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2014-2015 Membership Dues and Fees
Reminder: Membership dues and fees for 2014-2015 were due Oct. 1. Please contact Kimmy Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-ATTY-CPA, ext. 2 if you did not receive your renewal statement. Payments may be made by logging into the AAA-CPA website.
AAA-CPA Study Group Announcement
The AAA-CPA is pleased to announce that our study groups are now available to nonmembers! Members may still listen to all study groups for free or pay $15 to receive one education credit. Nonmembers may now listen for $25 or $30 to receive one education credit. We currently have the following programs scheduled:
Nov. 18 — Year-end Tax Planning With Employee Benefits presented by Allen Buckley
Dec. 9 — S Corporations Quarterly Update presented by Sydney S. Traum
Jan. 27 — Community Property for the Migrating Client presented by Scott M. Nelson
AAA-CPA Southern California Chapter Announces New President
The AAA-CPA Southern California chapter is pleased to announce that Stuart A. Simon has been elected as their new Chapter President. Stuart succeeds Phil Kass who has served as Chapter President for several years. Phil has been a longtime member of the AAA-CPA and a dedicated volunteer, keeping the CA Association active. Special thanks for his time and efforts.
Can Individuals on Federal Exchanges Claim the Premium Tax Credit?
Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA, via AICPA Tax Insider
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Tax Inversion Lobbying Booms as Corporations Fight Obama
The number of companies lobbying the U.S. government on tax inversions more than doubled in the quarter ended Sept. 30, as they sought to prevent Congress and the Obama administration from imposing new restrictions.
Novartis AG, SAP SE and Eaton Corp Plc were among companies that began lobbying on inversions and related issues after July 1.
IRS Chief Warns of Possible Tax-refund Delays
The Wall Street Journal
The coming tax-filing season could be the most complicated ever for the Internal Revenue Service, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview with the nonprofit publisher Tax Analysts.
Congress has yet to reinstate dozens of tax provisions that expired at the beginning of 2014, he noted. In past years, late action by Congress on such provisions created problems for the IRS and sometimes delays that affected taxpayers.
How Tax Reform Would Help American Families
The Heritage Foundation
Tax reform is one of the vital policy improvements necessary to revive the laboring economy. Despite widespread agreement on this fact, the prospects of Congress passing and the president signing a tax reform bill are low.
Social Security Benefits Rising 1.7 Percent for 2015, Top Tax Up 1.3 Percent
The nation's nearly 64 million Social Security recipients will get a 1.7 percent cost of living increase for 2015, while the maximum Social Security tax, which is linked to a different measure, will go up by just 1.3 percent, the government announced.
The 1.7 percent boost means the average retired worker will see a $22 increase to $1,328 a month, and the average senior couple will get a $36 boost to $2,176, the Social Security Administration said.
Tax Refund Size Increased This Year
The average tax refund in 2014 was $2,696, up 1.5 percent from the average refund of $2,656 in 2013, according to a new report on how well the Internal Revenue Service operated last tax season. The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, found that the IRS managed to function well this past tax season, despite a two-week delay as a result of the government shutdown last fall.
Economists: We Should Tax the Rich at 90 Percent
The Huffington Post
America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years.
All Americans, including the rich, would be better off if top tax rates went back to Dwight D. Eisenhower-era levels when the top federal income tax rate was 91 percent, according to a new working paper by Fabian Kindermann from the University of Bonn and Dirk Krueger from the University of Pennsylvania.
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