool investment, but for now, I dont think I qualify here.

Theres a final interesting group, trespassers. Here, Im not responsible for any accidents that occur to hoodlums, unless those hoodlums are minors. In that case, Im responsible if I havent kept the pool relatively up to snuff on the safety front.

So, what does that all mean to me and my pool? (And you to your pool, if you have one and youre reading this?) It means I need to keep the place clean, safe, slip-free, and perhaps put up a sign or two. Basically, though, I think it means I just need to consider how to keep it safe for my own family and then extend that same level of safety to any visitors, as well as any children who decide to steal a swim in my pool.

That shouldnt be too hard, I suppose. Although now Ive thought of it, I may go in for that dollar a swim idea after all.

Medical show problems

By on 3-07-2016 in Truck Accidents

I have a hard time watching medical dramas on TV. That may not surprise you, but the reason might. It’s not because I think they’re all poorly written, or derivative of each other. That’s all true, but plenty of shows and genres are the same way. I don’t mind detective shows even though they are all the same every episode. I don’t mind crime investigation shows, even though its true there too. And I don’t mind the silly family issues comedy shows with the laugh track, even though, well, you get the point.

It’s also not that the characters are flat, that they hardly ever change or they change too dramatically to be believable. When it comes to US TV, with the exception of the prestige shows, that’s the case across the board. US dramas are really just one step above soap operas, or at least, those that are on network TV are. There’s HBO, Showtime, AMC, and others for serious drama with realistic characters. Yet, I find myself watching the easy, ridiculous, poorly drawn characters on networks more than I do the well-drawn ones elsewhere. The truth is, I like bad TV. I work hard, and I want vegetable-inducing entertainment when I get home. I get my culture elsewhere.

Just to lay out a few more issues, I also don’t mind that the acting isn’t great (too hyped up usually, with soap opera reactions and long stares before commercial break). And I don’t mind that the sets are so-so. I’m okay with the fact most episodes are repetitive, except for around sweeps.

I don’t care about any of that. It’s all true, but I don’t care. It’s cheesy, it’s crap, but I love it in other genres.

No, the problem is the medicine. I grew up in a family of doctors, and I married a doctor. And though I’m not one myself, I just can’t stand how bad the medicine is. Most of these shows hardly even try anymore. House was ridiculous, and the medicine was crazy, but they did make an effort to get in the ballpark. Scrubs did much better, but that’s long gone now. What we have left is just so far from reality, I can’t watch it. I find myself critiquing the decisions and assumptions of the doctors. I’m backseat medical advising. It’s the opposite of relaxing and turning my brain off.

I also find myself looking for medical malpractice issues. I worked in that area for a while, and I’m hyper-aware of the problems. I see malpractice suits almost every episode. Seriously, look at this list that highlights major areas for lawsuits, then watch a medical drama. Tell me all those folks aren’t already sued into the poor house and left without a medical license.

The funny thing is, my husband doesn’t mind any of this. He loves those shows. And he’s a doctor. I’m not sure if that makes me too sensitive to these issues, or if I should start worrying about his competency to practice medicine.

Signs a child may be sexually abused

By on 3-07-2016 in Truck Accidents

Rape is one of the most controversial crimes today, mainly because of the emotions involved. It becomes even more controversial when the rape victim is a child. Rape is bad enough in itself, but child rape is worse because of the involved innocence and extreme vulnerability.

Because of these traits, children may have the tendency to shut their mouths, so their parents, guardians, or the adults around them may not know what these children are going through. As a person who should know better than these children, you should be the one looking at the signs.

Physical Signs

Physical signs are the easiest to detect, because they are clearly visible. The most obvious signs include unexplained wounds, particularly in the genital, anal, and pelvic areas, and in body parts that are often restricted through force, such as the wrists and ankles.

You should also look out for complications, including sexually transmitted diseases and even unwanted pregnancies.

Emotional and Psychological Signs

It is tragic to think that innocent children are experiencing emotional and psychological trauma, especially if it is because of sexual abuse or outright rape. Young victims often have problems with eating and sleeping, like not having the appetite to eat and having nightmares at night.

Also take a good look at their behaviors. If they are intentionally avoiding a specific person or is starting to feel uncomfortable when a specific person is nearby, it is wise to consider that something is up.

Problems with Development

Children are still on their developmental years, both physically and mentally, and traumatic events such as rape can hinder their development. They may go back to habits they have already outgrown, such as wetting the bed. You may also notice that they have a severe disinterest in educational and recreational activities, which can translate to poor academic performance and physical health.

Penalties

According to the website of this Nashville sex offense attorney, rape of a child is a Class A Felony, wherein convicted rapists can receive the following penalties: 25 to 60 years in prison, a substantial fine of up to $50,000, a lifetime of community supervision and placement in the sex offender registry.

Is that enough to warrant the suffering of the young victims? Probably not, but it is bad enough for sex offenders to know that what they have done is something truly terrible.