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Las Vegas is around the corner ... We hope you'll join us and bring a guest
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Planning to come to the fall meeting? Register by this Friday, Oct. 23, to ensure that your name is printed in our onsite program. If you plan to purchase printed materials, this is your last day to do so.

While you're in an education session, don't leave your spouse or guest all alone! We'd love to have them join us for a complimentary welcome breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:30-11:00 a.m. This is a great chance to catch up on each other's lives, meet some new friends and plan your time in Las Vegas together. Or join us for the Summer Garden Party at the Bellagio on Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely stroll among rare natural finds selected distinctively for the Bellagio from all over the world. Then enjoy a relaxing lunch with your fellow AAA-CPA friends at the Café Bellagio overlooking the gardens. The tour is complimentary — lunch is on your own.

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AAA-CPA to co-sponsor Criminal Tax Fraud and Tax Controversy 2013 Conference — Dec. 11-13
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The 30th Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud is the annual gathering of the criminal tax defense bar combined with the Third Annual National Institute on Tax Controversy. This program brings together high-level government representatives, judges, corporate counsel and private practitioners engaged in all aspects of tax controversy, tax litigation and criminal tax defense.

Curriculum topics include:
  • Roundtable discussions with senior officials from the Internal Revenue Service treasury and justice departments
  • Strategies for experienced practitioners when representing clients in examination, at appeals and during criminal investigations
  • Breakout sessions focused on civil tax controversy and criminal tax defense strategies
  • Advice from judges on what they want to hear from you
Click here for more information.

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Swiss private bank shuts up shop over US tax row
Reuters
Swiss private bank Frey & Co. is to close due to "unsustainable costs" stemming from the country's dispute with the United States over alleged tax evasion, making it the second Swiss bank to shut as a result of the row. Switzerland and the United States have been at odds since 2010 over a U.S. campaign to get Switzerland's banking secrecy laws cracked open so it can identify possible U.S. tax evaders, a campaign which felled Wegelin, Switzerland's oldest bank, in January following an indictment.
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Obama's goal of grand budget deal elusive as talks begin
BloombergBusinessweek
Forget talk of a budgetary grand bargain when members of Congress sit down to meet a December deadline for progress on a revenue-and-spending plan. Lawmakers say even a mini-bargain to carry the government through the next year or two would be difficult, never mind a breakthrough on entitlement spending limits and tax revenue that's eluded negotiators for the past three years.
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US tax law has some expatriates waiving the American flag
Los Angeles Times
Genevieve Besser knows that many people would kill to have what she's thinking of giving up. It's been her birthright for 52 years, something she's cherished and taken pride in. But being a U.S. citizen, she says, now seems more a penalty than a privilege. For 25 years, the New York native has lived here in western Germany with her German husband, whom she met when he was a student in the U.S. and whom she willingly, if warily, followed back to his homeland.
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IRS catches up after shutdown
Accounting Today
After reopening operations on Oct. 17, the Internal Revenue Service said in an email to tax professionals that its employees are reporting back to work, and the agency is assessing the impact of the 16-day shutdown on its national operations.

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New corporate tax shelter: A merger abroad
The New York Times
Executives at a California chip maker Applied Materials highlighted a number of advantages in announcing a merger recently with a smaller Japanese rival, but an important one was barely mentioned: lower taxes. The merged company will save millions of dollars a year by moving — not to one side of the Pacific or the other, but by reincorporating in the Netherlands.

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IRS releases details on PTIN holders
Accounting Today
The IRS Return Preparer Office has released details on the professional credentials of those who currently hold Preparer Tax Identification Numbers. Just over 690,000 people hold PTINs, which are required of all paid tax preparers. By far the largest professional group among them are CPAs, with 214,267 PTINs.

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Budget talks complicate tax reform
The Hill
The top congressional tax writers are now facing just the latest wrinkle in their efforts to rewrite the code: a budget conference. Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., both have said they plan to put pen to paper on tax reform plans within the next several months.
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Why a medical device tax became part of the fiscal fight
NPR
VideoBriefAmong the bargaining chips in the budget crisis on Capitol Hill, there's the small but persistent issue of taxing medical device manufacturers. The 2.3 percent sales tax covers everything from MRI machines to replacement hips and maybe even surgical gloves. The tax was imposed to help pay for the Affordable Care Act.
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States target tax scofflaws with incentives and shame
USA Today
In New York, state tax scofflaws now have a stark choice: Pay up or lose your driver's license. Since New York launched a new program targeting tax delinquents last August, the state has picked up $4 million in back taxes, out of an estimated $26 million owed, according to state officials.
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Trial Court to the Supreme Court: My Three and a Half Year Journey to the Highest Court in the Land

Oct. 25
Negotiating Tax Provisions of Acquisition (Disposition) Agreements

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AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference

Nov. 14
Members Only Study Group: Choice of Entity

Nov. 19
Members Only Study Group: Challenges to IRS Regulation of Tax Return Preparers

Nov. 21
How to Manage Criminal Cases When the C.I. Knocks on the Taxpayer's Door

Dec. 11
ABA's 30th National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and Tax Controversy

Jan. 14, 2014
AAA-CPA Luncheon in Conjunction With the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

Jan. 24, 2014
Southwest Regional Education Conference

May 2, 2014
Northeast Regional Education Conference

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


 



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