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Education & Careers

AICPA Competition: Portland Students’ Creative Financial Plan Nets Top Honors

A team of accounting students from the University of Portland turned into personal financial planners – and devised an award-winning plan to help a fictional young entrepreneur take control of his finances and pay off his debt.
Tax

Study: Gas and User Taxes Don't Fund Most Transportation Projects

A new study by the Tax Foundation found that revenues from gasoline taxes and tolls only fund approximately 50 percent of state and local transportation projects.
Tax

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Could Wyden Replace Baucus as Top Tax Writer?

Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 23.
Tax

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Happy Fed Day!

Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 18.
Practice

CPAs Go "Behind Bars" for Good Cause: The MDA Lock-Up

Under normal circumstances, nobody likes to hear the words "CPA" and "locked up" in the same sentence. But for the past several years, countless CPAs across the country have enthusiastically done mock "jail time" for a great cause.
Tax

Crime Watch: September 19, 2013

Beth Ann Pettyjohn of Englewood, Colorado, was sentenced to serve twenty-eight months in federal prison for failure to pay over employment tax. The judge also ordered her to pay $4,669,532.05 in restitution to the IRS as well as a $25,000 fine.
Tax

How State Income Taxes May Be Redrawing the Population Map

Not many political potatoes are as hot as taxes. Whatever your opinion about state and local taxes, it's prudent now and then to gauge how the prevailing rates affect a state's fiscal health overall.
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

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

How about a Little Sex with That Tax Audit?

That's what one Oregon taxpayer said he was offered by an IRS auditor. But it wasn't exactly a request, according to forty-year-old Vincent Burroughs. The "offer" came with a threat of hefty IRS penalties if he said no.
Tax

From Congress to Prison for Former Politician

Wester Cooley once belonged to the House of Representatives as a congressman from Oregon's second district. That was back in 1995 when he served one term. A lot has happened since then, and most of it hasn't been good.
Education & Careers

Intuit Indexes Show Small Business Growth Slowing

Results of the monthly Intuit Small Business Revenue and Employment indexes are in. They show revenue in August declined for the sixth consecutive month, and employment continued to grow slowly in September.
Tax

Woman in Custody in $2 Million Tax Fraud Case

Police arrested Krystle Marie Reyes on June 6 on accusations that she filed a fake TurboTax electronic tax form claiming she earned more than $3 million in 2011 and was owed a $2.1 million refund.
Tax

Nurses Rally for a New Wall Street Tax

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.
Education & Careers

AICPA: 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award Winners Announced

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has announced the winners of the 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award. Thirty-seven students received this honor.
Practice

Job Outlook for Bachelor's Degree Students Looks Bleak

A weak labor market has left half of college students (age twenty-five or younger) who graduated with a bachelor's degree either jobless or "underemployed" ? a troubling statistic.
Workplace Fitness

Fit and Focused: Accounting Professionals Discover the TrekDesk

Cindy Mayhak is just one of the many wellness-minded professionals who decided to break away from their desk without breaking away from the office by using a TrekDesk to shatter their sedentary lifestyle and the health risks associated with it.
Practice

Intuit Small Business Employment Index Results

Small businesses created 50,000 new jobs in January but paid employees less and gave them fewer hours. The East Coast, especially New York, showed more weakness in employment than in other parts of the country. These are some of the results of Intuit's latest Small Business Employment Index.
Community News

Trout, Ebersole, Groff Announces Merger with Devaney and Co.

On January 1, Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP announced they had merged with Devaney & Co., P.C. The professionals at Devaney & Co. joined the Trout, Ebersole & Groff team, enhancing the high-quality accounting services provided by both firms. The merged firms will continue operations as Trout, Ebersole & Groff, LLP.
Tax

Sales Tax on Online Purchases Is On the Rise

This holiday season, online shoppers will find more states are looking to make sure gift givers also give their state its fair share – in terms of sales tax for online purchases.

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