Tax news January 2011

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What key words are tax accountants searching for?

Intuit, the makers of, among other software, ProLine Tax Research, has agreed to share with our readers the most-sought-after tax research terms that accountants are searching for this busy season.
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How an embezzler stole millions from a small company

New details have emerged on the methods used and the outcomes following the case of 47-year-old convicted embezzler Sujata “Sue” Sachdeva, who was the trusted 15-year veteran vice president of finance, secretary, and principal accounting officer of Koss Corporation.
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State of the Union provides hope for accountants

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the nation Tuesday night and included verbiage that offers encouragement for accountants struggling with issues surrounding the new 1099 regulations.
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Free spreadsheet-based Form 1040 available for 2010 tax year

Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, has created a free Microsoft Excel-based version of the 2010 U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
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IRS launches IRS2Go App for iPhone, Android

The Internal Revenue Service this week unveiled IRS2Go, its first smartphone application that lets taxpayers check on their status of their tax refund and obtain helpful tax information.
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Spirited debate ahead for corporate tax reform

As the tax reform debate on Capitol Hill begins, a gulf exists between U.S. companies and the Obama administration on how to overhaul corporate taxes. The White House is reaching out to businesses to work with the administration on rewriting what all agree is an extremely complex tax code.
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Survey indicates general support for IRS services, intolerance for tax cheats

In an annual survey of taxpayer attitudes, 87 percent responded that cheating on taxes is "not at all" acceptable. While the vast majority said they were opposed to cheating, 8 percent said "a little here and there" is OK, while 4 percent said it is acceptable to cheat "as much as possible."
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Congressman's wife gets prison time for tax misconduct

The wife of a U.S. Congressman will report to prison next month. Patrice Tierney, age 60, received a harsher than expected sentence for her participation in the filing of fraudulent tax returns.
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Treasury launches prepaid debit and payroll card program

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has launched a program offering taxpayers a financial account for the electronic delivery of federal tax refunds. It says the account card offers conveniences and consumer protection features.
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WikiLeaks may reveal names of tax evaders

Although WikiLeaks is reportedly reviewing secret information on approximately 2,000 offshore banking clients, it’s unlikely the material will be made public soon, according to reports.
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Taxpayer Advocate report focuses on tax reform, collection issues, health care reform

This year's report identifies 21 problems, provides updates on four previously identified issues, makes recommendations for administrative and legislative change, and analyzes the 10 tax issues most frequently litigated in the federal courts.
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Tax e-file season is officially open

The Internal Revenue Service is now open for 2010 tax business, ready to accept electronically filed income tax returns from most taxpayers.
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IRS changes April 15 filing deadline for 2011

The Internal Revenue Service opened the 2011 tax filing season by announcing that taxpayers have until April 18 to file their tax returns.
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IRS agent facing prison time for filing false returns

You may remember Albert Bront. He's the guy who greeted federal agents at his home by screaming, "I'm going to kill all of you!" The agents were there to execute a search warrant in 2009 based on an investigation of tax returns prepared and filed by Bront.
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Celebrities find themselves targets of the law, IRS

Has another star of The Brady Bunch gone bad or was it a case of mistaken indentity? Christopher Knight, through no fault of his own, leads this installment of AccountingWEB's celebrity news.
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AccountingWEB's top blogs of 2010

Keeping our readers informed is what we're all about. Often this task is accomplished through news articles and editorial commentary. In addition, AccountingWEB is home to nearly 30 bloggers, experts in their fields, who share their insights with the AccountingWEB community.
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IRS order to wait puts additional pressure on accounting firms

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that taxpayers affected by three recently reinstated deductions need to wait until mid- to late February to file their individual tax returns, as well as those taxpayers who itemize deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A.
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IRS provision exempts some non-signing tax preparers from competency exam

The Internal Revenue Service has issued regulations regarding non-signing preparers and PTIN registration. The regulations provide an exemption from competency exam requirements for some non-signing tax preparers.