The AAA-CPA Weekly Update
Mar. 25, 2015

Special Enrollment Period for AAA-CPA Health Insurance Exchange


An Update on Affordable Care Act Busy Season Developments
By Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA, CGMA, via AICPA Tax Insider
Although busy season has started, the government is still issuing guidance relevant for 2014 returns.More

Executive Planning Tax Rate Under 3 Percent Says US Code Hurts
The treasurer of a U.S. company that is projecting a global tax rate of less than 3 percent this year said the country's tax system makes it difficult to compete in overseas markets. Anthony Smith of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. told the Senate Finance Committee that the U.S. needs to lower the 35 percent corporate tax rate and make it easier for U.S. companies to bring profits home.More

Ready to Ditch the Income Tax
U.S. News & World Report
The idea of abolishing the federal income tax, and the Internal Revenue Service along with it, is growing in popularity. As a practical political proposal, it is still a long way from coming to fruition.More

IRS Tackles Tax Identity Fraud
The Wall Street Journal
Tax identity theft has been in the news this year, following a surge of fraudulent state-tax refund claims submitted through TurboTax that caused Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, to suspend e-filing for 24 hours in early February. Now, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen has raised the possibility of delaying refunds or speeding up W-2 reporting, or both, so that the agency can better fight fraud. More

US Estate Tax is 4th Highest at 40 Percent, but Obama Wants to Make Us No. 1
Most countries around the world are reducing or repealing their estate taxes. Thirteen countries or jurisdictions have repealed their estate or inheritance taxes since 2000. More

10 Giant Companies Face Stealth Obama Tax
USA Today
Investors busily counting companies' mounting cash stashed overseas are missing an important danger: a massive $533 billion potential and tax liability. Hoping to avoid U.S. taxes, Standard & Poor's 500 companies have stashed more than $2 trillion in earnings overseas and at least $690 billion outside the U.S., according to breakthrough new research by well-respected Credit Suisse research analysts David Zion, Ravi Gomatam and Ron Graziano.More

Federal Tax System Seen in Need of Overhaul
Pew Research Center
The public sees the nation's tax system as deeply flawed: 59 percent say "there is so much wrong with the federal tax system that Congress should completely change it." Just 38 percent think the system "works pretty well" and requires "only minor changes." These opinions have changed little since 2011. More