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AAA-CPA debuts new home page
AAA-CPA
Thank you for your patience as the AAA-CPA website was under construction. We are pleased to announce that our new home page is functional, although some areas are still being worked on. We hope the new look creates an easier navigation experience for you. Again, if you experience any difficulties or broken links, please call 888-ATTY-CPA. We will be happy to assist you.
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  Dynamic Tax Saving Strategies for the Next Decade

Discover innovative income and estate tax favored strategies designed to retain wealth and defensive investment solutions during our next complimentary Thought Leader Series webcast, Dynamic Tax Saving Strategies for the Next Decade. Presented by Mark Silberfarb, TEP, CFP, ChFC, AEP, CLU on Wednesday, August 21, 1-2 p.m., E.T.
 


What every attorney-CPA must know about self-directed IRAs, presented by Munzer Ghosheh, The Entrust Group
The Entrust Group
You are invited to join AAA-CPA California on Sept. 18 to learn the rules unique to self-directed retirement accounts, including unrelated business income tax, and add a new niche to your practice. If your clients ask about nontraditional or self-directed investments in their retirement account, are you prepared? Develop your expertise to gain more clients and referrals. Not an AAA-CPA member? Join by Sept. 18 to attend this meeting for free! Click here for more information on this event and to register.
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2 years is too long to wait for a new phone — Introducing JUMP! only from T-Mobile
T-Mobile
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Ruby Receptionists — Special discount for AAA-CPA members
Ruby Receptionists
We've been called "awesome," "the nicest and happiest people that you will talk to," "top-notch in every way" and "the most amazing thing in the world." Close to 45 percent of our clients are solo or small firm attorneys — most of whom were referred by a friend. So why do lawyers love Ruby?

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Prioritize your calls, and, like a virtual tap on your receptionist's shoulder, simply update your whereabouts from your iPhone or Android to change your preferences on the fly.

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In short, your callers will receive an exceptional customer experience, and you'll be able to focus on providing clients your very best work. Case closed!

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MEMBER NEWS


Members speak at LIU Civil and Criminal Tax Controversy Update Program on Aug. 29
Long Island University
E. Martin Davidoff, Esq., CPA, E. Martin Davidoff, attorney at law, and Karen Tenenbaum, Esq., CPA, LL.M., Karen J. Tenenbaum P.C., will speak at the Civil and Criminal Tax Controversy Update Program for 2013 on Thursday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This program offers eight New York CLE credits, New York and New Jersey CPE credits for $150 and four EA CE credits. One hour of ethics will be available for all, and government employees will receive free tuition. This program is sponsored by the Long Island University Post School of Professional Accountancy Tax and Accounting Institute. Click here for full details and to register.
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Members published by Bloomberg BNA
Bloomberg BNA
Howard D. Rosen, Esq., CPA, and Patricia Donlevy-Rosen recently authored an article titled A Review and Critique of the Asset Protection Aspects of the 2013 Ohio Legacy Trust Act, published by Bloomberg BNA in the Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, July-August 2013.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


US Senate confirms Obama's Tax Court judges without a fight
Reuters
The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's two most recent U.S. Tax Court judicial nominees, Michael Thornton and Joseph Nega, allowing Obama to deepen his imprint on the powerful but obscure court. Obama has now appointed five judges to the court, which can have up to 19 members. The court handles about 90 percent of the tax disputes between the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and businesses or individuals that end up in court.
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Obama reopens the fiscal cliff tax debate for small businesses
The Washington Post
In renewing his campaign for corporate tax reform, President Barack Obama has reopened a fierce debate over the effect certain tax changes would have on small businesses. During a speech, the president unveiled his latest plan to revive the economy, including a proposal to lower the tax rate for corporations. Currently at 35 percent, the rate is one of the highest in the world, and bringing it down to a more globally competitive level has been a priority for Republicans.
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Twice burned: Paying taxes on stolen money
CNBC via NBC News
Bernice Tingle was always an overachiever when it came to saving money. She accumulated more than $1 million by the time she retired at age 45 in 1991. By 2003, she had her 94-year-old mother move in with her as she was her mother's chief caretaker. Being her mother's "long-term care plan," Tingle was concerned about rising health care costs and was looking for a way to make more money.
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Reforming the tax system
United Press International
Any suggestion that the United States is a heavily taxed country flies in face of the historical evidence. Federal income and corporate taxes are lower than at any time since 1945. And federal revenues from social insurance payments are lower, as a proportion of gross domestic product, than at any time since 1950.

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Taxes: IRS rules covering recession are music to accountant ears
Bloomberg
For some companies that got a temporary reprieve from the Internal Revenue Service in the height of the recession, the payback isn't going to be as bad as they expected. Congress let some firms that are organized as partnerships defer income from forgiven debts in 2009 and 2010, and the final rules just came out for paying those taxes starting next year, Bloomberg BNA reported.

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ASA seeks members for public speaking engagements nationwide
AAA-CPA
The American Society of Attorney-CPAs is a subsidiary of the AAA-CPA devoted to public educational events. The organization provides an opportunity for members to speak on various topics to companies and community organizations, allowing these groups to receive invaluable information from a comprehensive perspective, one only a uniquely qualified attorney-CPA can provide.

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IRS finalizes rules for RIC and REIT transfers
Accounting Today
The Internal Revenue Service has finalized regulations governing certain transfers of property to regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts. In TD 9626, the IRS issued final regulations under Section 337(d) of the tax code to provide guidance concerning certain transfers of property from a C corporation to a regulated investment company or a real estate investment trust.
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IRS wants to tax stateless income
Forbes
If you pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and your state government every year, the idea of "stateless" income may sound fanciful. Sure, individuals living outside the U.S. can have a kind of stateless income. They have to file federal tax returns, but as they don't reside in any state, they don't have state income.
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Tax-credit bonds pose potential for fraud
Reuters
Tax-credit municipal bonds present large risks for fraud, according to a heavily redacted report from the federal government that gave few hints on how banks and other investors may use the debt to cheat on taxes. The bonds, which give buyers tax credits in lieu of payments, could create a "significant loss of revenue for the federal government," the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said, adding that the Internal Revenue Service "cannot easily detect errors or potential fraud."
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    ASA seeks members for public speaking engagements nationwide (AAA-CPA)
Census: State, local government tax collection hits all-time high (watchdog.org via Fox News)
Wealth taxes: A future battleground (The New York Times)
Lew: New types of taxes may be ahead (Politico)
Official: IRS pursuing 'stateless income' tax enforcement (Reuters)

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CALENDAR
Aug. 8
PA/DE Chapter Meeting

Aug. 29
North Texas Chapter Meeting

Sept. 5
Members Only Study Group: Partnership Tax Update

Sept. 12
PA/DE Chapter Meeting
Members Only Study Group: S Corporation Quarterly Update

Sept. 18
What Every Attorney-CPA Must Know About Self-Directed IRAs

Sept. 19
Members Only Study Group: Choice of Entity

Oct. 1
Analytics in Law, Politics and the University

Oct. 15
Georgia Chapter Meeting

Nov. 6
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference

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


 



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