Start-UP NY by K. Kamlet


Ken Kamlet, Esq. Tackles Myths About STÅRT-UP NY


IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

The IRS today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at



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Fed Courts App– iTunes

This app contains the full text of all of the federal rules of procedure and the local rules for every federal court in the country – including district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. Provides access to PACER, the address of every district, bankruptcy, and appellate court in the United States, and using GPS obtain turn-by-turn directions to any federal courthouse in the country.

Best of all no subscription or in app purchase is required. The app is $2.99 US. Ready access to the rules is a crucial part of the legal profession, so don’t be caught without them and download this app today.

In addition to all local rules of every federal court in the United States, the following rules of procedure are included:

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure;
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure;
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure;
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; and
Federal Rules of Evidence.

Federal Courts App



Your Guide to an IRS Audit

 IRS Audit Video Series

“Your Guide to an IRS Audit” takes the viewer through the steps of an audit, from notification to closing. The video series is composed of scenarios that demonstrate the stages of each type of audit; correspondence, office and field. The scenarios address issues that are common to audits of small businesses.



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▶ Medical and Dental Expenses – YouTube

YouTube: Medical and Dental Expenses

Learn more about medical and dental expenses by watching this new YouTube video.

Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel.


Offer In Compromise Form (Updated)–IRS

 Do You Have the Most Recent Offer-In-Compromise Form?

When submitting an Offer in Compromise for your client, use the January 2014 versions of Form 656-B, Offer in Compromise Booklet, and Form 656, Offer in Compromise. The OIC user fee has increased from $150 to $186 in January. IRS will return applications submitted on older versions of the form with the old user fee.


Click here for updated Offer in Compromise Booklet.

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Revenue Procedure 2014-11

Revenue Procedure 2014-11 by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Revenue Procedure 2014-11 provides procedures for reinstating the tax-exempt status of organizations that have had their tax-exempt status automatically revoked under section 6033(j)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code for failure to file required annual returns or notices for three consecutive years.

Welcome to the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online | IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online

Seminars from the 2013 Forums Now Available at IRSNationwide Tax Forums Online

The IRS today reminds tax professionals that they can earn continuing professional education credits online through seminars filmed at the 2013 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums. The 14 self-study seminars are now available on the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online (NTFO) site. Self-study seminars provide information to students using interactive videos, PowerPoint slides and transcripts.


Please see the memorandum from Chief Judge Sharpe regarding the Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program that begins on January 1st, 2014.

Lawrence K. Baerman
Clerk of Court

Dear Northern District Bar Member
As you may know, the Northern District has been deemed a congested court by the Judicial Conference Committee on Case Administration and Case Management. Over the past several years the Court, working closely with the Federal Court Bar Association, has been exploring ways to streamline the civil case resolution process. As a product of these discussions the Northern District of New York will be implementing a more robust Court annexed mediation program. The new Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program was fashioned after a similar program that was adopted in the Western District of New York several years ago. That program, along with several other paid mediation programs across the country, has shown great success in resolving cases at an early stage in the litigation process saving both time and money for the parties.
The Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program will run for two years starting with cases that are filed after January 1, 2014. Additionally, any civil case where a Rule 16 Conference has been scheduled after January 1, 2014 will be placed into the program. The Court and the Federal Court Bar Association felt strongly that the success of this program would hinge on the quality and expertise of the mediation panel. The Court, working closely with our ADR Committee and Federal Court Bar Association, selected highly qualified lawyers from across the district to participate as mediators in this new program. All of the selected mediators are required to attend an advanced mediation training seminar which focuses on federal mediation techniques.
As part of the new process, the parties will select the mediator of their choice from the Court approved list of mediators and complete a mandatory two-hour mediation session. The cost of the two-hour mandatory session will be capped at $300.00 ($150.00 per-hour, the $300.00 fee for the first two-hour session will be shared equally by the parties). Thereafter, the parties may agree to continue the mediation session beyond the mandatory two-hour period at the rate established for that mediator. During the pilot program, the Court has set a rate cap not to exceed $300.00 per-hour for those cases that proceed beyond the two-hour mandatory session. At the conclusion of the two-year pilot, the Court will evaluate the success of the program to determine if it should continue as a permanent part of our ADR suite. Attorneys participating in the program can expect to receive a short survey about their impressions of the new program. I ask your assistance in completing the survey so that we may properly assess the value of this program.

During the pendency of this Pilot program, the Court’s current pro bono mediation, early neutral evaluation, and arbitration programs will be suspended. The Court will however, continue to operate the pro bono assisted mediation program which is designed to help pro se litigants proceed through court annexed mediation.
For more information on this new program, please refer to General Order #47 – Pilot Mandatory Mediation Program which is available on our Court Website under General Orders at
Thank you,
Gary L. Sharpe Chief Judge

Debt Collecting by Text: | Anita Ramasastry | Verdict | Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia

Imagine being texted by a collection agency when you are late paying a bill, and imagine if, as well, your spouse, children, or other people who may share your phone, and who are contacted separately by the agency also see that text.  -
This is what a California-based collection agency did to consumers. The agency was recently fined $1 million by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for violating theFair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
In this column, Prof. Ramasastry discusses the FTC enforcement action, and why it was the right move. She also discusses how that action has led to much-needed clarity as to what debt collectors may, and may not, do via text and SMS.

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