Federal film credits are not new, but they are becoming big business in more ways than one. Approximately forty states receive federal film credits they can use to entice moviemakers to make motion pictures within their borders.
A couple from Iowa and a Las Vegas accountant were charged September 11 with conspiring to defraud the IRS of more than $700,000 by allegedly using nominee corporations and bank accounts to hide their income and other assets.
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?
Two Iowa lawmakers led a bipartisan group of five senators in introducing a bill on July 23 that would increase the alternative tax liability limitation for small property and casualty insurance companies.
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.
Is 2013 shaping up to the year of tax reform? "There are more proposals this year than we have seen in the last five years, and an unprecedented number of major state tax reform proposals," said Harley Duncan, a managing director at KPMG.
College students, eager to get a taste of the accounting profession, are once again turning out to assist low-income taxpayers file their tax returns through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
This January, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) announced the recipients of the American Accounting Association's (AAA) Greatest Potential Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award for 2012.
Workers in a majority of metropolitan areas received substantial raises from 2010 to 2011. Cities with greater concentrations of college graduates did even better, according to data from the Martin Prosperity Institute.
The liquor and tobacco industries are frequent targets of "sin taxes" aimed at drumming up revenue from sources that cater to certain vices. But the latest call for a sin tax is directed at a group that's decidedly more button-down than bootleggers and barkeeps: Wall Street brokers.
Maryland CPAs are mounting a coordinated effort to fight a proposed sales and use tax on professional services that will specifically apply to management consulting and tax preparation services. Lawmakers in Maryland have proposed the measure as one way to solve their budget problems.
Despite his decisive second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary and his strong third-place showing in the Iowa caucus, there are still some political pundits who question whether Ron Paul, who was initially a middle-of-the pack candidate, is a viable contender for the GOP presidential nomination.
Some Republican candidates' tax reform platforms have spurred discussion and controversy, but Mitt Romney's "Believe in America" plan for jobs and economic growth has drawn relatively little discussion. One CPA analyst argues that Romney is "staying status quo on the personal side of the tax equation."
On December 17, the AICPA named seventeen students from North Carolina State University winners of the AICPA National Accounting Competition. The case competition focused on a fictional Texas company looking to expand its business into the Nigerian oil fields. The team received a $10,000 award.
When asked by Diane Sawyer during the December 10 GOP debate about his "distinguishing idea" to create jobs and bring jobs back from overseas, Gingrich stuck close to his "pro-growth Jobs and Prosperity Plan," which advocates lowering taxes and reforming government regulations to grow the American economy.
There used to be a time when financial professionals at tax and accounting firms spent hours of their time in back offices copying returns in triplicate or communicating with their clients through daylong games of phone tag or trips to the post office.
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.