Legislation

Tax

Dems Claim Hollow Victory on Tax Cut Bill

It was closer than initially expected, but the Senate approved a bill on July 25 to extend lower income tax rates for most Americans.
Practice

Criminal Background Checks and Hiring Practices

Criminal background checks for job applicants have become standard operating procedure for many companies. However, companies that routinely conduct such background checks should look at their current policies and procedures.
A&A

Health Care Law Decision - Uncertainty for Employers

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has answered the biggest question related to President Obama's health care law, employers now face the uncertainties of implementing it.
A&A

CPAs Examine Impact of Health Care Decision

The Supreme Court ruled to uphold much of the PPACA, which puts in motion the expansion of the health care system, including the individual mandate requiring all U.S. citizens to maintain minimum health care coverage or pay a penalty.
Practice

President Pushes Small Biz Tax Credits

June 8, President Obama hosted a White House press conference to urge Congress to pass “in full” the “bipartisan” jobs plan he introduced in September 2011 and the tax credits listed in his “job creating To-Do List for Congress.”
Practice

Potential of Disabled Worker Quotas on Federal Contractors

Companies with federal government contracts or subcontracts may soon risk losing their contracts if they do not meet quotas to hire more disabled workers.
Tax

Nurses Rally for a New Wall Street Tax

The liquor and tobacco industries are frequent targets of "sin taxes" aimed at drumming up revenue from sources that cater to certain vices. But the latest call for a sin tax is directed at a group that's decidedly more button-down than bootleggers and barkeeps: Wall Street brokers.
Tax

Facebook's Saverin: Senators Propose Crackdown on 'Friends with Tax Benefits'

Two US Senators are feeling anything but friendly toward Eduardo Saverin, one of the cofounders of the social networking site Facebook. They have proposed new legislation, called the Ex-PATRIOT Act, which would impose a mandatory 30-percent capital gains tax rate for expatriates on all future investment gains.
A&A

Summer Rental Season Kicks Off - Extra Tax Points for Owners

According to a new survey by Deloitte, more Americans will be traveling this upcoming Memorial Day holiday than they did last year. This could be welcome news to clients who own rental properties as the traditional vacation season kicks into high gear. But some dark clouds still loom on the horizon . . .
Tax

AICPA Applauds Passage of Mobile Workforce Bill by the House

The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2011 would establish a uniform requirement that nonresidents would have to work in a state for more than thirty days before becoming subject to out-of-state income taxes.
Tax

AICPA Urges House to Pass Mobile Workforce Bill

Barry C. Melancon, president and CEO of the AICPA, urged the House to pass H.R. 1864.
Tax

Buffett Rule Fails in Senate

By blocking the so-called "Buffett Rule" with its April 16 vote, the Senate was able to suppress the Democratic push to level the income tax playing field between the 1 percent of wealthiest Americans and the remaining 99 percent of taxpayers.
Practice

EEOC and Courts Begin to Weigh in on Amended ADA Standards

Striking the balance between the need to hire qualified employees and the need to avoid disability discrimination claims has become even more challenging since changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect in 2009.
A&A

Update: Health Care Law under the Microscope

On March 30, the US Supreme Court held closed-door deliberations on President Obama's health care overhaul law. It is likely they cast their preliminary votes on how they will eventually rule. As the Supreme Court is known for keeping its secrets, no leaks are expected before formal opinions are written and announced from the bench. This is not expected until late June.
AccountingWEB Life

Sales Tax Levies on Digital Downloads Facing Headwinds for Now

It is hard for legislators in cash-strapped states to ignore the explosion in the use of electronic devices - handheld computers, smart phones, iPods, iPads, and e-readers - and not view the many products these devices deliver as a basis for a new sales and use tax.
Tax

New York State Is Attempting to Tax Its Yoga Studios

Last year, after the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision attempted to subject yoga studios to licensing regulations, the proposed "Yoga Bill" was signed into law by Governor Paterson on March 24, 2010. The bill exempts yoga and martial arts studios from state educational certification.
Tax

Maryland CPAs Are Fighting Proposed Tax on Professional Services

Maryland CPAs are mounting a coordinated effort to fight a proposed sales and use tax on professional services that will specifically apply to management consulting and tax preparation services. Lawmakers in Maryland have proposed the measure as one way to solve their budget problems.
Practice

Treasury Proposes New Rules for Annuity Options in Retirement Plans

The U.S. Treasury and the IRS have proposed a package of regulations and rulings intended to encourage retirees to invest some proceeds of their retirement accounts in annuities. Retirees have shown no interest in this type of investment because they are reluctant to invest their entire retirement account in an annuity.
Practice

Parking and Mass Transit Employee Benefits: NTEU's Kelley Wants Parity

On January 31, 2012, the leader of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) called on Congress to approve the S. 1034 – Commuter Benefits Equity Act of 2011, which would permanently establish parity between the parking and mass transit portions of the employee transportation benefit.
A&A

Governments and Private Companies Exploring Benefits of XBRL

Congress is beginning to mandate the use of XBRL to track spending and improve transparency in government reports. Bills that contain language calling for the implementation of data standards, such as XBRL, have not yet passed into law, but the requirement could become part of the final payroll tax cut bill.

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