AAA-CPA Luncheon in Conjunction With the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Join your fellow attorney-CPAs for a free luncheon Jan. 13 during the 49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. This event is open to members and affiliates of the AAA-CPA and nonmembers who qualify to join the association (you do not need to be currently practicing). For more information and to register, go to our Calendar of Events section on our website or click here to download a registration form.
South Texas (Houston) Dinner Announcement
Please join us Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at Ciao Bello for dinner with AAA-CPA former President Marty Davidoff. We hope that you can join us at this Dutch treat dinner. Spouses are also invited. Please RSVP to Leonard Weiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCH December Books of the Month
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"GAAP Guide," 2015
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"Multistate Corporate Tax Guide," 2015
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"U.S. Master™ GAAP Guide," 2015
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"U.S. Master Tax Guide®," 2014
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Recruiting Georgetown Law and NYU Law Tax LLM Students
Georgetown Law is again partnering with the New York University School of Law to sponsor the nation's premier recruitment program for graduate tax students, the Taxation Interview Program. TIP enables private and public sector employers to interview, on one day (March 6), and in one place (Embassy Suites Hotel, Washington, D.C.), current LL.M. students from both schools. Employers can also participate in TIP through a resume collection option. Employer registration is now open and will remain open through Jan. 27. For more information about TIP, please visit the TIP website or contact Molly Scott, assistant director of graduate career and professional development, at 202-662-9368.
Federal Tax Update — November
By David S. De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling
In Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. v. Lew, 114 AFTR2d 2014-6570, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a Wisconsin Federal District Court on procedural grounds, indicating that members of the organization did not have legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of the rental allowances paid to ministers; the lower court had found the parsonage allowance to be unconstitutional.
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House Democrats Block Charitable Tax Bill
House Democrats blocked legislation that would have permanently extended three tax credits for charitable giving, ending an effort to give nonprofits a last-minute victory. The bill got a strong majority in the House, with 275 members voting for it, including 47 Democrats.
Could the Debacle Over Tax Extenders Kick-start Tax Reform?
The Wall Street Journal
Congress is poised to punt yet again. The House has passed a bill to extend the 55 tax provisions that expired in 2013, ending uncertainty for the Internal Revenue Service and for taxpayers, but only for the 2014 tax year. The Senate and the president are likely to go along.
Burger King's Controversial Tax Savings
Burger King says its controversial deal with Tim Horton's wasn't about taxes. But a liberal group opposed to the merger tallied it up and found big savings.
The company could be spared at least $400 million from its U.S. tax bill over the next four years, according to the liberal group Americans for Tax Fairness.
Will Immigrants Get a Tax Windfall From Refundable Credits?
In the end-of-the-year congressional scramble, lawmakers scuttled an effort to permanently extend a number of tax breaks — largely because many feared it would open the door to widespread use of refundable tax credits by undocumented immigrants covered by President Barack Obama's recent executive order. But is their concern justified?
Camp Formally Introduces Tax Reform Legislation
Outgoing House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Michigan, officially introduced the comprehensive tax reform package he has been laboring over in recent years. The proposal formalizes the tax reform discussion draft that Camp released Feb. 26 without modifications. Camp had worked on the Tax Reform Act of 2014 legislation with other members of the committee as well as the Senate Finance Committee after a series of hearings and drafts, but so far it has failed to advance in Congress.
Inside the Collapse of the Year's Biggest Tax Deal
The Washington Post
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, has so many knives in his back, it's a wonder he's still walking around upright. But as his tenure as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee draws to a close, Wyden remains relentlessly cheerful. "I understand how sharp the elbows are and how easy it is for negatives to get on out there," Wyden said.
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