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Determining military benefits for a non-service member spouse of a service member after a divorce can be a complex matter. A former spouse's benefits will end at 12:01 a.m. on the day of the divorce, unless he or she meets certain requirements. The type and amount of TRICARE benefits a former spouse receives depends on a few hardline factors.  The Uniformed Services former Spouse Protection Act provides certain benefits to former spouses of military member. 10 U.S.C. § 1072....
With summer approaching, employers are hearing from college students looking for internships.  In the past, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) made it almost impossible for “for profit” employers to establish unpaid internship programs that did not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The DOL used a rigid, six-factor test that prohibited employers from gaining an immediate advantage from the intern’s activities, which severely limited the intern’s usefulness. This...
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) became law on December 22, 2017 and influences many areas of American life. Anyone who is contemplating divorce should understand how the Act treats spousal support payors and payees.  For years, the tax code permitted the payor spouse to deduct his or her spousal support from the payor’s taxes.  The payee spouse was required to include the support payment in his or her income.  From a practical perspective, this provision would...
In case you missed it, January 1 of this year (2018) ushered in a significant change in the world of limited liability companies and partnerships.  Under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“BBA”) the existing rules for auditing partnerships were replaced with an entirely new set of rules.  In addition, the role of the “tax matters partner” was replaced with that of a “partnership representative”.  Both of these changes are significant and impact the operating and partnership...
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