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The early bird may catch the worm, but the earlier worm can avoid the beak
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Get in early to secure your place at the AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference, Nov. 7-11 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Early-bird registration fees expire Oct. 5. Click here for details about the conference and to register today.

New York chapter networking event with students from NYU-Stern
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The NYU-Stern accounting program is pleased to provide current accounting students and alumni with the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of becoming a licensed attorney while working as a Certified Public Accountant. The program will feature a panel hosted by the AAA-CPA. For details on this event, please click here. Interested in sitting on the panel? Contact Kimmy Livingston at

A practical application workshop for business owners dealing with the IRS
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The Internal Revenue Service knows small business owners are poorly prepared to deal with the minefield of an IRS inquiry. That's why your business is three times more likely to be audited today than just eight years ago, and why businesses with under $10 million in revenue face more audits than larger companies. Much of this problem relates to the prohibitive costs for cash-strapped business owners to retain a team of tax and legal professionals. A preferable alternative is the American Society of Attorney-CPAs, a unique organization comprised solely of dually-licensed professionals. Attorneys who are also CPAs represent a powerful combination of relevant knowledge and experience, enabling them to address critical issues from both the legal and financial perspectives. Join us for this seminar and walk away with practical tips to take back with you to your office. Click here for full details.

NAELA celebrates National Special Needs Law Month
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Elder and special needs law attorneys across the country will educate people with disabilities and their families on legal options this October. What is National Special Needs Law Month?

IRS warns of impending tax extension deadline
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The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers (and their tax preparers) that the tax-filing and payment deadline runs out on Oct. 15. Taxpayers and preparers are urged to double-check their tax returns for frequently overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically using IRS e-file or the IRS Free File system. More

Chicago federal reserve warned on high-frequency trading, SEC slow to respond
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More than two years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get serious about the dangers of superfast computer-driven trading. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues. Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of inaction in dealing with the fallout from high frequency trading and shows that the regulator doesn't yet fully appreciate how fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors away from U.S. markets. More

Complimentary "Thought Leader Series" Webcast

Register now for this informative one-hour webinar featuring Louis A. Mezzullo, J.D., titled: “The Five Secrets to Successful Business and Estate Counseling: How to Avoid Ethical Conflicts.” This webcast is designed for those engaged in business and estate planning. Click here.

Facing possible estate tax, investors stick to sidelines
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About 15 million households soon could end up with estate tax liabilities, but many wealthy individuals in this scenario are not yet putting plans in place to minimize them. Today, individuals are allowed a $5.12 million federal estate tax exemption, with estates worth more than that subject to a top tax rate of 35 percent. Those provisions, however, are slated to expire Jan. 1, at which time — unless Congress acts — the exemption will revert to $1 million, with a 55 percent maximum tax. More

Hillary Clinton CGI speech calls for higher taxes for rich people
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a strongly-worded message to the rich at the Clinton Global Initiative — help grow your countries. The former first lady addressed an audience of leaders in the philanthropy, business and politics sectors on day two of CGI, a three-day conference that aims to tackle the world's most pressing problems. In keeping with this year's theme of "designing for impact," an effort to alleviate global poverty and health issues, Clinton urged struggling countries to tax equitably and to lean on the wealthy. More

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Justice department, IRS seek to avoid tax identity theft
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The U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service are working to head off identity theft aimed at stealing people's tax refunds when the filing season begins in January, the government's top tax prosecutor said. The Department of Justice will draw information from local prosecutions to identify patterns in the cases and help the IRS create computerized filters to block potentially fraudulent refunds. They peak each year in the first few weeks of the filing season as criminals try to get refunds under legitimate taxpayers' names before those people file their own returns. More

Payroll tax cut is unlikely to survive into next year
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Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November or what compromises Congress strikes in the lame-duck session to keep the economy from automatic tax increases and spending cuts, 160 million American wage earners will probably see their tax bills jump after Jan. 1. That is when the temporary payroll tax holiday ends. More

Oct. 3
Update on S Corporations

Oct. 11
Members Only Study Group: S Corporation Quarterly Update

Oct. 12
Federal Pleading Standards

Oct. 13
The Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

Oct. 16
Members Only Study Group: State Tax Issues in Partnership Taxation

Oct. 24
New York Chapter Networking Event with the NYU-Stern

Oct. 30
Members Only Study Group: "Disregarded" Entities — Concepts & Issues

Nov. 7
2012 AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference

Jan. 15
AAA-CPA Luncheon in conjunction with the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning


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