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IRS collections can be interesting paradox

There is an interesting paradox occurring in our federal government. While it appears that the IRS Collection Division is increasing its efforts to collect unpaid taxes, it is also increasing the use of tools that delay the collection of tax.

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Online Verdict Information

Morelaw is a great website to gather information on outcomes of civil litigation. This is an excellent free resource to add to your arsenal when conducting verdict or expert witness research. “MoreLaw collects and publishes civil litigation information from the state and federal courts nationwide.”

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Court unhappy with citation problems

Over the summer, the Court of Appeals issued four decisions involving criminal cases, both published and unpublished, sanctioning counsel for various infractions. In one decision, the Court sanctioned counsel from both parties. What piqued the Court's ire the most were false appendix certifications and, in one case, missing record citations.

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New (to me) Smartphone Apps

I am always amazed by the number of legal related apps available for the iPhone, Blackberry, and other smartphones. Here are just a few I discovered recently: The Book of Jargon – This application is a free glossary of corporate and bank finance slang and terminology. It is developed by Latham & Watkins. It appears to only be available for ...

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New IRS rules target tax return preparers

The Department of the Treasury is at it again. They are broadening the rules of ethics that govern practice before the IRS in a continued effort to clean up the tax business. The IRS will now require everyone that prepares "all or substantially all" of a tax return to register with the IRS and receive a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). As before, the new rules are more expansive than necessary to achieve their goal.

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A closer look at criminal history

Under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act ("WFEA"), the circumstances of the pending criminal charge must be substantially related to the circumstances of the team member's particular job before a job offer may be rescinded due an arrest and/or conviction record. What exactly does that mean?

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Wild Pitches

These days, most lawyers and law firms are pretty conservative when it comes to advertising dollars.

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Hello, Goodbye

I often speak to groups about Google and all its features. According to the Google Blog, a feature I have discussed since 2007 will be discontinued.

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Watch your step with unpublished opinions

You've got a thorny legal issue for which there is no published Wisconsin appellate decision. Or, you've got a relatively simple legal issue, but a unique set of facts which no published Wisconsin appellate decision has addressed.

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