The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The New Provisions and How to Prepare Your Individual and Business Income Taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law on December 22, 2017 by President Donald Trump. Changes to individual income taxes include lowered tax brackets, increased Alternative Minimum Tax thresholds and higher estate, gift and generation skipping tax exemptions. For businesses, changes include a reduced corporate tax rate and the repeal of the
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U.S. Senate Passes the Tax Overhaul Bill: U.S. Senate Passes the Tax Overhaul Bill: What’s Next and How to Plan for 2018

In the early hours of December 2nd, the U.S. US Senate passed the tax overhaul bill in a vote of 51-49 mostly along party lines. Tax Planning in December 2017 In planning for the final tax bill to become effective for 2018, there are many opportunities to delay recognition of income now that may be
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Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Permits Travel Ban Enforcement While Legal Challenges Continue

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court granted the Administration’s request to stay preliminary injunctions which had temporarily blocked the Administration’s travel ban from taking effect. With this decision, the Supreme Court allowed the travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges against it continue. The Supreme Court urged the lower appeals courts to render decisions quickly on
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Tax Alert: The New Tax Proposals: How Do They Compare?

The Senate issued its version of the tax proposal on Thursday, the same day that the House Ways and Means committee approved their version. How Are They Similar? The Senate and House proposals share many similarities. Both plans reduce the corporate income tax rate, eliminate most itemized deductions, eliminate personal exemptions and increase the child
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Immigration Alert: Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

The holiday season can be a hectic time for international travel. Airports, Consulates and ports of entry are exceptionally busy due to the large number of travelers, visa applicants, increased security measures, and enhanced vetting procedures implemented pursuant to executive orders. We encourage corporate human resource personnel, business travelers, and foreign national employees to take proactive
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Immigration Alert: Increased H-1B Onsite Visits 

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General released a report outlining recommendations to improve the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program and targeted site visits for H-1B non-immigrant workers. What Employers and Foreign Nationals Can Expect  The USCIS’s Fraud Detection and
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Immigration Alert: FY2019 Diversity Visa Lottery

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of State, permits up to 50,000 diversity immigrant visas to be granted for fiscal year 2019 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to file an
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New York City Employers Should Prepare for Salary History Ban Taking Effect on October 31

New York City’s new ban on inquiries concerning salary history will take effect on October 31, 2017.  According to the law signed by Mayor de Blasio this spring, it will be considered an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer to inquire about the salary history of a job applicant or to use the applicant’s prior
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has resumed Premium Processing today for all H-1B petitions. Premium Processing was previously suspended for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017, and subsequently reinstated for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, interested government waivers, and Fiscal Year 2018 cap-subject filings. What Employers
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Immigration Alert: DHS Seeks Public Comments on Expanded Data Collection Effective October 18, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing plans to collect additional information and social media data on all immigrants. The scope of data collection is potentially very broad, and affected groups include green card holders, naturalized citizens, and relatives and associates of any individuals subject to the Immigration
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