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Make Weekend Plans Now for After Tax Season Ends
AAA-CPA
Save the date for the Northeast Regional Education Conference May 1-3 in Baltimore. Join us in the Charm City for a great weekend of top-level education and great networking as the AAA-CPA explores Baltimore together. Registration will open soon.
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As the Temperatures Fall Below Freezing, Warm Up by Planning Your Summer Trip With the AAA-CPA
AAA-CPA
Join us at the Annual Meeting and Education Conference, June 30-July 5 at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel in Branson, Missouri. This fantastic week of amusement and adventure plus 18 hours of CPE/CE (on a 50-minute hour track) or 15.5 CLE/MCLE (on a 60-minute hour track) is one not to miss.

Reserve you hotel rooms today at the special AAA-CPA discounted rate of $172.50 for a single, $182 for a double, $199.50 for a triple and $213 quad for a king. The room includes a breakfast voucher of $13.50 per each adult in the room. The Hilton will only guarantee these room rates until June 9. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HILTONS. Ask for the AAA-CPA group rate.

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AAA-CPA Lunch and Learn at the University of Miami School of Law
AAA-CPA
You are cordially invited to attend a networking lunch and learn at the University of Miami School of Law Feb. 24 from 12:30-1:50 p.m. Join AAA-CPA members as they discuss the benefits of dual qualifications, learn how J.D.'s and CPA's work together and hear how the AAA-CPA Student Member Division can help your career. For more information, please click here.
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Tom McCulloch to Present "Helping Your Clients Understand Medicare" Study Group
AAA-CPA
It's a complicated process ... retirement. This plain-language presentation helps prepare estate planning professionals guide their clients through the timing of Medicare enrollment. Professionals are coached through a common-sense guided discussion about Medicare planning and its integral role in a comprehensive estate planning process. Additionally, participants will explore the alphabet soup otherwise known as Medicare Parts A, B, C and D and receive an overview in guidance in selecting the appropriate Medicare supplemental plan for their clients' particular needs. Join AAA-CPA former President Tom McCulloch along with Jane P. Lehto Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. EST for this informative study group. Click here to register.
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CCH Books of the Month
CCH
For the month of February only, purchase the following titles at 40 percent off:

"GAAP Guide," 2015
Regular price: $385.95
In February: $231.57

"GAAP Handbook of Policies and Procedures," 2015
Regular price: $235.75
In February: $141.45

Click here to purchase them at the discounted rate.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


IRS Disallows Most Refunds of Taxes on Severance Pay
Accounting Today
In response to a Supreme Court decision last year, the Internal Revenue Service issued an announcement on how it would continue to disallow most claims for refunds of taxes on severance pay, with some exceptions. Last March, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of U.S. v. Quality Stores Inc. that payments to laid-off workers are subject to Social Security and Medicare taxes.
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The 6 Weirdest Tax Loopholes
Bloomberg
Tucked away in the U.S. tax code's 4 million words are countless contradictions and write-offs. Bloomberg asked accountants, tax lawyers and professors to identify some of the strangest sections.
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Tax-refund Fraud Soaring, Little IRS Can Do
NBC News
Tax-refund fraud is expected to soar again this tax season, and hit a whopping $21 billion by 2016, from just $6.5 billion two years ago, according to the Internal Revenue Service. And the problem — which the agency admits is growing quickly — is compounded by an outdated fraud-detection system that has trouble identifying many attempts to trick it.
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Obama's Plan to Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny
NPR
VideoBriefAmerican companies have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the United States. But they're reluctant to do so, in part because of the way the U.S. tax system works. President Barack Obama proposed some big changes in the tax code last month that would encourage U.S. companies to bring more money home.
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State Taxes Are Finally Beginning to Normalize After the 'Fiscal Cliff'
The Washington Post
More than two and a half years after federal lawmakers struck a zero-hour deal over the "fiscal cliff," its impact on state tax revenues finally appears to be wearing off. State tax collections grew by 4.4 percent in the third quarter of last year after dropping during the previous quarter, according to a new estimate from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York.
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Congress Looks to Play Small Ball on Tax Reform
The Hill
An eye toward a total overhaul of the tax code did not stop Senate lawmakers from advancing 17 different tax bills. Top tax writers are adamant they still want to pursue a major reworking of the tax code, but with progress hard to come by for the last several years, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance agreed to easily pass several targeted tax tweaks in the meantime.
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CALENDAR
Feb. 20
Ethics for Lawyers

Feb. 24
AAA-CPA Lunch and Learn at the University of Miami School of Law
Study Group: Helping Your Clients Understand the Intricacies of Medicare

Feb. 26
Study Group: Bad Debt Deductions and Sales Tax Compliance Best Practices

March 10
Study Group: Marketplace Fairness Act

March 17
Study Group: The New AICPA Conflict of Interest Paradigm

April 28
Study Group: Special Drafting Considerations for Asset Protection Trusts

April 30
Review of the Maryland Legislative Session

May 17
California Chapter Luncheon

May 20
Estate Planning — What Works/Doesn't Work in Today's Asset Protection Planning Arena

June 30
2015 Annual Meeting & Education Conference

Nov. 11
2015 Fall Meeting & Education Conference
 



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