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Company announcements: Week of February 28

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 28, 2011.
A&A

Buck and Schroeder join Financial Accounting Standards Board

The Financial Accounting Foundation has announced the appointments of Daryl E. Buck and R. Harold (Hal) Schroeder to the FASB. Buck and Schroeder will fill two additional seats on the FASB that were announced in August, bringing the size of the FASB board to seven members.
A&A

CPA travels Route 66 to promote fuel that benefits Mother Nature

Not only did compressed natural gas benefit the business of a CPA's friend and client, it was the genesis of a record-breaking trip along Route 66 to promote alternative fuel and energy independence. AccountingWEB's Jason Bramwell reports.
Tax

What voters said about tax hikes in November elections

As lawmakers try to solve budgetary shortfalls by raising taxes in most states, taxpayers are not pleased, and they said so earlier this month at the polls.
Tax

Four celebrities face battles with the IRS

Even the thin, beautiful, and talented have to pay their fair share of taxes. Beverly Johnson, Janice Dickinson, Jaime Pressly, and Toni Braxton have run-ins with the IRS.
Education & Careers

Slight increase in net hiring projected for first time since Q1 2009

Hiring in accounting and finance is expected to increase slightly in the fourth quarter, according to the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index.
Tax

IRS can spell tax relief for disaster victims

"I'm from the government and I'm here to help you" may be regarded by some to be the most terrifying words in the English language, but not so when you are dealing with a disaster.
Tax

Basis, but no deduction? A look at partnership at-risk rules

When a tax practitioner reviews a client’s K-1 that passes through losses from a partnership, one of the primary considerations that comes (or should come) to the practitioner’s mind is, “Does the partner have enough basis to take this loss?”
Tax

Revenue worries don't stop states from offering tax holidays

Taxpayers in 16 states will get sales tax breaks on the purchase of various school-related purchases during certain dates in July and August.
A&A

CPE mid-year 2010 update: Rules, regulations, trends

Mid-year 2010 has arrived and accountants in approximately half the jurisdictions in the United States are facing compliance deadlines. Tax time is well behind us and crunch time for compliance is here.
Practice

Most executives remain confident about business growth

Six percent of chief financial officers said they plan to hire full-time accounting and finance employees during the third quarter of 2010, while 9 percent anticipate staff reductions. Despite those numbers, CFOs remain optimistic about the outlook for their businesses.
Tax

Broke states and broken promises

According to a recent report from the National Association of State Budget Officers and the National Governors Association, state fiscal conditions "have continued to worsen" and state revenues can be expected to lag behind a national economic recovery by one to three years.
Tax

Many businesses expect property tax liability to remain the same or increase

More than half of property tax executives expect their companies’ property tax burden to either remain the same or increase in 2010, compared with last year.
Tax

Tax attorney, businessman receive prison sentences for tax fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that two men were sentenced to prison last week for their involvement in a complex tax fraud scheme devised to avoid paying federal income taxes.
Education & Careers

Jobs least difficult to find in San Jose, CA, and Washington, D.C.

Times are tough all over, but finding employment is least difficult among the largest 50 U.S. cities in San Jose, California, and most difficult in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to the Job Search Difficulty Index released this month by Juju.com, an online job search engine.
Tax

The Internet nexus sales tax debate: "Amazon Laws" vs. the Streamlined Sales Tax Project

While the precise amount of sales tax revenue that is lost through online retailing may be in question, there is little doubt that the amounts are large enough to warrant attention by state budget directors who are looking for money.

Bullying in the workplace is an international issue

If you thought you left bullying behind along with jump ropes and gym uniforms, think again. The Workplace Bullying Institute, yes there is such a thing, reported last year that 37 percent of the U.S workforce or 54 million employees are being bullied now or have been bullied at the workplace at some point during their careers.

Small Business Administration promotes benefits of Health Savings Accounts

President George W. Bush and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Sandy K. Baruah met in Oklahoma City earlier this month with women small business owners to discuss the benefits of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which can be used to obtain affordable healthcare coverage.

Sales tax holidays: Love them or hate them?

More than a dozen states and the District of Columbia have sales tax holidays that last at least a couple of days each year, some last much longer. Usually the holiday coincides with back-to-school time to give parents a break on outfitting their kids with necessities. What consumers can buy during the sales tax holidays varies by state, but generally includes clothing, shoes, classroom supplies, and computers, often with a dollar limit. Another popular item that pops up in sales tax holidays is energy efficient appliances for the home.

Debit cards are new option for Social Security recipients

People who receive Social Security can now get their monthly payments on a prepaid debit card, a new alternative to checks or direct deposit. The U.S. Treasury is offering the Direct Express Debit MasterCard card as a safe, convenient way to receive money, according to wickedlocal.com.

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