NY starts new tax-free savings accounts for the disabled | WXXI News

The state comptroller has announced that New York is joining 28 other states in offering a program that will help parents with disabled children save money for their future.

The program is modeled on the college savings program, which also is operated by the comptroller’s office. It allows an account to be set up in the name of any New Yorker who is diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26.

Friends and relatives can contribute up to $14,000 a year for a total of $100,000, and the money can be used tax-free to help pay for the disabled person’s education, housing, transportation and other expenses.

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Things Lawyers Think Are Tax Deductible That Are Not–Lawyerist.com

By Steven Chung

When it comes to deducting business expenses from taxable income, the general rule is that the expense is deductible if it is ordinary and necessary in the regular course of business. Because this definition is broad, most business expenses are deductible as a matter of common sense. However, there are some statutory exceptions that many people do not know about.
 

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New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD)–NYS Health Dept

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has released the draft New York City Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) for public comment. The FAD sets forth the requirements that New York City must follow to continue to avoid filtering its Catskill/Delaware water supply and to ensure safe drinking water for more than 9.5 million New Yorkers.

In anticipation of the final FAD being issued this year, the draft has been released for a 45-day public comment period, ending September 5, 2017.

To view the draft FAD and for instructions on how to comment, visit DOH’s New York City’s Filtration Avoidance Determination webpage

Phishing-Malware – YouTube

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Settlement Will Reform Solitary Confinement of Children at Syracuse Jail | New York Civil Liberties Union

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York announced a settlement with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office today that ends the routine practice of 23-hour-a-day isolation of juveniles at the Justice Center jail in Syracuse. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit filed by the NYCLU and LSCNY last year.
Children aged 16 and 17, many of whom have mental illnesses, had been kept in solitary confinement for months at a time. Many children exhibited symptoms of suicidal thinking, and jail officials deliberately ignored warnings about children’s vulnerabilities, returning juveniles to solitary even after being placed on suicide watch for brief periods. Solitary confinement can cause psychosis, trauma, depression and self-harm.
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Getting Married? – YouTube–IRS

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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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