The Social Security Administration announced Monday it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers' debts to the government that are more than 10 years old.
The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government is seizing state and federal tax refunds that were on their way to about 400,000 Americans who had relatives who owed money to Social Security. In many cases, the people whose refunds were intercepted had never heard of any debt and the debts dated as far back as the middle of the past century.
Read entire report here.
"...Yesterday, partially in response to news about the "Heartbleed" computer exploit, Sam wrote a post about the importance of lawyers understanding how the internet works. Given all the media buzz about Heartbleed, I thought it might be useful for lawyers and law firms to understand what it really means for them, without either too much techno-jargon or over-use of dumbed-down metaphor.
Ernie's reviews Nuance Power PDF Advanced software (currently only available for Windows computers), which retails for $149. At one-third the price of Acrobat, many lawyers should be paying close attention to Power PDF. Read Ernie's complete review on Lawyerist.
For clear, concise instructions with illustrations, read the rest of David Pogue's "How-to" piece.
(I'll bet you were wondering what happened to David?)
Canopy, a new design-focused web shop, not unlike Svpply before it, is a beautifully designed pinboard where users can post the products they think are great. The big difference is that Canopy is populated solely with items currently available on Amazon.- See more at: http://netted.net/2014/04/04/canopy/?like=Facebook#sthash.PuBvjhwA.dpuf
The first 1000 Netted readers who use the invite code "Netted" at signup can cut the line.
One common reason why people are ineligible for Medicaid or SSI is if their assets are over the limit. Rather than give money away to make yourself eligible, it is better to find ways either to spend the money or convert it into an exempt form. One way to do this is through funeral arrangements.
For both Medicaid and SSI, certain types of funeral arrangements - including burial funds, pre-paid funeral agreements, and burial plots - are exempt from consideration as assets. In this way, an applicant can reduce their countable assets while also ensuring that their wishes about their funeral are respected.
This memo from Selfhelp explains how these plans work.
The IRS today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their first iOS app.
The Multipeer Connectivity Framework enables users to flexibly use WiFi and Bluetooth peer-to-peer connections to chat and share photos even without an Internet connection. Big deal, right?
But here's the really big deal -- it can enable two users to chat not only without an Internet connection, but also when they are far beyond WiFi and Bluetooth range from each other -- connected with a chain of peer-to-peer users between one user and a far-away Internet connection.
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