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Please note that the AAA-CPA office will be closing early on Dec. 24 and will be closed the week between Christmas and New Years. During this time, we wish you and your family health and happiness. Staff will be checking email and voicemail during the week but will be slower to respond. Happy New Year to you all.




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Stop by the AAA-CPA booth for your chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card!
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The AAA-CPA will be exhibiting at the 48th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Jan. 13-17, in Orlando, Fla. Stop by our booth (number 207) and enter your business card for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Also, don't forget to sign up for our free luncheon for members and prospects on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Click here for more information and to sign up.
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Register for our Southwest Regional Education Conference
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The AAA-CPA invites you to join us for our 2014 Southeast Regional Conference at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Exciting education programs will take place Jan. 24-26. Below are some of the topics.
  • Public Charities vs. Private Foundations — Darren Moore
  • Income Tax Implications of Investment Decisions — Robert Scharar
  • The New Normal: Analyzing the Changing Outlook of SEC Enforcement, Assessing Various Risk Management Strategies and How Emerging Technologies Will Affect Compliance Requirements for Your Organization — John McSwain, CPA
  • Meet and Learn Session — Accounting and Tax Fraud: Protecting the Integrity of the Financial Statements
Registration is now open! Click here to register and learn more about the conference schedule.

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Indulge yourself!
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While in Fort Worth, Texas, for our 2014 Southwest Regional Education Conference, indulge in Spa BEAUBELLE, located inside the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. This spa offers a full range of beauty treatments, including manicures and pedicures with your choice of aromatic foot bath, along with facials featuring the finest BEAUBELLE Swiss facial products for men and women. For spa reservations or more details, please call 817-806-3700.
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Best and worst cities for travel taxes
USA Today
Corporate trekkers have a heftier tax burden in some cities than others, and that could lead some to change their travel plans, according to a new study. Among the nation's top 50 destinations, when not counting sales taxes, Portland, Ore., ranked the worst when it came to the amount of taxes paid for a car rental, hotel room and restaurant meal, according to a new report from the Global Business Travel Association.
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IRS clarifies tax rules for startup costs of terminated partnerships
AccountingWEB
It's a given that a partnership is generally entitled to a limited current deduction for qualified startup and organizational costs and can amortize the remainder over time. But what are the tax consequences if a partnership technically terminates due to the sale or exchange of its interests? This issue, which was has long been debated by tax commentators, is finally settled under new proposed regulations released by the Internal Revenue Service.
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The year in taxes: From the fiscal cliff to tax reform talks
Brookings
The year in taxes started with the nation toppling, briefly, over the fiscal cliff. And it ended with some interesting policy proposals on tax reform though little political progress.
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Expiration of hotel room-tax rate in New York City causes confusion
The New York Times
New York City can be an expensive place for out-of-towners seeking a bed for the night. But those visitors have unknowingly paid thousands of dollars more in hotel taxes than they should have because of confusion caused by City Hall.

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US businesses alarmed by Senate plan on corporate taxes
The Washington Post
For years, American businesses have been clamoring for Congress to wipe out a profusion of special-interest tax breaks and use the proceeds to lower the 35 percent tax on corporate profits, now the highest in the developed world. The Senate's chief tax writer rolled out a series of proposals to do just that.

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End of mortgage-fix break could mean big tax bills
CNNMoney
A tax break for struggling mortgage borrowers ends Jan. 1 and that could mean big tax bills — and financial hits for their neighbors. Say a family is behind on their mortgage and the bank cuts them a deal, maybe reducing the loan principal or forgiving the mortgage balance after a "short sale" in which the seller owes more than the final price. Under traditional Internal Revenue Service rules, the amount of that debt forgiveness would be taxable income.

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Supreme Court opens door for online sales tax loophole
U.S. News & World Report
Lawmakers in many states will convene their legislatures in January, but it is unclear whether they will move to collect sales tax from Web retailers doing business in their states in both a politically sensitive election year and a period of economic recovery.
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Top 5 2014 tax trends that may be headed your way
Small Business Trends
The government shutdown and the Obamacare rollout debacle, both of which have significant tax implications, dominated the news in 2013. Looking ahead, some tax issues are certain while others are not.
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Senators: Retirement planning is a growing priority
LifeHealthPro
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., told retirement officials that he and his colleague across the aisle, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, are prioritizing "looking at the next chapter" of pension changes, encouraging more lifetime income options, strengthening auto-enrollment and focusing on investment advice — specifically watching how the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission are "moving forward" with their fiduciary advice rules.
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CALENDAR
Jan. 7
12th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference

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

Jan. 24
Southwest Regional Education Conference

Jan. 29
From Start-Up to Exit: What Every Professional Needs to Know

Feb. 13
PA/DE Valley Chapter Breakfast Meeting

May 2
Northeast Regional Education Conference

July 2
AAA-CPA Annual Meeting and Education Conference

Nov. 4
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference


 



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