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Practice

We Need More Super CPAs Like Greg Padgett

Ours is an unusual business, in that very few CPAs are actively involved in their communities and giving back compared to other professions. Many of my nonprofit clients over the years would ask, “Where are the CPAs?” I have a pat answer; they are “busy.”
Tax

Crime Watch: December 27, 2013

A sixty-three-count superseding indictment in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS was unsealed December 23. The indictment alleges that Primetime Tax Services Inc. was a tax return preparation business with three storefronts in the Minneapolis area.
Community News

CFOs More Likely to Outsource Accounting and Finance Projects

Areas of general accounting and finance – including forecasts and budgets, financial reporting, and mergers and acquisitions – were cited by more than half of CFOs as projects they would likely outsource to financial consultants and interim managers in the next twelve months, according to a recent survey.
Practice

Pittsburgh Firm Alpern Rosenthal Acquired by BDO USA LLP

Chicago-based professional services firm BDO USA LLP has expanded into the western Pennsylvania market by acquiring Pittsburgh-based accounting firm Alpern Rosenthal. The merger is effective December 16.
A&A

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Farewell, OfficeMax

Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 11.
Technology

Thomson's Jon Baron: Accountants Must Stay Relevant

The Thomson Reuters Users' Conference is in full swing in Miami Beach and 1,200+ attending accountants are hearing a new message this year.
Tax

Crime Watch: October 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man was sentenced October 24 to sixty months in federal prison for defrauding professional football player Dwight Freeney in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
Technology

Xero Embarks on Inaugural Twenty-City National Road Show

Accounting software provider Xero embarked on its first national road show earlier this week, providing free training to accountants and bookkeepers on how small businesses can use its Cloud platform to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
A&A

Former US Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham Receives AICPA Medal of Honor

The AICPA announced Bob Graham, former US Senator and former Florida Governor, as the recipient of the AICPA Medal of Honor. Graham was presented the award by AICPA Chairman Richard Caturano, CPA, CGMA.
Tax

US Tax Court Cancels Trial Sessions Due to Shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown that began last Tuesday, the US Tax Court in Washington, DC, canceled trial sessions scheduled to begin on October 7 and 8 in several cities throughout the country.
Tax

Crime Watch: September 6, 2013

David Haigler, who pleaded guilty in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama September 5, 2013, to one count of theft of public funds and to one count of passing US Treasury checks with forged endorsements, faces twenty years in prison.
AccountingWEB Life

All in the Family Biz: Mother and Son Fraud Team

This is one family business that needs to close its doors forever. And if the Florida attorney general's office has its way, prison doors will close on this mother and son fraud team for a long time.
Tax

Prison Doors Slam on Fat Joe for Tax Evasion

On August 26, as scheduled, forty-two-year-old rapper "Fat Joe" reported to a Federal Detention Center in Miami. He'll spend four months there, followed by a year of supervised release.
Tax

Another Taxing Opportunity: Plastic Bags in PA

There's nothing new about governments trying to use tax as behavior modification. They've been doing it forever. Now the behavior being targeted in some areas of the country is the choice at the grocery store of "paper or plastic."
Tax

How State Income Taxes May Be Redrawing the Population Map

Not many political potatoes are as hot as taxes. Whatever your opinion about state and local taxes, it's prudent now and then to gauge how the prevailing rates affect a state's fiscal health overall.
Practice

Louisiana CPA Society's Bean Counter Coffee Creates "Buzz" Around Events

In a state renowned for its cuisine, its "bon temps" attitude, and its ability to turn any gathering into a celebration, the Society of Louisiana CPAs was not about to take the idea of serving lackluster coffee to its members lying down.
Education & Careers

AICPA Presents Outstanding CPA Career Contribution Award and Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced that Marcia Buchanan, CPA, of Washington, DC, is the institute's recipient of the Outstanding CPA in Government Career Contribution Award.
Tax

Crime Watch: August 2, 2013

The Justice Department and IRS announced that John T. Hoang of Virginia pleaded guilty in federal district court in Washington, DC, to willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for tax year 2004.
Tax

Many States Offer Back-to-School Sales Tax Holidays in 2013

Did you know there are seventeen states where state sales tax charges are temporarily dropped on back-to-school items, such as clothing, footwear, classroom supplies, computers, and certain other products?
Tax

Taxes Push Income of NFL #1 Draft Pick to Second Place

As of today, the top three NFL draft picks have signed their contracts. As predicted, the numbers came in with only a slight variation from 2012.

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