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Caleb Newquist - Voice of the Editor

Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.

Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.

Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.

Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Caleb spends a lot of time on a bicycle and reading, but never at the same time.

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Last fall, we learned that the IRS was planning to make some in-person visits to tax return preparers as part of a larger process of spot-checking to make sure tax preparers are following through on their obligations to prepare accurate tax returns. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has performed a review of the reports on those visits, and has determined that the results of the in-person reviews were somewhat lackluster.
If you're heading to college this fall, or if you are preparing to send your children to college, you probably have a checklist: laptop, iPod, iPhone, chargers, clothes, dorm/apartment supplies, bathroom supplies, books for classes (this is probably the right order too), and so on. The elephant on the list, however, is a fat tuition check.
CPA firm Blackman Kallick Plante Moran is raising the visibility of nonprofits in the Chicago area by hosting a competition for a $25,000 contribution. To celebrate its recent merger and to give back to the community, the firm has encouraged Chicagoland charities to introduce themselves and describe how they will use the money if they win the competition. The 20 organizations receiving the most votes will continue to a second round of voting, and then the top 10 charities will continue to a final round. Anyone can vote, and you can vote as often as you want.
A recent consumer survey showed that 36 percent of American households have prepared a comprehensive financial plan.
Will Congress let the Bush tax cuts expire? Will the maximum rate on capital gain income increase to 20 percent? Will dividends be taxed at ordinary income tax rates? Will the ordinary income tax rate increase to 39.6 percent? Will the estate tax exemption go down while the estate tax rate increases? How big an impact do the autumn elections have on the decisions to let the Bush tax cuts expire?
We're happy to welcome Jack LaRue from myPay Solutions at Thomson Reuters Tax & Accounting as a new guest writer. This week, Jack reminds us of the importance of the elevator speech - not just for personal introductions but for introductions to your firm, the services you provide, and the customers you serve. Hanging out a shingle stating that you provide tax or bookkeeping or accounting services isn't enough to explain what you do for your clients.
When I read articles such as 7 Agencies Make Progress on 'Cloud First' Policy, discussing the movement of government services to the Cloud, I can't help but want to step back and consider the ever-growing separation of tech-savvy people and those who are not connected. It's not just a story of First World vs. Third World, or large societies that are in danger of being left behind, although that's a very big issue. There is also a technology gap occurring right here in our country.
Lesson of the day: If you're going to cheat on a tax return, try to use numbers that are small enough so you can stay under the radar. Oh wait - skip that. Actual lesson of the day: If you got away with stealing from the government once, it's best to quit while you're ahead. Here we have a story of a woman in Oregon who filed a state tax return reporting over $3 million in income and asking for a state tax refund of over $2 million. Like that's not going to raise any eyebrows? Amazingly, the Oregon Revenue Department authorized the refund. And then it gets better.
Employers who struggle with anti-discrimination laws when making hiring choices need to know the rules. Although there is frequently a subjective factor that plays into hiring decisions, that subjective je ne sais quoi cannot violate Equal Employment Opportunity rules regarding protected groups of employees, or the employer could face discrimination charges. This is nothing new; these rules have been around for decades.
The Sleeter Group, whose members are known for providing accounting and software solutions, has created an innovative road show wherein accountants attend technology solutions training sessions in the company of their clients. I can attest to the success of this model.


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