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Supreme Court Piles on Hefty Tax Shelter Penalty

In a new case decided by the US Supreme Court, the remnants of a tax shelter partially constructed by wily Texas billionaire Billy Joe McCombs – known informally as "Red" – collapsed like a house of cards.
A&A

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Morgan Stanley's Boo-Boos

Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 4.
Tax

New Final Regulations Clarify Obamacare Tax Rules

Three provisions of the ACA may have a major impact on individual taxpayers and certain businesses beginning in 2013. The IRS has just issued voluminous new final regulations clarifying some of the rules.
Tax

NFL Players Call Personal Tax Foul on Cleveland

As professional athletes' salaries continue to escalate, several revenue-strapped states seem to be looking to the athletes for a solution. Two NFL players are crying foul and taking one major city to court.
Wealth management

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Hip-Hop Channels Suze Orman

Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 3.
Tax

AICPA Proposes Quick Disaster Relief for Taxpayers

The federal tax law provides relief to victims of natural disasters, but taxpayers generally have to wait until the government works its way through a lengthy process for each specific event. Now, the AICPA has proposed a faster solution.
Tax

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Your Order's Up!

Welcome to our first installment of "Bramwell's Lunch Beat." Each weekday around lunchtime, I'll provide you, the accounting and finance professional, with some bite-sized summaries and links to news articles that may be of interest.
Tax

Seizing Private Assets to Enhance Fed Budgets?

Some are wondering if federal agencies are seizing private assets on flimsy evidence to beef up their budgets. In 1985, about $27 million assets were seized. That's no small amount, but leap forward to 2012, when the amount skyrocketed to $4 billion.
Tax

The Big Boon of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

Over the last year or so, the Marketplace Fairness Act has gotten a lot of coverage. Although the act passed in the Senate, the House of Representatives hasn’t yet voted on its passage, and in some circles, there’s concern it won’t pass.
Tax

IRS Urged by TIGTA to Fix Weaknesses in Its Systems Security

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) concluded in a recent report that the IRS needs to step up its tracking efforts to eliminate weaknesses in the security of systems involving taxpayer data.
Tax

Ultra-Wealthy OK with California's High Tax?

Are the superrich leaving California? Despite the big talk, the ultra-wealthy don't seem to be going anywhere. But that doesn't mean the state isn't losing income and jobs.
Tax

Baucus Proposes Series of Sweeping Tax Reforms

Max Baucus released a series of comprehensive tax reform proposals over a three-day span. Specifically, the three drafts cover a restructuring of the international tax system, tax administration and fraud prevention techniques, and cost recovery deductions.
Tax

Tax Recommendations Aplenty in Latest IRSAC Report

The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) made several recommendations on a broad array of issues and concerns regarding tax administration in its annual report released on November 20.
Tax

Lois Lerner Was Slammed for Playing 'Blame Game'

It's been revealed that the supervisor in the Cincinnati office accused of wrongdoings by Lois Lerner, former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations (EO) division, took umbrage when the finger was pointed her way.
Tax

AICPA Asks IRS to Plan Ahead for Another Shutdown

In a media briefing held on November 8, high-ranking officials of the AICPA urged the IRS to develop and publicize a contingency plan in the event the government shuts down again January 16.
Tax

Bernie Madoff Employees on Trial as Assistant Scammers

The name Bernie Madoff probably rings a bell. It has also been known to set off a few whistles and sirens. His well-publicized crime masterminded the biggest Ponzi scheme ever recorded.
Tax

TIGTA Report: IRS Needs to Make Virtual Servers More Secure

The IRS has made significant strides in expanding its virtual environment, but more attention is needed to ensure its virtual server configurations are secure, according to a report released by the TIGTA.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 18, 2013

Chicago lawyer Gary J. Stern designed at least three tax-fraud schemes that helped hundreds of customers falsely claim over $16 million in improper tax credits and avoid paying income tax on at least $3.4 million.
Tax

IRS Warns Consumers of Possible Scams Relating to Relief of Typhoon Victims

On November 15, the IRS issued a consumer alert about possible scams taking place in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
Tax

AICPA Briefs Media on Three Pressing Tax Issues

On November 15, the AICPA held a conference call with various members of the media, including AccountingWEB. The briefing focused on three critical areas.

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