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It's income tax time, and even if you are getting money back, it can be a pain in the neck. Of course, to do your taxes you need the proper forms. One woman wondered if she even needed one of those forms to do her taxes, so she called Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser for the taxing answer.

WSVN -- Narcy Gonzalez had an idea: lease this space to do parties on the weekends, then rent it to dance instructors to use during the week.

Narcy Gonzalez: "Doing some Zumba, Vixen, Ton and Burg, Bacua. We had different styles of workout just for adults."

One of Narcy's biggest, most successful clients brought in women to do the Vixen workout.

Narcy Gonzalez: "They would have anywhere between 90 to 120 girls at night. Sometimes we had to stop them at the door because of capacity."

At first it was great for Narcy and the Vixen group.

Narcy Gonzalez: "We were making money, and that was very important. She was charging $15 a student, so do the math: 80 people at $15. How much money was she making?"

But then in October, the rent to Narcy stopped.

Narcy Gonzalez: "Two weeks of classes in October, four weeks of classes in November and two weeks of classes in December. Almost $3,500. That is outstanding. I'm calling to get the check. The check wasn't ready. That happened numerous times."

Then the new year rolled around, and another headache: Narcy needed a 1099 form from the Vixen dance group who rented her space so she could file her corporate taxes.

Narcy Gonzalez: "Because I do have other companies, and I'm getting things together for my accountant, and they're telling me they won't provide a 1099, that they don't provide 1099s."

Narcy says she needs that form to prove to the IRS the amount of rent money she collected, and it would be nice to have the rent money still owed as well.

Narcy Gonzalez: "Everyone gets a 1099 or a W-2 or something. There's no way you can file your taxes and not have current accounting. Please pay me. Just get back to me. All I want is my check and we leave it alone."

Well, Howard, while we help Narcy get the back rent she is owed, answer this. Legally, does her tenant have to provide the 1099 form so she can file her taxes?

Howard Finkelstein: "Narcy is lucky. Yes, you need a 1099 form from a renter if you're filing your personal taxes, but since Narcy is filing her corporation's, she doesn't need that 1099 form, but she still needs to report the rent she collected and they are still required to pay the rent they owe her."

The Vixen workout group that was renting from Narcy is no longer using her space. We spoke to their attorney, who said they had not paid because they didn't know whether the check should go to Narcy or the owner of the property that she leased from. He said the group had no problem paying the $3,123 dollars rent still owed, but they wanted Narcy to sign a release saying, basically, we are parting ways, we are done with each other.

As for the 1099, he agrees with Howard; they dont have to provide it, and they won't. And as you get ready to do your personal taxes and your boss hasn't given you the proper forms yet, you have options.

Howard Finkelstein: "First of all, if you don't have your W-2 or 1099, contact the IRS and let them step in. Or, you can estimate how much you were paid on those forms and file your taxes, or as a last resort, if you don't think you owe any more taxes, submit what's called a 4868. In other words, an extension which gives you an additional six months to file your tax return."

The dance group says Narcy's check will be delivered if she signs the release. Narcy says, if it's done at the same time, it's a deal.

Narcy Gonzalez: "I'll sign the release mutually when you give me the check."

Narcy did sign the release and did get her check, and she filed her company's taxes without that 1099 form. Now, the deadline to file your personal taxes is next week. If you have questions or concerns, the IRS has a website set up to answer those questions, online or on the phone.

Troubles taxing your temperament? Ready to file them away? Contact us. We may not fill out out suits well, but we know the proper forms to fill out.

With this Help Me Howard, I'm Patrick Fraser, 7News.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
IRS Questions
http://www.irs.gov/uac/Help-With-Tax-Questions-2
The toll-free number for individuals is 800-829-1040 and for businesses is 800-829-4933.

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