New Report: “Secret Law” Governs Key Aspects of National Security Policy | Brennan Center for Justice

At least 74 opinions, memoranda, and letters issued by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) between 2002 and 2009 on core post-9/11 national security topics, including intelligence activities and the detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects, remain entirely classified, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. OLC’s advice is legally binding on the executive branch in the same way a court order would be.

OLC opinions are just one component of an unprecedented buildup of secret law created by the federal government since 9/11 through a range of unpublished legal rules and opinions – all issued without public scrutiny or input – that govern policies affecting the lives and liberties of U.S. citizens.

Relying partly on new data obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, the Brennan Center’s report, The New Era of Secret Law, concludes that secret law is prevalent throughout all three branches of government. Along with OLC opinions, the report examines classified rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (known as the “FISA Court”), secret presidential directives, unpublished regulations, redacted opinions in regular federal courts, agreements with foreign nations, closed immigration proceedings, and even classified provisions of legislation.

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Appeals Process: Collection Issues – YouTube

Appeals Process: Collection Issues

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Register for the STAR credit

STAR Program 2016 Legislative Changes

The New York State Tax Department recently contacted the NYSBA to highlight changes to the longstanding School Tax Relief (STAR) program. As a result of 2016 legislative changes, new homeowners will now receive a STAR Credit check instead of receiving a property tax exemption. The amount of the benefit will remain the same. Click here for a link to the new legislation.

New homeowners no longer apply to their assessor for the benefit. Instead, they register directly on the Tax Department’s website (tax.ny.gov/star). New homeowners who do not have access to the Internet can instead call the New York State Tax Department at: 518-457-2036.

Many of you who are involved with home closings have traditionally provided new homeowners with STAR applications, which they in turn provided to their assessors. Now that the process to establish eligibility for STAR has changed, the New York State Tax Department is making a printable fact sheet for new homeowners available online. Since most new homeowners will no longer use a paper form, you may wish to provide them with a copy of the fact sheet.

The New York State Tax Department extends their thanks to our members for assistance in helping to ensure that new homeowners receive the school tax relief they are entitled to.

Questions concerning these changes may be directed to the New York State Tax Department by calling: 518-457-2036. 

Star Property Tax Checks & Enhanced Star Fact Sheet-NYS Dept of Taxation & Finance

Legislative changes to the Basic Star and Enhanced Star property tax programs are summarized in a “Fact Sheet” from the NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance.  The sheet can be downloaded, printed, and is suitable for handing to clients at residential closings.

Amended Notice of Adoption Updating the Energy Code–Division of Code Enforcement and Administration

On August 25, 2016, the Code Council adopted a rule amending the March 9, 2016  rule. The Amended Notice of Adoption of the amended rule updating the Energy Code was published in the September 21, 2016 edition of the State Register. The amended rule updating the Energy Code update incorporates the following documents by reference:

 

•2015 International Energy Conservation Code

•2013 ASHRAE 90.1

•2016 Supplement to the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Revised August 2016 

 

 

The “Revised August 2016” version of the supplement was posted on the website on September 2, 2016, your copy of the supplement is not current if you downloaded it before that date. For more information and to download the current version of the Supplement “Revised August 2016” CLICK HERE 

(http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/CodeUpdate.html)

 

 

Effective Date

The amended rule updating the Energy Code becomes effective on October 3, 2016. There is no “transition period” for the Energy Code.

 

Public access to the ICC Codes;

The ICC 2015 codes adopted by New York State can be viewed at no cost at; http://codes.iccsafe.org/New%20York%20State.html#2015

New Procedure Helps People Making IRA and Retirement Plan Rollovers

A new self-certification procedure will help recipients of retirement plan distributions who inadvertently miss the 60-day time limit for properly rolling these amounts into another retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA).

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Employer Tax Withholding Responsibility – YouTube

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Employer Tax Withholding Responsibility

 

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