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Old 10-04-2013, 07:35 AM
Location: Little Pond Farm
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My husband and partner in a business are divorcing. When he left the house he took my business PC. He was supposed to provide me a copy of the hard drive which he did not do. Sales tax is due this month and I have no access to my books, what do I do about sales tax? The business is in my name as a women owned business so he doesn't care if I file or not? HELP!
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:27 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I would just estimate it and hope for the best. You can always do a correction later. I had my business 17 years and was never audited by the state during that time. Your bigger problem is the end-of-year taxes. Talk to your lawyer.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:16 PM
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Always make the very best effort to comply. That shows good faith and is hard to penalize too stiffly if you have inadvertently under paid.

I would attempt to have a heart to heart with your spouse and explain there are two ways for this to go. You can either cooperate and take your "lumps", or you can spend literally everything that you have filing legal motions and getting court orders for every little thing. In this case filing a motion and getting an order to produce the hard drive to the computer so you can file the tax returns. These "lumps" are a LOT worse than the ones you can choose.

Explain to your husband, and know for your self, that divorce is not about winning. Nobody wins. You compromise, which is very hard to do because emotions are running very high. But you can compromise and lose a little here and there, or you can battle and lose everything.

Trust me on this one. I know.
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