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Free Tax Valuation e-Newsletter now Available

The Financial Valuation Group, a financial consulting firm specializing in business and intellectual property valuations, expert testimony and financial consulting, has created the Tax Valuation E-Flash, an electronic newsletter that delivers timely information on a variety of items related to valuation ramifications of tax cases.The free newsletter, available for subscription, includes abstracts of valuation related court
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Some new Tax Shelters a No-Go With Treasury

Based on sources, The New York Times reports that several Big 5 firms are proposing unique tax shelters to clients that do not make the grade. The shelters create artificial tax losses by investing in partnerships.The Treasury Department did not release the names of the firms that are suspect, and could not be sure of which firms even proposed the shelters.
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Has the IRS Stepped Over the Line?

A proposal by the Internal Revenue Service has tax preparation software companies and the technology industry up in arms.The Service is asking tax software companies to offer taxpayers 'free' tax preparation and electronic filing services in exchange for providing easier access to individuals' private tax records.While this doesn't seem inherently out of order, software companies believe the IRS may someday be a competitor in offering the same services.
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Clinton Vetoes Marriage Tax for All the Wrong Reasons

President Clinton issued his long-promised veto on Saturday and dashed the hopes of married couples everywhere who were hoping for a tax cut this year. In a confusing message, Clinton stated first that the elimination of the marriage tax penalty would take too much revenue away from the government and more than use up the federal surplus about which we keep hearing so much.Upon closer examination, it is clear than Clinton believes no such thing.
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A Change in Real Property Tax Depreciation Methods?

A recent study by Big 5 firm Deloitte & Touche released this week concludes that the current investment recovery depreciation schedules of 39-years for non-residential property and 27.5-year for residential property are too slow and should be changed.The study, which is the most comprehensive depreciation study in over 20 years, shows that the economic value of property should more accurately correspond to a schedule of 20 years or fewer to properly reflect modern economic co
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IRS to Reach Out, Get Organized

The IRS has announced the new Agency-Wide Shared Services group, which is providing support for IRS workers nationwide. Services covered by this new group will include administration in the areas of procurement, facilities, real estate, personnel, and Equal Opportunity and diversity issues.By taking some administrative duties out of the hands of IRS offices around the country, the remote workers will be able to provide more concentrated services to taxpayers.The AWSS is part of the IRS reorganization, which is intended to bring more specialized services to taxpayers.
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IRS Employees Caught Taking Bribes

Eavesdropping devices helped officials catch eight Chicago IRS employees were allegedly were taking bribes in exchange for offering certain taxpayers breaks on paying their income tax.The eight were placed on paid, administrative leave until further notice. While one agent was taped discussing a $25,000 payment, a source close to the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the payment actually was less than $100.At least two of the eight became informants and wore recording equipment on-site.
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Separating Death and Taxes

Separating Death and Taxesby Michael B. Allmon, CPAThe U.S. Congress, encouraged by popular sentiment, tried to separate death and taxes by voting to repeal the estate tax in July.
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IRS Backing Away from Traditional Collection Efforts

If the statistics coming out of Illinois hold true for the nation, it would appear that the IRS is backing off on collection attempts.
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Effect of Marriage Tax Cut on $1.8 Trillion Surplus

Last week's vote to send tax cut legislation for married couples to the White House for consideration has fueled yet another battle between Democrats and Republicans in a very important election year.Democrats who voted against ending the marriage tax penalty are concerned that the passing of the tax cut will use up all of the projected 10-year, $1.8 trillion surplus.
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Marriage Tax Bill Goes to White House

The Republican-controlled House and Senate have reached agreement on a marriage tax relief bill that would provide a more fair income tax rate for married couples where both spouses work. The bill changes the standard deduction for married couples to be twice the standard deduction for unmarred taxpayers, and this change would be retroactive to January 1, 2000.In addition, the bill provides for a change in the tax brackets so that single or married, the tax on income is the same.
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Congress Votes to Change the Way We Look at Taxes

The week in Washington was anything but dull. Nearly every day we were presented with a new, more glorious bill and a gaggle of vote-hungry representatives and senators eager to vote 'yea.' There isn't a single issue here that won't please most of the American public - so why is it so likely that so few of these measures will actually make it into law?Marriage Tax Penalty. There are bizarre rules in the Internal Revenue Code that make it possible for two people to earn the same income at the same job but pay vastly different income tax on that income due to their marital status.
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Third Time’s a Charm on Tax Legislation

The House voted 401-25, which of course means that Republicans and Democrats alike are in the same camp on this one, to increase the annual contribution limits to the nation’s most popular retirement plans, the IRA and the 401(k).
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Tax Accountants Missing the e-Mark

A survey conducted by KPMG of leading Fortune 1000 companies showed that 51% of the companies agree that e-commerce will lead to increased competition over the next three years.
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Marriage Tax Cut On to Next Step

A joint House/Senate conference committee will proceed with ironing out the differences between the two versions of the marriage tax cut bill that passed in the House and Senate.
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Let’s Give Employees the Whole Truth

The House has paved the way for better employee understanding of just what goes on “behind the scenes” regarding employer contributions to Social Security and Medicare by passing a bill that will require this information to be disclosed on annual W-2 forms.The Right-to-Know Payroll Act, as it is presently called, would require an amendment to the IRS Tax Code calling for new areas on the W-2 form to display employer contributions that are made on behalf of employees. The bill was introduced by Rep.
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IRS Issues new Preparer Rules

In 1998 the IRS issued proposed regulations regarding the retention of preparer-signed tax documents. Those proposed regulations have been withdrawn, effective July 18, 2000, and replaced with final regulations.
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Senate Passes Elimination of Marriage Tax Penalty

Republicans and Democrats joined forces in the Senate today, passing a bill that would eliminate the marriage penalty portion of our beloved tax code over a period of 10 years. The bill passed by a 61-38 margin. Now the House, which has passed a similar bill, will combine the two and present a final version to President Clinton, perhaps as early as this week.Clinton has already promised to veto the bill when it arrives on his desk on the eve of the Republican National Convention. So why bother having the vote?
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Marriage Tax Penalty One Step Closer to its Grave?

With a vote of 269-159, the House gave its blessing to a marriage tax relief bill that is now on its way to the Senate. The Senate hopes to send a final version of the marriage bill, along with a bill for demolishing the estate tax, to President Clinton on the eve of the Republican National Convention, the timing of which is not coincidental.The marriage penalty tax, as it is justifiably called, is a nuance of the tax code that requires married couples to pay tax at a higher rate than they would if they remained single.
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IRS Announces New Rules for Calculating IRA Income

If you make a contribution to your IRA, change your mind, and request that the contribution be returned to you on or before the due date of your tax return, the old rules stated that you must report a certain amount of taxable income based on the earnings in the IRA account for the entire year of the contribution.

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