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Tax

Controversy Swirls Around Hearings on IRS Scandal

After the initial round of hearings held by three congressional committees this week, at least we know the IRS wrongfully targeted conservative "tea party" groups applying for tax-exempt status. But precious little else has been revealed.
Tax

IRS Official Lois Lerner Pleads the Fifth before House Oversight Committee

Lois Lerner, director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, chose to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 22.
Tax

IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller Resigns Over Scandal

Steven Miller, a twenty-five-year veteran of the IRS who has been the agency's acting commissioner since November 2012, resigned from his post on May 15, less than a week after the IRS admitted to and apologized for improperly scrutinizing the federal tax-exempt status of conservative groups.
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.
A&A

Mary Jo White Confirmed by Senate as SEC Chairman

Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, was unanimously confirmed as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by the US Senate on April 8, 2013.
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.
Education & Careers

Jesse Jackson Jr. Guilty of Money Crimes

One publication describes them as a "power couple," but those days may be over for Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson Jr., at least for now. On February 20, both Jacksons entered guilty pleas in the separate charges brought against them.
Tax

Court Upholds Injunction; IRS Revives PTIN System

On February 1, the District Court for the District of Columbia, which had enjoined the IRS from enforcing its new regulatory schemes, modified its order to clarify that the IRS can continue to operate the system requiring PTINs.
Tax

IRS Wants Tax Preparer Licensing Injunction Suspended

The IRS hasn't given up its fight to regulate independent tax preparers. It has asked a federal court to suspend the federal court injunction issued last week that blocked the IRS effort until a new motion can be filed.
Tax

Court Rules IRS Can't License Tax Return Preparers

A federal court struck down the IRS's licensing effort that would have required thousands of independent tax preparers to pass a competency exam and abide by a litany of new rules.
Education & Careers

AICPA Names Winners of 2012 Student Competition

Four accounting students from the University of Texas at Dallas joined forces to craft an innovative proposal on tax reform that earned them first place in the 2012 AICPA Accounting Competition.
Education & Careers

Conference Goers Headed to the Cloud

The three-day Digital CPA: 2012 CPA2Biz Cloud User Conference gathered nearly 400 accounting professionals to discuss the changing landscape ushered in by exciting new technologies.
A&A

AICPA Committed to Constructive Dialogue with Regulators

One only has to look at the many complex issues on the agendas of the SEC and PCAOB to get an idea of the challenges CPAs face, AICPA Chairman Caturano said at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Development.
Tax

MLB Free Agents Scramble to Minimize Tax Hit

With the election behind us and a strong probability of more tax hikes ahead, Major League Baseball free agents have rushed to the negotiating table in the hope of pulling as much of their future income as possible into 2012.
A&A

PCAOB's Sixth Annual International Auditor Regulatory Institute

The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board hosted nearly eighty representatives of auditor oversight bodies from thirty-seven foreign jurisdictions last week during its sixth annual International Auditor Regulatory Institute.
Education & Careers

Hurricane Sandy Leads to Postponement of 'Digital CPA' Conference

Because of emergency conditions related to Hurricane Sandy, the AICPA has decided to postpone the Digital CPA: 2012 CPA2Biz Cloud User Conference, which had been scheduled for October 28-30.
A&A

PCAOB October Public Meeting Agenda

The PCAOB has announced the panelists and schedule of appearances for its October 18 public meeting in Houston. Topics include ways to enhance auditor independence, objectivity, professional skepticism, and firm rotation.
A&A

FAF New Council to Improve Standard Setting for Private Companies

After seeking and considering extensive public comment, the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) Board of Trustees today established a new body to improve the process of setting accounting standards for private companies.
Education & Careers

Sage Survey: How Small Businesses Deal With an Unpredictable Economy

Sage North America announced the results of its Reinvention of Small Business Study, a survey focused on how small businesses are changing the way they conduct business in an unpredictable economy.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of May 21, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of May 21, 2012.

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