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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.
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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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Ohio Board of Tax Appeals Says No Relief for Two Former NFL Players

Two former pro football players, Hunter Hillenmeyer and Jeff Saturday, recently lost their individual cases before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals last month. The board ruled that the games-played method of taxation the city of Cleveland uses does not violate the state’s constitution and is not unreasonable.
Tax

IRS Releases Version 4.0 of Mobile App

It might take slightly longer for taxpayers to get their tax refunds from the IRS this year, but at least they can do a better job of tracking the progress on their smartphones.
Tax

Report: IRS Criminal Prosecutions Up 23.4% under Obama

A new report from Syracuse University found that the number of referrals for criminal prosecution by the IRS has risen by nearly a quarter under the Obama administration compared to George W. Bush’s years in the White House.
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Tax Refunds Could Be Grounded By Debt Ceiling Stand-Off

Is there a danger that the IRS won’t make good on its promise to send speedy federal income tax refunds to taxpayers? That’s a distinct possibility, according to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and the Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Orrin Hatch is Outraged Over IRS Employee Bonuses

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 4.
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Tips on How You Can Stand Out From Other Tax Professionals

Eva Rosenberg explains a few things you can do to make sure your clients don't go anywhere else for professional tax help.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: IRS: Don’t Call Us

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for February 3.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Psst … You Can File Your Taxes Now

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 31.
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Super Bowl Money and Tax Facts You May Not Know

NFL players are well-paid, even the rookies. But the biggest winners this year – the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks – are playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. However, all of the Denver and Seattle players will owe the state of New Jersey taxes, thanks to the “jock tax.”
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New Medicare Surtax Form Makes Its Debut

With just a few scant days until the official start of tax-filing season, the IRS approved a final draft of new Form 8960, "Net Investment Income Tax—Individuals, Estates, and Trusts." This form will be used to compute the new 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income on 2013 federal income tax returns.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: SOTU Roundup

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 29.
Tax

Clayton Kershaw Saves Millions in Taxes, Thanks to Texas

Clayton Kershaw just signed a record breaking deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. So his primary workplace will be southern California, but he’s keeping his Texas address, more than 1,400 miles east. That may have something to do with family issues and the pride of being a Texan. But it’s also a smart money move.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Letter Takes Lawmaker to Task Over IRS Budget

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 28.
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IRS Proposes Regs on Obamacare Penalties for Individuals

At long last, the much-publicized health insurance mandate for individuals went into effect on January 1. Now, less than a month later, the IRS has issued new proposed regulations governing the penalties for noncompliance.
Tax

Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: GOP Wants to Scrap FATCA

Here are “Bramwell’s Lunch Beat” menu items for January 24.
Tax

Ex-IRS Worker Admits to Stealing $1.7 Million in Fake Refunds

Monica Nanette Hernandez, a former IRS data clerk, pleaded guilty on January 21 to one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of filing false income tax returns, and one count of wire fraud. She will be sentenced on April 14.
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Film Credits: Your Tax Dollars at Work Making Movies

Federal film credits are not new, but they are becoming big business in more ways than one. Approximately forty states receive federal film credits they can use to entice moviemakers to make motion pictures within their borders.

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