Tax news February 2014

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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Gamers Bash Camp Tax Proposal

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 27.
Tax

Reactions Varied on Tax Reform Plan

As you might expect, there were plenty of opinions from business groups, corporations, and legislators about the tax reform plan unveiled by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) yesterday. Views ranged from overwhelming support to staunch opposition.
Tax

Here It Is … Dave Camp’s Tax Reform Discussion Draft

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) this afternoon released his much-anticipated tax reform plan, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. If you want to read all 979 pages of it, you can download it here.
Practice

It’s Not Too Late to Make Tax Season Less Taxing

Busy season has begun, but most CPAs likely have not reached that stage of eighty-hour workweeks and gallons of coffee. It’s still early enough to make a few adjustments to your processes and client management strategies to avoid excess stress.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Tomorrow Is Camp’s Big Day

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 25.
Tax

AICPA Sends Array of Legislative Tax Proposals to Congress

In a February 19 letter sent to the top tax legislators in Congress, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) outlined a set of proposals that would simplify or make technical corrections to the nation’s tax code.
Tax

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: The Fixes Are in for FATCA

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 21.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Six-Year-Old’s Letter to the IRS

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 20.
Tax

Identity Theft Tops IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Scams for 2014

For the third straight year, identity theft heads the IRS’s list of the top twelve scams taxpayers should be wary of during tax season.
Tax

TIGTA Says IRS Needs to Upgrade Travel Procedures

In a new report released yesterday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) says some IRS executives have been dodging taxes on travel excursions.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Mt. Rushmore of Tax Professors

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 19.
Tax

Celebs Talk a Big Game, But Will They Pay More Taxes?

Who wants to pay more taxes? If you’re waiting for a punch line, forget about it. With tax time underway, there will be a lineup of wealthy people, mostly celebrities, saying, “Please tax me more!” However, in many cases, their words don’t match their actions.
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Tax Professionals: How Do You Protect Your Practice and Clients From Dishonest Employees?

This morning, I was reading an article in last year’s EA Journal about an EA who discovered that one of his employees had been stealing his clients’ refunds. It was a stunning revelation to this employer, because it had been going on for at least two tax seasons (2010 and 2011) without his knowledge.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Mr. Wyden, Tell Us What You Really Think About the US Tax Code

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 18.
Tax

2014 Tax-Filing Season Off to a Roaring Start

From January 31 – the opening day of the 2014 tax-filing season – until February 7, the IRS received 27.3 million income tax returns, up 2.5 percent from the 26.9 million returns it collected around the same time last year, the agency reported today.
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IRS to Taxpayers: Hang Up the Phone

Typically, Presidents Day week is “prime time” for taxpayers to call the IRS with questions about filing returns and related issues. But because of government budget cutbacks that may result in longer call wait times, the IRS is asking taxpayers to use its website and other online tools instead to find answers to their questions.
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Legislation to Exempt US Olympic Medalists from Tax Comes Out Right on Cue

Shortly before the Winter Olympics in Sochi got underway, Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) reintroduced legislation, the Tax Exemptions for American Medalists (TEAM) Act, that would provide tax exemptions to American athletes who win medals in the Olympics.
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Olympic Medal Dreams: All That Glitters Is Taxable

Winning a medal in the Winter Olympics is not extremely lucrative for US athletes, with $25,000 awarded for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. And that prize money is taxable by Uncle Sam. Even those with the lowest incomes will pay at least 10 percent to the IRS, and maybe more in state taxes.
Tax

Appeals Court: IRS Lacks Authority to Regulate Preparers

A federal appeals court panel of three judges on February 11 upheld a lower court’s ruling early last year that the IRS does not have the legal right to regulate the estimated 600,000 to 700,000 paid tax return preparers in the United States.
Practice Management

Tax Professionals: How Do You Respond When Someone Asks About Your Fee?

There’s a discussion going on in the Tax Business Owners of America LinkedIn forum about fees. It’s quite lively and has a lot of voices joining in.

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