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Joint Roundtable Meetings Set on Lease Accounting Proposal

The FASB and the IASB will host five joint public roundtable meetings in September and October on their revised proposals on lease accounting that were published in May.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 28, 2013

A California man was sentenced to two years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $11,738,000 in restitution for aiding in the evasion of payment of federal payroll taxes.
Education & Careers

New CalCPA Chair Urges Stronger Ties to CPA Firms, Outreach to New Members

As chair of the CalCPA for 2013-2014, Richard Simitian, CPA, will seek to strengthen relationships between CalCPA and California accounting firms. He also wants to focus on retaining new members and developing their leadership potential.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 21, 2013

A Washington man who advised and assisted others in a common tax fraud scheme, was sentenced June 14 in US District Court in Tacoma to ninety-seven months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Tax

Sinbad's Mountain of Tax Debt: It Ain't So Funny

For comedian Sinbad, life hasn't been all that fun for the last several years. Right now he's in debt to the tune of nearly $11 million. Of this amount, more than $8 million is owed to the IRS and another $2.3 million to the state of California.
Tax

Faith Evans' Tax Mess: More Blues than Rhythm

It sounds like small potatoes compared to other celebrities in tax trouble, but it's bad enough to pump up the blues for rhythm and blues singer Faith Evans. Evans is into the state of California for $29,535.48 relating to her 2011 income.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 13, 2013

Melvin Mooring, a Gainesville, Virginia, accountant, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for stealing $3.3 million from the company where he served as the chief financial officer. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion charges in March.
Practice

2013 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women Announced

The 2013 Accounting MOVE Project list of Best Public Accounting Firms for Women is drawn from the thirty-seven firms that participated in the project. Firms were ranked on the range, depth, and success of programs and workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women's success.
Tax

California Senate Votes to Strip Boy Scouts of Tax-Exempt Status

By a vote of twenty-seven to nine, the California Senate approved a bill that would revoke the tax-exempt status from nonprofit youth organizations that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.
Technology

Winners of 2013 Innovation Awards Announced

The winners and finalists for the tenth annual Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards are all Cloud-based solutions, highlighting the movement of accounting and tax experts toward mobile technologies. The awards were presented June 3 by CPA Practice Advisor.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 3, 2013

Thomas Nelson, formerly the CEO of York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC), was sentenced May 21 in US District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to thirty months in prison and thirty-six months of supervised release for conspiracy, embezzlement from a federally funded program, tax evasion, and signing false tax returns.
Watchdog

Tea Party Groups Target IRS in Lawsuit

The IRS scandal involving applications for tax-exempt status by Tea Party groups refuses to go away. Now the ACLJ has filed a lawsuit on behalf of twenty-five Tea Party and other conservative organizations against the IRS and several of its top officials.
A&A

Ex-KPMG Partner Faces Twenty Years in Prison for Securities Fraud

A former senior audit partner at KPMG LLP agreed to plead guilty on May 28 to a securities fraud charge for his role in an insider trading case involving a Los Angeles jewelry store owner.
Tax

Boy Scouts May Lose Tax Breaks if California Senate Bill Passes

California lawmakers are expected to vote this week on California Senate Bill (SB) 323, which would deny state tax breaks to youth groups that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation.
Tax

Crime Watch: May 22, 2013

Michael Parker of Baltimore, Maryland, who was the COO of TransCapital Corporation, a tax-advantaged investments company based in Virginia, was sentenced May 20 to fifty-four months in prison in KPMG tax shelter case.
A&A

LA Jeweler Pleads Guilty in KPMG Insider Trading Case

Los Angeles jewelry store owner Bryan Shaw faces a maximum of five years in prison after he pleaded guilty May 20 for his role in an insider trading case involving a former senior audit partner at KPMG LLP.
Tax

California Keeps the Kings and Millions in Tax $$

UPDATE: The battle with Seattle is over. For twenty-seven months, a group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer have pursued the Sacramento Kings, hoping to move them north to become the Seattle SuperSonics. But on May 15, the NBA Board of Governors voted down the sale.
Tax

Crime Watch: May 16, 2013

A man who perpetrated a million-dollar investment fraud from California that defrauded New Jersey victims was sentenced May 14 to forty-six months in prison for crimes related to the scheme, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
A&A

Whistleblowing Reaches Center Stage

Court cases and events involving whistleblowing are appearing in news headlines with greater frequency, and awareness about the importance of speaking up, when witnessing wrongdoing continues to grow.
Tax

Internet Sales Tax Clears Senate Hurdle

New legislation authorizing the states to collect sales tax from companies peddling their wares online breezed through the Senate on May 6 by a wide 69-27 margin. But the Marketplace Fairness Act is expected to face much tougher opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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