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Don't Ignore This Tax Credit for Retirement Savings

Due to an underpublicized break for retirement contributions, certain taxpayers may cut their current tax bill while stockpiling funds for the future. The IRS recently reminded taxpayers of the "retirement saver's credit."
A&A

AICPA Expresses Concern with Cash Method Limitations in Baucus Proposal

The AICPA has sent a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance opposing any limitation on the use of the cash method of accounting on natural persons, pass-through entities, personal service corporations, and farmers.
A&A

Bramwell's Lunch Beat: How Twitter Masks Its Losses

Here are "Bramwell's Lunch Beat" menu items for December 5.
Tax

IRS Modernized e-File System Gets a Good TIGTA Review

In a report released publicly by TIGTA concluded the IRS Modernized e-File (MeF) system has successfully replaced the agency's Legacy e-File system as the primary e-filing platform for individual tax returns during the 2013 filing season.
Tax

IRS Testing BYOD Policy for Employees

The IRS is piloting a program that would allow employees access to work e-mail and other services on their personal smartphones, but according TIGTA, the IRS program should be cost effective and a full cost-benefit analysis is needed.
Tax

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.

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