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Will a private collector contact you over past due tax debt?

With the federal income tax filing deadline coming this week, there are a number of people who lament the reality that they will have to owe Uncle Sam money. For those in this unenviable situation, they might not just have the IRS to deal with in the event they don’t pay their tax bill.  Instead, they may have to answer to private collectors.

One of the little known aspects of the huge transportation bill passed by Congress in 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), will allow the IRS to employ private debt collectors to collect billions in back taxes owed to the federal government.

Coparenting tips in Pennsylvania

When you have recently entered into a coparenting relationship with your ex spouse or partner, it is likely that it will take you some time to fully adjust. Any coparenting relationship has challenges, and there will likely be conflicts that take place in regard to what you believe is best for your kids.

In the state of Pennsylvania, the courts reward parents who can show that they act in the best interests of the child. Therefore, if you are considering filing for sole custody in the future or if you are worried about losing the visitation rights that you already have, it is important that you are able to show that your actions always represent the child's best interests. The following are some tips for developing a strong coparenting relationship in Pennsylvania.

Is your start-up divorce proof?

The hallmark of getting a start-up business off the ground is the single-mindedness required: Long hours, few days off, blood, sweat and tears poured into your business. When every drop of your energy is focused on one thing, relationships can take a distant second place. Should you be surprised when your spouse asks for a divorce? Could you have done something to protect your business?

Many could say the more important question is how do you save your marriage from your business? There are things you can do that will protect your relationships -- and ultimately help protect your business -- from divorce. 

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