Economy

Election 2012

Romney Takes Super Tuesday, but Close Race Still on Rivals Say

On the morning after Super Tuesday voting, Mitt Romney was able to declare himself the winner, tallying up a total of 419 total Republican delegate votes, nearly double the delegate count garnered by his closest rival Rick Santorum, who currently stands at 178 total votes, according to Associated Press statistics.
Tax

IRS Announces "Fresh Start" Initiative to Help Struggling Taxpayers

The IRS announced a major expansion of its "Fresh Start" initiative to help struggling taxpayers. It is taking steps to provide new penalty relief to the unemployed and making installment agreements available to more people.
Election 2012

Tax Talk to Resurface on Super Tuesday. Where Does Santorum Stand?

While Romney managed to maintain his status as the GOP front-runner, there's little doubt the momentum Santorum built in Michigan in February means he still poses a threat to Romney's once all-but-certain ascendency to the Republican nomination going into the ten-state Super Tuesday primary Tuesday, March 6.
Election 2012

Obama's Corporate Tax Plan Begins to Take Shape

Last week, President Obama unveiled the framework for an extensive corporate tax package. It didn't take long for his rivals to poke holes in the plan. In fact, the Republican front-runner for the presidency, Mitt Romney, chose the very same day on the campaign trail to present his own economic program.
Practice

Intuit Small Business Employment Index Results

Small businesses created 50,000 new jobs in January but paid employees less and gave them fewer hours. The East Coast, especially New York, showed more weakness in employment than in other parts of the country. These are some of the results of Intuit's latest Small Business Employment Index.
A&A

The Economy – Americans Feeling Better, CEOs Feeling Gloomy

Is the economy getting better or worse? It depends on who you ask. Two recent polls show that Americans are beginning to feel a bit better about the economy, but CEOs are feeling gloomy. For the first time in almost a year, more Americans say the economy is getting better than those who say it’s getting worse.
A&A

Talk of Taxes and Economic Growth Rose above Fray at Florida Debate

On January 23, the remaining contenders for the GOP presidential nomination hit the ground running in Tampa. Romney and Gingrich dominated the debate and traded barbs over character and electability. But, despite the fireworks, core issues – tax reform, deregulation, and economic growth – were discussed.
Tax

GOP Tax Debate Could Coalesce around Ron Paul's Ascension in Primaries

Despite his decisive second-place finish in the New Hampshire primary and his strong third-place showing in the Iowa caucus, there are still some political pundits who question whether Ron Paul, who was initially a middle-of-the pack candidate, is a viable contender for the GOP presidential nomination.
Election 2012

Cain Vows to Keep 9-9-9 Part of GOP Presidential Race

Earlier this month, Herman Cain announced that, despite the fact he is no longer on the GOP ballot, he will continue to take his 9-9-9 tax reform and economic recovery plan to the public through his newly formed Solutions Revolution bus tour and media blitz.
Election 2012

Some CPA Analysts Question if Romney's Tax Reform Approach Will Fly

Some Republican candidates' tax reform platforms have spurred discussion and controversy, but Mitt Romney's "Believe in America" plan for jobs and economic growth has drawn relatively little discussion. One CPA analyst argues that Romney is "staying status quo on the personal side of the tax equation."
Tax

NTEU President: IRS Budget Cuts Will Hinder Service to CPAs, Clients

While the threat of a government shutdown has been put to rest, NTEU president is still warning Americans that reduced funding embodied in the signed omnibus spending agreement will place an enormous strain on the ability of government agencies to fulfill their critical missions – particularly the IRS.
Tax

Payroll Tax Takes Another Holiday

Our nation's lawmakers finally agreed to a compromise extension of the so-called "payroll tax holiday." The new law signed by the president on December 23 – the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 – keeps the payroll tax break alive for another two months.
Tax

Wrangling Continues over the Payroll Tax Cut

This morning (December 19), the Associated Press reported that "Boehner spoke after a chaotic weekend in which Senate leaders first failed to agree on a full-year bill, then coalesced around the two-month extension that passed overwhelmingly, only to spark a revolt among GOP conservatives in the House."
Practice

AICPA Panelists Examine Economic Outlook Survey Findings

AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey measured nine components All nine components showed modest improvement in the fourth quarter Survey revealed increased optimism that the US economy will improve in 2012 AICPA Webcast, "Looking Ahead to 2012: Progress of Paralysis?" covering the survey to be made available
Election 2012

Gingrich Says He'll Reduce Taxes and Reform Government Regulations

When asked by Diane Sawyer during the December 10 GOP debate about his "distinguishing idea" to create jobs and bring jobs back from overseas, Gingrich stuck close to his "pro-growth Jobs and Prosperity Plan," which advocates lowering taxes and reforming government regulations to grow the American economy.
Tax

Clock Still Ticking on Payroll Tax Cut Extension Deadline

The impasse between Republicans and Democrats over the proposed payroll tax cut extension grew larger on December 8. Senate Republicans blocked the latest Democratic bill designed to extend the tax cut, and Republicans unveiled their own plan to lengthen the payroll tax holiday.
A&A

Bank Controls Lacking, Regulation Insufficient

Significant losses by banks have demonstrated the need for improved risk management and internal controls to avoid past mistakes. To be successful, these changes require a stronger ethical culture, not more of the same regulatory actions that failed in the past.
A&A

CFOs Expect to Increase Hiring for Accounting and Finance Employees in Fourth Quarter

Chief financial officers surveyed recently forecast an increase in hiring during the fourth quarter of 2011.
Tax

Recap of tax winners and losers in new jobs bill

President Obama has proposed a number of significant tax changes in the American Jobs Act of 2011, including payroll tax cuts, tax credits to encourage hiring, extension of the 100 percent bonus depreciation tax break, and several revenue-raisers.
A&A

AICPA panel addresses economic data and what it means for CPAs

Panelists in a recent AICPA Webcast were invited to take a close look at the pessimistic conclusions of the CPA Outlook Index for the third quarter, and consider what it could mean for CPAs and their clients.

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