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Members of the Armed Forces Get Special Tax Benefits

Members of the military may qualify for tax breaks and benefits. Special rules could lower the tax they owe or give them more time to file and pay taxes. In addition, some types of military pay are tax-free.

Here are some tips to find out who qualifies:

1. Combat Pay Exclusion.  If someone serves in a combat zone, or provides direct support, part or even all of their combat pay is tax-free. However, there are limits for commissioned officers. See Earned Income Tax Credit below for important information.

2. Deadline Extensions.  Some members of the military, such as those who serve in a combat zone, can postpone most tax deadlines. Those who qualify can get automatic extensions of time to file and pay their taxes.

3. Special Deductions:

Tips on How to Handle an IRS Letter or Notice

The IRS mails millions of letters every year to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. Keep the following suggestions in mind on how to best handle a letter or notice from the IRS:

Tips for Individuals Who Need to Reconstruct Records After a Disaster

Taxpayers who are victims of a disaster might need to reconstruct records to prove their loss. Doing this may be essential for tax purposes, getting federal assistance, or insurance reimbursement.

Here are 12 things taxpayers can do to help reconstruct their records after a disaster:

Jeff Schober’s ‘Chased By Thunder’ is Latest Release from NFB Publishing

Jeff Schober’s ‘Chased By Thunder’ is Latest Release from NFB Publishing

NFB Publishing has announced the release of its latest book, Chased By Thunder by local author Jeff Schober.

Schober has several books to his credit, including Undercurrent; Broken and Profane; Boneshaker; Faces and Fingertips; Growing Up Gronk​; Bike Path Rapist (with Detective Dennis Delano​); What a Country, This America (the biography of Hans Kullerkupp​); and Sabres — 26 Seasons in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium (with Ross Brewitt).

​"We think our father murdered our mother,” a woman tells police in Chased By Thunder. Twenty-eight years earlier, young housewife Donna Burgard was stabbed to death. No killer was captured, although her husband was the prime suspect. Now, as the victim’s grown children request a fresh investigation, Detective Mark Bennett is plunged into murky shadows of the past. Can the truth still be uncovered? 

What is a pet trust?

A pet trust is an arrangement to provide for the care and financial support of your pet(s) upon your disability or death. You fund the trust with property or cash that can be used to provide for your pet based on your instructions in the trust document.

Your pet trust should name a trustee who will carry out your instructions for the care of your pet, including handling and disbursement of trust funds and turning your pet over to the person or entity you designate to serve as your pet's caregiver. The trustee and caregiver could be the same person or entity.

What is a funeral trust?

A funeral trust is an arrangement entered into with a provider of funeral or burial services. Prepaying funeral expenses may allow you to "lock in" costs for future funeral or burial services at an agreed-upon price. The funeral home sometimes serves as trustee (manager of trust assets), and you usually fund the trust with cash, bonds, or life insurance. A revocable funeral trust can be changed and revoked by you at any time. An irrevocable trust can't be changed or revoked, and you generally can't get your money out except to pay for funeral services.

Berardi Immigration Law Names Catherine Dines Associate Attorney

Berardi Immigration Law Names Catherine Dines Associate Attorney

Berardi Immigration Law is pleased to announce that Catherine Dines has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney.

Dines received her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2015, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University. She has a wide range of experience in cross-border corporate relations and has earned a reputation as a proven attorney with a successful track record representing large corporations, partnerships and individual entrepreneurs.