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Are Frequent Flyer Miles Next to Be Taxed?

The possibility that frequent flyer and other rewards will soon be taxed has filled the blogosphere. But the rumors are heading down the runway before they've even got clearance. What's the real story from the IRS?
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Issa and Koskinen to Square Off Next Week Over Lost Emails

The menu for June 17 features specials on 13 companies that paid no taxes in Q1 of 2014, states offering businesses an abundance of tax credits, ex-Medtronic CEO defending former employer’s tax inversion deal, and more.
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Working with the IRS: Post-April 15 Guidelines

Sure, tax preparers have a lot of work leading up to April 15. But there's plenty to do afterward, as the IRS starts reviewing the returns—and possibly finding mistakes.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Medtronic Riding ‘Tax Inversion’ Wave

The menu for June 16 features specials on lawmakers exasperated by lost Lois Lerner emails, the true cost of tax havens, Scott London said past year “worse than I could have ever imagined,” and more.
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Bramwell's Lunch Beat: Drop in Income Taxes Catches Many States by Surprise

The menu for June 13 features specials on House passing more business tax breaks, Eric Cantor defeat may stall offshore tax holiday proposal, protests over Walgreens’ possible reincorporation in Switzerland, and more.
Tax

IRS Prohibits End-Run around ACA Rules

The Service takes a stand against employers who figure they'll pay workers upfront for health insurance on the state or federal exchanges rather than provide coverage themselves.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: ‘Repatriation Rainbow’ Won’t Yield Pot of Gold for Highway Fund

The menu for June 12 features specials on no evidence found that Phil Mickelson traded Clorox shares, EY and Grant Thornton get reprimanded by PCAOB, FBI returns database with taxpayer info, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Veto Threat Looms Over Section 179 Vote

The menu for June 11 features specials on European Union investigates tax breaks for multinationals, Wall Street loses an ally in Eric Cantor, IRS issues ruling on hedge fund fees, and more.
Tax

Breaking News: IRS Adopts a New Taxpayer Bill of Rights

With a push from NTA Nina E. Olson, the IRS has published a Taxpayer Bill of Rights modeled on the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. An understandable document for all.
Tax

Are IRS Revenue Agents Being Fair?

A TIGTA report identifies a couple of cases where revenue officers made mistakes, but for the most part gives the Service a clean bill of health. Indeed, TIGTA made no recommendations at all.
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Bramwell's Lunch Beat: IFRS in the US? Maybe. Maybe Not

The menu for June 10 features specials on House GOP alleges IRS data dump was illegal, Senate lawmakers squabble over use of repatriated tax holiday, ex-BDO vice chairmen get jail time over tax scheme, and more.
Tax

IRS Draws the Line on Clothes, but Loopholes Remain

It's common knowledge that the IRS makes it difficult to deduct clothing used for work, but the Supreme Court has carved out some exceptions. Know how to take advantage of them.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Meet Mike McGuire, Grant Thornton’s Next CEO

The menu for June 9 features specials on accountants and artwork, Israeli bank to pay US $289 million in tax-evasion deal, Illinois Tool and IRS to battle in US Tax Court, and more.
Tax

Expecting a Tax Refund? Not So Fast!

The IRS can hold back tax refunds of taxpayers for up to six months while it examines their tax returns from other years. It can then use the refund to offset the tax liability. And the program may expand further.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: FASB ‘Redoubling Our Efforts’ on US GAAP

The menu for June 6 features specials on Senate tax writers slate summer hearings on tax reform, more larger companies turning to smaller audit firms, Tax Foundation refutes report on corporate taxes, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: PCAOB Will Consider Standard on Related Parties Next Week

The menu for June 5 features specials on the SEC extending settlement schedule with Big Four firms in China, a health insurance strategy the IRS may not approve of, Fortune 500 companies’ tax shelters, and more.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: BEPS Rollout Won’t Be a Piece of Cake

The menu for June 4 features specials on Senate tax extenders bill stalled until November, tax-evasion probe targets another Swiss bank, tactic Walmart uses to slash its tax bill, PwC resigns as Annie’s auditor, and more.
Tax

Short Sales Lead to Unexpected Tax Hardships

Going through a short sale is hard enough, both financially and psychologically. And the expiration of a special provision may mean a huge tax bill for those who can least afford it.
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Bramwell’s Lunch Beat: Big Four in China Talk Settlement with SEC

The menu for June 3 features specials on KPMG standing by Phil Mickelson, rankings of top audit firms in China, IBM avoiding accounting penalty from SEC, new buzz phrase in audit failures, and more.
Tax

Reports: 77,000 Banks Are Complying with US on FATCA

The list of companies that have registered with the United States includes 515 Russian financial institutions, plus more than 500 US businesses, such as Citibank NA and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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