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Mary J. Blige Is Singing the Taxman Blues

She's a nine-time Grammy winner and a phenomenally successful R&B singer. But for reasons that aren't apparent, Mary J. Blige and her husband, Martin Isaacs, are buried in tax and financial troubles.
Education & Careers

New York Accounting Foundation Awards $183,750 in Scholarships

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants' Foundation for Accounting Education has announced the sixty-seven New York State students who will receive Excellence in Accounting Scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.
Tax

Rapper Ja Rule's Tax Evasion Time Served, Mostly

Rapper Ja Rule spent the last nearly two years in prison at Ray Brook Correctional Facility in upstate New York on charges that included illegal gun possession and tax evasion. Now he'll finish his sentence on home confinement.
Education & Careers

Summer Construction: Rochester CPAs Ramp Up Fundraising to Build Habitat Home

The CPA community in Rochester, New York, is channeling its naturally competitive spirit into a selfless cause this summer. They're trying to see who can raise the most money to break ground on a local Flower City Habitat for Humanity home.
Tax

Crime Watch: May 16, 2013

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.
A&A

Whistleblowing Reaches Center Stage

Court cases and events involving whistleblowing are appearing in news headlines with greater frequency, and awareness about the importance of speaking up, when witnessing wrongdoing continues to grow.
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

Crime Watch: May 2, 2013

A federal court in Los Angeles has entered an order permanently barring John Trunzo from preparing federal income tax returns and other tax-related documents for others, the Justice Department announced April 30.
Practice

Merger Gives Marcum Foothold into Real Estate Industry

In an effort to expand its real estate practice, New York City–based national accounting and advisory firm Marcum LLP has merged with Cornerstone Accounting Group, a real estate accounting and assurance firm also based in Manhattan. Financial details of the merger were not disclosed.
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Crime Watch: April 29, 2013

Masood Chotani, a CPA from Los Angeles, was sentenced April 25 to two years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, the Justice Department and the IRS announced. Chotani was also ordered to pay $60,705 in restitution to the IRS.
Education & Careers

Hostess Twinkies Set to Return, Union Laborers Won't

UPDATE: Fans of Twinkies won't have to wait much longer before the snack cakes return to grocery store shelves. Hostess Brands LLC – Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management's new incarnation of the baking company that liquidated in Chapter 11 – is reopening four bakeries in the next eight to ten weeks.
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.
Practice

Mix of Old and New Comprise 2014 Vault Accounting 50

Vault.com released its 2014 Vault Accounting 50, a ranking of the fifty best accounting firms in the nation to work for. The survey asked more than 7,900 accountants to assess their peer accounting firms on a scale of one to ten based on prestige and quality of life factors.
Tax

UPDATE - Tax Man to MLB: "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!"

Smart tax professionals who are aware of existing reciprocity laws can save professional athletes a bundle in taxes they don't really owe. That's why players have to rely on their tax advisors to know where reciprocity laws exist . . . and get it right.
A&A

Mary Jo White Confirmed by Senate as SEC Chairman

Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, was unanimously confirmed as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by the US Senate on April 8, 2013.
Tax

Update: Stephen Baldwin's Tax Case Moves On

Just a few months ago in December, actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested on charges of failure to pay state income tax in New York relating to income from 2008, 2009, and 2010. The tax debt, with interest and penalties, came to around $350,000.
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Online Sales Tax Court Decision Could Set Stage for Supreme Court Showdown

A court ruling last week that upholds a decision to force online retailers to collect New York State sales tax may force a Supreme Court battle or action by Congress to allow states to claim tax revenues they've lost to online purchases.
Tax

Stephen Baldwin Takes Plea Deal for Tax

A few months ago actor Stephen Baldwin was arrested – and released – on charges of failure to pay his New York State income tax for three years. Based on those charges, he could have faced four years in prison. In early March he returned to court and entered a plea agreement to resolve the issue.
Tax

Is This the Year for Tax Reform?

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.
Tax

IRS Opens Window Longer for Sandy Victims

The IRS is throwing yet another life preserver to taxpayers who were victimized by Hurricane Sandy. Under a new Notice, these taxpayers now have until October 15, 2013, to deduct their disaster-area losses on a 2011 or 2012 return.

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