The AAA-CPA Weekly Update
Feb. 6, 2013

IRS seminar
The Internal Revenue Service is offering a seminar, Circular 230 Overview: Key Provisions and Responsibilities for Tax Professionals, via their IRS video portal to our members. Please visit them online by going to the IRS video portal to view this seminar. This particular session will include recent changes to Circular 230, new regulations governing tax practice, an overview of key provisions, practitioner responsibilities and important issues for all tax professionals.More

Member Brian Yacker's firm YH Advisors providing a complimentary webinar: Ask the Exempt Org Experts
YH Advisors
This is the sixth exempt organization webinar to be conducted by YH Advisors. This complimentary webinar will be distinctive in that the entire presentation will be fueled by either presubmitted questions by the webinar participants or questions from the webinar participants which are conveyed during the webinar itself. Any questions in the exempt organization's tax, legal and/or accounting areas are fair game to be asked either prior to the conducting of the webinar or during the webinar itself. Even if you do not have any specific exempt organization questions to be addressed, this webinar will be valuable to attend beacause you can listen to all of our responses to the questions. This webinar will be focused on providing the exempt organization's practitioner and the exempt organization executive with guidance and valuable resources/tools to best ensure that they possess the requisite knowledge to address all of the applicable exempt organization tax/legal/accounting issues they may confront. There are no prerequisites and no advance preparation requirements for attending this webinar. To submit questions for this webinar, please email with the subject line "Ask the EO Experts." Time is limited, but we will try to address as many questions and topics as possible. To register, please click here.More

When taxes 1st hit the middle class
It was 1940, and war was enveloping Europe. In Washington, D.C., defense costs were beginning their steep spiral into the stratosphere. In the first six months of the year, as German armies swept across northern Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent Congress a series of military spending requests, each bigger than the last. On May 16, the president asked for $1.2 billion; on May 30, he asked for another $1.3 billion.More

The 5 highest tax states for top earners
CNBC via Yahoo News
When people talk tax rates, they usually talk federal income taxes. But state tax rates, along with local taxes and sales taxes, can be just as significant when it comes to family finances. A new study from the Institute on Taxation and Finance tallied up state and local income taxes, along with property, sales and excise taxes as a share of residents' household income.More

Report: IRS hiring new employees faster
The Hill
The Internal Revenue Service is doing a better job at getting new employees on board quickly, a new federal audit has found. The Department of Treasury's Inspector General for Tax Administration found that the IRS has almost met the goal, set by the Office of Personnel Management, to bring on new hires in 80 days or less.More

Tax refunds likely to be delayed as IRS seeks to stop identity theft
Bloomberg via Accounting Today
Some taxpayers seeking a quick refund may have to wait longer than usual this year as the Internal Revenue Service tries to stop criminals who steal identities and file fraudulent returns. The agency, which began accepting 2012 returns on Jan. 30, is making its automated system more sensitive to the signs of potential fraud.More

Obama: More tax revenue needed to address deficit
President Barack Obama recently said more tax revenue would be needed to reduce the U.S. deficit and signaled he would push hard to get rid of loopholes such as the "carried interest" tax break enjoyed by private equity and hedge fund managers. Obama, who won re-election in November largely on his promise to raise rates for the wealthiest Americans, pushed through a legislative package at the beginning of the year that raised rates for individuals making more than $400,000 a year and households making more than $450,000 a year.More

Forget 47 percent — Only 1 in 7 would face levy with 1st system
If the U.S. had the same income tax rules it did when the levy started 100 years ago, 86 percent of households would be exempt from paying it. That figure, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, far outpaces the 47 percent estimate for nonpayers cited in last year's presidential campaign. The first levy, adjusted for inflation, would only affect individuals with taxable incomes of more than $69,574 a year.More