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Education & Careers

Rev Up for Next Year's Busy Season at a Conference

Now that busy season is over, it's a good time to consider attending a conference.
AccountingWEB Life

AICPA Spring Council: Celebrating 125 Years of Service

In his opening remarks to AICPA Spring Council Wednesday, AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon was nostalgic, waxing poetic about the profession’s humble beginnings and major milestones in the AICPA’s 125 year history, which is being celebrated this week in Washington, DC.
Tax

Leaders of Multimillion Dollar Fraud Ring Get 25 Years in Prison

Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant, who jointly ran a stolen identity refund fraud ring that attempted to defraud the United States of millions of dollars over several years, were sentenced to federal prison May 8, 2012, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
Education & Careers

AICPA Expands Congressional and Political Affairs Team

On May 14, 2012, the AICPA announced it has significantly increased its federal government affairs capabilities with the hiring of Kate Schmucker, director of congressional and political affairs, and Brady King, director of congressional and political affairs, in its Washington, DC, office.
Practice Management

12 Tips for Mastering Your To-Do List

Some people are more effective that others at maintaining a to-do list and executing the items on the list. Here are a number of dos and don'ts that can help you be the master of your to-do list.
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.
Community News

ASTPS Offers Pro Bono Representation to Returning Combat Veterans

The American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS) has launched a program to help returning combat veterans (RCVs) with IRS problems. ASTPS members have volunteered to represent RCVs for no fee as a way of expressing appreciation for their service.
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.
Tax

New Survey of Workplace Ethics Shows Surprising Results

Findings from a survey of ethics in the workplace may portend a future downward shift in business ethics. The percentage of companies with a weak ethical culture is on the rise, as is the number of employees who experienced retaliation for blowing the whistle on observed misconduct.
Tax

DC Tax Return Preparer Indicted for Preparing False Tax Returns

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging Enyinnaya Udo with twenty-five counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 6.
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.
Tax

Buffett Rule Fails in Senate

By blocking the so-called "Buffett Rule" with its April 16 vote, the Senate was able to suppress the Democratic push to level the income tax playing field between the 1 percent of wealthiest Americans and the remaining 99 percent of taxpayers.
Tax

Federal and State Tax Returns Due on Tuesday, April 17

Individual taxpayers have an extra day to file income tax returns, extensions, and estimated tax payments this year due to the Washington D.C. holiday, Emancipation Day, which is Monday, April 16.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of April 16, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of April 16, 2012.
A&A

More CPA Executives Are Optimistic about the US Economy

A growing number of financial executives are optimistic about prospects for the US economy and their own organizations over the next twelve months, according to the first quarter AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of April 9, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of April 9, 2012.
Community News

AICPA Honors Top CPA Exam Performers with the Elijah Watt Sells Award

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2010 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award was presented to candidates who obtained the ten highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination.
Community News

Company Announcements: Week of February 27, 2012

Following is the latest roundup of accounting community news for the week of February 27, 2012.
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.
Tax

Maryland Tax Defier Sentenced to Sixty-Five Months in Prison

Andrew Isaac Chance of Maryland was sentenced to sixty-five months in prison for filing false claims for tax refunds and for filing a false retaliatory lien against a federal prosecutor. The sentencing was announced today by the Justice Department, IRS Criminal Investigation, and TIGTA.

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