Larry Keefe: Legal Elite “Super Lawyer”

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KAG is proud to announce that, not only has Larry Keefe been named in the 2015 Florida Legal Elite for the 6th consecutive year, he has also reached “Super Lawyer” status for the 8th consecutive year in the 2015 Super Lawyers Magazine. “This honor only confirms what Larry’s partners and clients already know about him: He is a creative, strategic …

Gordon wins case for homeowner’s association

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In December, Keefe, Anchors & Gordon partner Ben Gordon prevailed in a key case in favor of a homeowner’s association client. In the case, the Court ordered that the owner of a four-story, semi-completed house — complete with a rooftop swimming pool — bring the structure into compliance with the Association’s guidelines or be demolished. The owner took the position that it …

KAG scores victory on behalf of local skydiving business

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Florida’s First District Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday to reverse a lower court’s decision to grant Walton County an injuction halting the business of Skydive North Florida, represented by Keefe, Anchors & Gordon attorney — and recently-elected Congressman — Matt Gaetz. Since 2008, James and Melanie Nipper have operated Skydive North Florida on their 290-acre Walton County farm. Despite the …

Gaetz elected to Congress

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On Tuesday, November 8, KAG attorney Matt Gaetz was elected to serve as Northwest Florida’s next representative in Congress! Matt will be sworn in as a member of the 115th Congress when it convenes in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2017, continuing a family tradition of public service. Matt previously served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives …

KAG attorney Kia Johnson sworn into bar

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In a ceremony held Friday morning in The Honorable T. Patt Maney’s courtroom, Keefe, Anchors & Gordon attorney Kia Johnson was sworn in as the newest member of the Florida Bar. Johnson was joined by her father, aunt, and grandmother, along with other attorneys from the firm. KAG partner Larry Keefe introduced Johnson and her family to Judge Maney, after …

Michelle Anchors on new Bar rule prohibiting sexist remarks in court

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The Northwest Florida Daily News recently interviewed KAG partner Michelle Anchors about a new American Bar Association rule prohibiting sexist remarks in court. Michelle Anchors, a female attorney in Fort Walton Beach, said she has been treated only with dignity and respect by the judiciary, her colleagues and the local bar. “To me, this rule is a formality that codifies the standard of …

LAW OF THE LAND: Alternative Minimum Tax – Say What?

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It’s tax time again, and as you are filling out the forms, don’t be surprised if your taxes aren’t as straightforward as they should be. Depending on your income, you may have to pay what is known as the “Alternative Minimum Tax” or AMT. The AMT is an income tax imposed at nearly a flat rate on an adjusted amount …

LAW OF THE LAND: Higher education can lead to tax savings

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If you spent any money on higher education last year, it may mean savings on your taxes in 2016. If you or a significant other, including a dependent, took higher education courses (i.e., post-high school), there may be a tax credit or deduction for you. In IRS Tax Tip 2016-36, the IRS provides the following facts concerning this key tax …

LAW OF THE LAND: Self-employed? Here are six tax tips the IRS wants you to know

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Self-employed individuals normally carry on a trade or business. For example, an independent contractor is generally self-employed. If this applies to you, there are a few basic things the IRS wants you to know about how income from your business affects your federal tax return. Here are six important tips from the IRS: Self-employment income can include income you received …

LAW OF THE LAND: Small business health care tax credit

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The Affordable Care Act, popularly, or unpopularly, known as “Obamacare,” includes a small business health care tax credit, which can benefit small employers who provide health coverage to their employees. The small business health care tax credit applies to employers who: have fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees pay an average wage of less than $51,600 a year pay at …

LAW OF THE LAND: Taxpayer Bill of Rights: The Right to Be Informed

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In response to a number of issues, the Internal Revenue Service adopted a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” (TBOR) in 2014. In all, the TBOR spells out 10 rights for Taxpayers. This article explores the first of those rights – “The Right to Be Informed.” Under The Right to Be Informed, taxpayers have the right to know what they need to …