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Collegiate Moot Court Invitational Tournament Volunteer Sign-up
University of Chicago Moot Court Team
The University of Chicago Moot Court Team is excited to be hosting the inaugural National Invitational Tournament on behalf of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association. Thirty-two teams from across the country will be coming to Chicago to compete in one of the highest-caliber undergraduate moot court competitions in the nation, and we want you to be a judge — or rather, a Supreme Court justice.

The National Invitational Tournament will take place April 24-25. There will be three rounds on Friday afternoon, from around 5-8:30 p.m., and up to four rounds on Saturday morning, concluding in the early afternoon with a banquet and awards ceremony. Judges will be provided dinner on Friday before the rounds begin, and both breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. You can sign up for individual rounds as fits your schedule! To sign up or for more details, please click here. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Caroline Cordell by clicking here if you have any questions about the tournament or registration!

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Tom McCulloch and Mel Gross to Present "New Products and Benefits in the Insurance World: Your Clients Want to Know" Study Group March 24
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This study group will discuss recent insurance industry trends and new products which can be useful to the elder law practitioner in advising older adults and their families. Estate planning for seniors does not have be business as usual. Join AAA-CPA former President Tom McCulloch and Mel Gross March 24 at 2 p.m. EDT for this informative study group. Click here to register today.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


LePage Plan to Tax Nonprofits Getting National Attention
The Associated Press via Portland Press Herald
Nonprofit organizations across the country are closely watching Maine as it considers becoming the first state to impose property taxes on hospitals, private colleges and summer camps under a plan being pushed by Gov. Paul LePage. The Republican's contentious proposal has sparked a fiery debate in Maine over what impact nonprofits have on their communities and whether they should have to shoulder the costs for municipal services they consume.
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Fake IRS Agents Targeted Top US Tax-fraud Investigator in Scam
New York Post
VideoBriefA sophisticated Internal Revenue Service impostor scam has become so widespread that ruthless criminals even tried to bilk the top U.S. tax fraud investigator out of money. "I myself received one of these calls at my home on a Saturday," Timothy Camus, deputy Treasury inspector general for tax administration, told a Senate panel.
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From Congress, a Call for New Efforts to Stop Tax Fraud
The Washington Post
Identity thieves are growing more sophisticated this year, filing phony tax returns that closely mimic those of legitimate taxpayers and then depositing refunds onto prepaid debit cards that are difficult to trace, state tax authorities and fraud investigators said during a congressional hearing on tax fraud and tax scams. Local tax authorities shared details about the fraud they've seen this year during the hearing organized by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
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Republicans Vie Over Who Can Cut Taxes Most as Deficit Shrinks
Bloomberg
The campaign for the Republican nomination for president is poised to become a race to the biggest tax cut. More than a dozen candidates are vying for attention from donors and the party's base voters, and they aren't letting the U.S. budget deficit get in their way.
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Small Businesses Satisfied With Accountants, but Not Taxes
Accounting Today
A majority of small businesses are happy with their accountants, but feel they pay too much in taxes, even though they're not sure their accountants can do much to reduce their tax liability, according to a new survey. Wasp Barcode Technologies polled 393 small business leaders and found that 88 percent of them reported being happy with their accountants, while 62 percent felt there is nothing else their accountant can do to reduce their tax liability.
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Obama Immigration Fix: 4 Million Illegals Who Never Paid US Tax Get 3 Years of Tax Refunds
Forbes
The normal rule is that the Internal Revenue Service can audit for three years, so you can usually go back three years to amend your return or claim a credit you forgot. What if you never had any income or never filed a return? Since an illegal immigrant under President Barack Obama's executive action can now get a Social Security number, the immigrant road map is clear.
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Feds: Tax Fraud Rises From the Dead
NBC News
Nothing is certain but death and taxes — and maybe not even death, as far as the Social Security Administration is concerned. During tax years 2006 to 2011, 66,920 people filed using a Social Security number for someone born before June 16, 1901 — that is, people who would now be age 113 and older, according to a recently released audit from Social Security's inspector general.
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CALENDAR
March 20
An Attorney's Perspective in Negotiating the Business Acquisition

March 24
Study Group: New Products and Benefits in the Insurance World: Your Clients Want to Know

April 24
Preimmigration Tax Planning for U.S. Immigrants

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

April 30
Review of the Maryland Legislative Session

May 1
Northeast Regional Education Conference

May 17
California Chapter Luncheon

May 19
Study Group: S Corporations Update

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

June 4
Criminal Tax and White Collar Crimes

June 11
Study Group: Accounting for Income Taxes — Basics

June 19
Taxpayer Bill of Rights

June 30
2015 Annual Meeting & Education Conference

Nov. 11
2015 Fall Meeting & Education Conference
 



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