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How to Use Investment-Related Tax Breaks

Can you deduct the costs of traveling to investment seminars and shareholders' meetings? The IRS draws some very fine lines on these investment expenses, but the courts have shown some flexibility.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Pot Shop Challenging IRS Penalties

The menu for July 3 features specials on lawmakers throw the book at tax scofflaws to raise revenue, states take lead on gas tax increases, GOP presses Justice to act on Lois Lerner contempt citation, and more.
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FATCA Pacts with US Grow as Law Takes Effect

The US Treasury Department said on July 1, the day FATCA went into effect, that nearly 100 jurisdictions and more than 80,000 financial institutions worldwide now have agreements with the United States to fight overseas tax evasion.
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IRS Shortens Form for Small Nonprofits Seeking Tax Exemption

A new form introduced by the IRS on Tuesday, Form 1023-EZ, is expected to help speed up the approval process for small charities and nonprofit groups that have applied for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Longevity Annuities Get Boost from US Treasury Department

The menu for July 2 features specials on SEC bars accounting firm from auditing US-traded companies in China, True the Vote/IRS court hearing next week, tax strategy used by Illinois governor hopeful, and more.
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IRA Rollovers: Do Things Right

Few transactions involving income taxes taxes are as likely to go wrong, and carry as severe consequences, as qualified retirement plan rollovers. Make sure your clients don't fall victim.
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IRS: Unused ITINs to Expire After Five Years

According to a new policy unveiled by the agency on Tuesday, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) will expire if not used on a federal income tax return for five consecutive years. The ITIN will remain in effect as long as a taxpayer continues to file US tax returns.
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Key Details of IRS’s Voluntary Preparer Education Program

The IRS on Monday issued final rules for its new Annual Filing Season Program, an initiative announced last week that will enable paid tax return preparers to voluntarily fulfill continuing education requirements and obtain a record of completion.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The 411 on ‘Critical Audit Matters’

The menu for July 1 features specials on many states cut taxes as their fiscal years’ begin, PCAOB finds deficiencies in 19 of 59 PwC audits, challenge of Colorado’s sales tax law heads to Supreme Court, and more.
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Depreciation Alternative Can Lead to Big Savings

Countless tax-challenged entrepreneurs mistakenly believe that depreciation is the only way to deduct equipment purchases. As a result, they pay far more in taxes than legally required.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Ready or Not, FATCA Is Almost Here

The menu for June 30 features specials on GOP Rep. Darrell Issa says Lois Lerner violated agency regulations and laws regarding emails, SEC suspends two KPMG auditors, AICPA launches new future of learning site, and more.
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Property Taxes: State-by-State Highlights

Traditional property tax bills may not continue to be a certainty. Nationwide, there are increasing efforts to seek alternatives to a tax bite that draws a lot of crossfire.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: A Look at Hertz’s Accounting Red Flags

The menu for June 27 features specials on US/China agree to terms on FATCA pact, Big Four firms oppose Hong Kong protest, KPMG buys boutique investment bank, Deloitte names new CEO of audit practice, and more.
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Divide and Conquer: A Partial Home Sale Exclusion

Half a loaf is better than none. Although the IRS is strict about its rules for excluding home sale gains, it's not always an all-or-nothing situation. Compromises are possible.
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IRS Moves Ahead with Voluntary Preparer Certification Plan

The IRS announced a new program on Thursday that will allow paid tax return preparers to receive certification if they voluntarily complete certain continuing education requirements.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: House Panel Checks Off More Tax Breaks From Its List

The menu for June 26 features specials on vote on Wyden’s highway fund plan on hold, ex-lawyer gets 15 years in tax fraud case, Regions Financial to pay $51 million to settle accounting error, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: The IRS Has Got the Archivin’ Blues

The menu for June 25 features specials on DC Council approves “yoga tax,” AICPA sends second letter to IRS against proposed voluntary preparer certification program, Walgreen won’t rule out inversion, and more.
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Knowing the Three Tax Scenarios for Vacation Homes

Using your vacation home? Renting it out to others? Doing a mix of both? The tax situation is different in each case, and you need to keep careful records and know all the rules.
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Two Large Ohio Cities Most Tax-Friendly for US Businesses: Study

According to a new KPMG report, the top five US cities with populations above 2 million that have the most favorable tax climate for businesses are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: KPMG Gobbles Up Another Tech Business

The menu for June 24 features specials on IRS chief grilled again over lost emails, Shire puts an end to AbbVie’s inversion plans, not much support for gas tax hike, “Yoga Tax” vote today in DC, and more.

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