Use Where’s My Refund? to Check the Status of Your Refund,

  Use Publication 2043 to Set Refund Expectations for Your Clients

IRS Publication 2043, IRS Refund Information Guidelines for the Tax Preparation Community, has been updated for 2017. The publication provides the latest refund information and guidelines to advise clients who are expecting refunds.

This year’s update includes information about a new law that requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit. The IRS will begin to release EITC/ACTC refunds starting Feb. 15. However, these refunds likely will not reach taxpayers until the week of Feb. 27.

See: Where’s My Refund?

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Cuomo Vetoes Bill for State Takeover of Indigent Criminal Defense Costs | New York Law Journal

Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal

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The governor said in his veto message that the measure, which provided for a phased-in, seven-year state takeover of indigent criminal legal defense costs now paid by New York City and counties outside the city, was too expensive. He contended it could obligate the state to pick more than $800 million each year when fully implemented. READ MORE »

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Immi

Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options. Their online screening tool, legal information, and referrals to nonprofit legal services organizations are always free to use. Immi was created by the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net, two nonprofit organizations dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants.

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The Immi Process:

  • Start by completing the online interview to understand your immigration options. This should take you between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on your answers. At the end, you will receive personalized results that explain your immigration options, as well as why you might qualify and potential risks.
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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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Are you considering whether to appeal a collection action? Get to know the Office of Appeals in this new YouTube video

Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel .

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.

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