Government

A&A

Most common billing mistakes contractors make

Contractors, particularly those who are new to government work and are working for a Department of Defense agency, often face delays when submitting vouchers for payment.
Practice

Reviewing overtime standards should be one of your resolutions

Miscalculating overtime can be extremely costly for companies in terms of fines and lawsuits. And the U.S. government has just made it easier for unhappy employees to find lawyers willing to sue companies over alleged FLSA overtime violations.
A&A

IRS watchdog: Six months of work saved taxpayers nearly $3 billion

The watchdog over costs and efficiency at the Internal Revenue Service has saved taxpayers almost $3 billion over six months, according to a new report to Congress.
Tax

IRS, FBI seeking financial records of Florida Republican Party

The Republican Party of Florida has been served with a subpoena seeking financial records related to $500,000 in charges on American Express credit cards issued by the party.
Tax

Tax Foundation releases state business tax index

South Dakota's tax system is most welcoming to economic activity while New York's tax code ranks 50th as the least hospitable, according to the Tax Foundation's most recent edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index, which ranks the tax systems of the 50 states.
A&A

Deciphering key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act

As regulators begin the rule-making process for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), it is estimated that the act mandates nearly 250 regulations and 70 studies.
AccountingWEB Life

Deadlines set to take advantage of exclusion on gain from sale of qualified small business stock

A partnership or LLC that is expecting substantial appreciation in the next few years might benefit greatly from making the conversion to a C corporation by January 1.
Tax

IRS will face 'major challenge' if Congress fails to extend tax breaks, AMT patch

The IRS has warned that although the agency's computers have been programmed to assume that Congress will pass a fix to the AMT, the computers do not assume that any other tax breaks that have already expired will be extended.
A&A

Deloitte CFO Vision Poll: Midterm elections improve business outlook

Despite the fact that more than 70 percent of chief financial officers at Deloitte's annual CFO Vision conference believe current government financial policy has either had no effect or negatively impacted their business, the tide is turning toward a more positive outlook.
Tax

Rep. Charles Rangel gets his day in court, faces an unexpected loss

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) once again is in the news for ethics violations. For more than two years, Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been the target of an investigation involving a growing list of charges.
A&A

New Congress Part 1: Deficits, tax cuts, lame ducks

Following the November 2 elections, Republicans are taking the lead in the House and have strengthened their position in the Senate, which means there is much talk of permanently extending the Bush tax cuts.
A&A

New Congress Part 2: Health care, Form 1099, financial reform

With Republicans poised to take control of the House in just a few weeks, there is no shortage of speculation about what they will address. To study the possibilities, President Obama appointed a bipartisan commission to make recommendations.
Tax

What voters said about tax hikes in November elections

As lawmakers try to solve budgetary shortfalls by raising taxes in most states, taxpayers are not pleased, and they said so earlier this month at the polls.
A&A

AICPA calls on Congress to repeal 1099 reporting requirements

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) called on Congress this week to repeal what it considers burdensome information reporting requirements placed on businesses and rental property owners by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
Practice

New route to allowing unions through card checks?

When Barack Obama ran for president, his message was all about hope and change. But a recent decision by one regulatory agency makes it seem like it may all just be politics as usual in Washington. That decision, by a politically appointed board, seems to represent an end-run around Congress.
A&A

Texas CPAs win mid-term election seats

Texas CPAs fared well in the recent mid-term elections, with six accountants winning seats from Texas House of Representatives to Railroad Commissioner to U.S. Congress.
A&A

Highlights of the 2010 IRPAC Report

This month, the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) released its report for 2010 outlining recommendations to the IRS regarding several key issues that have recently become law, or are soon to take effect.
A&A

Exclusive: National Tax Conference kicks off in D.C.

Approximately 600 CPAs are gathered in Washington, D.C., this week to get the latest on tax reforms and the potential impact of the mid-term elections at the 35th annual National Tax Conference sponsored by the AICPA. Managing Editor Gail Perry reports.
A&A

Japan’s economic crunch, its effect on the U.S.

Growing concerns have compelled the Bank of Japan’s policy board to take significant steps to jumpstart its faltering economy. The bank calls its multi-pronged strategy a “comprehensive monetary easing policy.”
A&A

Treasury announces financial stabilization investments of $570 million

To provide support to banks, thrifts, and credit unions that lend to small businesses and families in underserved communities, the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced the completion of funding under its Community Development Capital Initiative.

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