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The Increased Cost of Tax (Non) Compliance and the New Trade Preferences Extension Act

July 2, 2015

Preston R. Burch Preston R. Burch
President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. Neatly tucked away in the “Offsets” provision of the Act are sizeable increases in the dollar amounts of the penalties under Internal Revenue Code sections 6721 and 6722. The new provisions are apply to information returns and statements required to be filed after December 31, 2015 (i.e., returns for payments made this year)—so the cost for failing to file or filing incorrectly just got more expensive.

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Supreme Court Forges New “Significant Burden” Interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States settled a controversy surrounding an employer’s policy that provided light-duty work for certain employees (including some disabled employees) but not for pregnant workers. The case was brought by a worker who tried to show—through indirect evidence—that the policy resulted in the disparate treatment of pregnant workers.