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AAA-CPA Supreme Court Brief in Comptroller v. Wynne
The AAA-CPA recently filed an amicus curiae brief. This case will be argued Nov. 12. Special thanks to David De Jong, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC, Counsel of Record and the following members who contributed:

Michael E. Breslin

Amanda Lewis

John W. Pramberg

C. Murray Saylor Jr.
The Saylor Law Firm LP
James H. Sutton Jr.
Moffa, Gainor & Sutton PA

Sydney S. Traum
Law Offices of Sydney S. Traum PA

Please click here to view the case. This will take you to an American Bar Association-sponsored site with all the briefs that have been filed in the case.

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Law Student Networking Reception at Georgetown Law
AAA-CPA and Georgetown University Law Center
The AAA-CPA and Georgetown University Law Center, Graduate Center & Professional Development, cordially invite you to a complimentary networking reception prior to our AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference Nov. 4. The reception will be taking place on the 12th floor of the Bernard S. and Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center on the law center campus. For more information and to register for this event, please click here.
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All Work and No Play is Not How AAA-CPA Runs Their Conferences
Join us for the 2014 AAA-CPA Fall Meeting & Education Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5-8. Gain up to 16 hours of CPE and CLE/MCLE on a 50-minute hour track or 13 CLE/MCLE on a 60-minute hour track. Also, enjoy fantastic networking with fellow attendees.
  • Welcome dinner at the Sofitel to continue the 50th anniversary celebration
  • Private tour and dinner at George Washington's home, Mount Vernon
  • Special closing dinner at home of former President David De Jong
Click here for details about the conference and to register today.

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AAA-CPA Elects Northern California Chapter Leaders
The AAA-CPA is pleased to announce that the following members have been elected as chapter leaders for the Northern California chapter:

President: Michael G. Polis
1st vice president (re-elected): William F. Ghiringhelli
2nd vice president (re-elected): Lawrence M. Cirelli
Treasurer (re-elected): Jeffrey B. Kahn

Click here to read the full announcement.

CCH Books of the Month
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"U.S. Master™ Depreciation Guide," 2014
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"Multistate Corporate Tax Guide, Mid-year Edition," 2014
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"U.S. Master™ Sales and Use Tax Guide," 2014
Regular price: $137.75
In October: $82.65

Click here to purchase at the discounted rate.

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Dear Fellow AAA-CPA Members:
I just read your amicus curiae brief in the Wynne case, and I was blown away. What a magnificent job you did! This is a most impressive work product. It is very well written and is supported with exceptional authority. It is never redundant and is on point at all times. How can the U.S. Supreme Court possibly disagree?

What an honor you just experienced. Not only did you make a very credible argument, you also made history. The AAA-CPA will always be remembered for this. I expect the court to agree with your position and analysis.

I just wanted to tell you how proud you have made me to be a member of the AAA-CPA. I only wish I could have made a contribution to this masterpiece. Thank you all for your professionalism, knowledge and talent.

Congratulations on a job very well done. You should be very proud of your work. I know that I am very proud for you.

Alan Zipp
Attorney at law
Rockville, Maryland

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What if Taxes Go Up and No One Notices?
The Hill
At the start of 2013, most American workers faced a 2 percent cut in their take-home pay, as the 2011-2012 Social Security payroll tax holiday came to an end. Conventional wisdom tells us that the public revolts when taxes go up. But in this case, not only did public outrage fail to materialize, but they seemed to not even notice the increase.
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Warren Buffett: US Never Followed Through on That Whole 'Tax the Rich' Thing
The Huffington Post
VideoBriefWarren Buffett thinks it's a problem that some of the wealthiest Americans pay lower tax rates than their housekeepers. The billionaire investor said taxes on the wealthiest Americans are far too low, given that some of the 400 largest earners in the United States, whose average income was about $200 million a year, pay a tax rate of less than 10 percent.
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Georgia May Be the 1st State to Cap Income Taxes
Georgia appears on the verge of removing a valuable financial tool for the state — and it's leaving the ultimate decision to voters. The question on November's ballot asks voters if they want to place a cap on the state's income tax. (The state's top rate is 6 percent.)
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IRS Warns of Delays if US Congress Fumbles Tax 'Extenders'
Severe delays and inconvenience for millions of taxpayers could result in 2015 if the U.S. Congress fails to deal soon with a list of temporary tax laws that expired at the end of 2013, the Internal Revenue Service and a key senator warned. Known as the "extenders," the more than 50 expired tax laws are in limbo, waiting for Congress to decide whether to renew them or not. They range from tax breaks for multinational corporations to breaks for alternative energy and school teachers.
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How Asset-building Tax Subsidies Miss Their Targets
Nearly one-third of all federal tax expenditures — $384 billion in 2013 alone — is aimed at various forms of asset building, such as retirement savings, higher education and home ownership. Yet, according to research by several of my Tax Policy Center and Urban Institute colleagues, these tax breaks do little to help low- and middle-income households build wealth.
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Tax Payments to Feds Rise by $202 Billion
The Hill
The federal government took in $202 billion more in tax revenue in fiscal 2014, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated. Personal taxes made up the bulk of the increase, with the amount paid rising by $154 billion. That increase came, in part, as a result of tax hikes in the January 2013 "fiscal cliff" deal.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Federal Tax Update — September (By David De Jong, Esq., CPA, Stein Sperling)
IRS Audit: Improper Procedures Lead to Billions in Lost Taxes (FierceGovernment)
American Expatriates Living in Canada Fighting US Tax Law (WBFO-FM)
What Are the New Planning Opportunities for Attorney-CPAs? Early Bird Deadline Extended (AAA-CPA)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Oct. 16
Members-only Study Group: How the 3.8 Percent Surtax on Net Investment Income affects Estates and Trusts
Tax and Business Issues Impacting the U.S. Economy

Oct. 20
National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Oct. 24
International Taxation

Nov. 4
Law Student Networking Reception — Georgetown Law

Nov. 5
AAA-CPA Fall Meeting and Education Conference

Nov. 12
The Ethics of Estate Planning

Nov. 18
Federal Tax Update: November 2013 — October 2014

Nov. 21
LLCs — What Law Schools Don't Teach You

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

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

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