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AICPA Nixes Proposed Tax Reforms for Pass-through Entities

The more Congress tries to simplify the tax code, the more complicated things seem to get. At least that's what the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) believes about a proposal to consolidate the myriad of tax rules for pass-through entities.
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Crime Watch: September 6, 2013

David Haigler, who pleaded guilty in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama September 5, 2013, to one count of theft of public funds and to one count of passing US Treasury checks with forged endorsements, faces twenty years in prison.
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Prison Doors Slam on Fat Joe for Tax Evasion

On August 26, as scheduled, forty-two-year-old rapper "Fat Joe" reported to a Federal Detention Center in Miami. He'll spend four months there, followed by a year of supervised release.
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IRS: Sole Proprietorship Returns Up 1.8 Percent in 2011

Approximately 23.4 million individual income tax returns for tax year 2011 reported nonfarm sole proprietorship activity, an increase of 1.8 percent from 2010, according to a new report from the IRS.
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Fewer Americans Pay No Federal Income Tax in 2013

Thanks to an improved economy and the expiration of most tax stimulus measures, the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income tax is falling, from 47 percent of households in 2010 to 43 percent in 2013.
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John Dalrymple Named Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement

IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel announced August 30, 2013, former long-time IRS executive John M. Dalrymple has been named Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement.
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FATCA: United States and Switzerland Issue Joint Statement Re Tax Evasion Investigations

Switzerland has encouraged its banks to cooperate with new program that will require significant financial penalties and information sharing from banks that aided secret account holders.
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Crime Watch: August 30, 2013

The Justice Department announced August 20 that Teresa Marie Marty, Charles Tingler, and Victoria Tingler have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing multimillion-dollar liens against government officials.
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All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

The US Department of the Treasury and the IRS on August 30, 2013, ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes.
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Property Tax Bill Flew Past Cheney's Radar

Liz Cheney – US Senate candidate and daughter of Dick Cheney – and her husband, Philip Perry, missed their property tax payment in 2012. Earlier that year, they bought a four-bed, four-bath home in an upscale part of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
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Another Taxing Opportunity: Plastic Bags in PA

There's nothing new about governments trying to use tax as behavior modification. They've been doing it forever. Now the behavior being targeted in some areas of the country is the choice at the grocery store of "paper or plastic."
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How State Income Taxes May Be Redrawing the Population Map

Not many political potatoes are as hot as taxes. Whatever your opinion about state and local taxes, it's prudent now and then to gauge how the prevailing rates affect a state's fiscal health overall.
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IRS to Michael Jackson Heirs: We Want More Money!

More than four years after he died, Michael Jackson's heirs are still waiting for their shares of his substantial estate. If the IRS has its way, they'll continue to wait a lot longer.
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Prosecutors Get Paid to Watch 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

As the case against reality star Teresa Giudice and husband Joe unfolds, outtakes from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" will become part of the evidence for the prosecution to sift through.
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Al Pacino's Tax Lien Sleeps with the Fishes

California can cross one celebrity off its deadbeat list. Al Pacino was into the Golden State for $31,706.04 (knowing what's good for him, the Godfather did not forget the extra four cents).
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IRS Reminder: Highway Use Tax Return Due September 3

The IRS is reminding truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
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US Citizenship No Longer Worth Red Tape and High Taxes for Some

A surprising number of Americans living abroad are giving up and saying "uncle" to Uncle Sam. In quarter two of 2013, more Americans – 1,130 – renounced their citizenship than in all of 2012. That's in addition to 679 in the first quarter.
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IRS Issues Guidance on Health Insurance Credit

Small businesses may already be eligible for a special tax credit for providing health insurance. After issuing guidance on the credit in the form of several notices the past few years, the IRS has now released new proposed regulations summarizing the rules.
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Online FATCA Registration System Now Offered by the IRS

The IRS on August 19 unveiled a new online registration system for financial institutions that need to register with the agency under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
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Coalition Presses Congress to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

Groups in sixteen states already held or are holding events later this week to demand that Congress close corporate tax loopholes in order to help avoid more deep cuts to essential benefits and services.

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