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2013 AAA-CPA/Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning sponsorship opportunities
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The AAA-CPA has two sponsorship opportunities available at the 2013 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Conference being held Jan. 14-18 in Orlando, Fla. Sponsoring an AAA-CPA event enables you to highlight your company's name, products and services to attorney-CPAs that are key decision makers in their firm or practice. Click here or contact the national office at 888-ATTY-CPA with any questions.

Give yourself a gift — Load up on Links ℠ loyalty points and reward yourself
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In recent weeks, you've been hearing about the exciting new member benefit the AAA-CPA has made available to members. The AchieveLinks ℠ reward program costs you nothing and is all about earning more Links℠ reward points for the purchases you make.

Now is the time to earn more Links℠ and get closer to reaching your dream reward. Use this new member benefit to get more out of your shopping by purchasing from participating merchant partners. Whether it's business supplies, home needs or gift shopping, you'll find it on the AchieveLinks℠ website — and when you purchase through the program, you'll earn Links℠ as well.

Purchasing all you need through AchieveLinks℠ (gifts for family, employees or customers) is nice — and earning rewards for yourself makes it twice as nice. Become an active member of AchieveLinks℠ between now and June 30, and you will be automatically entered into the AchieveLinks℠ drawing.

Want to know more? For more information or to sign up today, visit or call 877-542-4442 to speak with an AchieveLinks℠ representative.

Joseph L. Lawrence gives presentations at National Business Institute seminar
Joseph L. Lawrence, a CPA, ABV, CFF and a practicing attorney in Bellevue, Wash., recently gave two separate presentations for the Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes During Divorces National Business Institute seminar. The titles of his presentations were "Valuations of a Closely Held Business Asset" and "Failure to Properly Manage Personal Affairs After a Divorce."

Sidney Kess named to AICPA's Top 125 People of Impact in Accounting
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The AAA-CPA would like to congratulate Sidney Kess for being identified as one of AICPA's Top 125 People of Impact in Accounting and having a significant impact on the profession. For a full list compiled by the Journal of Accountancy staff of the 125 leaders who left a mark on the profession, click here.

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Anti-tax pledge author meets with House Republicans, says he's not to blame for Washington impasse
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All but 13 of the 289 Republicans in the House and Senate have signed a pledge vowing to oppose tax increases. The author of that pledge met with some of them to help them understand exactly what it is they signed. In the process, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist sparked a fresh barrage of criticism from Democrats who accuse him and his pledge of being one of the major impediments to a bipartisan debt-cutting deal. Norquist and Republicans defended the pledge, denied that he is hurting his party because he has become a political target and said that the gridlock on the issue is not his fault. More

US in tax crackdown pact with Swiss, Japanese
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The Treasury Department reached tentative agreements with Switzerland and Japan to help banks in those countries comply with upcoming U.S. tax evasion regulations. U.S. tax collectors are on track to begin penalizing foreign banks in 2014 for failing to disclose information to government authorities about clients who are U.S. citizens. Foreign banks have fretted about this, with some saying they could not comply due to domestic privacy laws. More

IRS says it will improve whistle-blower program amid outcry
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The Internal Revenue Service will review its tax whistle-blower program to improve its backlog and working practices. The IRS will work with "internal and external stakeholders" on a "comprehensive review" of the agency's guidelines and procedures for handling whistle-blower complaints, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement Steven T. Miller said in a two-page memo to senior IRS officials posted on the agency's website. More

US SEC adopts rule for exchanges on compensation
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Securities regulators approved a new rule that requires stock exchanges to force the companies that list on them to meet certain compensation standards, which was mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation overhaul. Exchanges must require each member of the compensation committee of a company's board to be independent, for example, according to the rule from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. More

Americans renouncing citizenship at record levels to protect wealth
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America's rich are renouncing their citizenship at record levels — just to get richer. Startling new data from Uncle Sam show that defections by Americans are expected to double this year, largely to avoid any stiff tax bills resulting from the proposed 55 percent hike on the rich, as well as the likely Dec. 31 expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts. As many as 8,000 U.S. citizens are projected by immigration officials to renounce in 2012, or about 154 a week, versus 3,805 in 2011, or about 73 per week. More

IRS toughens Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers application requirements
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The Internal Revenue Service said that it is making important interim changes to strengthen its procedures for issuing Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers from now through the end of the year. Designed specifically for tax-administration purposes, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers are only issued to people who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number. However, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers have also been criticized for their use by illegal immigrants and undocumented workers. More

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