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Add your biography to our Find an Attorney-CPA search engine
Over 50,000 individuals have visited the Find an Attorney-CPA search engine, making it a premier marketing and referral network. Your AAA-CPA online member listing acts as a form of advertising that can assist potential clients in determining if you're the right person for a job. Including your credentials, work experience and achievements in your online member listing will enhance your profile and increase your opportunity of obtaining clients and referrals. Click here for more information.
50th anniversary celebration: Seeking testimonials
Our 50th anniversary celebrations will be taking place later this summer and fall, and we want you to be a part of it! We are looking for members to submit testimonials both in writing and via video. We want to hear from you about what you joined the AAA-CPA? What is your best memory of the association, and what is the best benefit? We will be using these on several of our marketing campaigns throughout the year. Video clips can be short and sweet and done on your handheld smartphone or tablet! Email your quotes and videos to email@example.com. If you send us one by May 15, you'll be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card!
California Lawyer — News and trends seeks lawyers to participate in online Q&A column
California Lawyer is seeking lawyers to participate in their online question and answer column. These will run weekly, and they are in the process of developing a stable of contacts who can either participate or refer them to other lawyers who'd like to participate. The question we are pursuing right now is "How do you share responsibility for child care with your partner?" We are asking a small group of lawyers about how they've worked out child care drop-offs, pickups and children's sick days and vacations with partners who also work. In addition to a brief interview, usually about 15 minutes, we ask each participant to provide a one-sentence biography and a color photo. Other question and answer segments have addressed travel, downtime, other aspects of the work-life balance, legal inspiration and other topics. To express your interest, please contact Laura Impellizzeri, news and trends editor, California Lawyer, via phone at 415-296-2411 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan E. Weiner appointed to 6th term judge on NYSSCPA committee
Alan E. Weiner, CPA, JD., LL.M., has been appointed to a sixth term (2014-2015) as a judge on the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants' Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards Committee. He is partner emeritus at Baker Tilly (formerly Holtz Rubenstein Reminick at which he was the founding tax partner) (Long Island, N.Y., and New York City).
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers its annual Excellence in Financial Journalism Award to recognize journalists from the national and local press, TV and radio who contribute to a better understanding of business topics.
A panel of members from the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Financial Writers' Association judge entries on the following.
Original entries created between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, (inclusive) are eligible for the competition.
- Accuracy, quality and thoroughness of research
- The ability to communicate a balanced understanding of the topic
- Examining a significant and complex subject with depth and context
Federal tax update — March
by David S. De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling
In Armstrong v. Commissioner, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a majority opinion of a divided tax court that the noncustodial father could not claim a child as a dependent notwithstanding a court order.
Tax change helps abused spouses get health insurance subsidies
NPR and Kaiser Health News
Victims of domestic violence can have a hard time qualifying for subsidies to buy health insurance because of quirks in the health law. And they often need help. It now looks like there's something of a fix, as well as more time to enroll.
IRS: Bitcoins are property, not currency
Wading into a murky tax question for the digital age, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service said that bitcoins and other virtual currencies are to be treated, for tax purposes, as property and not as currency.
"General tax principles that apply to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency," the IRS said in a statement, meaning that bitcoins would be taxed as ordinary income or as assets subject to capital gains taxes, depending on the circumstance.
How the rich (and poor) avoid paying income taxes
Bankrate.com via Fox Business
Tax reform has become a hot-button issue in Congress and among taxpayers as discussion continues about whether the wealthy pay their fair share. But the issue is much deeper than a brewing controversy between the haves and have-nots. An examination of the complexities of the tax system reveals a variety of ways to reduce or eliminate federal income tax.
A tax break to anchor tech growth in San Francisco
The New York Times
On one side of a long, wooden table at Zendesk's offices in San Francisco, 80 software engineers who are collectively worth tens of millions of dollars stood with empty paper plates waiting to be fed.
On the other side of the table, serving, were half a dozen homeless men and women who had cooked and delivered trays of grilled chicken, rice and salad.
Tax extenders an opportunity to improve the tax code
The Heritage Foundation
The tax extenders are a group of approximately 50 tax-reducing policies that expire regularly. Congress has traditionally extended them just as regularly as they expire.
Most recently, they expired at the end of 2013, and Congress has yet to address them this year.
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US high court: Companies must pay taxes on severance payments
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that taxes are due for Social Security and Medicare on severance packages paid to workers who are laid off involuntarily, overturning a lower court ruling that could have led to a wave of payroll tax refund requests from U.S. businesses.
In a win for the Obama administration and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the court voted 8-0 that Quality Stores Inc., a defunct retailer, and its employees are not entitled to tax refunds totaling about $1 million.
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