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Register today for the AAA-CPA Federal Court Workshop
AAA-CPA
July 3 — Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston
Learn how to sue, defend and succeed in the U.S. federal court by pleading, strategizing and writing better than the government's attorneys. Come learn practical applications on how pleadings are used to move cases into, up, down and around the federal court system.

Topics will cover:
  • Tax court petition
  • Tax refund suit in U.S. district court
  • PACER & ECF mechanics
  • Navigating around the federal court with pleadings
  • Appropriate forum in which to bring your tax case
  • Government response ... (representative of the Boston District Council invited)
The workshop will be led by Mark McBride, Esq., CPA, Mark R. McBride & Associate, and feature panelists David De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC and Alan Zipp, Esq., CPA, Alan Zipp CPA.

Join us for the afternoon or for a full day. Click here for full details about the conference and to register today.

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  Don't Miss Our Most Popular Annual Event

Join us in Denver, July 24-26, for The 2013 Planning for the Generations Symposium. This unique event is your source for quality education, interdisciplinary networking, and the secrets to growing your practice through the “Continuum of Care” approach. It’s a must-attend for estate planning professionals!
 


Tax Professionals and the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference — June 19
Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
This great program is put on in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, Michigan Association of CPAs, the American Association of Attorney-CPAs, the American Payroll Association, the Independent Accountants Association of Michigan, the Michigan Society of Enrolled Agents, the Michigan Association of Financial Providers, the National Association of Tax Professionals — Michigan chapter and the State Bar of Michigan — Taxation section. Along with the exciting keynote presentation, you have the opportunity to create your own specialized conference by selecting breakout sessions that fit your needs. Click here to register for this program or call 855-594-4273.
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Paradigm Shift: The ATRA-Math (Planning After the American Tax Relief Act of 2012)
AAA-CPA
Paul S. Lee, national managing director of AllianceBernstein LP, will lead a discussion of these and other planning issues that arise under the American Tax Relief Act, using case studies and sophisticated wealth forecasting software to illustrate key points. This event is taking place in Chicago on June 6 at 5 p.m. Please click here for more information on this event and to register online. Special thanks to AllianceBernstein LP for sponsoring and hosting this chapter event.
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5th Annual Tax Controversy Forum — Co-sponsored by the AAA-CPA
New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies is pleased to present the 5th Annual Tax Controversy Forum. The forum brings together representatives from the government and expert private practitioners to compare perspectives on a wide range of topics involving federal tax audits, appeals and litigation. The forum covers a wide range of controversy work, from procedural seminars to substantive programs, international issues, ethical problems, current enforcement initiatives, sensitive audits and civil and criminal tax penalties. Enforcement is an essential part of our federal tax system. The 5th Annual Tax Controversy Forum is an opportunity to stay current on new developments, as well as to exchange ideas and share practice tips, which can contribute to better functioning of the system. Participants qualify for CPE and CLE credits. Click here to access the full brochure.
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MEMBER NEWS


Simon, Nellen to present at the Annual Income Tax Seminar — June 28
The State Bar of California
AAA-CPA member Stuart Simon will be giving an income tax update and member Annette Nellen will be speaking on recent developments in ethics for tax practitioners, including actual and existing conflicts of interest, at the June 28 Annual Income Tax Seminar. This program offers 7.5 hours of MCLE and tax specialization credit for attorneys (including one hour of ethics), nine hours of CPE for CPAs and nine hours of continuing education credit for enrolled agents. Click here for more information and to register online.
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The 4 worst tax breaks
CNNMoney
CNNMoney asked several tax experts to identify some of the worst tax breaks for individuals that lawmakers should reform or eliminate. "It's hard to rank stupid tax provisions because there are so many candidates," said Len Burman, the incoming director of the Tax Policy Center.

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10 US cities with the lowest taxes
MarketWatch
The Office of Revenue Analysis reviewed the estimated property, sales, auto and income taxes a family paid in 2011 in the largest city in each state. One of the biggest factors in how much a family can expect to pay is the state and local tax rates affecting their city. Personal income tax is one of the key factors. Seven states have no income tax, and six of the 10 cities with the lowest tax burdens are in these states.

