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Crime Watch: June 21, 2013

A Washington man who advised and assisted others in a common tax fraud scheme, was sentenced June 14 in US District Court in Tacoma to ninety-seven months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Education & Careers

Community Service Is a Responsibility BKD Takes Full Throttle

During the monthlong festivities that preceded this year's Indianapolis 500, Ted Dickman saw a lot of smiles – not only on the faces of those who organized and participated in the events, but on the faces of those who attended the events.
Education & Careers

May Day: Retiring Texas Accounting Professor to Give Commencement Speech

After a forty-three-year academic career – the last thirty-four of which were spent as professor, chairman, and dean in the department of accounting at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business – Robert May, PhD, will be addressing 2013 graduating Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) students one last time.
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

Which Sports Team Is Less "Taxing" for Free Agents?

UPDATE: In a trade announced this week, Florida scooped up another NFL superstar. The New York Jets traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Bucs. After the trade, Revis signed a six-year, $96 million contract, with no guaranteed money.
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

Crime Watch: April 19, 2013

Former IRS agent-turned-tax preparer Steven Martinez was sentenced April 15 to almost twenty-four years in prison for defrauding clients of more than $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft.
Tax

NBA Agent LaPoe Smith Jr. Indicted on Tax-Related Crimes

NBA agent LaPoe Smith Jr. of San Antonio is fighting one legal battle after another, though to some extent, the battles are connected. Smith has represented NBA stars that include Antoine Walker, Bo Outlaw, and Penny Hardaway as well as pro athletes from other sports.
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

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

Former IRS Commissioner Everson to Practitioners: Buckle Up!

Mark W. Everson, the former Commissioner of the IRS, sees a bumpy road ahead in tax circles due to pending sequester cuts, growing taxpayer identification theft, and looming health care reforms. But Everson has complete faith in the nation's tax collector's ability to rise to the challenges it will be facing.
Education & Careers

'Fun and Dedicated' Workforce Pays Off for El Paso Firm

One look at the El-Paso, Texas-based public accounting firm Strickler & Prieto, LLP's website, and there's little doubt that happy, healthy employees are considered an integral part of the firm's skill set.
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

Battle of the Governors: Low Taxes vs. High Tans

The battle of words between two governors sounds a little like a schoolboy exchange. Texas Governor Rick Perry seems to be thumbing his nose at California Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is clearly annoyed, yet responding as if Perry is more of a mosquito than a threat.
Tax

IRS Intensifies National Crackdown on Identity Theft

Continuing a year-long enforcement push against refund fraud and identity theft, the IRS announced the results of a massive national sweep targeting identity theft suspects in thirty-two states and Puerto Rico, involving 215 cities.
Practice

PMB Helin Donovan Continues on Fast Track with Latest Merger

PMB Helin Donovan LLP (PMB) is on an aggressive growth track, most recently merging with a San Francisco Bay Area CPA firm, BBR LLP. This is PMB's third significant merger in the past two years and is its largest.
Education & Careers

University of Texas Wins Deloitte Tax Competition

A team of five University of Texas at Austin accounting students maintained Longhorn pride when they won a national intercollegiate competition by solving a complex tax problem.
Education & Careers

Scholars Receive American Accounting Association Award

This January, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) announced the recipients of the American Accounting Association's (AAA) Greatest Potential Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award for 2012.
Education & Careers

Leadership Development, Community Service Integral to Deloitte University

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte has taken a unique approach to employee training and leadership development at its huge, cutting-edge educational facility that's been dubbed Deloitte University.

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