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.

Fed. Dist. Court in NY Finds Village Sign Law Unconstitutional

LAW OF THE LAND

Plaintiff, a resident of the defendant Village of Perry, placed six signs along her property at 76 North Main Street protesting the construction of a parking lot for the Village’s library, one of which read: “LIBRARY PARKING LOT = QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS + SQUANDERED.” As a result, plaintiff was issued a Notice of Apparent Violation on February 24, 2015 from defendant Donald Roberts, the Village’s Zoning Enforcement Officer, which order the signage to be removed to avoid further legal action. Although plaintiff covered the signs with opaque bags and moved them away from the property line, she received a Notice of Violation. Plaintiff commenced an action alleging that the Village’s Sign Law, discriminated on the basis of sign content and granted enforcement of the law to the unfettered discretion of authorities, and was therefore facially unconstitutional. She also alleged that the Village’s selective enforcement of its Sign Law violated her…

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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

IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bills

Protect Your Clients: Watch Out for Bogus Tax Bill 

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners this week issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on the lookout for fake IRS tax bills that may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail purportedly related to the Affordable Care Act.

For more information on scams as well as steps you can take to boost your security, visit Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself on IRS.gov.

Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself: Webinar Now Available Online–IRS

Tax practitioners who missed the recent IRS webinar, Protect your Clients, Protect Yourself from Data Theft, can now view it anytime on demand. In the broadcast, IRS and private sector experts discuss client data safeguards, legal requirements and best practices involving the handling of taxpayer data and tips for responding to a loss of taxpayer data.

Visit the Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself page on IRS.gov for more information on identity theft scams targeting the tax professional community. The page includes links to publications such as

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Dear Law Professors: Please Stop Hiding the Ball | Law.com

Robert McClendon, a former reporter with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans who started law school in August, writes an occasional column for Law.com.

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Yet I’m left wondering, why not simply explain the rule and give us a bunch of novel fact patterns to show us the nuances and make sure we understand it?

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The battle between Tesla and your neighborhood car dealership – The Washington Post

By Jacob Bogage

The first Tesla store opened in Columbus, Ohio, 72 miles away. Then one popped up in Cincinnati. Soon, another was in Cleveland. Tesla’s Ohio invasion was swift and — to longtime auto dealers such as Blake Arbogast — a growing threat, creeping ever closer.

In Ohio, dealers sued and lobbied their legislators. One called Tesla’s spread into his territory “Armageddon.” All to no avail. Tesla, the electric-car manufacturer, and its boutique “galleries” are here to stay. The question now: Are traditional dealers?

Tesla, the California company founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, plans to not only make electric cars as cool and fast as gas-guzzling sports cars but also to upend the way cars are sold. For generations, automobile manufacturers from Ford to Toyota to General Motors have been banned by state law from selling directly to consumers. Instead, their vehicles are sold by third-party dealers, many of which have deep ties to their community and political leverage.

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