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Don't forget to book your hotel room!
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Stay in style at the brand new Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., the location of our 2014 Northeast Regional Conference. Taking place May 2-4, experience all Revel has to offer with us. The block of rooms we have secured is filling up quickly, so make sure to click here or call 609-348-0500 to reserve your room. The deadline for reservations using our group discount is April 18.
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Add your biography to our Find an Attorney-CPA search engine
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Over 50,000 individuals have visited the Find an Attorney-CPA search engine, making it a premier marketing and referral network. Your AAA-CPA online member listing acts as a form of advertising that can assist potential clients in determining if you're the right person for a job. Including your credentials, work experience and achievements in your online member listing will enhance your profile and increase your opportunity of obtaining clients and referrals. Click here for more information.
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50th anniversary celebration: Seeking testimonials
AAA-CPA
Our 50th anniversary celebrations will be taking place later this summer and fall, and we want you to be a part of it! We are looking for members to submit testimonials both in writing and via video. We want to hear from you about what you joined the AAA-CPA? What is your best memory of the association, and what is the best benefit? We will be using these on several of our marketing campaigns throughout the year. Video clips can be short and sweet and done on your handheld smartphone or tablet! Email your quotes and videos to meetings@attorney-cpa.com. If you send us one by May 15, you'll be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card!
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California Lawyer — News and trends seeks lawyers to participate in online Q&A column
California Lawyer
California Lawyer is seeking lawyers to participate in their online question and answer column. These will run weekly, and they are in the process of developing a stable of contacts who can either participate or refer them to other lawyers who'd like to participate. The question we are pursuing right now is "How do you share responsibility for child care with your partner?" We are asking a small group of lawyers about how they've worked out child care drop-offs, pickups and children's sick days and vacations with partners who also work. In addition to a brief interview, usually about 15 minutes, we ask each participant to provide a one-sentence biography and a color photo. Other question and answer segments have addressed travel, downtime, other aspects of the work-life balance, legal inspiration and other topics. To express your interest, please contact Laura Impellizzeri, news and trends editor, California Lawyer, via phone at 415-296-2411 or email at laura_impellizzeri@dailyjournal.com.
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Alan E. Weiner appointed to 6th term judge on NYSSCPA committee
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Alan E. Weiner, CPA, JD., LL.M., has been appointed to a sixth term (2014-2015) as a judge on the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants' Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards Committee. He is partner emeritus at Baker Tilly (formerly Holtz Rubenstein Reminick at which he was the founding tax partner) (Long Island, N.Y., and New York City).

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers its annual Excellence in Financial Journalism Award to recognize journalists from the national and local press, TV and radio who contribute to a better understanding of business topics.

A panel of members from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Financial Writers' Association judge entries on the following.
  1. Accuracy, quality and thoroughness of research
  2. The ability to communicate a balanced understanding of the topic
  3. Examining a significant and complex subject with depth and context
Original entries created between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, (inclusive) are eligible for the competition.

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Federal tax update — March
by David S. De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling
In Armstrong v. Commissioner, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a majority opinion of a divided tax court that the noncustodial father could not claim a child as a dependent notwithstanding a court order.

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Tax change helps abused spouses get health insurance subsidies
NPR and Kaiser Health News
Victims of domestic violence can have a hard time qualifying for subsidies to buy health insurance because of quirks in the health law. And they often need help. It now looks like there's something of a fix, as well as more time to enroll.
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IRS: Bitcoins are property, not currency
Reuters
Wading into a murky tax question for the digital age, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service said that bitcoins and other virtual currencies are to be treated, for tax purposes, as property and not as currency. "General tax principles that apply to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency," the IRS said in a statement, meaning that bitcoins would be taxed as ordinary income or as assets subject to capital gains taxes, depending on the circumstance.
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How the rich (and poor) avoid paying income taxes
Bankrate.com via Fox Business
Tax reform has become a hot-button issue in Congress and among taxpayers as discussion continues about whether the wealthy pay their fair share. But the issue is much deeper than a brewing controversy between the haves and have-nots. An examination of the complexities of the tax system reveals a variety of ways to reduce or eliminate federal income tax.
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Wyden, head of Senate Finance Committee, wants to revive array of tax breaks
The Washington Post
The new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee plans to move to revive an array of tax breaks that expired in December, pleasing industry lobbyists but disappointing House Republicans, who have not abandoned their quest for full-blown tax reform.

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Risks mount for retirees in tax-free energy partnerships
Bloomberg
"Blind luck" is how Jack Johns characterized his 16 percent profit on something he read about on the Internet called Master Limited Partnerships. Johns, a retired postal worker from Rincon, Ga., said he sold his MLP investments within a year because he realized he didn't really know what he'd bought.

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Regulating all return preparers: Back to the drawing board
Annette Nellen, director, MST program at San Jose State University, via CPA2Biz
This article summarizes the recent decision in Loving v. Internal Revenue Service, the background on the IRS's program to regulate all return preparers and possible next steps for the IRS.

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A tax break to anchor tech growth in San Francisco
The New York Times
On one side of a long, wooden table at Zendesk's offices in San Francisco, 80 software engineers who are collectively worth tens of millions of dollars stood with empty paper plates waiting to be fed. On the other side of the table, serving, were half a dozen homeless men and women who had cooked and delivered trays of grilled chicken, rice and salad.
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Tax extenders an opportunity to improve the tax code
The Heritage Foundation
The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire. Most recently, they expired at the end of 2013, and Congress has yet to address them this year.
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US high court: Companies must pay taxes on severance payments
Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that taxes are due for Social Security and Medicare on severance packages paid to workers who are laid off involuntarily, overturning a lower court ruling that could have led to a wave of payroll tax refund requests from U.S. businesses. In a win for the Obama administration and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the court voted 8-0 that Quality Stores Inc., a defunct retailer, and its employees are not entitled to tax refunds totaling about $1 million.
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    Regulating all return preparers: Back to the drawing board (Annette Nellen, director, MST program at San Jose State University, via CPA2Biz)
Outlook for renewal of key tax benefits is improving (Los Angeles Times)
Top 10 states with the lowest taxes (USA Today)
Caterpillar and crazy tax avoidance contortions (Bloomberg)

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CALENDAR
April 24
Status of Maryland Estate Tax Reform and Review of the Maryland Legislative Session

April 25
Business Valuations — A Legal Perspective

April 26
Florida Association Education Program in Conjunction With the Florida Section of the Florida Bar

April 29
Members Only Study Group: Sales Tax Audit

May 2
Northeast Regional Education Conference

May 16
Solving Problems Created by Tax Liens

May 20
Members Only Study Group: Recent Partnership Developments

June 28
Pre-Annual Meeting Events

July 2
AAA-CPA Annual Meeting and Education Conference

Sept. 4
Members Only Study Group: S Corp Update

Oct. 20
National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Nov. 4
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference


 



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