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The 'chicken poop' credit and other bad tax breaks
CNNMoney
The fuss over Apple's complex strategies to avoid taxes put the corporate tax code on display in all its convoluted glory. It so happens that one of those strategies is among the "worst" corporate tax breaks identified by experts surveyed recently by CNNMoney. What makes a bad tax break? There's no single definition.

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Corporate interest deduction proves sacred amid reformers
Bloomberg
A newly formed coalition of businesses is stepping up efforts to protect interest deductions as tax reform advances in Congress. Interest on debt has been fully deductible for 100 years — encouraging factory expansions and hiring for new initiatives, and fueling a spate of private equity takeovers. The deductions totaled more than $8.5 trillion in a decade by one estimate. As part of tax reform and discussions about the U.S. debt, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers are calling for limits.
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IRS watchdog: Tax agency needs to be tougher on travel card violators
The Washington Post
The Internal Revenue Service should be tougher on employees who abuse government travel cards, a new report from the agency's watchdog says. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration brought more bad news for the tax agency, which is reeling from disclosures from his office that the IRS gave undue scrutiny to Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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The balancing act of taxes and spending
The Huffington Post
A healthy national economy requires long-term planning so that it can invest in its future while maintaining a manageable level of debt. Revenues must be enhanced when necessary; expenses must be prioritized and sometimes reduced or eliminated. But while there is plenty of fat and waste in government, it's important to emphasize that government operations cannot always be assessed on a simple profit and loss basis.
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SEC to consider new reins on money-market funds
The Miami Herald via The Columbus Dispatch
More than $2 trillion sits in money-market funds, even as stocks continue trading near all-time highs. Sixty-five cents of every dollar in those accounts belongs to institutional investors — pension funds, insurance firms and other companies. The Securities and Exchange Commission will debate new rules for these funds.
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Embattled IRS staff remain in jobs despite US tax review scandal
Reuters
They've been scorned in televised congressional hearings for unfairly abusing tax laws, threatened with questioning in a criminal investigation and accused of using federal jobs to push a political agenda. At this point in the saga surrounding the Internal Revenue Service and its use of Tea Party and other search terms to flag conservative groups while reviewing their applications for tax-exempt status, all of the employees caught up in the scandal are still drawing federal paychecks.
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Wealthiest Americans get most tax gravy
CBS MoneyWatch
Tax breaks will cost the American treasury nearly a trillion dollars this year. And most of that money goes to people at the top of the heap — the very top. That's the conclusion of a new study by the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan unit of the U.S. Congress. The Congressional Budget Office looked at 10 major tax breaks — there are 200 overall — including the earned income tax credit, itemized deductions, preferential tax rates for capital gains and dividends and the child tax credit.
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    The 'chicken poop' credit and other bad tax breaks (CNNMoney)
In tax overhaul debate, large versus small companies (The New York Times)
Push on corporate tax rules goes global (The Washington Post)
States' rift on taxes widens (The Wall Street Journal)
5th Annual Tax Controversy Forum — Co-sponsored by the AAA-CPA (New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies)

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CALENDAR
June 4
Discussing the New 3.8 Percent Tax
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
Paradigm Shift: The ATRA-Math Planning After the American Tax Relief Act of 2012

June 12
Miami Tax Luncheon

June 13
Merger and Acquisition Litigation

June 14
5th Annual Tax Controversy Forum

June 18
Members Only Study Group: Hot Topics for Retirement Plans

June 19
Tax Professionals and the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference

June 20
Members and Nonmembers Study Group: NYS & NYC Residency Issues

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

June 28
Annual Income Tax Co-Sponsored by the California Association

July 3
AAA-CPA Annual Meeting and Education Conference

July 11
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

July 16
Members Only Study Group: Where the Lawyer Ends and the CPA Begins

July 25
Tax Jurisdiction and Tax Practice in the United States Court of Federal Claims

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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