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Register Now for the AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference
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It is not just the children that are headed back to school this fall. Continue your education at the AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference Nov. 5-8 at the Sofitel Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. The program will offer 16 hours of CPE and CLE/MCLE on a 50-minute hour track or 13 CLE/MCLE on a 60-minute hour track, including one hour of accounting and auditing and one hour of ethics. The following presentations will be available:
  • Is Orange Really the New Black? White Collar Crimes and Their Impact on Society
  • Putting Flexibility in Estate Planning
  • Multistate Taxation Issues of Estates and Trusts
Registration is now open, so reserve your spot today and go to the head of the class. Click here for details about the conference and to register today.

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US Tax Withholding and Reporting Requirements — Hiring Foreign Vendors
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The AAA-CPA Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley chapter will be holding their next meeting Sept. 11 at 8 a.m. This program, presented by Thomas J. Howard, will provide an overview of U.S. withholding tax requirements on payments to foreign persons, with particular discussion of the tax withholding and reporting requirements applicable to payment to foreign persons for services. The source of income rules, effectively connected income, withholding agent liability, treaties and penalties all will be discussed. For more information and to register for this chapter meeting, please click here or email klivingston@attorney-cpa.com.
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Top 3 Reasons to Join the AAA-CPA Today
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Not a member or affiliate of the AAA-CPA? Here are three reasons why September is a great time to join.
  1. You receive the month of September for free, giving you 13 months of membership or affiliate status.
  2. Receive a $200 discount on full meeting registration to the 50th AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference in Washington, D.C. This meeting features 16 hours of CPE and CLE/MCLE on a 50-minute track and 13 hours of CLE/MCLE on a 60-minute track. Satisfy all of your education requirements by attending an AAA-CPA meeting.
  3. New regular member and affiliates join for half price! We also offer discounted rates for educators, government employees and students! Click here to view a full listing of our membership and affiliate status categories and join today!
Our best referrals are those that come from our members, so please help spread the word about the AAA-CPA!

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MEMBER NEWS


Sydney S. Traum Included in The Best Lawyers in America
AAA-CPA
Congratulations to Sydney S. Traum of Coral Gables, Florida, for being selected by his peers to be included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice area of tax law. Traum has been included in this list for at least 20 years and has proven to be a consistent and dedicated member of the law community. Congratulations to you, Syd!
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Federal Tax Update — August
By David S. De Jong, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
In Shanker v. Commissioner, the tax court found that a $563 "thank you point" reward from Citibank evidenced by a 1099 was taxable. The court indicated that a premium for making a deposit is different than frequent flier miles, which the Internal Revenue Service has indicated that it will not seek to tax.
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7 US Companies Shrinking Tax Bills
USA Today
Burger King's decision to combine with Canadian doughnut shop Tim Hortons is renewing controversy over the lengths some U.S. companies will go to reduce their tax bills. There are a handful of firms that could write the book on other ways to cut taxes.
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Weaker Corporate Tax Receipts Cloud US Budget Picture
Reuters via Newsmax
The U.S. budget picture will likely worsen this year as companies wait to see what actions Congress will take on taxes in coming months, a report from the Congressional Budget Office showed. The budget deficit for fiscal year 2014 will be an estimated $506 billion, a slight increase from the $492 billion projected in April, based on lower-than-expected corporate tax receipts, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said.
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Don't Believe the Myths About the R&D Tax Credit
Accounting Today
While both houses of Congress have addressed the passage of tax extender legislation, it is unlikely that anything will come of their efforts until after the midterm elections. One of the expired provisions that hasn't yet been extended is the R&D credit. If any provisions do get extended, this is one that will be in whatever package makes it to the president's desk for his signature.
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10 Least Tax-friendly States in the US
Kiplinger via Yahoo News
Considering a move to another state? Not so fast. Be sure to weigh state taxes when calculating the difference in cost of living. Here is the updated 2014 list of the 10 least tax-friendly states.
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IRS Still Struggling With Tax Treatment of Immigrants, Changes Rules Again
Forbes
Tax refund fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. In an effort to curb fraud, the Internal Revenue Service has made a number of changes over the past few years, including new controls over individual taxpayer identification numbers that took effect in 2013. Those rules, however, are changing again.
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7 Million Taxpayers Fail to File Their Income Taxes
Forbes
About 7 million U. S. taxpayers fail to file required income tax returns each year, while 146 million Americans dutifully file their returns each year. That means that about 5 percent of the populace fail to meet their obligations to Uncle Sam. As part of its National Research Program, the Internal Revenue Service released a study in 2011 of 2006 returns which found that as result of nonfiling, the government loses $28 billion per year.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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CALENDAR
Sept. 4
Members Only Study Group: S Corp Update

Sept. 11
Tax Withholding/Reporting Requirements for U.S. Companies Hiring Foreign Vendors

Sept. 18
Planning for Long Term Care in New York
Members Only Study Group: 1031 Exchanges Are Back: Update on Trends in 2014
Maryland Estate Tax and Recoupling

Sept. 19
Healthcare — Reform by the Numbers

Oct. 20
National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Nov. 5
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference

Nov. 21
LLCs — What Law Schools Don't Teach You

Dec. 11
Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits

Jan. 13
AAA-CPA Luncheon in Conjunction With the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
 



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