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Is This the Year for Tax Reform?

Is 2013 shaping up to the year of tax reform? "There are more proposals this year than we have seen in the last five years, and an unprecedented number of major state tax reform proposals," said Harley Duncan, a managing director at KPMG.
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Taxing Dividends and Capital Gains Income Fairly

The tax rates and policies on income from dividends and long-term capital gains lead to some unintended negative consequences. In trying to help stamp out fraud in financial reporting and add more fairness into the tax system, closer examination of these policies is warranted.
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AICPA Asks IRS for Tax Leniency

It's not quite as dramatic as the attorney for a death row prisoner requesting a reprieve from the governor, but the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has sent a letter to the IRS asking for relief in the 2012 tax filing season.
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Income Tax Turns 100 in 2013: Die, Monster, Die!

In case you missed the big celebration, federal income tax turned 100 this month. Woo-hoo? February 3, 1913, was the day the Sixteenth Amendment to the US Constitution was passed, ushering in the nemesis of nearly every American, the good ol' income tax.
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Battle of the Governors: Low Taxes vs. High Tans

The battle of words between two governors sounds a little like a schoolboy exchange. Texas Governor Rick Perry seems to be thumbing his nose at California Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is clearly annoyed, yet responding as if Perry is more of a mosquito than a threat.
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IRS to O.J. Simpson: Where's Our Money?

It's true that the IRS has slapped O.J. Simpson with two different tax liens over the years ($179,435.07 for 2007 to 2010, and $17,015.99 for 2011). California is still trying to collect $318,566.06 going back to 2000, on which Simpson has made no payments.
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Livestock – Depreciate? Inventory? Sell?

There are many different methods available to account for livestock, and it is important that farmers be knowledgeable of their options. Because of those many options, it is imperative that farmers utilize the tax planning services a tax professional can provide.
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IRS Delays Accepting Returns That Include 31 Types of Forms

The IRS announced January 28, 2013, that it won't accept returns for processing that include Form 8863, Education Credits, until mid-February, or two weeks after the 2013 tax filing season begins. It’s one of many forms currently unavailable.
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IRS Delays Accepting Returns That Include 31 Types of Forms

The IRS announced January 28, 2013, that it won't accept returns for processing that include Form 8863, Education Credits, until mid-February, or two weeks after the 2013 tax filing season begins. It’s one of many forms currently unavailable.
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Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2012 Tax Year

It's not just the IRS that's been madly updating forms for the 2012 filing season. Right on schedule, Glenn Reeves of Kansas has released his sixteenth spreadsheet-based version of the US Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
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Did California Hit Mickelson into a Tax Sand Trap?

Top professional golfer Phil Mickelson may be ready to leave California and go house shopping in a more tax friendly state, which only leaves him forty-nine choices.
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Plaxico Burress Needs Professional Help

NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress needs a good financial advisor . . . or a team of them. He seems to be his own worst enemy, with a long track record of self-inflicted wounds – financial, physical, and behavioral – followed by a career-crashing stint in prison.
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Treasury and IRS Issue Final FATCA Regulations

The US Department of the Treasury and the IRS jointly issued comprehensive final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for reporting and withholding taxes on US taxpayers with financial accounts held abroad.
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IRS Highlights Refund Tracker for Electronic Tax Return Filers

With the federal tax-filing season ready to begin January 30, the IRS wants electronic tax filers (e-filers) to know of its improved Where's My Refund? tracking program.
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IRS Simplifies Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction

The IRS announced on January 15, 2013, a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes.
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Uncle Sam Takes "Real Housewife" to Task

Sheree Whitfield, the ex-wife of former Atlanta Falcons tackle Bob Whitfield and a former star on reality TV show "Real Housewives of Atlanta," is in trouble with the IRS for failure to pay taxes in 2009 and 2010.
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Jon Gosselin - From Stardom to Average Guy to Tax Deadbeat

When Jon Gosselin walked away from his wife in 2009, he also walked away from the income derived from their reality TV show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8." He hasn't paid any taxes since splitting with Kate; the result is a tax lien of $39,000.
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Tax Lien Hits Music Legend Stevie Wonder

Nobody is immune from the long arm of the California Franchise Tax Board, not even one of the key entertainers at President Obama's inaugural ball. The good news is Stevie Wonder can handle it. The tax lien is for a mere $40.
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IRS Provides Penalty Relief to Farmers and Fishermen

The IRS announced it will issue guidance to provide relief from the estimated tax penalty for farmers and fishermen unable to file and pay their 2012 taxes by the March 1 deadline due to the delayed start for filing tax returns.
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O.J. Simpson Hit with Tax Debt and Foreclosure

In prison for a total of thirty-three years, and he's still drawing fire from multiple sources. O.J. Simpson is being targeted by the IRS, and it's not the first time. The tax agency just filed a second lien on him for 2011 income.

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