Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving; Targeting Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups and Others

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry issued an urgent alert to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits.

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Alaska law tells divorce judges to consider well-being of pets–ABA Journal

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

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The law (PDF), which amended Alaska’s divorce statutes, “is making waves in the world of animal law,” the Washington Postreports. The law is the first in the nation to require courts to consider pets’ well-being in divorce, according to USA Today.

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Sanctuary cities see legal holes in Trump’s immigration orders | Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-legal-idUSKBN15B03H

President Donald Trump’s executive order directing federal agencies to take away funding from self-proclaimed sanctuary cities had one big exemption for one of his favorite constituencies: the police, who would be protected from cuts.

But Trump’s opponents say that very exemption makes it much more likely that a judge could strike down that section of the order as unconstitutional.

It is just one example of the legal arguments that cities, immigration groups and other opponents are readying as they prepare to fight an executive order signed by Trump on Wednesday that would cut federal aid to “sanctuary” jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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Executive Authority to Exclude Aliens: In Brief–Congressional Research Service

Kate M. Manuel

Acting Section Research Manager 

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that individual aliens outside the United States are “inadmissible”–or barred from admission to the country–on health, criminal, security, and other grounds set forth in the INA. However, the INA also grants the Executive several broader authorities that could be used to exclude certain individual aliens or classes of aliens for reasons that are not specifically prescribed in the INA.

Section 212(f) of the INA is arguably the broadest and best known of these authorities. It provides, in relevant part, that

Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.

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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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