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IRS Provides Tax Relief for Qualified Opportunity Zone Investors

More Time to Reinvest Capital Gains for Deferral or Exclusion In December 2017, Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act added Qualified Opportunity Zones (26 USC § 1400Z-1, et. seq.). Congress enacted QOZs to foster investment in an economically distressed area to spur further investment in those areas and job […]

President Trump Expands Ban on Employment Visas and Extends Previous Executive Order

On Monday, the Trump administration announced it is suspending some categories of employment visas for foreign workers. The ban is effective June 24, 2020, and it remains in effect through December 31, 2020. The president’s executive order suspends the entry of foreign nationals and their family members currently without issued U.S. employment visas who are […]

What Businesses Need to Consider About COVID-19 Interruption Claims

As Florida continues to re-open, the effects on small business over the last few months are still being felt. While the mantras “eat local” and “spend local” are being advertised by many, and indeed will help, most businesses large and small need assistance now. Businesses, secondary to any funding provided by the U.S. government, are […]

Circuit Court Decision on 401(k) Contributions in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Solidifies Florida District Court Ruling

On June 1, 2020, in a 2-1 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (6th Circuit) ruled that the voluntary contributions to an employer’s qualified retirement plan (e.g., a 401(k)) by a person in Chapter 13 bankruptcy are excluded from “disposable income” for purposes of determining how much of her post-filing […]

Contracts, Force Majeure and COVID-19 Impacts: What You Need to Know

Every industry has been or will be affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, as the world continues to grapple with the ongoing health and financial crisis, businesses are trying to determine and guard against the impacts. For example, there are ongoing contractual obligations to many parties and in a multitude of areas, […]

U.S. Executive Order Ceases Immigration for Many Applicants During COVID-19 Crisis

It was announced this week that the president of the United States has signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the issuance of green cards to U.S. immigration candidates. The current ban, which expires in 60 days, only covers applicants who would be coming from outside the United States. More specifically, it blocks anybody from […]

“Save Small Business” Initiative and Grant Fund from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a private sector 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has launched the “Save Small Business Initiative.” This initiative is a nationwide program focusing on small businesses’ immediate needs, efforts to mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilizing support […]

USCIS Provides Updated Response to COVID-19 Crisis

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that all offices will remain closed through May 3, 2020, or until further notice. Therefore, please note the following impacts: All scheduled in-person appointments, hearings, and interviews during this time are automatically canceled. USCIS will automatically reschedule all canceled appointments by mailing new appointment notices to […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Impacts Employees and Employers

Due to the damaging effects that the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is having on health and finances, the United States Congress continues to pass legislation to help provide relief to people. One of the larger bills recently signed into law is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The full FFCRA actually contains several bills or […]

Immigration Services and COVID-19 – Continuing to Assist Legal Needs of Our New and Existing Clients

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, including the closings of businesses, schools, and government offices and courts around the country, the immigration department at Widerman Malek remains open and will continue to provide legal representation for most types of U.S. immigration cases. What You Need to Know During the Crisis: Safety – For the […]

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