AAA-CPA Goes to the US Tax Court at the 2014 AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference
Most tax litigation occurs in the U.S. Tax Court as it is a forum not requiring prepayment of alleged liability for access. AAA-CPA will take a field trip during the AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference to hear Chief Judge Thornton at a symposium at the U.S. Tax Court, explaining its workings and the activities of its judges.
Click here for details about the conference and to register today.
AAA-CPA Members Being Sworn Into the US Supreme Court
The AAA-CPA will be participating in a group swearing-in at the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 4. Admission will begin at 10 a.m. We encourage current members of the American Bar Association to join us at this preconference event. Members of the public are also encouraged to attend. However, please see the information below on when to arrive and how to enter. The cases scheduled to be heard Nov. 4 per the Supreme Court website are as follows: Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean and Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans.
Please note that the following details are also available online here.
Members of the Supreme Court's bar are invited to sit inside the brass railing. Before entering, they will be required to report to the clerk's assistant who is seated adjacent to the statue of Chief Justice John Marshall in the lower Great Hall on the ground floor. The Supreme Court bar check-in process normally begins at 9 a.m. Bar members are required to show the assistant a photo identification card, and each name is checked against the bar membership roster. Inform the assistant if your name is different from the one used when you were admitted to the bar. Bar members will be issued a pass and directed to proceed to the courtroom on the first floor. Seating is on a first come, first seated basis. When the bar section is filled, remaining bar members will be seated in the Lawyers' Lounge where arguments can be heard through a loudspeaker. Bar members are asked to wear professional business attire. Male attorneys should wear a coat and a tie. Female attorneys should wear comparable attire (suit, dress or dress slacks with a matching jacket). Hats and furs are not permitted. Topcoats, raincoats, jackets and umbrellas must be checked in the cloakroom.
All oral arguments are open to the public, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Before a session begins, two lines will form on the plaza in front of the building. One is for those who wish to attend an entire argument, and the other, a three minute line, is for those who wish to observe the Supreme Court in session briefly. Please do not hold a space in either line for others who have not yet arrived.
Seating for the first argument begins at 9:30 a.m., and seating for the three-minute line begins at 10 a.m. The locations for these lines are marked with signs, and there is a police officer on duty to answer your questions.
Visitors should be aware that cases may attract large crowds, with lines forming before the building opens. There are unavoidable delays associated with processing and seating of large numbers of visitors, and your cooperation and patience are appreciated. Court police officers will make every effort to inform you as soon as possible if you can expect to secure a seat in the courtroom.
You will go through a security checkpoint as you enter the building and again as you enter the courtroom. Weapons or other dangerous or illegal items are not allowed on the grounds or in the building. Please refrain from taking the following items into the courtroom when the Supreme Court is in session: cameras, radios, pagers, tape players, cell phones, tape recorders, other electronic equipment, hats, overcoats, magazines and books, briefcases and luggage. Sunglasses, identification tags (other than military), display buttons and inappropriate clothing may not be worn. A checkroom is available on the first floor to check coats and other personal belongings. Coin-operated (quarters only) lockers for cameras and other valuables are available. The checkroom closes 30 minutes after court adjourns. We do not recommend taking infants or small children into the courtroom. When the court adjourns for lunch, all persons must leave the courtroom and the Great Hall. Persons attending the afternoon session must line up again on the Front Plaza to gain admission.
David De Jong to Present Federal Tax Update at Missouri Chapter Meeting
The AAA-CPA Missouri chapter will be holding their next chapter meeting Nov. 18 at Anders in St. Louis. Former President David De Jong will be presenting Federal Tax Update: November 2013-October 2014, which will qualify for one CPE credit and one Missouri MCLE credit (pending approval). Please click here for more information and to register for this chapter meeting.
The Florida AAA-CPA Chapter is Pleased to Announce the Following Elected Chapter Officers
Florida AAA-CPA chapter
Chairman of the board: Sydney S. Traum
President: Domenick R. Lioce
Executive vice president: James H. Sutton
Secretary: Charles J. Zimmerer
Treasurer: Kenneth G.M. Mather
Regional vice presidents:
Southwest: Basil L. Bain
Tampa/St. Pete: Gerard (J.J.) Wehle
Southeast: Marta Alfonso
North: Laura C. Pyne
Kenneth D. Goodman
JoAnn M. Koontz
Janette M. McCurley
Federal Government's Tax-take Hits All-time High
The Washington Times
The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in fiscal year 2014, topping $3 trillion in revenue for the first time in its history, according to the Department of the Treasury numbers that show the influx helped drop the deficit to its lowest level under President Barack Obama.
The recovering economy was the key, sending personal and corporate incomes higher — and thus sending more money to Washington, D.C.
Congress Should Embrace a New Tax Policy to Promote Smaller Government
The campaign rhetoric is heating up as we approach the 2014 midterm elections, and candidates in several competitive Senate races are advocating for smaller, less intrusive government. Sen. Mitch McConnell's, R-Kentucky, campaign in Kentucky is calling for reducing government spending. Businessman David Perdue in Georgia is concerned about the national debt and calls for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.
IRS Proposes Major Changes in Partnership Tax Regulation
Partnership taxation is already one of the most complicated areas of tax law. The Internal Revenue Service is proposing to add another level of intricate regulations that would substantially change how partnerships can be used for investment and business operations.
Tax Credits for College Can Help Ease Costs
The New York Times
With all the worries about rising college costs, lower- and moderate-income families should keep in mind that there are federal tax benefits that can help ease the financial burden of getting an education.
For instance, there are two tax credits available that can lower your tax bill while you, or your child, are in school.
Foreign Countries Offer US Retirees Discounts, Tax Breaks and More
Who knew that American retirees were such a hot commodity?
A growing number of developing countries certainly think so. They're wooing seniors with perks ranging from travel and health care discounts to tax breaks.
Will Your Favorite Tax Break Be Restored?
Hoping for a big tax refund and one that's on time? Call Congress. The fate of 50-plus tax breaks that expired at the end of December 2013 could determine when and how much you get as a tax refund when you file your 2014 tax return next spring. That's because they include a bunch of individual breaks that help teachers, students, commuters, struggling homeowners, donors and conservationists. It could mean $250 — or thousands — off your taxes.
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