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Month: February 2015

Arizona Students to Find Out How Bizarre the U.S. Citizenship Exam Is

Arizona Students to Find Out How Bizarre the U.S. Citizenship Exam Is

Was anyone surprised last year when over 1,000 American survey respondents put in a pathetic performance answering questions from the U.S. citizenship exam, such as what the three branches of the U.S. government are and which party controls the House and the Senate? Asking people questions from the citizenship exam has long been every immigration lawyer’s favorite party game. Some of the questions are guaranteed to stump a crowd, especially back in the days when applicants had to name all 13 original colonies….

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Beware the ‘Dirty Dozen’

Beware the ‘Dirty Dozen’

IRS has become known for annually itemizing its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams expected to be seen somewhere throughout the upcoming filing season.   This year’s list is out, and “abusive tax shelters” are again prominently included. Such “schemes,” as IRS describes them, have evolved from foreign trust arrangements into sophisticated strategies which take advantage of the financial secrecy laws of some foreign jurisdictions. If you’re into any of these (including some trust structures put forth by unscrupulous promoters) get ready for…

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Will You Sell Your Home in 2015?

Will You Sell Your Home in 2015?

If you’ve been thinking about selling your house, the magic 8-ball may give you the go-ahead in 2015. At the very least, Kiplinger’s thinks this will be a good year in which to sell. Income and employment are on the rise, naturally driving up demand for housing. (See “Kiplinger’s Economic Outlooks.”) Interest rates shouldn’t rise too much, either, making mortgage loans accessible to a wide pool of buyers. But you’ll want to act quickly. The spring season is usually the most…

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