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CPAs at the forefront of Obama’s health care plan

President Obama recently signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 requiring virtually every American to purchase health insurance. Now an enforcer is needed.
Education & Careers

SIFE members' passion for business can be powerful force for change

Students In Free Enterprise, an international non-profit network of students, academics, and business leaders working with businesses and higher education organizations, is in the midst of its regional and national competitions.
Tax

Door is closing on first-time homebuyer tax credit

The first-time homebuyer credit is scheduled to expire on April 30. Homebuyers have until June 30 to settle purchases made by April 30 and still qualify for the credit.
Tax

What comes first, tax woes or competing on Dancing with the Stars?

Pamela Anderson shares something in common with a few of her fellow celebrity contestants on Dancing with the Stars. At least three others also have made headlines for being in hot water with the tax authorities.
Tax

HIRE Act affidavit form now available

Employers who hope to take advantage of a tax break signed into law last month must fill out a new form by the Internal Revenue Service to claim the payroll tax exemption.
Practice

Execs: Takes at least a month to fill accounting positions

For already-stretched accounting departments, waiting a month for help might seem like an eternity. Yet, a recent survey found it can take at least that long for employers to hire for open positions.
Tax

From country to rhythm and blues to rap: tax trouble has no favorite genre

Grammy winning country singer Dwight Yoakam might have new material for a sad, sad song now that the Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against him for nearly half a million dollars.
Community News

SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant selects accounting fellows

The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant recently has selected eight professional accounting fellows for two-year terms beginning in 2010.
Tax

States scramble for tax revenue wherever they can find it

Imagine your state tax collectors hard at work…reading the entertainment news as part of their job description. State tax authorities always have used the media to track the cross-state earnings of sports stars, celebrities, and other wealthy individuals.
Education & Careers

Jobs least difficult to find in San Jose, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Times are tough all over, but finding employment is least difficult among the largest 50 U.S. cities in San Jose, California, and most difficult in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to the Job Search Difficulty Index released this month by Juju.com, an online job search engine.
Practice Management

What’s your tagline?

Your tagline is really a tangible way to motivate yourself to be the person and project manager you want to be. We all make resolutions at the start of a new year, but the key is finding the way to motivate ourselves long after the ball drops. Try the tagline, and see how it works for you.
Tax

Update: Bad guys plead guilty in two separate cases

Sherry Lynn Vertoch was arrested for posing as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service in order to gain free housing at a California hotel. If convicted, Vertoch could spend up to three years in prison.

Basketball and income tax: An unlikely pair? Not necessarily

What does it take to get spectators in the seats at a New Jersey Nets basketball game? The latest promotion is to give away free state tax preparation by well-known tax professional Roni Deutch.

Banking payroll hours: The ATM approach for QuickBooks

Employers will occasionally allow employees to bank extra hours worked and will then pay the banked hours at a later date. For QuickBooks payroll users, there is a simple workaround that can address the issue of tracking banked hours.
Tax

Snoop Dogg, Spears: Potpourri of celebrities and their dealings with the tax man

Rapper Snoop Dogg, nee Calvin Broadus, is in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service again. On January 19, the IRS filed a lien with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds against Snoop Dogg and his wife, Shante.

Employee or independent contractor? White House budget depends on the answer

At least seven billion dollars… that's the amount President Barack Obama has penciled into his 2010 budget to be collected in the next ten years, from firms that misclassify workers.
Education & Careers

Accounting Scholarship Programs

AccountingWEB has compiled a list of scholarship opportunities for accounting students.
Tax

The Internet nexus sales tax debate: "Amazon Laws" vs. the Streamlined Sales Tax Project

While the precise amount of sales tax revenue that is lost through online retailing may be in question, there is little doubt that the amounts are large enough to warrant attention by state budget directors who are looking for money.

Deadly tax protest in Texas

After decades of frustration with the tax system and accountants he called “incompetent,” a Texas man turned his torment into a suicidal attack. On February 18th at 9:56 am, Joseph Stack took a page from the 9/11 terrorists and crashed a light plane into an IRS office in Austin, TX, as a final protest.
Tax

Sacramento accountant with lavish lifestyle charged with stealing from clients

A prominent Sacramento CPA has been accused of stealing more than $13.3 million from his clients, according to reports.

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