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Tax Reform? Mortgage Interest Is All About Location

According to a new study, the amount of the mortgage interest deduction for taxpayers differs widely across the country, with the biggest deductions claimed by those living along the east and west coasts.

What's the Impact of Baucus' Retirement on Tax Reform?

Senator Max Baucus announced that he won't be seeking reelection in 2014. Instead, the Democratic senator from Montana intends to focus on helping to shape tax policy in our nation's capital until calling it quits for good.

New Law Requiring Tax on Internet Sales Moves Forward

The federal government moved one step closer toward imposing state sales tax on online retail sellers when the Senate voted on April 22, 2013, to bring the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 to the floor for limited debate.

House Rejects Bill to Fire Federal Workers with Tax Debts

A bill that would have required the federal government to terminate workers who were delinquent on paying their taxes was rejected by the House of Representatives on April 15.

Tax Reform Writers in Congress Want to 'Friend' You

Want to know where the next major tax reform legislation is coming from? You might check on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp said they'll ask the public for tax law proposals via social media.

IRS Spoof on Star Trek: The Sequel

Responding to criticism by a high-ranking member of the House's tax-writing committee, the IRS now admits it should have scuttled a quirky video based on the iconic "Star Trek" TV show. But the agency continues to maintain that another video parody, this one based on "Gilligan's Island," should not be cast away.

IRS Star Trek Video: Going Where No Agency Has Gone Before

A high-ranking member of the tax-writing committee in Congress is demanding the IRS release copies of two video parodies produced with taxpayer money. The videos, which spoof "Star Trek" and "Gilligan's Island," were shot at the IRS' television studio in Maryland.

IRS Makes 8.7 Percent Sequestration Reductions

On March 4, the IRS announced it has been forced to trim awards paid to whistleblowers, to reduce refundable credits for certain types of tax-exempt bonds, and to reduce the refundable portion of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit for some small tax-exempt employers – all by 8.7 percent.

No Fallout at IRS from Sequester . . . Yet

Now that the federal government's "sequester" has taken hold, what will the effect be on federal income tax refunds? None, according to an internal memo from Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.
Education & Careers

Jesse Jackson Jr. Guilty of Money Crimes

One publication describes them as a "power couple," but those days may be over for Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson Jr., at least for now. On February 20, both Jacksons entered guilty pleas in the separate charges brought against them.

House Panel Critical of PCAOB's Economic Analyses

A US House panel is investigating whether the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the nation's chief public company audit overseer, is doing enough to incorporate economic factors into new regulations it is proposing.

Credit Rating Agency Performance Needs Improvement

The continued poor performance of the credit rating agencies in providing adequate assurance of the creditworthiness of debt instruments requires stronger action from regulatory bodies.

E-Filing Continues to Grow, Exceeds 80 Percent Goal

Saying that paper tax returns are "steadily becoming a thing of the past," the IRS Oversight Board reports that e-filing of individual tax returns has surpassed an 80 percent goal.

Nation's Top Tax Advocate Calls for Tax Reform

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson cited the need for comprehensive tax reform as the top priority in her annual report to Congress. The report identifies problems facing taxpayers and advises Congress to take significant steps to simplify matters.

Accountants Prepare for Possible Expansion of AMT

While everybody has heard much about the "fiscal cliff," many people don't realize just how hard a hit they might take. The details are none too favorable. Take for example, the alternative minimum tax (AMT).
Education & Careers

IRS Announces New Members for ETAAC

The IRS announced today, November 30, 2012, its selection of four new members and a chairperson to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).
Education & Careers

KPMG Webcast to Examine 'Fiscal Cliff' and Business Tax Reform

On December 6, KPMG's Tax Governance Institute will host a webcast featuring insight and perspective from key Washington insiders on what may result from negotiations on the "fiscal cliff" and business tax reform.
Election 2012

Obama Wins Reelection - But Congress Still Split

With Congress still split along partisan lines following the election, it's uncertain whether the President will be able to marshal the bipartisan spirit needed to address two of the most pressing economic issues.

Prepare for Potentially Looming "Fiscal Cliff"

As the end of the year grows closer, so does the uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" and tax planning for the future. The ICPAS is advising you to be prepared.

FEI Releases Congressional Scorecard for 112th Congress

Financial Executives International (FEI) has announced the release of its first-ever "Congressional Scorecard," which rates lawmakers' records on their votes for or against FEI's priority legislative issues.


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