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Summer is Coming … Where are you taking “MY” kids?

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You are super excited to take the kiddos on that big summer trip. So, you reach out to your ex to lock it in and you either get denied the vacation time, or told you need to reschedule it. Wait, what? But they are your kids. And vacation is going to be so fun. And you have already paid for it. The summer schedule always lends itself to issues with child custody, and the custodial schedule, especially when it…
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Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Ending – Taxpayers Urged to Come Forward ASAP

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The IRS has announced that the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program is coming to an end September 28, 2018. Taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets are urged to come forward and disclose those assets now.   “Taxpayers have had several years to come into compliance with U.S. tax laws under this program,” said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. “All along, we have been clear that we would close the program at the appropriate time, and we…
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IRS Tax Audits For Self-Employed Individuals are On the Rise

At Mendes Weed, LLP, we advocate for our clients to the fullest extent of the law. Part of our advocacy is helping our clients keep informed of news and information that may affect their livelihood, their family, and their business. Since this is the time of year many people are preparing to file their 2017 tax return, we wanted to bring to attention that IRS tax audits for self-employed individuals are on the rise. Prepare…
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The Impact of the #MeToo Movement on Incidents of Civil Harassment

The #MeToo movement is gaining strong momentum since its inception in the fall of 2017. We’ve witnessed it in the workplace, on social media, on TV, among fellow students, and on the playing field. It is broadening awareness among adolescents, teens, and adults that sexual harassment is not to be tolerated and that victims are not to be silenced. Our history of hiding or not bringing to light sexual assault and harassment has come to…
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[Video] Tax Changes for 2018 As you may be aware, there will be some drastic tax changes that will go into effect in 2018.  Many clients want to know how this will affect them. Please consider the following changes: There will still be 7 income tax brackets for individuals, but the rates are all slightly lower for the most part.  The standard deduction will double, and the personal exemption will be eliminated. Many itemized deductions will be eliminated.  Alimony…
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