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Unemployed can use tax laws to secure a job

Both unemployed (including some recent graduates) and certain currently employed Individuals looking for work can dramatically increase their attractiveness to prospective employers by highlighting certain tax breaks that employers can secure by hiring them.
Tax

Philadelphia launches first tax amnesty program in more than two decades

For the first time since 1986, Philadelphia is offering individuals and businesses delinquent in paying city taxes an opportunity to settle up on what they owe.
Tax

Holocaust defense won't save convicted tax evader from prison

A former watchmaker was sentenced to 10 months in prison for hiding $10 million in offshore accounts. The defendant is the son of Holocaust survivors, a fact his lawyer used at his sentencing hearing.
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

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.
A&A

Investment fund company files lawsuit against Ernst & Young, UBS

Administrators of an investment fund associated with fraudster Bernard Madoff are suing Ernst & Young LLP and Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS AG.
A&A

Non-Big Four firms increase focus on revenue-growth strategies

Although accounting is often thought of as a recession-proof industry, Big4.com’s 2009 Big Four Firms Performance Analysis released in January paints a somewhat different picture in revenues, personnel, and service delivery.

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

Florida mayor owes IRS more than $200,000 in back taxes

Florida’s North Bay Village mayor allegedly hasn’t made a mortgage payment in nearly two years, lives in a house on which he had built an illegal second story, and owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $200,000 in back taxes.
Tax

Inmates turn incarceration into profit

At least 50 detainees at the Stock Island Detention Center near Key West, Florida, figured out how to scam the Internal Revenue Service out of $100,000 in bogus tax refunds.
Education & Careers

Accounting Scholarship Programs

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

CPA Argiz named president of Orange Bowl Committee

Antonio L. Argiz, CEO and managing partner at Miami-based CPA firm Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra LLP, recently fulfilled a longtime dream. The 48-year resident of Florida was named the 72nd president and chairman of the Orange Bowl Committee.
Education & Careers

Accounting and xTREME? Rarely found in the same sentence

The xTREME Games include xTAX, short for "Extreme Tax," and xACT, short for “Extreme Accounting.” Both are case competitions that expose students to real tax and accounting situations.
Community News

CRI announces merger with Davis Monk

Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC, an Enterprise, AL-based accounting and consulting firm, yesterday announced a merger with Davis, Monk & Co., a Gainesville, FL-based accounting firm.
Community News

Kaufman, Rossin & Co. acquries London Witte & Company

Miami-based Kaufman, Rossin & Co., one of the largest independent accounting firms in Florida, have announced that London Witte & Company has joined the firm.
Community News

CPA Firm Roth Murphy Sanford Merges with Carr, Riggs & Ingram

New Orleans CPA firm Roth Murphy Sanford L.L.P. (RMS) has merged with Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI), the fourth largest accounting firm in the Southeast – a move that expands CRI’s footprint to six states while enhancing public accounting and management consulting services throughout Southeast Louisiana.
Community News

CCR LLP Acquires Orlando CPA and Consulting Firm

CCR LLP (“CCR”), one of the nation’s top 100 accounting (as named by Accounting Today magazine) announced that it has combined operations with Geller, Ragans, James, Oppenheimer & Creel, a full-service CPA and consulting firm based in Orlando, Fla.
Tax

IRS rulings provide Section 7216 guidance for tax return preparers

Last week the IRS issued two Section 7216 rulings providing guidance to tax return preparers. Each of these rulings covered three issues relating to situations in which preparers will not be liable for criminal or civil penalties under IRC sections 7216 and 6713.
Community News

Alan Deichler named new president of CPAmerica International

Alan Deichler, a sales and marketing executive with more than 35 years of corporate experience, is the new president of CPAmerica International, one of the world’s largest associations of independent CPA firms.
Tax

Unemployment taxes may double or even triple in 2010

State unemployment trust funds have fallen to such a low level that rate increases may be required to rebuild their balances even when employment improves.

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