Tax news September 2013

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Low-Income Housing Limits To Be Waived for Colorado Disaster Victims

Because of the widespread devastation to housing caused by storms and flooding in Colorado, the IRS will temporarily suspend certain limitations for qualified low-income housing projects that house people displaced by the storms and flooding.
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Health Insurance Subsidies: Open for Business

It's not exactly like a new Walmart is moving in down the street, but the state-operated health insurance marketplaces will have their "grand opening" October 1.
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Crime Watch: September 26, 2013

A New York man admitted his role in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department. He and a coconspirator caused more than $200 million in confirmed losses to businesses and financial institutions.
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Update: A New Way to Tax the Michael Jackson Estate?

More than four years after Michael Jackson's death, the tug of war between his estate and the IRS seems to be heating up rather than nearing agreement. Some estate specialists wonder if the IRS is looking to tax assets they haven't generally taxed before.
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Will Lois Lerner Get a Gold Watch?

And another one bites the dust. The IRS announced that Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, has officially retired. The retirement is effective immediately.
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Bloomberg BNA Projects 2014 Inflation-Adjusted Tax Rates

Bloomberg BNA last week released its projected US inflation-adjusted tax rates for 2014, which include many new amounts pertaining to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the Affordable Care Act.
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Beanie Babies at the Center of Tax Scandal?

Who would've ever thought Beanie Babies would emerge as part of a tax evasion scheme? Only in America. But on September 19, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was hit with charges of tax evasion.
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IRS Hounded Conservative Groups After Tax-Exempt Approvals

The "Tea Party scandal," which has been quietly simmering for several weeks, may boil over once again. A leading Republican lawmaker says the IRS continued to target conservative groups after they'd been granted tax-exempt status.
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IRS to Crack Down on Tax Return Preparers

The TIGTA says the IRS has to do a better job of policing paid tax return preparers. And the IRS – which has been under fire on numerous other fronts – agrees with this assessment.
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Crime Watch: September 19, 2013

Beth Ann Pettyjohn of Englewood, Colorado, was sentenced to serve twenty-eight months in federal prison for failure to pay over employment tax. The judge also ordered her to pay $4,669,532.05 in restitution to the IRS as well as a $25,000 fine.
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2014 Income Tax Bracket Increase Estimates Revealed

Although slow rises in prices have been paired with only modest wage increases in many sectors of the current economy, taxpayers will at least receive some relief in 2014, thanks to the mandatory annual inflation adjustments provided under the Tax Code, according to CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer.
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IRS Providing Tax Relief to Colorado Flood Victims

The IRS announced it is providing tax relief to individual and business taxpayers in four Colorado counties impacted by the recent severe storms that have caused flooding, landslides, and mudslides in that state.
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TIGTA Report: IRS Tax Gap Estimate Needs Improvement

A new report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) on September 16 recommended that the IRS needs to make improvements to the tax gap estimate.
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Crime Watch: September 13, 2013

A couple from Iowa and a Las Vegas accountant were charged September 11 with conspiring to defraud the IRS of more than $700,000 by allegedly using nominee corporations and bank accounts to hide their income and other assets.
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Treasury Issues Proposed Rules for Information Reporting by Employers and Insurers under Affordable Care Act

On September 5, the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations to implement the information reporting requirements for insurers and certain employers under the Affordable Care Act.
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Can You Afford Free? Taxes Spoil the Game Show Win

You've seen game shows where contestants hop around the stage excited beyond belief at the possibility of winning cash and prizes. What you don't see, according to some of the winners, is when the other shoe drops. That is, the tax shoe – and it drops fast.
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IRS: Interest Rates Stay the Same for Fourth Quarter of 2013

Interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning on October 1, 2013, the IRS announced September 5.
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IRS Spent $10,000 Spoofing 'The Apprentice' in Training Video

A video the IRS released to the House Ways and Means Committee on September 6 that parodied Donald Trump and his show "The Apprentice" was made using taxpayer dollars at a total cost of approximately $10,000.
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AICPA to Congress: Provide IRS with Sufficient Funds

In a letter sent to Congress on September 4, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) urged lawmakers to provide the IRS with "sufficient" funds to perform its duties.
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Messi Pays Tax in Full, Ahead of 9/17 Court Date

Spanish soccer star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, protested their innocence when authorities accused them of filing false tax returns last June. Still, they agreed to pay additional taxes to settle the government's claims against them.

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