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Justice Department shuts down San Antonio tax preparation business

A federal court has barred Eddie Madrigal of San Antonio and his business, Madrigal Tax Express Inc., from preparing federal tax returns for others.
Education & Careers

Globalsym: International accounting students lock business horns in this fierce competition

It's not often you find a heated contest between Texans and… the Irish. No, it's not sports, dancing celebrities, a weight-loss challenge, or politics. This competition involves bean counting and business know-how.
A&A

April is Financial Literacy Month; financial fitness programs abound

The end of busy season, when a client's financial position is in clear focus, is the best time to talk about ways to improve their personal and business financial management and results.
Tax

IRS filling vacancies on Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.
Community News

Company announcements: Week of March 21, 2011

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of March 21, 2011.
A&A

Understanding, preparing for IFRS now eases transition anxieties

While a migration to IFRS from U.S. GAAP represents a significant departure from a long-established standard, companies that take the following steps now will face a smoother transition.
Tax

The latest news on the Alternative Minimum Tax

Good tax planning can help minimize some of the AMT impact. The Texas Society of CPAs explains what it's all about and provides an update on the newest tax laws affecting the AMT.
Workplace Fitness

CPA firm partner and town mayor makes fitness a priority

When the Mayor is also a partner in the largest local CPA firm in town, fitness in the workplace takes on a whole new meaning. Barbara Bass is the Mayor of Tyler, Texas and one of 6 partners at Gollob Morgan Peddy. She has a wide audience listening when she talks about fitness.
A&A

Coming to a town near you: PCAOB forum series addresses emerging small business audit issues

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has announced the 2011 schedule for its Forum on Auditing in the Small Business Environment. The first of seven events will be held in Boston, MA, on Thursday, April 28.
Tax

Win big during the Super Bowl? Uncle Sam wants a piece of your action

Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, but your clients who were lucky enough to bet on the Green Bay Packers – or otherwise win money on the big game – should know they are supposed to save a cut of those winnings for the Internal Revenue Service.
Tax

Justice Department announces indictment, lawsuits targeting false tax credit claims

The federal government this week has filed six lawsuits in five states to stop tax return preparers from fraudulently claiming the first-time homebuyer tax credit and the earned-income tax credit.
Community News

Company announcements: Week of February 7

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 7, 2011.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates job growth in January

Small business employment continued to show encouraging growth in January, with hours worked showing a strong increase as wages grew slightly, according to a recent survey.
A&A

Texas Society of CPAs recommends separate standards for private companies under FAF

TSCPA officials said that the society has long supported the development of accounting standards that meet the needs of privately held companies in the United States, especially those that are the backbone of the economy, and are not adequately served through current GAAP financial statements.
Community News

CPA firms make Super Bowl wager for charity

It won't just be the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers battling for bragging rights on February 6. Independent public accounting firms in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have joined the fray, with an eye toward helping a charity.
Education & Careers

University of Texas at Dallas team takes top honors in AICPA competition

Can a hotel become more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint by using LED lighting and installing a rooftop garden? A team of four accounting students from the University of Texas at Dallas thinks so. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a popular luxury hotel think so, too. Jason Bramwell reports.
Community News

UT-Austin sweeps annual professors survey; PwC takes top ranking of firms

Public Accounting Report, CCH's independent newsletter of the accounting profession, has published results of its annual survey of accounting professors. UT-Austin swept the college rankings, while PwC took first place in the firm rankings.
Education & Careers

College students compete in PwC xTREME Games

Business students from the University of Illinois last week won the national round of the PwC xACT division for the third consecutive year. The xACT and the xTAX divisions are part of PwC US's xTREME Games, now in its ninth year.
Community News

Company announcements: Week of January 10

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of January 10, 2011.
Practice

Small business employment index indicates 57,000 jobs created in December

Small business employment continued to show growth in December with an increase in hours worked and wages flat, according to the most recent Small Business Employment Index by Intuit Inc.

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