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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. Regulatory Burdens of Nation’s Community Banks Topic of Testimony
  2. IRS Tax Forums Planned for This Summer - Mark Your Calendars
  3. Companies Form Alliance to Seek Group Insurance
  4. Treasury, IRS Clarify Health Savings Accounts
  5. IRS Lends a Hand to Small Business
    5a. New Tools to Help Manage Retirement Plans Available From the IRS
  • Taxpayer Advocate Service Seeks Input on Universal Tax Issues
  • Business-Owned Life Insurance is Topic of Latest GAO Report
  • AICPA Launches Program to Improve America's Financial Literacy
  • U.S. Companies Faster Than European Firms in Closing the Books
  • Crowe Chizek Tops Competitors in Public Audits
  • GAO Recommends Twelve Actions for Exchange Listing Standards
  • Book Recommendation: Financial Peace, by Dave and Sharon Ramsey
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    2. Fraud 101: Small Business at Risk
    3. 20 Ways You Can Detect Fraud
    4. Dos and Don'ts for Releasing Records of Deadbeat Clients
    5. Thirty-Five No-Cost or Low-Cost Marketing Ideas

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    1. Regulatory Burdens of Nation’s Community Banks Topic of Testimony

    Undeniably, the U.S. banking industry has experienced significant consolidation in recent years. A substantial majority of banking acquisitions in the last decade have involved banks with under $1 billion in assets. Some have raised concerns about what these trends may mean for the future of community banking.

    1. IRS Tax Forums Planned for This Summer - Mark Your Calendars

    The Internal Revenue Service will host a series of six Tax Forums this summer to help educate and serve the tax practitioner community. The three-day Forums are offered in July, August and September.

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    1. Companies Form Alliance to Seek Group Insurance

    Embracing the old adage that there is "strength in numbers," more than 50 of the country’s largest employers are banding together to find affordable health insurance for more than 4 million of their currently uninsured employees.

    1. Treasury, IRS Clarify Health Savings Accounts

    Last week the Treasury and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2004-45 which clarifies how health Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) interact with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The guidance provides a number of ways that individuals may have access to benefits from FSAs and HRAs and remain eligible to contribute to an HSA.

    1. IRS Lends a Hand to Small Business

    The IRS this week introduced two new tools to help small businesses keep their employee retirement plans compliant with federal tax law. These tools — a suite of retirement-plan “Check-Ups” and an employer newsletter — will help employers better understand their retirement plans and stay up to date with new developments.

      The Internal Revenue Service has numerous free resources that can help small business taxpayers comply with their tax responsibilities, and none of them are further than a mouse-click away.

      MORE RESOURCES...

      1. Taxpayer Advocate Service Seeks Input on Universal Tax Issues
      2. Business-Owned Life Insurance is Topic of Latest GAO Report
      3. AICPA Launches Program to Improve America's Financial Literacy
      4. U.S. Companies Faster Than European Firms in Closing the Books
      5. Crowe Chizek Tops Competitors in Public Audits
      6. GAO Recommends Twelve Actions For Exchange Listing Standards
      7. Book Recommendation: Financial Peace, by Dave Ramsey, Sharon Ramsey

      Dave Ramsey knows what it's like to have it all. By age twenty-six, he had established a four-million-dollar real estate portfolio, only to lose it by age thirty. He has since rebuilt his financial life and, through his workshops and his New York Times business bestsellers Financial Peace and More than Enough, he has helped hundreds of thousands of people to understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right-financially, emotionally, and spiritually.

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      "Our people are our most important asset." If you work in the human resources field, you’ve heard these words many times. Yet how many organizations act as if they really believe these words? Not many. These words are the clear expression of a value, and values are visible through the actions people take, not their talk.

      1. Fraud 101: Small Business at Risk

      Business fraud and abuse costs have reached $400 Billion dollars a year. That equates to $9.00 per employee, per day. Pretty incredible isn't it! It appears that the work force today has become ethically challenged. Who's the most at risk? The answer, small businesses.

      1. 20 Ways You Can Detect Fraud

      Here is a list of items to help you detect fraud in your company or a client's company.

      1. Dos and Don'ts for Releasing Records of Deadbeat Clients

      A slow economy means slow-paying clients and increased client turnover.This can add up to tough ethical questions for accountants who prepare tax returns. One especially tough dilemma arises when a former client, who hasn't paid his bill, demands that copies of all his records be provided to his new accountant.

      1. Thirty-Five No-Cost or Low-Cost Marketing Ideas

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      3. Wave of Tax Shelters could be Unleashed in the Coming Weeks
      4. Defunct Arthur Andersen the Target of Lawsuit, Disciplinary Action
      5. Bill Closes Loopholes, Includes Corporate Tax Cuts

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