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Court Says Relief For Wrongfully Incarcerated Prisoners Doesn’t Apply To Relatives. The son and former wife of a man who spent six years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit cannot benefit from tax relief that Congress granted wrongfully incarcerated individuals, a federal court in Ohio ruled.
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Addressing Diminished Capacity: Recognizing and Protecting Against Financial Exploitation

Losing the capacity to manage your financial affairs is a frightening prospect, and watching a loved one lose capacity can be just as daunting. It seems incredible that anyone would take advantage of such circumstances, but unfortunately it is all too common.
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Court Permits Deduction For Executive MBA. Taxpayers can deduct the cost of education that maintains or improves skills required in their current professions, but not those that qualify them for a new trade or business. The Internal Revenue Service disallowed deductions claimed by Alex Kopaigora for the Executive MBA program at Brigham Young University. Kopaigora commuted on weekends to the Provo, Utah, campus from Los Angeles, where he was a hotel accounting manager before losing his job partway through the program. The IRS claimed Kopaigora’s unemployment meant he could not qualify for the deductions, but the Tax Court disagreed.
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An Earlier Deadline For Information Returns. American businesses have been enlisted in the fight against fraudulent tax filings, and it will require them to be on their toes after the year-end holidays. Businesses now are required to send W-2 forms reporting employee earnings and Forms 1099 showing payments to nonemployee contractors to the Internal Revenue Service by January 31.
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Maritime Taxes: Saving Money On The Water

The siren call of boat ownership is easy to understand, here in South Florida. On a hot summer day, or even a crisp winter afternoon, getting out on the water for some sailing, fishing, snorkeling or water skiing can seem like the perfect reason to take the plunge. If you are ready to invest in a boat of your own, whether a modest fishing boat or a high-end yacht, it is worthwhile to pause and consider the tax implications.
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