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Even tax pofessionals have tax questions
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Offers in Compromise and Alternatives in Collection Matters, co-sponsored by AAA-CPA and Mercer County Bar Association
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Presented by E. Martin Davidoff, CPA, Esq., E. Martin Davidoff & Associates
Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Mercerville, N.J.

This comprehensive workshop takes participants on a journey through the entire Internal Revenue Service's offer in compromise process and instructs on how to effectively complete the appropriate financial disclosure package for individuals (form 433-A). The program will provide you with skills that will enable you to do the following.
  • Compute reasonable collection potential
  • Establish acceptable installment agreement amounts and determine whether a taxpayer qualifies for currently not collectible status
  • Advice regarding presubmission planning
  • Practical considerations
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IRS kicks off free file before tax season opens for preparers
Accounting Today
Even though tax season for individual tax returns has been delayed until Jan. 31, the Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance are opening up free electronic filing for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes of $58,000 or less. The Free File Alliance, a coalition of 14 tax software companies that partners with the IRS, launched the 2014 free file program.
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As legal fight plays out, same-sex couples get OK to file joint tax returns in Utah
CNN
Utah's roller coaster regarding same-sex marriage has taken yet another sharp turn, with the state tax board announcing that legally married gay and lesbian couples — even those wed in the brief period of limbo in Utah — can file joint returns. The Utah State Tax Commission detailed the apparent policy change posted on its website, explaining that same-sex couples who are eligible to file a joint federal income tax return can likewise file joint returns in Utah.
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IMF funding, IRS guidelines collide in spending bill
Politico
Republican Tea Party forces and the International Monetary Fund collided in the final bargaining over the omnibus spending bill. Neither won — but the standoff speaks volumes about American politics. Republican business allies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a long line of Republican treasury secretaries going back to Ronald Reagan joined the White House in supporting the IMF funding.
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Taxes: A big gun in the war on poverty
Forbes
When Lyndon Johnson declared his war on poverty 50 years ago, he could not have imagined how many battles would be fought through the tax code. In the 1960s and early 1970s, the safety net was built almost entirely on spending programs. Back then, policymakers created Medicare, Medicaid, student loan programs, Head Start and made food stamps permanent.

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2014 begins with $54 billion in tax hikes
The Washington Times
A final congressional stalemate in late December means the New Year's expiration of a host of tax breaks, amounting to a $54.2 billion increase for green-energy businesses, teachers, homeowners, college students and others. Businesses will take the biggest hit, with the disappearance of a valuable research tax credit, subsidies for building wind turbines and incentives to make energy efficiency improvements to buildings.

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Tax shock ahead for wealthy
Politico
The wealthy may be in for a bit of a jolt this tax season. That's because Democrats have pushed through several new taxes on the well-to-do — many coming online this year — making the top tax bite steeper than advertised.

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US technology industry wants expanded research tax credit
Tax-News.com
TechAmerica, the leading association for the United States technology industry, together with Grant Thornton, has issued a paper recommending that the tax credit for research and development should be made permanent and should be refundable for small startup ventures, while its size should also be increased. The research and development credit expired on Dec. 31, 2013, as Congress failed to agree to an annual renewal of the temporary tax provisions (the "tax extenders") within the tax code, including the credit for research and development expenses.
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Obamacare tax subsidy challenge dismissed by US judge
Bloomberg
People who buy insurance on health exchanges run by the federal government are eligible for tax credits to reduce their premiums, a U.S. judge ruled, dismissing claims that only state-run exchanges can offer the subsidies. "The plain text of the statute, the statutory structure and the statutory purpose make clear that Congress intended to make premium credits available on both state-run and federally facilitated exchanges," U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in Washington, D.C., said in a ruling dismissing a lawsuit.
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States try to raise some dough by taxing uncooked pizza-to-go
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Call it the great "take 'n' bake" pizza sales tax dilemma. States are grappling with whether sales taxes should be charged for pizzas or other food assembled uncooked in restaurants and sold to consumers who then cook the food elsewhere.
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