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Request for members who are dual practitioners
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We are asking our members who are dual practitioners to each prepare a one page summary of how you run your dual practice. These summaries will be on file at the association office and distributed to new and younger members who ask how to do a dual practice. It should be a list of procedures that you are actually doing in your office. It is not intended to be a list of preferred practices that could be used against a member in a malpractice suit; just a summary of how you do it in your office. Please send this list to the office via email to All lists will be reviewed and edited by the Dual Rights Committee under the leadership of Jim Rigos. When you send in your summary, please indicate whether it is OK to use your name and whether it is OK for a member to call you with questions.

Advertising opportunity: Networking and referral directory
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The AAA-CPA is offering a special discount for advertising in the 2012-2013 Networking and Referral Directory. This directory features all AAA-CPA members broken down by specialty, state and biographical section. The directory, printed in early summer, will go out to over 1,100 members and will be shown at various trade shows throughout the year. This is a great way to give your company high visibility before a unique group of professionals. During this limited time offer, we are cutting our rates by 50 percent. Click here for information on ad sizes and rates.

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Special member pricing
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In memoriam
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The AAA-CPA is saddened to inform its members of the passing of Gerald J. Carnago, Esq., CPA. Carnago was an active member of our Michigan chapter and passed away at the end of December. Please see his obituary by clicking here.

Past President, Sydney S. Traum, Esq., CPA, named to 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list
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For more information on the Super Lawyers Award, please visit their site by clicking here.

After 6-year fight, feds drop tax fraud case against imprisoned Adelphia founder, son
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A six-year legal battle involving the jailed father-son duo who headed now-defunct Adelphia Communications Corp. has ended after prosecutors withdrew tax fraud charges related to their earlier conviction in a $1.9 billion fraud case. Prosecutors said they withdrew the tax-related charges against the Pennsylvania cable company's founder John Rigas and his son Timothy because they weren't likely to end in substantial additional jail time or restitution. More

Thousands of federal workers owe back taxes
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President Barack Obama has preached that all Americans should pay their fair share in taxes, but a government report finds that tens of thousands of federal employees — from staffers in Congress to federal agencies and even Obama's executive office — collectively owe the government billions in back taxes. Data from the Internal Revenue Service found that more than 279,000 federal employees and retirees owed $3.4 billion in back income taxes as of Sept. 30, 2010. More

The tax credit that's helping single women-headed families fight poverty
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For millions of American families — especially those headed by single women — this tax season will offer hope, security and a potential reprieve from the crippling impact of the economy. This lifeline: the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC is widely recognized as the largest and most effective anti-poverty program for low- to moderate-income working families, but the Treasury Department has estimated that up to one-quarter of low-wage workers fail to claim it. More

Exiting watchdog sees flaws in SEC's rulewriting
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In his final act before departing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency's inspector general, David Kotz, criticized how the agency analyzes the economic impact of some of its Dodd-Frank rules. Kotz's criticism, contained in a report, could have ramifications for the SEC, which has lost several court battles over the years because of flaws in how it demonstrates that the benefits of a rule outweigh its costs. More

UBS's Wealth Management Americas expands
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UBS's Wealth Management Americas has added several groups and individuals, most from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, to its firm. In California, Baldwin, Naples and Associates has joined the firm. The team brings to UBS Wealth Management Americas a production of approximately $2.4 million and assets under management of more than $470 million. The group was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. More

Senate holds hearing on IRS role in mutual fund commodity speculation
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The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held a hearing to explore decisions by the Internal Revenue Service that have increased commodity speculation by allowing some mutual funds to use offshore shell corporations and complex financial instruments to circumvent longstanding tax code limits on mutual fund trading in commodities. "Over the last six years, in private letter rulings responding to mutual fund petitions, the IRS has opened the floodgates to ever-increasing levels of commodity speculation by the $11 trillion mutual fund industry, despite tax laws that put limits on commodity investments by mutual funds," said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who chairs the subcommittee. More

Feb. 1
Tax Collection Defense: What Every Legal and Accounting Member Should Know — Boston

Feb. 7
Members Only Study Group: Foreign Tax Credits in Partnerships: Preparation by Partnership
Estate Planning Developments in Light of Heckerling — Missouri Chapter Meeting

Feb. 14
Members Only Study Group: Business Succession Breakthroughs Using ESOPs

Feb. 16
Secondary Liability Implications for Professionals and Aiders Under State Securities Law
Helping Your Clients Build Value in Their Businesses — Capital Area Chapter Meeting

Feb. 17
Settlements with the IRS Policies and Procedures — South Texas Chapter Meeting

April 20
Planning for Mineral Interest Owners — South Texas Chapter Meeting

May 4
Estate and Financial Planning for Clients Living with Chronic Illness

May 8
Missouri Chapter Meeting

May 18
Preserving the $5,120,000 Exemption and Other Estate Planning Ideas — South Texas Chapter
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