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“Filing Trap” for Non-Filers Who Use the Economic Impact Payment Registration Tool

Taxpayers who use the Economic Impact Payment registration tool may fall into a trap where once the taxpayer uses the portal to request the EIP payment, he or she is no longer able to e-file a 2019 return. By Peter Y. Lin-Tsai, Esq.
Taxpayers who use the Economic Impact Payment registration tool may fall into a trap where once the taxpayer uses the portal to request the EIP payment, he or she is no longer abl… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2020/07/filing-trap-non-filers-who-use-economic-impact-payment-registration-tool/

Skateboarding at the Library

Skateboarders flying off the steps in front of the Law Library.
A few weeks ago, a skateboard rider flew off the concrete border in front of the Law Library steps and almost hit a patron who had just stepped out of the building.   As I was yell… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2017/05/skateboarding-library/

What A Lemon

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act targets lemons in all consumer related goods - from cars to electronics and everything in between.
Most everyone knows that theLemon Law is intended to protect a new car buyer from a defective car and their rights to either return it or have it fixed. But did you know that this… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/02/what-lemon/

Taffy Pull

If you get enough people mad at you, courts/judges will do ANYTHING to get you - even if it means making up crazy interpretations of the law just to make your life miserable.
In today's news is the story of a guy whom the Feds really wanted to nail to the proverbial wall.  See, once upon a time Dennis Mahon of the White Aryan Resistance of Arizona plan… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2016/01/taffy-pull/

This Day in History- The Civil Rights Act of 1964

In an effort to eliminate the rampant discrimination against African Americans and other people of color, President Linden B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2nd.
In an effort to eliminate the rampant discrimination against African Americans and other people of color, President Linden B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/07/day-history-civil-rights-act-1964/

This Day in History- Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation made all slaves free people, making an official end to legally sanctioned slavery. However, Texas refused to acknowledge this, and thus continued these practices. They continued two years after the proclam…
On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation made all slaves free people, making an official end to legally sanctioned slavery. However, Texas refused to acknowledge this, an… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/06/day-history-juneteenth/

The Patriot Act and Section 215

The purpose of the Patriot Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2011, was to provide the federal government with the authority to forestall acts of domestic terrorism through heightened surveillance; to include physica…
In the wake of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center twin towers, the Patriot Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2011. Its purpose was to provi… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/05/patriot-act-and-section-215/

This Day in History- The Sedition Act of 1918

Freedom of speech is something that we accept as a guaranteed right in the United States. It is in the very first amendment in our Bill of Rights, and we exercise our freedom constantly, especially in newspapers and the media. We often take it for granted…
The Sedition Act, enacted on May 18th, 1918, was an addition to the Espionage Act of 1917. The Espionage Act made it a crime to interfere with military operations or recruitment, … http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/05/day-history-sedition-act-1918/

Proposition 47 Becomes a Reality

Utilizing the initiative process, by obtaining the necessary number of registered voters signatures, the citizens of California enacted Proposition 47 by a vote of 58.5 to 41.5 percent signaling the intent on the part of California voters to allow for rec…
Utilizing the initiative process, by obtaining the necessary number of registered voters signatures, the citizens of California enacted Proposition 47 by a vote of 58.5 to 41.5 per… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/04/proposition-47-becomes-reality/

This Day in History- The Federal Reserve Act

This act created the Federal Reserve with twelve private regional banks, and gave the system the ability to issue Federal Reserve notes. The responsibilities of the Federal Reserve have since been expanded to dramatically impact American economics.
  Woodrow Wilson must have had the phrase “money makes the world go around” in mind when he signed the Federal Reserve Act on December 23rd, 1913. This act created the Fede… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/12/day-history-federal-reserve-act/

This Day in History- The National Historic Preservation Act

The National Historic Preservation Act plays an important role in protecting our heritage as Americans by ensuring that our children and following generations will be able to visit places and structures that played roles in the development of the country.
On October 15th, 1966, the United States promised its citizens that the government would take steps to ensure that historical buildings and structures  would be protected for o… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/10/day-history-national-historic-preservation-act/

You Really (really) Need to Read This

Few things are more annoying than having to read 4 point type fine print in a contract knowing full well that if you don't read the fine print, you're gonna get stung somewhere down the line. You just know it!
More and more, these days, is the instance where someone will come into the library asking for a book that talks about how to get out of a contract for the sale of a car or a boat… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/09/read-it/

This Day In History- The Voting Rights Act of 1965

On August 6th, Linden B. Johnson put his pen to one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation: the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This Act was to combat the discriminatory practices of the south against African Americans and other minorities- e…
On August 6th, Linden B. Johnson put his pen to one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation: the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This Act was to combat the discriminat… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/08/day-history-voting-rights-act-1965/

The more you do the better you get

While law school may teach you about the law, your local county law librarian can teach you how to find and use legal resources. In fact, your local county law librarians are probably your best resource for teaching you how to do your own legal research …
Once upon a time, I was attending a law Librarian conference.  As I was perusing the offerings of the various vendors I stopped in front of the CEB table.  Seems CEB had a few off… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2015/02/what-did-i-do/

Get A Warrant

Can a police officer search the contents of your cell phone when you are under arrest?
Can a police officer search the contents of your cell phone when you are under arrest?  Today in a unanimous decision the Supreme Court, said a resounding NO! The police must obta… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/07/get-warrant/

Freedom only goes so far

People need to respect other people's rights including the right to be left alone. You're rights may not (or should not) infringe upon another's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Rarely do things in the legal world surprise me, anymore.  Disbelief, maybe, but not surprise.  Take, for instance the case of U.S. v. Osinger.  Seems Mr. Osinger and the love of … http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/06/freedom-only-goes-so-far/

Free and Open Access to the Law

The mission of the Riverside County Law Library is to “enable everyone in Riverside County to perform the highest level of research and practice through free and open access to the law.”
The mission of the Riverside County Law Library is to “enable everyone in Riverside County to perform the highest level of research and practice through free and open access to th… http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/06/free-and-open-access-law/

The Devil's in the Details

Sometimes it's the little things that come back to bite you
Have you ever walked into a room and forgot what it was you were going to do?  Maybe your mom asked you to go to the store for some butter and you bring back a bag of chips and a … http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/05/devils-details/

When is the 4th Amendment not the 4th Amendment

Being mistaken for someone else can lead to unfortunate consequences
Have you ever been mistaken for being someone else?  Maybe you look like a famous celebrity and everyone stops you on the street.  For a long time, I have been mistaken for being … http://www.rclawlibrary.org/community/blog/2014/04/when-4th-amendment-not-4th-amendment/