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Open Enrollment for the Hays Health Insurance Exchange is Here
AAA-CPA
In order to receive an effective date of Jan. 1, you must enroll between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15.

AAA-CPA and Hays have worked together to offer AAA-CPA members with the broadest coverage available at the most affordable rates. JLBG Heath is one of the nation's leading providers of health insurance exchanges for associations. The health insurance exchange platform offers AAA-CPA members the opportunity to explore the gamut of health insurance options available as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

Hays health insurance highlights:
  • Shop multiple quality carriers like: Blue Cross, Aetna, Assurant, Cigna, Humana and many others
  • Apply online, over the phone or check out online and call with questions
  • No medical questions asked
  • All pre-existing conditions covered
  • Access to the federal and state marketplaces
  • Look at plans both on and off the public exchange and decide what's best for you
  • Non ACA-qualified plans are also available for thousands in annual savings (tax penalty may apply)
  • Employers can give access to employees to shop and may contribute to their premium if desired but not mandatory.
Please note that plan designs and access to products will vary by state. Enroll by calling 888-404-2990 or online at www.HaysHealthPlans.com.

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Professional Conduct and Ethics for Attorney-CPAs — Dec. 5
AAA-CPA
The AAA-CPA Washington-Oregon chapter will be holding its free annual ethics course Dec. 5 from 12-5 p.m. in Seattle. This program will cover three different sections:

1. The New AICPA Conflict of Interest Scheme — Presented by Jim Rigos, attorney, CPA, CMA (This program will also cover the new AICPA conflict of interest treatment of their code of ethics recodification effective Dec. 15.)
2. Conflicts in Practice and Life — Presented by Joseph L. Brotherton, attorney, CPA
3. Marijuana, Ethics and the Law for the Attorney-CPA — Presented by Jack Piza, attorney, CPA, LL.M.

Click here for more information and to register online for this free event.

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AAA-CPA to Co-sponsor 13th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference — Jan. 8
AAA-CPA
The program continues to promote the positive ongoing relationship between the tax practitioner community and the Internal Revenue Service. The annual meeting, open to both IRS employees and the practitioner community, has become a "mark your calendar" event for many New Jersey tax professionals. The intent is to engage in ongoing, meaningful dialogue aimed at improving our dealings with one another, thereby improving service to our common customer — the taxpayer public. Click here for more information and to register for this event. For any additional information on the Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference, please contact Glenn Gizzi, IRS senior stakeholder liaison, at 732-777-7269 or email him at Glenn.J.Gizzi@irs.gov.
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The 6 Most Ridiculous Tax Extenders
Washington Examiner
As part of their year-end budget deliberations, members of Congress are considering which special tax breaks to renew before the 2015 tax filing season begins and it's too late for filers to take advantage of them. Since 1998, a package of tax breaks have expired and retroactively extended seven times, earning them the "tax extenders" label. At the end of 2013, 55 such temporary tax breaks in the federal tax code expired.
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Former IRS Insider Gives Peek Behind Development of Net Investment Income Tax
Accounting Today
The net investment income tax, which was included as part of the Affordable Care Act, will be hitting taxpayers and practitioners alike this coming tax season. One of those practitioners is David Kirk, executive director of personal tax services in the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP in Washington, D.C.
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The Top 5 Professional Liability Issues CPAs Need to Watch in 2015
CPA Practice Advisor
One way to help avoid a professional liability claim is to be aware of the evolving exposures within the profession. The following is a list of the five top areas of concern for CPAs in 2015.
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Boeing, Ford Among Firms Where CEO Pay Tops Taxes
Bloomberg
Boeing Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chevron Corp. are among 29 U.S. companies whose CEOs were compensated more last year than their corporations paid in federal income taxes, according to a policy and research firm whose mission is challenging corporate influence. The 29 companies reported $24 billion in U.S. pretax profits and received $238 million in tax benefits, according to the report by the Institute for Policy Studies in conjunction with the Center for Effective Government.
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President Barack Obama: Immigrants Must Pay 'Fair Share of Taxes'
Forbes
President Barack Obama recently delivered the speech that everyone has been talking about: his plan for immigration reform. The president's plan is, as he explained, intended to fix "this broken immigration system."
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It's Crunch Time in Congress for Tax Breaks
The New York Times
The Georgia Aquarium is hardly a showcase in Atlanta urban renewal. The largest marine exhibit in the United States sits near the World of Coca-Cola museum, CNN headquarters, the city's lavish sports stadiums and its famed Centennial Olympic Park — an area more playground than poverty-stricken. Yet when the aquarium's managers set out to build a new dolphin exhibit, sponsored by AT&T no less, they made use of a lucrative federal tax break, known as the New Markets Tax Credit, intended as a tool to expand investment in the country's poorest localities.
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CBO: Tax Rates Are Finally on the Rise for the Top 1 Percent (The Washington Post)

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CALENDAR
Dec. 5
Professional Conduct and Ethics for Attorney-CPAs

Dec. 9
Members-only Study Group: S Corporations Quarterly Update

Dec. 10
31st Annual National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and 4th National Institute on Tax Controversy

Dec. 11
Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits

Dec. 19
Federal Tax Update for Individuals and Small Businesses

Jan. 8
13th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference

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

Jan. 20
Study Group: Inherited IRAs — What Assets Are Safe?

Jan. 27
Study Group: Community Property for the Migrating Client
 



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