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Two Large Ohio Cities Most Tax-Friendly for US Businesses: Study

According to a new KPMG report, the top five US cities with populations above 2 million that have the most favorable tax climate for businesses are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
A&A

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: AgFeed Was Living High Off the Hog

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 12.
Education & Careers

CFPB Study Underscores Need for Financial Literacy

A new report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests the amount of money spent on financial marketing greatly outweighs the amount of money spent on financial education.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 18, 2013

Chicago lawyer Gary J. Stern designed at least three tax-fraud schemes that helped hundreds of customers falsely claim over $16 million in improper tax credits and avoid paying income tax on at least $3.4 million.
Education & Careers

AICPA Service Winner Susan Whitelaw Invests in Community

On October 22, 2013, the AICPA formally recognized Susan Whitelaw's exemplary commitment to public service when it named her the 2012 recipient of the AICPA's Public Service Award for Individuals.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 1, 2013

Vernon Harrison of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to 111 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $82,791 restitution for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Harrison is a former US Postal Service mail carrier.
A&A

Bill Balhoff Has Been Elected Chairman of AICPA

William E. Balhoff is the new chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world's largest member organization representing the accounting profession.
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 13, 2013

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.
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."
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

Crime Watch: July 25, 2013

A former manager of an H&R Block Preparation store has been sentenced to twelve months and one day in federal prison for using the identities of former tax preparation clients to file false returns with the IRS seeking fraudulent income tax refunds.
Tax

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton Settles Tax Credit Lawsuit

Twenty-seven investors, including Saints coach Sean Payton, wanted to reduce their overall state income tax liabilities by investing in movie production tax credits. But the film studio was defunct, and the tax credits didn't exist.
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.
Tax

Tax Freedom Day Finally Arrives for 2013

Tax Freedom Day® arrives today, the 108th day of 2013, according to the Tax Foundation's annual calculation. Americans will work well over three months of the year before they have earned enough money to pay this year's tax obligations.
Tax

Crime Watch: April 12, 2013

The United States has filed a civil injunction lawsuit seeking to shut down Mo' Money Taxes of Memphis, Tennessee. The complaint alleges that the estimated tax loss from fraudulent tax return preparation at Mo' Money Taxes in 2011 exceeds $9 million.
Tax

Crime Watch: March 11, 2013

On March 8, the IRS announced that its Office of Professional Responsibility obtained the disbarment of enrolled agent Lorna M. Walker for stealing a client's tax payments and for preparing tax returns with false deductions for multiple clients.

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