TRUMP Act would put Trump’s New York tax returns online – CNN Money

by Chris Isidore   @CNNMoney

Some Democratic state senators in New York are trying an end run to get Donald Trump’s taxes into the public view by introducing legislation that would reveal his state tax returns for the last five years.

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A separate bill introduced by Hoylman would require anyone appearing on a statewide ballot in New York to release his or her federal tax returns, but that wouldn’t force Trump to release anything until 2020, if he runs for a second term.

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Interim Guidance for Responsibility to Process all Requests for Discharge of the Estate Tax Lien

The IRS has issued Interim Guidance, dated April 5, 2017, which appears to signal relief and a return to prior practices.

The Interim Guidance is available using the link here. https://www.irs.gov/pub/foia/ig/spder/sbse_05_0417_0011.pdf

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This memorandum provides Interim Guidance (IG) for Specialty Collection Advisory and Specialty Examination Estate & Gift Tax employees with respect to all applications for requests of discharge of the estate tax lien made after June 2016.

Hat Tip to Gilbert Hoffman.

Internal Revenue Service Webinar Registration Page

May 3 Webinar: Working with the IRS Office of Appeals

Register here to watch “Working with the IRS Office of Appeals — What to Expect,” a free 90-minute webinar, scheduled for May 3 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Topics include the role of Appeals, an overview of Appeals policies and procedures, and an outline of procedures for examination and collection cases.

Certificates of completion will be offered. Earn one continuing education credit in Federal Tax.

Private Collection of Some Overdue Federal Taxes Starts this Month–The Internal Revenue Service 

The Internal Revenue Service is sending letters to a relatively small group of taxpayers whose overdue federal tax accounts are being assigned to one of four private-sector collection agencies.

The new program, enacted by Congress, enables designated contractors to collect, on the government’s behalf, unpaid tax debts. Usually these are unpaid individual tax obligations that are several years old and not currently being pursued by IRS collection employees.

Read more here…

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Immigration 2017 | Emergency Preparedness for Families

Free CLE Program and Webcast for NYSBA Members 

and Co-Sponsoring Organizations

 

During the Presidential campaign and post-election, President Donald J. Trump indicated that he would implement significant changes in U.S. immigration law centered on an “America First” platform. On January 25th and 27th, the President signed three executive orders “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The executive orders led to litigation in several federal district courts nationwide.

 

This panel will address a few of these sweeping immigration changes, their impact on families currently residing in the United States and in what capacity the legal profession may be able to meet the needs of immigrant families proactively through family safety planning. Panelists will discuss how to walk a family through a safety plan in a way that will maximize its effectiveness and provide an overview of various custodial and guardianship arrangements for children, both temporary and permanent.  Efforts by legal services providers and the private bar to meet the challenges immigrants face in this new environment will also be discussed.

 

If you are unable to attend in person, this program will also be recorded and streamed as a live webcast.

 

Program Topics

Overview of Drastic Immigration Changes that Impact Families 

Increased Need for Legal Representation in the Face of these Changes

 

Click Here to View the Program Agenda 

 

Program Panelists

Honorable Anthony McGinty | Ulster County Family Court

Deborah S. Kearns, Esq. | Albany County Surrogate’s Court

Sarah Rogerson, Esq. | Albany Law School

Alima M. Atoui, Esq. | Albany County Surrogate’s Court

Gerard Wallace, Esq. | Director, NYS Kinship Navigator 

Click Here to Learn More about the Program Panelists 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017  

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

New York State Bar Center

One Elk Street | Great Hall | Albany, NY

2.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

This is a transitional program suitable for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

 

Learn More and Register Today  

www.nysba.org/EmergencyPreparedness2017 

 

Presented by the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the  

Law in conjunction with The Legal Project – Capital District Women’s Bar Association,  

Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee,  Liberty Defense Project,  Albany County Bar Association,  Empire Justice Center,  Albany Law School, NYSBA  President’s Committee on Access to Justice, NYSBA Committee on Immigration Representation, NSYBA Committee on Legal Aid, and the NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education.

Form W-2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers–IRS

 How to Report a W-2 Data Theft

Businesses and payroll service providers can now quickly report data losses resulting from a scam fraudsters are using to trick employees into revealing W-2 information. Find out how at Form W2/SSN Data Theft: Information for Businesses and Payroll Service Providers. If notified in time, the IRS can prevent employees from being victimized by identity thieves filing fraudulent returns in their names. 

Separately, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned tax professionals to beware of a phishing email scaminvolving IRS e-Services.

A tax professional who experiences any type of data breach should quickly report the incident to the IRS. Tax professionals may contact their local stakeholder liaison. See details at Data Theft Information for Tax Professionals.

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NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Proposes Changes to SEQR to Streamline the Process | LAW OF THE LAND

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, Title 6 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR), Part 617). The principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review.

For Prof. Salkin’s analysis and copies of the draft regulations, click here

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