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What are you doing this summer?
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Join us for the 2013 AAA-CPA Annual Meeting & Education Conference on July 3-9. We will start in Boston at the Fairmont Battery Wharf for a full day of education, including a look at the history of income tax in America and an afternoon workshop on how to succeed in federal court. Then set sail on July 4 aboard the Carnival Glory for networking, education and a tour of the Canadian Maritimes.

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Study group audio now available for purchase
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AICPA Expert Witness Skills Workshop, July 11-13 in Seattle
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Develop and enhance the skills necessary to be an effective expert witness, and learn how to confidently and effectively communicate with the jury or trier of fact through practice and critique by industry experts, attorneys and experienced judges. Click here for the brochure. Then review this letter for your discount code.
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AAA-CPA opposes Marketplace Fairness Act
AAA-CPA
The question before Congress is how to balance the injustice of the loss of sales and use tax revenue to the states and the competitive disadvantage to brick-and-mortar companies against the need to place the least restrictive burdens on the new and amazing commercial market place. The membership of the AAA-CPA believes that while the Marketplace Fairness Act addresses the concerns of the states' loss of use tax revenue and the competitive disadvantage thrust upon brick-and-mortar companies, the act does so in a way that will place crippling burdens on interstate commerce, especially on the new electronic commercial marketplace.
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Grant, Kay named to IRS leadership posts
IRS
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the selection of Joseph H. Grant as commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division and Sheldon Kay as chief of appeals. "Grant and Kay are strong leaders who will provide strong leadership and continuity in these critical parts of the IRS," said Steven T. Miller, acting IRS commissioner.
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Tax laws that don't make sense — Part 1, gambling losses
By E. Martin Davidoff, CPA, Esq., E. Martin Davidoff and Associates
The 1976 movie "Network" had one of its characters, a news anchorman, go off script and state, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore" and urged America to open their windows and yell the phrase. Here's a link to that memorable scene.

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Test your knowledge of corporate tax data
By Annette Nellen — Director of MST program at San Jose State University via AICPA
Understanding the current tax system can help in reforming it. Here is an opportunity to test your knowledge of our corporate tax system by examining some statistics.
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IRS ramps up criminal investigations
Accounting Today
The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Unit released an annual report showing that it increased investigations, prosecutions and convictions of tax evaders and preparers last year. Investigations initiated and prosecution recommendations were both up nearly 9 percent in fiscal 2012 compared to the prior year, according to the report.

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IRS paid billions of dollars in improper refunds
The Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service issued more than $11 billion in faulty refunds through its Earned Income Tax Credit last year, according to an inspector general's report. Department of Treasury Deputy Inspector General Michael Mc­Kenney found that the IRS has failed for the past two years to comply with a federal law requiring agencies to reduce payment errors to a rate of less than 10 percent.

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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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IRS official confirms conservative allegations
The Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service wrongly targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny of their tax-exempt status, confirming what many tea party-linked organizations have alleged for over a year. Lois Lerner, director of the Exempt Organizations Division, apologized for the practice at a conference in Washington, D.C., saying that it originated among low-level workers in Cincinnati.
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Senator's attack on tax-dodge law gains some support
Reuters
Anti-tax advocates applauded an effort by Sen. Rand Paul to roll back important sections of a U.S. law designed to fight tax evasion by Americans with assets stored overseas. In a move tax experts said would effectively gut the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, Paul has proposed stripping FATCA of key enforcement and information reporting requirements.
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Small business takes center stage in Internet sales tax debate
CNBC
Lawmakers both in favor and opposed to the Marketplace Fairness Act are repeatedly leveraging one phrase in the debate over an Internet sales tax: small business. The fairness act easily passed the Senate in a 69-27 vote but faces a tougher battle in the House. House Speaker John Boehner told Bloomberg TV that he "probably" won't support the legislation, which he said puts "a big burden on some very small businesses."
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    Federal tax update — April (by David De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC)
Survey: Tax code overhaul seems less likely to US tax executives (Reuters)
IRS data snares mostly low- and middle-income taxpayers (U.S. News & World Report)
The corporate tax game (The New York Times)
Offshore tax havens in spotlight after 200-year history (Bloomberg)

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GOP may seek to tie debt ceiling deal to tax code changes
Los Angeles Times
The U.S. will soon hit its debt limit — and the maneuvering has begun against a backdrop of the mid-2011 drama that led to the nation's first-ever credit downgrade. An improving economy and higher taxes, along with some financial juggling by the Department of the Treasury, could give the government more time to resolve the persistent crisis.
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Rising revenue undercuts parties' tax-spending arguments
Bloomberg
A shrinking U.S. federal deficit is undermining the favorite tax-and-spending arguments of both Republicans and Democrats. During the recurring fiscal crises of the past few years, Republicans have pressed for deep budget cuts, including fundamental changes to programs such as Medicare and Social Security. Democrats have called for increasing the tax burden on the wealthiest Americans.
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Who would win or lose on online sales tax
USA Today
Major retailers and local stores will be the big winners if the House follows the Senate and requires Internet retailers to collect sales taxes on online purchases. National and regional chains are tired of being showrooms for shoppers who then search their smartphones for lower prices and buy online. The chains say they are at a 5 percent to 10 percent price disadvantage by having to charge sales tax.
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