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Examining the Freedom of Information Act

Examining the Freedom of Information Act

 

The website www.FOIA.gov describes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as the “law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.”  

In today’s part one of a three-part series of posts, we’ll be discussing what types of information can be requested and disclosed and what information the government is prohibited from releasing. Parts two and three of this series will take a closer look at FOIA requests for Citizenship and Immigration Services and Customs and Border Protection. 

Retirement Myths and Realities

We all have some preconceived notions about what retirement will be like. But how do those notions compare with the reality of retirement? Here are four common retirement myths to consider.

1. My retirement won't last that long

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

 

Imagine this scenario: You have been a green card holder for the past five years and have made sure to spend less than six months a year outside of the United States. You can now finally apply to become a U.S. citizen! 

After submitting your application to USCIS and attending your biometrics appointment, you have been scheduled for your final naturalization interview. You’ve heard that the tests are fairly easy and did not think you would need to study. You’re shocked when the interviewing officer asks you question after question that you do not know the answer to. You sadly do not pass the naturalization test that day. 

Tips on Travel While Giving to Charity

Do you plan to donate your services to charity this summer? Will you travel as part of the service? If so, some travel expenses may help lower your taxes when you file your tax return next year. Here are five tax tips you should know if you travel while giving your services to charity.

1. You can’t deduct the value of your services that you give to charity. But you may be able to deduct some out-of-pocket costs you pay to give your services. This can include the cost of travel. All out-of pocket costs must be:

• unreimbursed,

• directly connected with the services,

• expenses you had only because of the services you gave, and

• not personal, living or family expenses.

AT&T Announces More Than 150 Jobs Available in New York

AT&T Announces More Than 150 Jobs  Available in New York

Filled More Than 375 Positions Statewide First Half of 2014

AT&T today announced that the company is seeking applicants for more than 150 jobs in New York.  The new hirings will be primarily focused on technical and retail positions and are a result of AT&T’s continued investment in the network and delivering a first-class sales experience.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in New York and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect, said Marissa Shorenstein, New York President, AT&T. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in the Empire State we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 150 residents to the AT&T family.”

IRS.gov has information about the health care law and its effect on your taxes

There is a lot of information in the news and online about the health care law and its effect on your taxes. For the most current answers to questions you may have, visit IRS.gov/aca. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Home

From the individual shared responsibility provision to the definition of minimum essential coverage, the IRS website covers a wide range of health care topics and how they relate to your taxes.

Summer Weddings Mean Tax Changes

Taxes may not be high on your summer wedding plan checklist. But you should be aware of the tax issues that come along with marriage. Here are some basic tips that can help keep those issues to a minimum:

Name change. The names and Social Security numbers on your tax return must match your Social Security Administration records. If you change your name, report it to the SSA. To do that, file Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. You can get the form on SSA.gov, by calling 800-772-1213 or from your local SSA office.