Report: Trump plans H-1B and other work visa reforms

As the tech world continues its strong opposition to the executive order that has restricted entry to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries, it appears the Trump administration is gearing up for chapter two. According to a report in Bloomberg today, the Trump administration has drafted another immigration executive order, this one aimed at overhauling work visas such…

IRS Form 1099 Or Form W-2?

Some people ask ‘1099 or W-2?’ as if they were asking how you take your coffee. With all the tax forms coming these days, it’s good to remember the difference. Form W-2 is for employees, and includes details about tax withholding, remittance to the IRS and state taxing authorities. In contrast, Form 1099 reports payments…

Trump issues immigration orders, but California cities and police aren’t onboard

President Trump’s plan to enlist local police and sheriff’s departments in immigration enforcement has set the stage for a pitched battle with California officials who have long prioritized building ties with immigrant communities. Trump’s plan, which was issued Wednesday as part of a pair of executive orders, seeks to broaden the reach of federal immigration authorities…

Tax scams and how to fight them

Q: What tax scams should I be watching out for this year? A: Many in the cybersecurity business refer to tax season as “Christmas for Criminals,” because of the amount of sensitive personal information that will be in circulation. The IRS reported a nearly 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016…

IRS: The disabled should remember the EITC

The IRS wants taxpayers with disabilities and the parents of children with disabilities to be especially aware of whether they qualify for the EITC. People with disabilities are often concerned that a refund will impact their eligibility for one or more public benefits, including Social Security disability benefits, Medicaid and Food Stamps. Refunds, including refunds…