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A&A

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

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for March 12.
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."
Tax

Employers in Seventeen States May Face Higher FUTA Tax Rates

Because seventeen states and the Virgin Islands have had an outstanding federal unemployment insurance loan for at least two years, employers in those jurisdictions may not be able to claim the maximum amount of state unemployment tax credits on their 2013 FUTA tax return.
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

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.
A&A

Ruling Extends SOX Whistleblowing Protections

Following a recent ruling by the US Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board, accounting firms that do work for public companies may be far more vulnerable to whistleblowing claims under SOX.
Tax

Tax Fraud Promoters Get Lengthy Prison Sentences

Catherine June Floyd was sentenced to sixty months in prison, and William Scott Dion got an eighty-four-month sentence for tax fraud. Each was ordered to pay restitution of $3 million.
Tax

Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud Promoter

William Scott Dion was sentenced to eighty-four months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States and for obstructing the IRS. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3 million.
Tax

NH and MA Residents Convicted for Promoting/Using Tax Defier Schemes

A federal jury in Worcester, MA, convicted William Scott Dion and Catherine Floyd, both of Sanbornville, NH, and Charles Adams of Norwood, MA, for conspiracies to defraud the United States through the promotion and use of multiple tax fraud schemes, the Justice Department and the IRS announced on April 2.
Practice

'Cash Mob' Sensation Reviving Local Businesses

In a retail market dominated by generic superstores, pop-up corner pharmacies, and faceless online shopping, it has become increasingly difficult for "main street" businesses - the very businesses that provide the individual stamp and distinctive character of their communities - to survive.
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.
A&A

With pension fund dwindling, Central Falls, RI, enters bankruptcy

The smallest city in Rhode Island has landed in bankruptcy court after making retirement benefits promises it was unable to keep, a dilemma facing many municipalities across the country.
Tax

Celebrities and their tax woes: Young Buck, Joe Francis, Jaime Pressly, and Richard Hatch

The latest celebrity tax round-up features several repeat offenders. It's great to be in the spotlight, but is sparring with the IRS the best way to stay in the public eye?
Tax

Tax Foundation releases state business tax index

South Dakota's tax system is most welcoming to economic activity while New York's tax code ranks 50th as the least hospitable, according to the Tax Foundation's most recent edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, which ranks the tax systems of the 50 states.
Tax

NBA's Lamar Odom cries foul, challenges IRS

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom is accustomed to facing formidable opponents on the basketball court. But these days, he’s taking on the Internal Revenue Service in a different court setting over what he sees as a personal foul.
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.
Practice

To contest or not to contest: Unemployment compensation claims

Former employees occasionally seek unemployment benefits they don’t deserve, either because they are desperate, confused, or trying to cheat the system. Employers, bearing the cost of unemployment payments, must evaluate whether to challenge those unemployment claims.

R.I.P Craig Watjen, long-time Microsoft assistant treasurer, 'Ancient Mariner'

We learned this week of the death of Craig Watjen, the 74-year-old former Microsoft assistant treasurer who joined the company soon after it moved its operations from New Mexico to Redmond, WA, in the 1970s.
Practice Management

Managing medical marijuana use in the workplace

For employers with operations in the 14 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, it is a difficult task to juggle the need for a drug-free workplace environment and the rights of employees who have prescriptions to legally use marijuana.

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