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A federal takeover of education
Washington PostOctober 1, 2011

Such federal aid to education came in 1965, the year of liberals living exuberantly, which produced Medicare and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The latter completed the long repudiation of the idea that some sectors of life are ...more »

Ecopetrol S.A. Announces Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

In all events, shareholders' representation shall be subject to the rules set forth under Colombian Corporate Law and Securities Regulations, concerning illegal, unauthorized and unsafe practices by the issuers of securities. ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Conley woman who filed for bogus tax refunds going to prison
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionOctober 18, 2011

... hundred thousands of dollars of fraudulent refunds, authorities said. It was discovered after McClendon's employer, World Acceptance Corp., a consumer finance company, conducted an audit, noticed suspicious transactions and reported them to the IRS.more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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US crackdown could threaten Americans' tax break on foreign earned income
Royal GazetteOctober 1, 2011

Americans and their personal financial profiles are now just too complicated and represent liability exposure foreign firms would prefer to avoid, since the alternatives are fraught with expensive US IRS compliance prerequisites. ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Annals of government toothlessness, HAMP edition
Reuters Blogs (blog)October 4, 2011

Treasury has paid servicers some $471 million in cash incentives — but taxpayers aren't allowed to audit where that cash has gone, or whether it has been effective. It's a fiasco. It took several months for the unit to even get off the ground. ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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IRS Wins Tax Shelter Trifecta
ForbesOctober 10, 2011

The Justice Department cried foul and even sued to stop Chicago tax lawyer John E. Rogers promoting them. His deals are artificial, generating over $370 million in improper tax deductions for over 100 clients, claims this statement. ...more »

Property Taxes
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Bill eliminating personal property tax worries city officials
Fenton Tri County TimesOctober 2, 2011

Fenton - A bill that has been introduced in the state's senate has Fenton City officials concerned. Senate Bill 34, which was introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs, would amend the General Property Tax Act to exempt all personal property from ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Family Sues State Over Fairness Of Retroactive Estate-Tax Hike
Hartford CourantOctober 3, 2011

"This only affects a very small number of people — people who died between January and May, when they passed the law, and people with estates over $2 million,'' said Stephen R. Bellis, a New Haven attorney representing the family. ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Amid Bankruptcies First Solar Receives DOE Approval For $2.1 Billion In Loans
ForbesOctober 1, 2011

The vast majority of sales tax liability is sourced to the material required in the construction of the utility-scale solar facility. Sales and use tax on the original equipment purchased and construction would likely comprise more than 90 percent of ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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End confusion on new tax law
Scranton Times-TribuneOctober 2, 2011

1 the number of local wage tax collectors in Pennsylvania will decline from more than 500 to just 69. The change will reduce the cost of local tax collection, statewide, by about $237 million a year. The law requires some changes, however, that already ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Supermodel Nadja Auermann's Tax Evasion Trial Continues
Racked NationalOctober 13, 2011

The indictment is based largely on information provided by a tax inspector. The clerk had prepared a motion profile for Auermann on the basis of of phone bills or credit card statements. The defendant's lawyer indicated that his client was often with ...more »

International Taxation
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AFBF Urges Congress to Hold Line on Capital Gains Rate
Farm Bureau NewsOctober 4, 2011

Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) will provide greater tax certainty for America's farmers and ranchers, according to AFBF President Bob Stallman. Under current law, the top long-term capital gains tax rate will rise to 20 percent on Jan. 1, 2013. ...more »

Tax Planning
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How to Pay for College: Creating a Family Trust
Fox BusinessOctober 10, 2011

Murphy explains that only families with substantial assets to incur estate tax on assets over $5 million are in a position to invest in a family trust and that those families should seek the advice of tax and estate planning professionals, ...more »

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