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President Signs Into Law NVLSP Supported Bill to End Taxation of Veterans’ Severance Payments

NVLSP estimates 13,800 veterans were denied $78 million in severance pay when wrongfully taxed

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed into law legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DOD). The Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 directs DOD to identify veterans who have been separated from service for combat-related injuries and received a severance payment that was improperly taxed by the federal government. It instructs DOD to determine how much the combat-wounded veterans are owed and allow veterans who have been improperly taxed to recover the withheld amounts. [more]

Released 12/19/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

Bill Seeking to Recover $78 Million for 13,800 Combat Injured Veterans Passes the House

NVLSP applauds passage of legislation, Hopes Senate will consider S.2712 this session

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) applauds the passage of H.R. 5015, the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 last night in Congress. Sponsored by Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), the bill ensures veterans who suffered service-ending combat-related injuries are not being wrongfully taxed on their severance packages from the Department of Defense (DoD). [more]

Released 12/6/16 | Tags: Congressional Legislation

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Adequacy is Adequate: DC District Court Certifies Pacer Fee Class

Released 2/16/17 at JD Supra (blog) | Tags: Class Actions

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia certified a class of all individuals and entities who paid fees to obtain court records though the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The proposed class representatives, three nonprofit legal advocacy organizations, overcame the government’s primary challenge to class certification, which was that they were not adequate class representatives. The National Veterans Legal Services Program, the National Consumer Law Center and the Alliance for Justice, all nonprofit entities that paid fees to obtain court records from PACER, filed suit to recover the allegedly excessive fees charged by the government for PACER access. [more]

Veteran Article

Released 2/8/17 at WMBF | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

There are approximately 4.5 million veterans in the United States. These men and women, our family, friends, and neighbors, risked their lives to keep us safe at home. Many of them suffer, physically and emotionally, long after they have left the fighting behind. Thankfully, there are organizations available to help veterans, active duty military and their families overcome the hardships they may face. [more]

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