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US DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine Sept 30 (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Business / In Brief • October 14, 2011
Maui NewsOctober 14, 2011

Isaac W. Choy, CPA, will speak on "IRS Circular 230 - Responsibilities," the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Code of Professional Conduct and AICPA Statements on Standards for Tax Services. The cost, including lunch, ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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US tax crackdown has Canadian financial firms on edge
CTV.caOctober 5, 2011

The financial services industry, in Canada and elsewhere, is predicting a compliance nightmare if FATCA goes ahead as planned. In a letter this week to the IRS, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association warned of “significant ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Why Audit is Important When Closing a China Business
China BriefingOctober 4, 2011

This means that if they have become insolvent, there are well-defined legal and audit procedures in place that permit the use of limited liability status to limit total losses to the amount of the injected registered capital. ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Father and son sentenced for their role in $880M Ponzi scheme
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comOctober 5, 2011

Still, Roberto Torres' lawyer, John Yauch, tried to keep his client out of jail altogether, saying probation fit the crime. Torres, he said, was a nose-to-the-grindstone businessman with an Army background who tried to leave Capitol several times, ...more »

Property Taxes
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Church upset about tax bill for YMCA daycare
Northwest Cable NewsOctober 1, 2011

"They need to pay their fair share of the property tax, based on the amount of revenue that they're receiving," said Yzaguirre. That comes out to be a property tax bill of $17000. That leaves the two non-profits with very few options. ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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Putting Unions on the Same Playing Field as Charities
The Epoch TimesOctober 8, 2011

However, there are two major groups in particular who benefit most directly from tax breaks within the Income Tax Act. One is registered charities, the second is labour unions. While both groups benefit from taxpayer-aided income tax laws, ...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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Group pushes pulpit politics
Charleston Post CourierOctober 2, 2011

John Simpkins, a research fellow at the Charleston School of Law and a constitutional law expert, said the claim that the government is restricting freedom of religious expression in churches doesn't hold water. Churches, he said, are free to discuss ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Judge resigns after investigation into alleged tax evasion
Jerusalem PostOctober 3, 2011

The Justice Ministry announced on Monday that a Tel Aviv Magistrates' Court judge has been investigated by the police on suspicion of evading taxes over a period of eight years. The tax authorities began to suspect Judge Dan Mor, ...more »

International Taxation
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CAPITOL BRIEFINGS: Senate bill would spare new purchases from personal ...
Crain's Detroit BusinessOctober 10, 2011

LANSING -- The chairman of the state Senate Finance Committee is adding to the debate over Michigan's personal property tax and sponsoring legislation that would exempt new equipment purchases. The bill, to be introduced this week or next, ...more »

Tax Planning
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Warren Buffet's Effective Federal Income Tax Rate Is Just 11%
ForbesOctober 12, 2011

I've worked in the Washington DC bureau of Forbes for more than two decades and in recent years have spent much of my time reporting about taxes -- tax policy, tax planning, edgy tax shelters, tax evasion, wacky tax credits, and Congressional tax ...more »

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