Today TaxMama hears from Jay in New Hampshire who tells us: “I manage the funds and debts for a friend. She has limited financial resources. She has a son who has used intimidation to convince her to use her home as collateral for a forty-two thousand dollar loan. He has failed to make his payments, so she has had to refinance. And now he won’t help her at all. Can she get at his income taxes and recoup some thing?”
What an interesting concept – allowing private parties to gain access to tax refunds.
Whew! I can just imagine the administrative nightmare for tax agencies if that ever became possible! Nope. Until your friend becomes a government agency, that’s not going to happen.
Does she have other alternatives? Of course she does!
But the actions are not pretty. She’s going to have to take legal action, either through government agencies, or through the courts.
First of all, if she is a elderly and disabled, the first place I would go is to New Hampshire’s Adult Protective Services and file a complaint against him.
Next, if they can’t take any direct action, I’d go to the district attorney and ask them to file criminal charges.
Contact the state attorney general’s office for guidance. Or the local district attorney. http://doj.nh.gov/
If the government can’t help me, I’d get an attorney to sue him. Once you have a judgment, you can have his wages attached if he has a job, or his customer/client income if he’s self-employed. You can attach his bank account, his car or whatever else he owns, if anything. But I suspect this step is a waste of time. He doesn’t sound responsible enough to have a steady stream of income – or any assets worth attaching.
All of these things can get ugly – and dangerous. Someone who’s nasty enough to steal from his mother is also nasty enough to be violent. So, please do be careful.
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