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Month: June 2015

TIME TO CHANGE YOUR WITHHOLDING?

TIME TO CHANGE YOUR WITHHOLDING?

Taxpayer situations change from year to year for a variety of reasons – new job, house purchase, additional dependent(s), windfall income and/or changed deductions. Depending on your situation, this might mean you should consider a change in your withholding so you hit the necessary target of required annual pay-as-you-go payments, without allowing your employer to overwithhold, which will result in your achieving nothing more than making an interest free loan to Uncle Sam until you later file and collect your…

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Employer May Not Refuse to Hire Applicant Based on Suspicion of Need For Religious Accommodation

Employer May Not Refuse to Hire Applicant Based on Suspicion of Need For Religious Accommodation

Early last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc. In that case, a young Muslim woman who wore a hijab (a religious headscarf) to her interview was denied employment because the headscarf violated Abercrombie’s “look policy,” which did not allow head wear of any kind. Without discussing the policy with the applicant, Abercrombie simply denied her employment.  (For more about the facts of this case, see our previous post, How…

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MORE IRS LENIENCY REGARDING 60 DAY ROLLOVER RULE The Internal Revenue Code says that amounts withdrawn from an IRA are not taxable as long as the entire amount is “rolled” back into the same or another IRA no later than 60 days after the distribution. Sometimes taxpayers don’t quite comply with the 60 day timeline for one reason or another, and the same Internal Revenue Code does enable IRS to allow more time in cases where failure to do so…

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Is a “Negligent” Threat Really a Threat?

Is a “Negligent” Threat Really a Threat?

Federal law makes it a felony to transmit in interstate commerce “any communication containing any threat  . . . to injure” someone. Anyone who sends a message intending to make a threat, or knowing that the communication will come across as a threat, has the state of mind required for a conviction under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c). But what about someone who sends a message and doesn’t—but should—know that the recipient will view it as a threat? Has the sender violated…

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Brillliant Legal Maneuver: Nonprofits Join Class Action Suing Over USCIS Delays

Brillliant Legal Maneuver: Nonprofits Join Class Action Suing Over USCIS Delays

The gears of bureaucracy are grinding even more slowly than usual, as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) routinely takes weeks or months to approve non-citizens’ applications for employment authorization (a work permit). Why should we care? Let me start by explaining why everyone in the U.S. is affected by these USCIS delays, and then circle back to the nonprofits bringing suit over it. Numerous non-citizens have the right to be in the U.S. and to work here. In order to actually accept a job,…

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