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Tips for Disaster Survivors

UNDERSTAND HOW TAXES
MAY APPLY TO YOUR
INSURANCE AND SDG&E RECOVERIES
RE: 2007 WILDFIRES

In a federally declared disaster, such as the 2007 San Diego Wildfires, special federal and state tax law provisions provide some tax relief for fire victims:

  • PERSONAL PROPERTY RECOVERY EXEMPT FROM TAX
  • AN ADDITIONAL $250,000 PER PERSON CAPITAL GAINS EXCLUSION
       IRS § 121 HOMEOWNER’S EXCLUSION
       MARRIED COUPLE FILING JOINTLY--$500,000
       SINGLE HOMEOWNER--$250,000
  • DISASTER VICTIMS HAVE 4 YEARS FROM THE END OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THEY REALIZED GAIN TO PURCHASE OR REBUILD THEIR HOUSE. IRS § 1033(h)(1)(B)
  • IF STILL INVOLVED IN A LAWSUIT AT THE END OF FOUR YEARS, IRS WILL GRANT AN EXTENSION IF ONE IS REQUESTED TIMELY
  • REASONABLE TAX FILING EXTENSIONS ALLOWED

NOT SO GOOD NEWS, BELOW ARE TAXED AS ORDINARY INCOME AT HIGHEST RATE:

  • EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
  • PUNITIVE DAMAGES
  • LOST WAGES
  • LIVING EXPENSE SETTLEMENTS IN EXCESS OF ADDITIONAL LIVING EXPENSES INCURRED
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION INCLUDED HERE

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Tax information is provided by Ms. Anna Maria Galdieri, CPA.  Ms. Galdieri has been actively involved in disaster tax issues and reformation since the 1991 Oakland fire.  She is nationally known for her disaster tax expertise and consumer advocacy.  While general tax information is provided free on the CARe website, her private consultations are subject to her hourly fee of $350.  She recommends emailing your tax questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

Read More:
http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp

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IF YOU, OR ANYONE YOU KNOW, DID NOT FILE A SDG&E CLAIM
THEY CAN—RIGHT NOW!

Time to file a claim was extended due to the class action
which was recently dismissed by the court.

• LET YOUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, RELATIVES KNOW TO FILE!
• EXTENDED BECAUSE CLASS ACTION WAS DENIED
• NEED TO ACT NOW BECAUSE SDG&E WILL APPEAL DECISION

PLEASE NOTE:
• RULING EXCLUDES EMOTIONAL DISTRESS CLAIMS

We have recent court filings that show how the current cases are being handled.

Please call CARe at 888-216-8264 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the latest information or for copies of court filings.

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Inspirational Quotes

All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days... nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

President John F. Kennedy

Testimonials

After a fire took our home and neighborhood of approximately 200 homes, CARe was able to help us with understanding the process of working with insurance after our loss. The founders of this company understood our position fully, as they have experienced losing their own home to a fire. They will help you by offering one on one consultation, help you calculate your “complete” loss and educate you in the way insurance really works. We were able to gain a more complete recovery of our loss through their integrity and competent ability to help us to understand the insurance industries goals, payments and procedures which are not taught by the insurance industry. If you are unfortunate to have this type of trauma in your life I fully recommend you to get a free consultation before signing anything with your insurance company. You have experienced enough; let CARe guide you through the process, you do not have to lose anything else.

Grass Fire Survivor, 2007