Plan a Summer Trip With the AAA-CPA in the Beautiful Ozark Mountain
Join us for the 2015 annual AAA-CPA Meeting & Education Conference, June 30-July 5 in Branson, Missouri.
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Seeking Members for Marketing Committee
The AAA-CPA is forming a marketing committee to assist our association's efforts to enhance its reputation, visibility, branding, etc. The committee will play a key role in enlarging AAA-CPA's membership numbers as well as its stature among prospective clients. If this challenge appeals to you, please email Kimmy Livingston at email@example.com or Joe Cordell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCH Books for the Month
For the month of May, only purchase the following softcover or e-book titles at 40 percent off:
"U.S. Master Tax Guide®," 2015
Regular price: $97.25
In May: $58.35
"U.S. Master™ Depreciation Guide," 2015
Regular price: $111.50
In May: $66.90
"U.S. Master™ Sales and Use Tax Guide," 2015
Regular price: $146.00
In May: $87.60
"Multistate Corporate Tax Guide," 2015
Regular price: $759.95
In May: $455.97
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Syd Traum to Present S Corporations Quarterly Update Study Group
AAA-CPA former President Syd Traum will be presenting his S Corporations Quarterly Update Study Group May 26 at 2 p.m. EDT. This program will be a roundtable discussion of recent developments involving S corporations. Traum will present recent cases, rulings, regulations and legislative developments. Participants will discuss their ideas and questions about the material presented and related issues. Members and nonmembers of the AAA-CPA are welcome to join. For more information and to register for this program, please click here.
Federal Tax Update — April
By David S. De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong PC
P.L. 114-7, the Slain Officer Family Support Act of 2015, allows taxpayers who made cash contributions before April 16 to the families of the two slain New York City police officers to deduct contributions on their 2014 returns.
IRS Didn't Fire Hundreds of Lawbreaker Employees
Nearly a thousand Internal Revenue Service employees who willfully violated the tax laws received suspensions, reprimands or counseling over a 10-year period instead of being fired, according to a new report. The report, by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that the IRS mitigated proposed terminations in over 60 percent of the cases involving willful tax noncompliance by IRS employees and did not clearly identify the reasons why some of the employee terminations were reduced to lesser penalties.
New Un-American Record: Renouncing US Citizenship
The U.S. government has published a list of people who expatriated during the first quarter of 2015. It is a kind of naming and shaming and is required by law. The number, 1,335 during the first 90 days of the year, may seem small. Yet it is the highest quarterly number of published expatriates ever.
Those Grueling US Tax Rates: A Global Perspective
The Huffington Post
The Tax Foundation released its inaugural International Tax Competitiveness Index Sept. 15, 2014. The United States was ranked an abysmal 32nd out of the 34 Organisation for Economic
Co-operation and Development member countries for the year 2014. The European welfare states such as Norway, Sweden and Denmark, with their large social welfare systems, still managed to have less burdensome tax systems on local businesses than the U.S.
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Feds Set Tax Haul Record: $472 Billion in 1 Month
The Washington Times
The federal government set a record tax haul in April, taking in nearly a half-trillion dollars in one month alone, according to Congressional Budget Office statistics.
April is always a busy month with the tax deadline April 15, but this year's haul was historic, totaling $472 billion, far outstripping the previous monthly record, set last April, of $414 billion.
US Lawmakers Embracing Tax Breaks for Patent Profit
Leading congressional tax writers in both parties are getting behind a major new tax break for corporate innovation as part of their continuing quest to identify ways to make the U.S. business-friendlier.
The outlook for a tax overhaul, which would include such a change, remains doubtful this year.
Bisuniess Groups 'Disappointed' With GOP on Tax Reform
It's fair to say the business community isn't thrilled by the latest Republican efforts to spur progress on tax reform.
Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, reached out to business groups, saying they were searching for ways to help all businesses in tax reform even though President Barack Obama is opposed to reducing tax rates for many companies.
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