The AAA-CPA Weekly Update
Apr. 15, 2015

Notice: AAA-CPA Change of Address
Please note that effective immediately, AAA-CPA has a new mailing address:

P.O. Box 706
Warrendale, PA 15095

Please update your records to include this information. All email addresses and telephone numbers remain the same. Please contact Kimmy Livingston at or 888-ATTY-CPA, ext. 2, with any questions. More

It's Time to Think About Life After Tax Day
What better way to celebrate than with your colleagues at the 2015 Northeast Regional Education Conference in Baltimore? Join us May 1-3 at the four-star newly renovated Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore for great networking and education in the Charm City.

Click here for details about the conference and to register today! More

Where Can You Earn 18 Hours of CPE/CLE/MCLE/CE on a 50-minute Schedule or 15 Hours of CPE/CLE/MCLE/CE on a 60-minute Schedule?
The 2015 AAA-CPA Annual Meeting & Education Conference is being held June 30-July 5 in Branson, Missouri. Join us for a stellar program featuring the following:

Click here for all the details on the best way you can spend the Fourth of July holiday week this year.More

Judy Vorndran to Present Marketplace Fairness Act April 23
AAA-CPA member Judy Vorndran, CPA, J.D., will be presenting a study group on Thursday, April 23, at 2 p.m. EDT. This study group will discuss the Marketplace Fairness Act, where it stands in legislation and the potential impacts of the act. The Marketplace Fairness Act would create a sales tax requirement for businesses selling online. To register for this course, click here. Please note that this course was originally scheduled for March 10. More

IRS Proposal for Taxing Slot Machine Winnings
By Annette Nellen, Esq., CPA, CGMA, via AICPA Tax Insider
The Internal Revenue Service seeks comments on an optional method for determining gambling winnings or losses from "electronically tracked slot machine play."More

Study: Tax Compliance Costs Top $230 Billion
The Hill
U.S. taxpayers spent roughly $233.8 billion in 2014 complying with the tax code, according to a new study, a figure larger than the economy of Ireland, Portugal or Pakistan. The national taxpayer advocate, an in-house IRS watchdog, has estimated that taxpayers spend some 6.1 billion hours a year on tax compliance.More

Tax Scam That's Made Loser Lottery Tickets a Commodity on Craigslist
ABC News
There's no escaping death and taxes, but some people may be trying to lighten their burden this tax season through a scheme that uses dud lottery tickets. Some folks appear to be buying and selling old, losing lottery tickets on Craigslist with the intention of writing them off on their tax returns as gambling losses, tax experts say.More

Summary of Estate and Gift Tax Law Changes for 2015
The National Law Review
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 made permanent the higher estate and gift tax exclusions and annual inflation adjustments to those exclusions. Therefore, we all now can count on annual changes to the relevant tax thresholds under the estate and gift tax laws. The following is a summary of the federal law changes and some important state law changes in 2015.More

The 9 States With the Highest Property Taxes
CBS MoneyWatch
Property taxes tend to be unpopular with Americans, but residents of several states have even more reason to grumble. These nine states rank as carrying the highest property tax burdens for their residents out of all 50 U.S. states, according to a new study from WalletHub. Aside from the high tax bills, there's another common theme: Many of these states are located in the Northeast.More

IRS Will Do More to Control Excess IRA Contributions
Accounting Today
The Internal Revenue Service plans to take further steps to discourage taxpayers from exceeding the limits on contributions to individual retirement accounts within a single year. According to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS needs to take action to address the problem of excess contributions to individual retirement accounts.More

IRS Shortcut to Tax-exempt Status is Under Fire
The New York Times
Battered by a scandal over delays in approving groups for tax-exempt status and plagued by a backlog tens of thousands of cases long, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled a strikingly stripped-down online application last year to speed the process. But to critics, the IRS's version of "don't ask, don't tell" is fraught with problems. More