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AAA-CPA is coming! AAA-CPA is coming!
AAA-CPA
Just like Paul Revere notified the colonists, the AAA-CPA will be in Boston to update attorney-CPAs with up to eight hours of CPE/CLE sessions, such as sessions on tax reform, estate planning and a federal court workshop. Join us July 3 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf for this revolutionary program.

Click here for full details about the conference and to register today.

Click here to make your hotel room reservation or call 1-800-441-1414.

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New York chapter meeting: Hot Topics in New York Tax Enforcement — Presented by Mark S. Klein of Hodgson Russ LLP
Hodgson Russ LLP and AAA-CPA
New York is out of money and is having a difficult time raising taxes. As a result, civil and criminal enforcement activities are at levels never before seen. This session will provide an overview of the income tax, sales tax and enforcement initiatives that are currently being undertaken by New York's tax authorities, and some tricks and traps for practitioners.

Click here to register for this June 4 meeting, or visit the Calendar of Events section of the AAA-CPA website for more information.

Not a member? Join the AAA-CPA by June 4 at the half-price new member rate of $120 and attend this meeting for free. Click here to join now.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Deepening Client Relationships with Life Planning

Enjoy complimentary access to our May 15 webinar and join “the father of the Life Planning movement,” George Kinder, CFP®, on Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m., E.T. for this intriguing webcast. If you learn one thing that will change the course of how you engage with clients, it will pay for itself over and over.
 


AICPA Expert Witness Skills Workshop
AICPA
An expert witness must be able to articulate their position, be convincing and deliver an independent opinion that withstands scrutiny under cross examination. The AICPA Expert Witness Skills Workshop offers attendees a safe environment to develop and enhance the skills necessary to be an effective expert witness through practice and critique by industry experts, attorneys and experienced judges. You will receive case study materials, including expert reports in advance which will be the foundation for the workshop training/preparation.

In three intensive days, you'll experience a real-life courtroom atmosphere, present to practicing experts and attorneys and be personally critiqued. You'll benefit from hands-on training, expert demonstrations and even have the opportunity to testify in a mock trial. This blend of classroom lectures and instant personal feedback will provide the key framework for developing the real skills you need to flourish as an expert witness. Be sure not to miss this unique opportunity to learn and network with experts and peers. Take your expert witness skills to a new level.

Who should attend
This workshop targets CPAs with basic forensic accounting and/or valuation skills who are looking to become an expert witness, advance their skills beyond technical aspects of preparing a damages or valuation report and bolster their knowledge of the litigation process for the Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuation exams.

To learn why you should attend the workshop, watch this video.

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MEMBER NEWS


Karen J. Tenenbaum PC wins award
AAA-CPA
Karen Tenenbaum was honored by Long Island Pulse Magazine at the 2013 Top Legal Eagles Awards Dinner in recognition of her legal practice. Congratulations also to the legal team at Karen J. Tenenbaum PC for receiving the Long Island Pulse Most Impressive Case Victory Award for recent successful representation in a New York income tax residency matter. A married couple moved from New York City to Long Island, N.Y., remaining employed in the New York City and keeping a home in the city. Despite these continued ties, the firm successfully showed that the couple should not be treated as New York City residents under New York tax law, saving them approximately half a million dollars. This award highlights Tenenbaum's experience and success in representing taxpayers in their disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
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MEMBER ARTICLES


Federal tax update — April
by David De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
In McAllister v. Commissioner, the tax court determined that an employer's cancellation of a debt to the company does not constitute constructive wages but represents cancellation of debt income subject to the insolvency exception.

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The 5 states with no sales tax
The Motley Fool via DailyFinance
All 50 states make different choices about where they're going to get the tax revenue they need in order to provide the services their residents expect and demand. With income taxes, property taxes and sales taxes among the revenue-collecting tools at their disposal, most states end up using a combination of all three to make ends meet.

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Restyled as real estate trusts, varied businesses avoid taxes
The New York Times
A small but growing number of American corporations, operating in businesses as diverse as private prisons, billboards and casinos, are making an aggressive move to reduce — or even eliminate — their federal tax bills. They are declaring that they are not ordinary corporations at all.

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Estate planning remains a moving target under the new tax law
The New York Times
With the federal tax on estates now kicking in at $5.25 million — or $10.5 million for a couple — it may seem that only the very wealthy need to worry about paying the tax. But that doesn't mean that everyone else can forget about an estate plan.

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INDUSTRY NEWS


The corporate tax game
The New York Times
Republicans and Democrats rarely agree on anything these days. But in recent months, almost everyone seems to have coalesced around the notion that the corporate tax system is broken and needs to be fixed. President Barack Obama is for it. So are the two leaders of the tax-writing committees in Congress.
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Survey: Tax code overhaul seems less likely to US tax executives
Reuters
Tax executives are growing less optimistic about the possibility of an overhaul of the U.S. tax code, according to a survey released by accounting firm Ernst & Young. Despite determined talk, just 35 percent of 420 executives surveyed said tax reform was still gaining traction, down from 41 percent last year.
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Companies insist on IRS break while extolling rate reform
Bloomberg
Nissan North America Inc. favors legislation that "significantly simplifies" the U.S. tax code — except for sections 30C and 30D. Those are "critical" provisions, the company warns, that help consumers purchase its Leaf electric vehicle and charging equipment. Similarly, Starbucks Corp. champions a current exception that lets it defer U.S. taxes on income earned by its Swiss-based coffee-trading operation.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Estate planning remains a moving target under the new tax law (The New York Times)
IRS paid billions of dollars in improper refunds (The Washington Post)
Before retirement, Sen. Max Baucus targets tax overhaul (Reuters)
States question what to do with surging tax revenue (NPR)
Americans online seen paying states seeking $23 billion (BloombergBusinessweek)

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FASB to ease in new revenue recognition standards
Accounting Today
The Securities and Exchange Commission is encouraging the Financial Accounting Standards Board to give accountants a long transition period to adjust to the upcoming revenue recognition standards. Paul Beswick, chief accountant in the SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant, said that an implementation group and long transition period are needed for the new standards.
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Offshore tax havens in spotlight after 200-year history
Bloomberg
The origins of the offshore finance industry dates back to Vienna in 1815, when Switzerland's neutrality was established at the Congress of Vienna. Nurtured by the relaxation of incorporation laws written in Delaware in 1889, and hastened by the decline of the British Empire that began in the late 19th century, the business has turned from a nascent tool to facilitate the flow of capital into a point of contention for governments and the media.
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IRS data snares mostly low- and middle-income taxpayers
U.S. News & World Report
The Internal Revenue Service relies on technology more than ever to sniff out tax cheats using robo-audits and data mining — but so far it has caught lot of minnows, and big fish are still eluding detection. Even as millions of accounts are screened online and matched against their digital files elsewhere, the IRS's data-detection tools come nowhere close to collecting the $400 billion in tax dodges estimated to take place each year.
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CALENDAR
May 9
Electronic Discovery

May 15
Georgia Chapter Meeting

May 17
Fiduciary Checklist for Life Insurance and Long-Term Cash

May 30
California Chapter Meeting

June 4
Hot Topics in New York Tax Enforcement

June 6
Summit on Emerging Corporate Governance Trends for Lawyers and Accountants
8th Annual South Jersey Working Together Conference
Illinois Chapter Meeting

June 13
Merger and Acquisition Litigation

June 14
5th Annual Tax Controversy Forum

June 20
Georgia Chapter Meeting

June 21
Choice of Entity: Restructuring to Avoid the Medicare Surtax

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 & Education Conference

Nov. 4, 2014
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference


 



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