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October 2017

3rd Thursday Webinar: Avoiding Pro Bono Burnout

October 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

MVLS volunteer attorney Yollette Atkinson and staff attorney Ellyn Riedl will provide advice and tips for effective client management, setting boundaries, setting realistic expectations while being considerate of the numerous barriers the client has faced just to get to you, maintaining and managing contact, and managing disappointment. There is no cost for this webinar. Click here to register.

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March 2018

Webinar – Voluntary Disclosure: What needs to be shared with the IRS and how to do it

March 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join MVLS for our March Tax Twos-Day Webinar! As a tax representative, you sometimes hear things from your client that you wished they hadn’t said. Such as they haven’t filed tax returns in several years, or they have an offshore account that they never revealed. What must be disclosed? And how do you do that without getting your client into more trouble? Join Andrew Marshall, former Revenue Agent Technical Advisor, now Examination Technical Liaison to the Executive Director, Systemic Advocacy, as…

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Third Thursday Webinar: The House is Crumbling, Now What? Baltimore City Code Enforcement

March 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

With an intent to assist volunteers in advising clients on matters relating to Baltimore City’s enforcement of its building and related codes, this Presentation will address the receivership process and other enforcement actions from the perspective of both defendants and neighboring residents, and provide guidance on resources available to low-income individuals with homes in need of urgent repair. To register for this FREE webinar, please click here.

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April 2018

3rd Thursday Webinar: Advanced Expungement Panel

April 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Come join us for an exciting panel on some gray area expungement cases. We will hear from 3 amazing attorneys who have all taken some unique expungement cases. Amelia French will discuss Violation of Probation and how that effects subsequent conviction and the unit rule. Eric Bielitz will talk about cases labeled as "Fugitive From Justice" and why the State is objecting to them. Lastly, we'll hear from Kate Cook who is challenging cases with a disposition of "No Finding". …

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June 2018

Expungement Training Webinar

June 25, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This webinar will go over the basics of Maryland expungement law as well as how to use the MDExpungement.com website. The webinar is open to all attorneys, paralegals and law students and is designed to train attorneys for the MVLS/YLS Bon Secours Expungement Clinic on June 27th.  The webinar will be taught by Matthew Stubenberg, the IT Director/Staff Attorney at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the creator of MDExpungement.com. There is no cost for this webinar. Click here to…

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July 2018

Domestic Voluntary Disclosure program: “Help, my client made a mistake!

July 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

You are reviewing your client’s documents and you realize that they may have intentionally underreported income or overstated expenses. What do you do?  Join Andrew Marshall, IRS Examination Technical Liaison, Office of Systemic Advocacy, as he discusses situations in which this can arise, what types of disclosures can be made, such as“loud” vs “quiet,” entity issues, and state issues that may arise. Click here to join this webinar, a part of our running Tax Twos-Day series. 

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The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask

July 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation (“Office”) supervises the activities of the financial services industry under its regulatory authority through periodic on-site examinations and off-site monitoring programs. The mission of the Office is to ensure that the citizens of Maryland are able to conduct their financial transactions through safe, sound, and well-managed institutions that comply with Maryland law, including various consumer protection provisions, while providing a flexible, yet sound regulatory environment that promotes fair competition, encourages innovative business development,…

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August 2018

Taking the Leap Into Pro Bono

August 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Have you been thinking about volunteering but have no idea where to start or fear that your knowledge and skills may fall short? Join us for a panel style webinar to hear different volunteering experiences from your peers. You will have the opportunity to hear from and engage with three young attorneys from large and small firms about everything you have been dying to learn when it comes to volunteering with MVLS. MVLS CAN members Yoshika Watford of Watford Law…

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September 2018

The Basics of Life Estate Deeds

September 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

When working with pro bono clients to set up estate plans to avoid probate, there are a variety of things to consider.  If they are homeowners, one option to discuss is the use of a life estate deed.  For many MVLS clients, many of whom wish simply to keep the family home in the family, this can be particularly important, to ensure that the property ends up being titled in the correct individual(s) name(s) without the need for probate.  If…

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October 2018

Updates on Denial or Revocation of U.S. Passport for Seriously Delinquent Tax Debtors

October 9, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If your client owes the IRS over $50,000 and has not provided a collection alternative, their U.S. passport is at risk. Join John Pontius, of Pontius Tax Law, as he reviews the Internal Revenue Code section 7345 definition of “seriously delinquent tax debt” as well as the statutory exceptions and exclusions in the Internal Revenue Manual. John will also provide an update on IRS efforts to coordinate with the State Department to deny or revoke U.S. passports for seriously delinquent…

