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H&R Block Settles Multi Million Dollar Class Action Suit

H&R Block has agreed to settle a massive class action suit in Texas.
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Illinois to Add $45 Million to State Coffers With Estate Tax

Not waiting for the federal government to make a final decision on the fate of the federal estate tax, the Illinois legislature is preparing to add an estate tax on estates that exceed $1.5 million. The state expects to add approximately $45 million per year to its budget by enacting the estate tax.Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich contends that the estate tax will only affect 158 Illinois residents. That being the case, the average tax taken from each resident's estate would be between $275,000 and $300,000.
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IRS Employees Using Computers For Personal Mail, Pornography

Treasury Department inspectors have found that Internal Revenue Service employees are using government-provided computers for sending and receiving personal e-mail, reading the news, listening to music, and visiting pornography Web sites.During one one-week period last October more than 19 million government computers were used by IRS employees while working on government time to access more than one million so-called questionable items on the Internet.
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Bill Would Allow IRS to Use Private Debt Collectors

With more than 40 states now using private collection firms to collect unpaid taxes, the federal tax agency could get the authority to contract out a portion of its collections, if a bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives is approved.The House bill, introduced last month by Rep. Amo Houghton (R-N.Y.), would give the overtaxed tax agency the authority to farm out about $13 billion in tax collections to private agencies.
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Outsourced Tax Processing Gains Popularity Among Accounting Firms

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is a popular current trend among many types of companies, and accounting firms, including the Big Four, are getting on the bandwagon.According to a survey by CFO Magazine and AMR Research, 68.3% of companies expect to increase outsourced services in the next year.Big Four firm Ernst & Young reports that it sent tax returns to its Indian office for processing this year. It is estimated that as many as 50 U.S.
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Justice Department Cracks Down on Fraudulent Tax Schemes

The Department of Justice has banned sales of a controversial tax strategy book, arguing that the book is not protected by the First Amendment because it encourages the unlawful action of not paying income taxes. In a different case a federal judge ordered a Georgia man to stop promoting a slavery reparations tax credit and to turn over a list of his clients."The tax division is focusing on promoters of tax-evasion schemes," said Eileen J.
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KPMG Feels Tax Shelter Heat on Several Fronts

Big Four accounting firm KPMG is in the spotlight this week as media focus turned to several incidents regarding KPMG's alleged misconduct with selling tax shelters.KPMG E-Mails Raise Concerns Over Tax SheltersThe Wall Street Journal is reporting today that internal KPMG e-mails show evidence of knowledge about possible flaws in various tax shelter products more than a year before they stopped selling the tax shelters in question.
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Treasury Issues Guidance on Partnership Abuses

The United States Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued regulations dealing with a tax shelter commonly known as "Son of Boss." The regulations address the tax treatment of the assumption of certain obligations by a partnership from a partner. The regulations ensure that temporary or permanent non-economic tax losses cannot be created by transferring these obligations to partnerships. "These regulations are part of our increased efforts to shut down abusive tax shelter transactions," stated Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Pam Olson.
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Treasury Department Sues One of Nation's Largest Law Firms

The Treasury Department, on behalf of the IRS, sued one of the nation's largest law firms, Dallas-based Jenkens & Gilchrist, on Thursday, demanding that the firm turn over information about clients who participated in potentially abusive tax shelters that were promoted by the law firm.The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago against the Chicago office of Jenkens & Gilchrist.
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House Passes New April 30 Tax Filing Deadline

Seeking new ways to encourage taxpayers to file their returns electronically, the House of Representatives on Thursday voted 252-170 to pass a bill that would change the deadline for filing annual individual income tax returns from April 15 to April 30. The catch is, the returns have to be filed electronically in order to take advantage of the new deadline.Lawyers and accountants have voiced opposition to the measure, indicating their concern that changing the date will only confuse taxpayers.
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Beware New Child Tax Credit Scam

It didn't take the scammers long to start targeting potential recipients of this summer's Child Tax Credit rebate. The IRS is reporting incidents of a new telephone scam that may be gaining in popularity.The latest attempt to take advantage of confusing tax legislation is a telephone caller who tells an unwary individual that there is a quicker way to get this summer's tax rebate. Just provide your credit card number and you'll be charged $39.99 and your tax rebate will be on its way.
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IRS Moves Forward With EIC Certification Plan

The Internal Revenue Service announced on Friday it would proceed with plans to implement a pre-certification procedure for certain potential recipients of the Earned Income Credit (EIC). The plan was originally announced in April, then quickly shelved when impassioned opposition was voiced.
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IRS Web Site Offers Identification Numbers For Businesses

The Internal Revenue Service now lets businesses obtain identification numbers directly from its Web site. After the taxpayer completes an application form online, the system issues an employer identification number (EIN) that may be used immediately. This online process eliminates the need to send paperwork to the IRS as well as the delay in issuing a number that may result from an incomplete application form.
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While Feds Cut Taxes, State Taxes Are on The Rise

While the federal government wrestles with the decision of how much of a tax cut to give taxpayers this year, state governments are struggling to keep offices open and balance their budgets, according to a recent report by the Associated Press.Twenty-one states have approved budgets for the coming fiscal year and included with those budgets are tax increases of $4.3 billion and fee increases of $2.3 billion.
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House Passes Child Tax Credit; Moms and Toddlers Demonstrate

The House of Representatives, as expected, voted Thursday to pass legislation that would expand the Child Tax Credit so that it includes lower-income taxpayers in the form of a refundable tax credit. The Senate voted for a similar bill earlier this week.
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House to Vote on Its Version of Child Credit Bill

Earlier this week the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would expand the recent revisions in the Child Tax Credit to make the credit refundable so that it includes more low-income families.
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Fear of Filing - Guest Article

by Julian BlockThe law empowers and encourages the Internal Revenue Service to make life decidedly disagreeable for persons who intentionally fail to file their returns at tax time. The key federal statute is the Internal Revenue Code, which authorizes the imposition of severe sanctions, both criminal and civil, on those who fail to comply with our "voluntary" system.First, consider the provisions for criminal offenses.
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Focus: Industry Sector Implications of Tax Cuts

Provided by CCH, Inc.The recent passage of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (JGTRRA) (P.L. 108-27) has left people wondering how effective these new tax cuts will be in stimulating the economy. According to various industry representatives, it appears that the stimulative effect of JGTRRA can be measured on two fronts: real and perceived, both of which are vital to their respective recoveries.
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Bush, House Weigh In on Revised Child Tax Credit

What started out as a rather benign adjustment to the recent tax legislation - a change in the Child Tax Credit to make it a refundable credit instead of a credit against existing taxes so that more lower-income families would receive money from the government - has turned into a political controversy, pitting the House Republicans against members of the Senate who passed a version of the bill last week.The Senate bill affects this summer's scheduled tax rebate by making the $1,000 Child Tax Credit refundable and the scheduled $400 rebate payable to
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New York Accountants Argue For Tax Simplification

"These taxes… must, however, be simplified, not only to save the taxpayer inconvenience and expense, but in order that his liability may be made certain and definite." These words, spoken by President Woodrow Wilson in December, 1919, continue to ring true today.

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