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USCIS Suspends Adjudication of H-2B Petitions

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Following Court Order  As of March 5, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers the appropriate response to the court order entered March 4, 2015, in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682…

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Directory of Tax Return Preparers

IRS Launches Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers; Online Tool Offers New Option to Help Taxpayers The IRS has announced the launch of a new, online public directory of tax return preparers to help taxpayers find a tax professional with credentials and select qualifications to help them prepare their tax returns. WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue…

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New Phishing Scams

IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam; Don’t Click on Strange Emails or Links Seeking Updated Information IR-2015-31, Feb. 18, 2015 — The IRS has warned return preparers and other tax professionals to be on guard against bogus emails making the rounds seeking updated personal or professional information that in reality are…

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IRS’s Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions

IRS’s Ongoing Efforts to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud IRS YouTube Videos ID Theft: IRS Efforts on Identity Theft: English | Spanish IRS Identity Theft FAQ: First Steps for Victims:  English WASHINGTON — Continuing its enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service has announced the Top Ten Identity Theft Prosecutions…

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IRS Guidance

Social Security and Medicare Taxes The IRS has released Notice 2015-15 , 2015-9 I.R.B. 687, which provides guidance to employers on the requirements for employee consents used by an employer to support a claim for refund of over-collected Social Security tax and Medicare tax.  The notice and proposed revenue procedure clarifies the basic requirements for…

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More on the Anthem Data Breach

From the Wall Street Journal: Insurance Regulators to Investigate Recent Data Breach at Anthem Insurance regulators will launch a national investigation into the recent data breach at Anthem Inc., adding a new layer of scrutiny for the company as it contends with the fallout from a hacker incursion that the company said likely exposed personal…

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Minimum Wage and Overtime

Minimum Wage The Minimum Wage increased in many states for 2015. Click on State Minimum Wage Laws  for an interactive map of the United States, that tells you what the minimum wage is in your state. For more information, see the Minimum Wage and Overtime pages here….

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The Health Insurance Marketplace and Form 1095-A

Form 1095-A and your tax return If you or anyone in your household enrolled in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014, this tax season you’ll get a new Form 1095-A — Health Insurance Marketplace Statement. You’ll get it in the mail by early February and use it to file your 2014…

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Your Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

How much is your Small Business Health Care Tax Credit worth? When you buy health coverage for your employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace, you may qualify for a tax credit worth up to 50% of your premium contributions. When you buy health coverage for your employees through the Small Business…

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Didn’t have health coverage in 2014?

Didn’t have health coverage in 2014? Find out if you’ll pay a fee Starting in 2014, every person in the U.S. must have minimum health coverage or an exemption – otherwise they may pay a fee on their federal tax return. Many people without health coverage can get an exemption from the fee because of…

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