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November 2018

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Flex Modification

November 1, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Training 1 of 2 co-hosted by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC), Mid-Shore Pro Bono, and MVLS. Level – Intermediate – assumes familiarity with basic loss mitigation concepts. Attending this training, or the "Amendments to CFPB RESPA and TILA Mortgage Servicing Regulations" training on Nov. 29 is free, but requires the acceptance of a pro bono case over the next 6 months.  This training will be given by Diane Cipollone, Esq., a qualified expert on mortgage servicing and mortgage…

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Amendments to CFPB RESPA and TILA Mortgage Servicing Regulations

November 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This training is co-hosted by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC), Mid-Shore Pro Bono, and MVLS. Level – Intermediate – assumes familiarity with basic loss mitigation concepts. Attending this training is free, but requires the acceptance of a pro bono case over the next 6 months.  This training will be given by Diane Cipollone, Esq., a qualified expert on mortgage servicing and mortgage origination matters and consultant to the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) where she previously served as…

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February 2019

Love and Taxes: How to Counsel Your Clients in Sticky Romantic Situations

February 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Romance may be fleeting, while tax consequences can leave you with more than just bad memories. Join Michael March, a tax attorney from Rosenberg Martin, as he discusses the impact of the new tax law on family, friends and lovers. Click here to register.

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March 2019

IRS Offers in Compromise: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

March 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

OICs seem straightforward enough: fill out the form 656 and provide the appropriate information. But reviews can be subjective, and there are nuances which can make or break the offer. Join Giovanni Alberotanza, partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg as he discusses how to avoid common pitfalls so as to increase your chances of acceptance. . Click here to register.

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Advocating for Survivors of Trauma: Practice Tips for Attorneys

March 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This webinar will provide attorneys with an overview of how trauma may impact their clients, including a discussion of common challenges that can arise when advocating for survivors of exploitation and violence. Participants will receive an introduction to the principles of trauma-informed legal advocacy as well as practical tips for working with traumatized clients. Presenters – Jessica Emerson, LMSW, Director of the Human Trafficking Prevention Project at University of Baltimore School of Law, and Heather Heiman, Human Trafficking Prevention Project…

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Debt Relief Scams: Helping Clients Avoid and Recover Webinar

March 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With the growing number of Americans burdened by insurmountable debt these days, it’s unfortunate to learn that we must also be wary of scam artists posing as legitimate debt relief providers. Although there are several ways consumers can prevent from being targeted by fraudulent agencies, the level of sophistication some of these deceitful companies employ makes it difficult for many to avoid. The good news is that there is still help for those who’ve already fallen victim! Attorneys can help…

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April 2019

A New Hope: Maryland’s Student Loan Ombudsman & What It Means For Student Loan Borrowers

April 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With student loan servicing becoming a problem for more and more individuals, the need for individual and large scale advocacy on this issue has sharply increased in recent years. Maryland has taken on this important issue by creating an Ombudsman role by legislation passed in 2018, to serve as a liaison between student loan borrowers and student loan servicers. Attendees will be introduced to the new Student Loan Ombudsman, learn about the his role, current issues and trends affecting Maryland…

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May 2019

Maryland Audits: How it Differs from the IRS

May 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

More than ever, it seems like Maryland is leading the audit charge, examining tax returns before the IRS does.  So it’s more important than ever for attorneys to understand Maryland’s audit procedure.  Problem is, Maryland’s procedure is more informal than the IRS’, and less accessible. Join tax attorney Victoria Kelly as she explores the ins and outs of the Maryland audit process, and how best to navigate it with your client.  Click here to register.

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June 2019

CDPs, from Cradle to Grave

June 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the alphabet soup of Tax World, “CDP,” or Collection Due Process is an important issue to know and understand.  Join experienced tax attorney Steve Kauffman, of Skeen & Kauffman, LLP, as he discusses the life cycle of a tax issue and how a CDP fits into this.  Click here to register.

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July 2019

OIC in Maryland

July 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

OICs can be a great collection alternative for your client who owes a tax balance.  However, OICs in Maryland follow a slightly different process than OICs for the IRS.  Join Andrew “Jay” Maschas, Assistant Director, Comptroller of Maryland and Melinda Dunmire,  Assistant to Director, Chair of OIC Case Review Board, for a discussion of the ins and outs of the Maryland OIC process.  Click here to register.

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August 2019

Helping Clients Reconstruct Tax Records

August 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Clients often walk in with a tax problem but no records, making it very difficult to assist them. But with some careful sleuthing and detective work, sometimes those records can be reconstructed. Join tax attorney Shawnielle Predeoux for a discussion on how to do this, what is acceptable to use, and how best to advocate for your client when you don’t have a lot to start with.  Click here to register.

