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The 11th Annual IRS Tax Seminar for Tax Professionals — Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
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The seminar is sponsored by Long Island University, Department of Accounting, Taxation and Law, in coordination with the Internal Revenue Service and New York Tax Study Group. Click here to view the brochure or contact Myrna Fischman at

Health Proponent helps you navigate the health care and insurance systems
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Health Proponent can help manage administrative and clinical issues for your members and their families. The holiday season can be one of fun with family and friends. However, it may also be a stressful time for those dealing with health care related issues. For more information, click here.

CCH offering member discounts for AAA-CPA
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This November, CCH has more than a half dozen end-of-the-year tax titles available at either a 40 percent or 60 percent discount. Click here to view this month's discounts. Hurry, though! These offers are only good through Nov. 30, 2011. More

New England Chapter President Jay Pabian named to Massachusetts Super Lawyers®
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Pabian & Russell, LLC, is pleased to announce that six of our attorneys have been included on the annual Massachusetts Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars list appearing in the November 2011 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine. Please join us in congratulating New England Chapter President and member Jay M. Pabian. This year, in addition to inclusion on the 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list, Jay M. Pabian has also been selected for inclusion on the 2011 Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts list. Jay M. Pabian was also selected for inclusion on the Top 100 Lawyers in New England list. We are also pleased to announce that this is the fourth year in a row that Jay M. Pabian has been included on the annual Massachusetts Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multiphase rating process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. The attorneys listed in Super Lawyers are limited to 5 percent of the total lawyers in Massachusetts. The attorneys listed in Rising Stars are limited to 2.5 percent of the outstanding emerging lawyers in Massachusetts who are age 40 and under, or have been practicing for 10 years or less. The Massachusetts Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars list appears in the November 2011 issues of New England Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine. For more information on Massachusetts Super Lawyers®, visit

US News Media Group and Best Lawyers® release 2011-2012 'Best Law Firm' rankings
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Sydney S. Traum received recognition in the 2011 - 2012 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings. These rankings are defined by practice area, both nationally and by metropolitan areas. U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers® have released the 2011-2012 "Best Law Firms" rankings, marking the second edition of this highly-anticipated annual analysis. The national first-tier rankings will be featured in U.S. News & World Report's Money issue, on newsstands Nov. 15, 2011; the national and metropolitan first-tier rankings are featured in the "Best Law Firms" standalone publication, which is being distributed to 30,000 general counsel and in digital format to 58,000 private practice lawyers worldwide; the rankings in their entirety are posted online at These rankings, which are presented in tiers, showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in one or more of 75 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one or more of 119 major legal practice areas. An important addition to this year's rankings is the naming of one "Law Firm of the Year" in each of the 75 nationally ranked practice areas. Law firms receiving this designation had an impressive overall performance in our research and are receiving the first award of this kind by U.S.News and Best Lawyers®. Full data for the law firms that received rankings is available online, from the largest firms in the country to hundreds of one-person and two-person law firms, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise. The mission of "Best Law Firms" from the start has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients — from the country's largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing to get a divorce or write a will — issues that have a bet-the-company implication (in the case of a corporation) or a potentially life-changing result (in the case of an individual).

White House sidelines Christmas tree 'tax'
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The White House has decided to sideline a proposed fee on Christmas trees, after the fee was ridiculed by critics as a tax on Christmas. The 15-cent tax on Christmas trees was announced in the Federal Register and was meant to pay for a new board tasked with promoting the Christmas tree industry. It was supported by Christmas tree growers, who wanted a stable source of revenue to fund a new marketing campaign. More

Senators think they have solved the Internet sales tax problem
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After years of trying to figure out how to force Internet companies to collect sales taxes on their purchases, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., thinks he and a bipartisan group of senators finally have hit on the right solution. Alexander joined Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to introduce federal legislation that would enable states to more easily collect sales taxes for online purchases made by their residents. They are among a group of 10 senators — five Republicans and five Democrats — co-sponsoring the Marketplace Fairness Act. More

IRS dropped private debt collectors' leftover cases
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The Internal Revenue Service has not collected delinquent taxes in a sampling of nearly half the past-due tax cases left over from its discontinued private debt collection program, according to a new government report. The program was a controversial one in which the IRS contracted with three private collection agencies to pursue taxpayers who owed outstanding tax debts. The program was discontinued in 2009 after complaints from the National Taxpayer Advocate and the National Treasury Employees Union, among others. More

8 SEC employees disciplined on failure to stop Madoff fraud
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The Securities and Exchange Commission, which failed to stop Bernard Madoff's long-running investment fraud despite repeated warnings, has disciplined eight agency employees over their handling of the matter but did not fire anyone, a person familiar with the actions said. The SEC's head of human resources and a law firm hired to advise the agency had recommended that SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro fire one person, whom the SEC described as a manager in the office that inspects investment firms. More

Deficit panel seeks to defer details on raising taxes
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With a little over a week left to reach a deal, members of the Congressional deficit reduction panel are looking for an escape hatch that would let them strike an accord on revenue levels but delay until next year tough decisions about exactly how to raise taxes. Under this approach, the panel would decide on the amount of new revenue to be raised but would leave it to the tax-writing committees of Congress to fill in details next year, well beyond the Nov. 23 deadline for the panel itself to reach an agreement. More

Developed nations' firms to 'battle' for funds: Asset managers
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Companies in the U.S. and Europe will need to compete with emerging market firms for debt capital funding in the future, according to emerging market credit experts speaking at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe's high yield conference. "In a few years' time we are going to be in a fight between high-yield (issuers in developed countries) and emerging markets for funding," said Greg Saichin, head of emerging markets and high-yield fixed income portfolio management at Pioneer Investment Management. More

Nov. 16, 2011
California (Pasadena) Chapter Meeting

Nov. 17, 2011
Members Only Study Group: Marketing an Elder Law Practice

Nov. 18, 2011
Individual and Small Business Tax Update
The Evolution and Fall of Tax Patents

Nov. 21, 2011
Leib Preis Tax Seminar Meeting

Nov. 22, 2011
Members Only Study Group: Business Succession Breakthroughs Using ESOPs

Dec. 7, 2011
California (Pasadena) Chapter Meeting

Dec. 8, 2011
Offers in Compromise and Bankruptcy Update
PA/DE Valley Chapter Meeting
Members Only Study Group: How to Increase Efficiency in your Elder Law Practice

Dec. 13, 2011
Members Only Study Group: Making Two Years Last a Lifetime

Dec. 15, 2011
Members Only Study Group: Hot Button Tax and Legal Issues for Exempt Organizations

Jan. 5, 2012
The 11th Annual IRS Tax Seminar for Tax Professionals

Jan. 10, 2012
10th Annual Northern New Jersey Working Together Conference
AAA-CPA lunch at Heckerling Institute

Jan. 11, 2012
AAA-CPA breakfast at Heckerling Institute

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