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Tax season almost to a close — Make sure to join us to relax and enjoy Atlantic City, NJ, next month!
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Stay in style at the brand new Revel Casino Hotel, the location of our 2014 Northeast Regional Education 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 at Revel. The deadline for reservations using our group discount is April 18. We will offer eight hours of education and hope that you'll join us for a program on the Affordable Care Act, a federal tax update and much more.
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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
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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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Millions illogically dawdle until end to file for tax refunds
ABC News
The April 15 tax-filing deadline is coming soon, and millions of people still haven't filled out their forms. Kathy Pickering of the H&R Block Tax Institute says one out of five taxpayers hasn't filed yet, and "of those people, about 60 percent are still due a refund — on average $2,300."
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Lobbyists big winners in tax code debate
Newsmax
Lobbying firms initially paid to champion changes to the tax code are now fattening their bottom lines ensuring the revisions never become law, according to The New York Times. In the lead-up to the release of the proposed amended tax code – a 979-page behemoth that took three years to draft – K Street lobbying firms appeared to be on the side of Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich.
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IRS: E-file wins over paper tax forms
USA Today
More people are e-filing their taxes this year, accounting for about 91 percent of the returns filed so far with the Internal Revenue Service, the tax body said this week. The IRS has received 82 million tax returns through e-file, up 1.8 percent from last year. It projects to end the year with more e-filings than ever at a little more than 125 million. The IRS expects paper filings to be down 7 percent this year.
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Tax-smart billionaires who work for $1
Forbes
Minimum wage is going up, but big-time CEO pay seems to be going the other direction. Not overall pay necessarily, but salary. In fact, it's increasingly common for common-man honchos to volunteer for a nominal $1 salary. And they may not want a cash bonus, either.

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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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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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More countries agree to help US crack down on tax dodgers
The Wall Street Journal
The Department of the Treasury added 19 nations to its list of countries that have reached agreements with the U.S. on carrying out a far-reaching law aimed at preventing offshore tax dodging by American citizens. The Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service said the 19 nations — including Australia, Brazil, South Africa and South Korea, as well as several tax havens, such as British Virgin Islands — had achieved agreements in substance with the U.S. on implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
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US Treasury gives foreign banks more time to comply with tax law
Reuters
The U.S. Department of the Treasury said it was postponing by 10 days the deadline for foreign financial institutions to register with the U.S. government under a new law meant to combat offshore tax dodging by Americans. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act will require foreign banks, insurers and investment funds to send the Internal Revenue Service information about Americans' offshore accounts worth more than $50,000.
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The top 1 percent and what they pay
CNNMoney
Everyone talks about the 1 percent — but who are they exactly? It takes at least $389,000 to make the club: That was the minimum threshold of adjusted gross income in 2011, the most recent year for which the Internal Revenue Service has final data.
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    IRS: Bitcoins are property, not currency (Reuters)
How the rich (and poor) avoid paying income taxes (Bankrate.com via Fox Business)
Federal tax update — March (by David S. De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling)
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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

May 29
How to Use LinkedIn to Build Up Your Business

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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