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."
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.
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.
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.
Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant, who jointly ran a stolen identity refund fraud ring that attempted to defraud the United States of millions of dollars over several years, were sentenced to federal prison May 8, 2012, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
In a recent decision that considers the authority of the IRS to issue retroactive regulations, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Home Concrete that the IRS may not apply an extended six-year limitations period in certain tax shelter cases.
A growing number of financial executives are optimistic about prospects for the US economy and their own organizations over the next twelve months, according to the first quarter AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
The IRS 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.
Calcbench, an open source application that consumes corporate XBRL data and performs comparative analytics, was named the winner of the XBRL Challenge at the XBRL and Financial Analysis Technology Conference on February 29. The contest is for developers of applications that leverage XBRL-formatted data in the SEC EDGAR database.
Finance professionals believe there will be a renewed global economic downturn in 2012, as the largest-ever quarterly survey of professional accountants shows that international trade continued to dry up at the end of last year.
Ending several weeks of uncertainty, Congress passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 shortly before adjourning for a long President's Day weekend. President Obama is expected to sign the bill as soon as it reaches the White House.
In December 2011, the SEC gave GE, Alcoa, and others leave to exclude from their 2012 annual meetings the proposals of shareholders calling for rotation of the companies' external auditors. This was counter to a decades-old rule excluding from proxy materials proposals that will affect firms' "ordinary business."
Hayashi & Wayland Accounting & Consulting, LLP, announced the January 1, 2012, acquisition of Snyder Accountancy, a full-service public accounting firm headquartered in Monterey, California, with a satellite office in Salinas, California.
A.S. Fricano & Co., CPAs and Daniel D. Wolfe, CPA merged their firms effective October 1, 2011; however, the merger was not officially announced until December 29, 2011. The new firm operates as Byler, Wolfe, Lutsch & Kampfer, CPAs Inc.
Panelists in a recent AICPA Webcast were invited to take a close look at the pessimistic conclusions of the CPA Outlook Index for the third quarter, and consider what it could mean for CPAs and their clients.
Following up on the success of his popular High Impact Excel session, this time around David H. Ringstrom, CPA turns his attention to pivot tables. In one hour you'll learn how to whip unwieldy data into shape, and then quickly build meaningful reports by dragging and dropping with your mouse. David will also discuss techniques for improving pivot table data integrity. Detailed handouts with numbered steps will be provided for a variety of Excel versions.