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September 2019

How to Settle the “Trust Fund Recovery Penalty” Devil

September 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

You may know the devil by another name – the “Trust Fund Recovery Penalty” or “TFRP.” One of the harshest IRS penalties, the TFRP may hit your client suddenly and brutally. While it can be avoided with proper planning, many employees find themselves in a position where the IRS proposes a substantial tax assessment, based on their employer’s failure to pay its payroll taxes. Luckily, a TFRP assessment can be overturned, as there are defenses. In this webinar, “How to…

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October 2019

What’s New at the Maryland Comptroller’s Office

October 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Andrew “Jay” Maschas, Assistant Director, Compliance Division, Comptroller of Maryland, for a discussion about changes in Taxpayer Guidance, legislative changes, and comments on Wayfair. Click here to register.  

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What’s New at the Maryland Comptroller’s Office

October 8, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Andrew “Jay” Maschas, Assistant Director, Compliance Division, Comptroller of Maryland, for a discussion about changes in Taxpayer Guidance, legislative changes, and comments on Wayfair. Click here to register.  

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November 2019

Circular 230: What It Is and Why You Need to Know About It

November 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As tax practitioners, we often focus on the substantive material in representing a client before the IRS. But what are the duties and restrictions relating to that practice? What are the sanctions if these regulations are violated? Join Vince Viruni, a tax attorney with Kelly │Dorsey as he explores why it is important that you know about this often overlooked Treasury Department Circular. Click here to register.  

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December 2019

AirBnB: Know Before You Rent (Out)

December 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

It’s holiday season, and lots of people are traveling. You have a spare room, and think it would be a great opportunity to make some extra money. But – are there any tax implications? Join tax attorney Victoria Kelly as she discusses tax issues to be aware of for those trying to earn some extra cash.   Click here to register.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Starting a Law Practice

December 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Kat Hyland, an experienced consumer attorney, solo practitioner, and University of Maryland law school adjunct professor (“Law Practice Management”), in an introduction to starting your own practice, including a discussion on business formation and getting clients. Click here to register for this training.  

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February 2020

Unhappy Together: Avoiding Joint Tax Liability by Claiming Duress, or Innocent and Injured Spouse Relief

February 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Divorce is one of life’s most stressful events. During a divorce proceeding, attorneys and clients focus on custody, division of assets, even issues of domestic violence. By comparison, a divorcing couple’s tax return may seem unimportant. That’s unfortunate, since the tax return can result in substantial liability. It did for Victoria’s client, and it might for yours. Based on an actual case, this presentation demonstrates how to avoid or sever joint tax liability, with special attention to issues of abuse.…

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Uncontested Independent Adoption in Maryland

February 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The webinar will focus on the basics of handling an uncontested independent adoption case in Maryland. The webinar will cover the legal effects of adoption, drafting the adoption petition, the adoption hearing, and when to seek adoption v. guardianship v. custody. Learn tips related to working with pro bono clients and ask questions of Shannon Kowitz of the Mulinazzi Law Firm. Click here to register for this training.  

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MVLS CAN Town Hall Call

February 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join MVLS CAN leadership, current members, and prospective members for a conversation about all that this networking group for new attorneys, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and law students is doing. Learn about ways to get involved and join us in a brainstorming discussion about the future of the group. We want to hear from you how this organization can best work for your professional development and pro bono goals. Read more about MVLS CAN here. You can join the conversation by…

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March 2020

Get in the Zone: Opportunity Zones!

March 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

There’s been a lot of talk about Opportunity Zones recently. What’s the big deal? Join Michael March, tax attorney with Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, as he discusses what you need to know to advise your clients and why they should know about this great tax incentive.  Click here to register.

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Working with the Limited English Proficient Population

March 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Current definitions of Cultural Competence describe the ability to understand, communicate, and effectively interact with people across cultures. Language is the obvious aspect of culture that allows people to communicate effectively, yet, language barriers continue to be detrimental for Limited English proficient individuals (LEP) in the United States.   Professional Interpreters and translators help LEPs and monolingual English speakers overcome such linguistic barriers, offering an opportunity to users to communicate successfully and achieve better outcomes.   Join Carol G. Velandia,…

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Getting Off on the Right Foot: Managing Client Expectations and Relationships

March 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This webinar will focus on drafting your representation agreement, setting client expectations about communication, setting client’s expectations about the legal system, what to do when a problem arises, and barriers in low income client’s lives that may affect representation. Jose Canto from the Canto Law Firm and Margaret Henn from MVLS will provide practice tips and strategies. Click here to register for this training.  

