December 2015 Archives

IRS Extends Due Dates for 1095's

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This week the IRS extended the due dates for new health care information reporting forms in 2016. Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have additional time to provide health coverage information for 2015 to individual taxpayers and the IRS. The IRS is prepared to accept filings of the information returns beginning in January 2016. However, providers and certain employers must now furnish individuals with either Form 1095-B or 1095-C by March 31, 2016. While the due dates for issuers filing these forms and the associated Form 1094 with the IRS are May 31, 2016, for paper filers and June 30, 2016, for electronic filers, employers and other coverage providers are encouraged to furnish statements and file the information returns as soon as they are ready.  

    • ue to these extensions, some individual taxpayers may not receive a Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C by the time they are ready to file their 2015 tax returns. 
    • While these forms may assist in preparing a return, they are not required. 
    • Like last year, taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health insurance.  
    • Individuals do not have to wait for their Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to file.

The IRS has not extended the due dates for Health Insurance Marketplaces to issue Form 1095-A. Individuals who enrolled for coverage through the Marketplace should receive Form 1095-A by Feb. 1, 2016, and should wait to file their returns until they receive Form 1095-A.

The IRS has posted a set of questions and answers that introduce the new Forms 1095-B and 1095-C. The questions and answers explain who should expect to receive the forms, how they can be used, and how to file with or without the forms.



Press Release - FAA Announces Small UAS (Drone) Registration Rule

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

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Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft.  Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system.  Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.

Owners may register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration


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Intuit to sell off Quicken, Demandforce, QuickBase - Fortune

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In August, 2015, Intuit  announced that Quicken (both for the Macintosh and for Windows) is going to be sold to 
another developer:

Quicken, a pioneer in desktop accounting software, was once Intuit's core product. It came out in 1984 and even beat out Microsoft's competitor, Microsoft Money, which was also introduced in the 1980s.

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Intuit will retain TurboTax, among other software products.


Still no word on which developer that will be:
https://qlc.intuit.com/announcements/1208584
 

Open Source "Baby Blue' Project Could Finally Kill the Bluebook

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Lisa Needham reports:

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The latest turn came this month when open-records activist Carl Malamud tweeted about the coming release of "Baby Blue," 

the name that he and his project partner New York University law professor Christopher Sprigman are calling their rival guide.

Read entire report here.

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Please note that a platform able to generate correct citations to legal materials - across multiple jurisdictions - already exists. https://juris-m.github.io 


Juris-M is a third-party project that leverages the Zotero code base, and like Zotero it supports context-sensitive formatting of citations in word-processed documents. I salute the "Baby Blue" project, and look forward to supporting the new guide in Juris-M.



Wal-Mart-based law firm is in an expansion mode-Canada

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Lawyers who work at Canadian law firm Axess Law have a proven ability to appeal to Wal-Mart shoppers.

The discount law firm has offices in 10 Wal-Marts in the Toronto area, and it's planning to expand to Ottawa early next year, the Financial Post reports. By the end of next year, it could have as many as 18 Wal-Mart locations.


Read entire article.




Are you only using your iPad to satisfy your Netflix addiction? It can do so much more! Learn how the iPad can be a serious productivity tool for your practice. These tips, tricks, apps and accessories for lawyers will help you turn your iPad into the ultimate briefcase.

Register for a FREE 60-minute webinar on Tuesday December 15th at 11am PT/2pm ET to learn:
  • Which iPad to use
  • Writing with an iPad
  • Working with documents
  • Security
  • Helpful apps and accessories



JUSTDELETE.ME
SCIENCE

Have you ever wanted to track down all the web apps and online accounts

that have your personal information and just remove yourself?

JustDelete.Me helps readers do just that. The service features a giant

list of the web's most popular apps and services with links so that you

can delete your account. In addition, the site categorizes services into

four categories by how difficult it is to remove yourself. Green means

it's easy, yellow signifies a service that requires a few additional

steps, red indicates that the account cannot be deleted without

contacting customer service, and the black code, which is thankfully

rare, marks an account that cannot be deleted. In addition, readers may

install the associated Chrome Extension, which alerts readers to when

they are on a page that is listed on the JustDelete.Me site and then

takes readers through the deletion process. [CNH]


Copyright © 2013 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu

Seven Steps for Making Identity Protection Part of Your Routine-IRS

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Security Awareness Tax Tip:

The theft of your identity, especially personal information such as your name, Social Security number, address and children's names, can be traumatic and frustrating. In this online era, it's important to always be on guard.

Here are seven things you can do to protect your tax and financial information online.


Sui Generis--a New York law blog: 2015 Holiday Gift Guide For Lawyers

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Nicole Black is a Rochester, New York attorney and the Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase, intuitive web-based law practice management software for the modern law firm. She is also the author of the ABA book Cloud Computing for Lawyers, co-authors the ABA book Social Media for Lawyers: the Next Frontier, and co-authors Criminal Law in New York, a West-Thomson treatise. She is the founder of lawtechTalk.com and speaks regularly at conferences regarding the intersection of law and technology. She publishes four legal blogs and can be reached at niki@mycase.com.


Now that Thanksgiving is a thing of the past, you know what that means. It's time to start buying holiday gifts! Here are some ideas for the lawyers in your life.

Don't Take the Bait; Avoid Phishing and Malware to Protect Your Personal Data

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No doubt you've heard that warning to beware of phishing many times. But phishing remains a problem because it works. To help taxpayers understand the dangers of phishing and malware, the IRS, state revenue departments and the tax industry released the second in a series of special tax tips.

Learn more about this special series of tax tips and the "Taxes. Security. Together." campaign.




Update - Public Webinars on Revised New York State Bulk Storage Regulations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued new petroleum and chemical bulk storage regulations that became effective October 11, 2015.

DEC hosted a webinar on November 23,2015 that provided an overview of the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) regulations.  A file of the presentation and a link to the recording of the webinar are now available on DEC's Revised Bulk Storage Regulations Webinar Page. 

The next webinar will be held on January 11, 2016 and will focus on the requirements for Underground Storage Tanks regulated under 6 NYCRR Subpart 613-2.  Details and login information are also available on DEC's Bulk Storage Webinar Page

Future webinars will focus on requirements on tanks regulated under Subpart 613-3 and Subpart 613-4.
Underground storage tank installation

DuckDuckGo

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SCIENCE

Most search engines suffer from "search leakage." In other words, when

you search and then click a link, the search terms that you entered are

shared with that site, along with your IP Address and other identifying

information. The DuckDuckGo search engine, by contrast, redirects your

request so that sites do not have access to your search terms. In

addition, DuckDuckGo does not save IP address, user agent, or browser

cookies during your searches, which means that your private information

is better protected. For a more complete description of everything that

DuckDuckGo offers, select the About section under the drop down tab on

the right hand side of the screen. Meanwhile, searching with the engine

is as easy as typing into the text box. All the increased privacy is

built into the service. [CNH]

Copyright © 2015 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu




Cuomo Nominates Westchester DA as Next Chief Judge | New York Law Journal

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Cuomo Nominates Westchester DA as Next Chief Judge

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pick to be New York's highest-ranking judge. READ MORE »

 
 

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