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Tax

Former State Representative Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Tax Evasion

On March 16, Richard David Miranda, a former Arizona state representative, plead guilty in the US District Court for the District of Arizona to a two-count information charging him with defrauding a charity of more than $140,000 and evading income tax related to those unlawfully obtained funds.
Tax

IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The IRS is seeking civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.
Community News

AICPA Honors Top CPA Exam Performers with the Elijah Watt Sells Award

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award was presented to candidates who obtained the ten highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination.
Practice

Cross-Generational Issues: How to Develop and Deliver Perspective

In a previous article, I discussed how the four generations in today's workplace often don't understand each other's underlying perspectives and formational influences. As a follow-up, here I'll make some suggestions on what you can to do about it.
Practice

Deloitte's Maximum Impact Program - A Different Kind of Spring Break

Spring break was about hard work as well as play this year for the eighty-eight students chosen from 1,600 applicants who participated in the fifth annual Maximum Impact: Deloitte's Alternative Spring Break program. Teaming with United Way and Teach for America, Deloitte hosted two spring break programs in March.
Election 2012

Tax Talk to Resurface on Super Tuesday. Where Does Santorum Stand?

While Romney managed to maintain his status as the GOP front-runner, there's little doubt the momentum Santorum built in Michigan in February means he still poses a threat to Romney's once all-but-certain ascendency to the Republican nomination going into the ten-state Super Tuesday primary Tuesday, March 6.
Practice

Intuit Small Business Employment Index Results

Small businesses created 50,000 new jobs in January but paid employees less and gave them fewer hours. The East Coast, especially New York, showed more weakness in employment than in other parts of the country. These are some of the results of Intuit's latest Small Business Employment Index.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of November 28, 2011

Here's a roundup of accounting community news for the week of November 28, 2011.
A&A

Keep All Your CPE Certificates of Completion – You Might Be Audited

When fulfilling their continuing professional education (CPE) requirements for license renewal, CPAs need to keep their certificates of completion, even if their particular state boards of accountancy don't require the CPAs to file the forms.
Technology

Beyond the cubicle: Virtual office workers look to new technology to enhance mobility and efficiency

When Mark Freedman left the Maryland accounting firm he had worked with for more than thirty years to establish his own accounting practice in Cave Creek, Arizona, he discovered a newfound freedom as the proprietor of his own business.
Education & Careers

A social life: When employees and applicants take to Facebook

Imagine one of your employees bashes your company or their coworkers on Facebook. You might think that you could fire that employee. But you would probably be wrong.
Tax

IRS filling vacancies on Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.
Tax

Justice Department announces indictment, lawsuits targeting false tax credit claims

The federal government this week has filed six lawsuits in five states to stop tax return preparers from fraudulently claiming the first-time homebuyer tax credit and the earned-income tax credit.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates job growth in January

Small business employment continued to show encouraging growth in January, with hours worked showing a strong increase as wages grew slightly, according to a recent survey.
Tax

Congressman's wife gets prison time for tax misconduct

The wife of a U.S. Congressman will report to prison next month. Patrice Tierney, age 60, received a harsher than expected sentence for her participation in the filing of fraudulent tax returns.
A&A

CPA travels Route 66 to promote fuel that benefits Mother Nature

Not only did compressed natural gas benefit the business of a CPA's friend and client, it was the genesis of a record-breaking trip along Route 66 to promote alternative fuel and energy independence. AccountingWEB's Jason Bramwell reports.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates 57,000 jobs created in December

Small business employment continued to show growth in December with an increase in hours worked and wages flat, according to the most recent Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.
Community News

Abalos & Associates walk for autism awareness fundraiser

Employees and family members of Phoenix-based CPA firm Abalos & Associates, PLLC, recently participated in Arizona Walk Now for Autism Speaks, an event held to raise funds and awareness to support individuals affected by autism.
Education & Careers

Small business employment index indicates 49,000 new jobs; wages down slightly

Small business employment continued to show growth in November, although wages were down and hours worked remained flat, according to this month's Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.
A&A

Accounting for Apple's iPad

What initially might have been viewed as nothing more than an attention-grabbing gadget useful for reading electronic books and mail, mobile Internet-capable computing devices have become a convenient and practical tool for accountants. Managing Editor Bill Grabarek reports.

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