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Looking for education hours? Look no further ... we've saved you a seat
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AAA-CPA Northeast Regional Education Conference registration is now open. Join us at the AAA-CPA Northeastern Regional Conference for exceptional education programs. Courses take place Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, with exciting topics and presenters. Registration is now open, and hotel rooms are filling up quickly. Click here to register, and click here for more information on the conference schedule.
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Dinner honoring Eli Robins
AAA-CPA
The AAA-CPA New York chapter will be hosting a dinner to honor the memory of longtime member Eli Robins on Saturday, March 30 at Kennedy's in New York City. Come share your memories and make a toast to Robins and his contributions to the AAA-CPA. Click here for more information and to register online, or click here to download a registration form. Please contact Kimmy Livingston at 888-ATTY-CPA with any questions.
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Advertising opportunity: 2013-2014 Networking and Referral Directory
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The AAA-CPA is offering a special discount for advertising in the 2013-2014 Networking and Referral Directory. This directory features all AAA-CPA members broken down by specialty, state and biographical section. The directory, printed in early summer, will go out to over 1,100 members and will be shown at various trade shows throughout the year. This is a great way to give your company high visibility before a unique group of professionals. During this limited time offer, we are cutting our rates by 50 percent. Click here for information on advertisement sizes and rates.
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In memoriam
Legacy.com via Los Angeles Times
Member Meyer "Mike" Branman of Beverly Hills, Calif., passed away on Feb. 26. He was very ill. His wife Shirley Prince Branman passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24. Mike Branman was previously married to Ethel Branman. They were regular attendees at AAA-CPA meetings. Ethel Branman passed away about 23 years ago. Mike Branman and Shirley Branman were married for 22 years and also were regular attendees at AAA-CPA meetings. To view the obituary, please click here.
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Federal tax update
by David S. De Jong, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscolln PC
In Smoker v. Commissioner, the tax court determined that unpaid interest that was added to principal is not deductible by a cash basis taxpayer.
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Past the cliff: The future of state estate tax planning
by Jeff Vandrew Jr., Esq., CPA
Do not proceed without a credit shelter trust. Despite permanent spousal portability in the federal estate tax after resolution of the fiscal cliff, credit shelter trust planning in New Jersey will likely remain popular due to the lack of portability in the state estate tax.
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    Health care law presents new opportunities for CPAs (by Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA)
The most tax-friendly states for retirees (MarketWatch)
Registration open for the 2013 Northeastern Regional Education Conference (AAA-CPA)
IRS explains how to cope with new 1099-K notices (Accounting Today)
Average Americans are feeling pain of US debt (Los Angeles Times)

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Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high
The Associated Press via USA Today
The poor rich. With Washington, D.C., gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.
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Taxes squeeze US households, factories to add growth
Reuters
U.S. consumer spending was tepid in January as higher taxes squeezed household incomes, but vigor in the manufacturing sector last month suggested economic growth picked up this quarter after stalling in late 2012. Other data showed consumer sentiment rose last month, which should help to support spending. Still, there is not enough momentum in the economy to shift the Federal Reserve System from its very accommodative monetary policy path.
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Who will pay what in 2013 taxes?
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The average family in the bottom 20 percent of households pays no federal taxes. Instead, many families in this group get payments from the federal government by claiming more in credits than they owe in taxes, giving them a negative tax rate.
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US financial transaction tax bill introduced in Congress
Pensions & Investments
Legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., would impose a 0.03 percent tax beginning in 2014 on nonconsumer financial trading, including stocks, bonds and other debts after their initial issuance, and would include derivative contracts, options, puts, forward contracts and swaps.

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With more blended families, estate planning gets ugly
USA Today
The couple in their 50s pulled up to the estate lawyer's office in a snazzy sports car. She was dripping in jewelry and carrying a designer bag. He wore an expensive watch. They lived in a swanky part of town.

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Health care law presents new opportunities for CPAs
by Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA
Becoming an expert on the numerous and complex provisions of the 2010 health care legislation that affect your individual and business clients can increase business and may be essential to a successful practice.

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US tax loopholes targeted by Obama, Democrats
Reuters
Tax "loopholes," as President Barack Obama and the Democrats call them, are at the heart of a political battle over the $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts to kick in if Congress does not act. Obama and the Democrats want to kill many of these tax breaks. Republicans sometimes say they want to close tax breaks, too, but they have offered few specifics about which ones.
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New ways to minimize income taxes for estates, trusts and beneficiaries
Accounting Today
Earlier this year, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which may have prevented the fall off the fiscal cliff, but further complicated the already complex world of income taxation of estates and trusts. Whether you are a fiduciary or beneficiary of an estate or trust, or one of their advisers, you should take note of some of the more important changes under the new income tax laws, as well as strategies that can be employed to minimize the tax. For some of those strategies to be effective, action must be taken right away.
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Report: States without personal income tax experience slower growth
The Huffington Post
Small government advocates often claim that high taxes hold the economy back. But a new report finds that states without a personal income tax have experienced slower economic growth than states with high income tax rates. The report, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, found that between 2002 and 2011, the economies of the nine U.S. states without a personal income tax grew 37 percent less quickly per capita than states with high income taxes.
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CALENDAR
March 13
Treasury Circular 230 — Disciplinary Proceedings

March 14
IFRS & GAAP- International vs. US Accounting Standards

March 19
Members Only Study Group: IRA Investments in Real Estate and Other Nonpublicly Traded Investments

March 20
Using Data Analytics, Geospatial Analytics and Predictive Analysis in Revealing

March 28
Georgia Chapter Meeting

March 30
New York Chapter Dinner

April 11
IFRS and GAAP — International vs. US Accounting Standards

April 26
Georgia Chapter Meeting

May 3
Northeastern Regional Education Conference

May 9
Electronic Discovery

May 15
Georgia Chapter Meeting

June 13
Merger and Acquisition Litigation

June 20
Georgia Chapter Meeting

July 3
AAA-CPA Annual Meeting and Education Conference

July 11
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Aug. 8
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Sept. 12
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Sept. 19
Georgia Chapter Meeting

Oct. 15
Georgia Chapter Meeting

Nov. 6
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference


 



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