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April 2020

Guardianship of the Person and Property Appointments Training

April 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service invites all interested attorneys who are admitted to practice law in Maryland and are in good standing to attend a free webinar on the basics of preparing and presenting Guardianship of the Person and Property petitions in Maryland circuit courts. Experienced attorneys, Janet Fedder, Carolyn Malinowski, and Caitlin Tepe, will guide you through the process of representing a low income Marylander who wishes to file a petition for guardianship. All attendees are asked to accept one…

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You should CARE(S): Tax, Grant and Loan Implications of the CARES Act for Businesses

April 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Small businesses have been particularly hard hit by the coronovirus. The federal and state governments are providing a dizzying variety of small business loans, grants, and advantageous tax treatment to help - but which one is the right one for your client? Join a panel including Michael March, attorney at Rosenberg Martin, and his colleagues as they discuss the pro and cons of each program, as well as the common pitfalls of each.  Click here to register.

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May 2020

Deed Disentanglement: The Basics of Property Transfers and Estate Administration

May 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

This training focuses on disentangling the title issues that many clients face. From administering an estate to removing a deceased homeowner's name from the deed to the mechanics of recording the deed, this training will prepare volunteers to resolve tangled title issues. Presenters: K. Alice Young from Nusinov Smith, LLP; Richard Adams from O'Byrne Law, LLC; and Cristin C. Lambros from Cristin C. Lambros, LLC. If you have questions, contact Margaret Henn at 443-451-4067. Click here to register.

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A Potpourri of Self-Employment (or Pass-Through Entity) Tax Pitfalls

May 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

There are multiple tax issues about which self-employed individuals should be aware – and about which tax attorneys can provide guidance – such as worker classification, payroll taxes (& TFRP), making quarterly estimated tax payments, potential documentary issues should the self-employed individual’s tax return be audited. Join Cheri Wendt-Taczak, of the Law Office of Cheri P. Wendt-Taczak, LLC as she does an overview of these topics and how to counsel your clients regarding them.  Click here to register.

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June 2020

Annapolis Advanced Topic Training: Effective Tactics for Helping Your Clients Through Tax Collections

June 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join us for our Annapolis Advanced Topic Training Series! A series of in-depth single-topic presentations.     Effective Tactics for Helping Your Clients Through Tax Collections Thursday, June 4 | 12 pm - 1 pm | Webinar  Networking from 11:30 am - 12 pm *Please note the new time* Dealing with the IRS is often frightening and frustrating for your clients, especially as their debt balance continues to grow and grow. Join Rebecca Sheppard and Kaitlyn Loughner from Frost…

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From Audit to the Supreme Court: Journey of a Tax Return

June 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

No one likes to get audited. However, it is important to know what to do in order to assist your client. Join tax attorney Steve Kauffman for an overview of the examination and appeal process from selection of a return for audit, through a Supreme Court decision.  Click here to register.

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July 2020

How To Build An Effective and Secure Website

July 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

If you are a sole practitioner or practice within a law firm, big or small, and are struggling with implementing a path forward with your marketing during these difficult times and beyond, this webinar is for you! Join Robin Cardella of Title Tap to learn: * Why having a secure website is a must * How to be found in local search results * How to get new clients and business opportunities from your website * Online engagement tools This…

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Worker Misclassification: Determining Correct Classification and How to Challenge It

July 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Sometimes the first time a worker realizes that they are not an employee is when they go to file their tax returns – and end up owing self-employment taxes! Join Andrew Marshall, Examination Technical Liaison to the Executive Director, TAS Systemic Advocacy, as he discusses how to determine whether someone is an employee or independent contractor, and what recourse an individual has when they disagree with their employer.  Click here to register.

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September 2020

Updates from the Maryland Comptroller’s Office

September 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Even though some of the physical offices have been closed, the Comptroller's office has still been hard at work. Join Melinda Dunmire, Assistant to Compliance Director, and Andrew "Jay" Maschas, Assistant Director, Compliance Division, as they discusses recent updates, as well as the Voluntary Disclosure Agreement and sales and use tax guidance. Click here to register. 

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Tax Controversy Training

September 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tax Controversy Training for Attorneys, Law Students, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents 9:00 am to 1:00 pm WEBINAR   This course will address tax controversy issues when dealing with collection alternatives, audits, Earned Income Tax Credit Denials, Lien and/or Levies, refunds and cancellations of debt. The course will be presented by experienced attorneys and IRS representatives. The instructors will focus on the mechanics of advocating for the client. Interaction with the IRS and the proper process when battling with tax collection…

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