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Expert liability for ratings agencies
The National Law JournalOctober 1, 2011

Noting this concern, the staff advised that they would not recommend enforcement of Regulation AB's requirements for prospectus disclosure of ratings. The enforcement position was initially effective for six months, and by replacement letter made ...more »

Federal disability benefits could end for as many as 700 resident immigrants
Minnesota Public RadioOctober 1, 2011

The total number of state residents affected by the cutoff of Social Security disability benefits will grow to more than 700, said Immigrant Law Center executive director John Keller. The recipients are not US citizens, and had been granted benefits ...more »

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Audit Defence
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Bank of America Debit Card Fees Slammed as "Durbin Tax"
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

111-203), signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. The Act was meant to protect us from all of those banks that were too big to fail – you know, the whole banking/financial sector meltdown that we just lived through. ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Tanning tax falls short of early expectations
The Hill (blog)October 13, 2011

The IRS has tried to increase compliance with the tax, including sending some 14000 notices in June. But the inspector general said the notices should have been sent sooner, and that the agency is using spotty data to try to find noncompliant companies ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Committee to examine New River finances
Watauga DemocratOctober 17, 2011

NCGS 159, titled “Local Government Finance,” states that before a local government can take on any financial obligation, the finance officer must pre-audit that obligation. That puts counties in an ironic situation: If they properly followed the law by ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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10 Things I Know About Legal Issues For Starting A Business
Worcester Business JournalOctober 9, 2011

Mike Refolo is a business lawyer and partner at Mirick O'Connell, based in Worcester and Westborough. You can contact him at Some businesses operate fine as sole proprietorships or general partnerships, ...more »

Property Taxes
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City renews tax law
Corsicana Daily SunOctober 5, 2011, and a deal with Navarro County when the group met in regular session Tuesday at the Government Center, 200 N. 12th St. The goods in transit ordinance is the result of a brushed-up 2007 state law that lets cities tax personal property that's ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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The Benefits and Limitations of Income Tax Reform
National Center for Policy AnalysisOctober 4, 2011

The financial implications of this initiative would change drastically the tax structure and tax law of America, say Alan D. Viard, a resident scholar, and Alex M. Brill, a research fellow, at the American Enterprise Institute. ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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How to take advantage of the state's amnesty period to pay the use tax you owe
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

If you buy an item online or out of state and you don't pay sales tax on it, you may owe use tax to the state of Ohio. However, many businesses and individuals only discover this when they are audited by the state, resulting not only in the payment of ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Farm estate planning made simpler
Insurance News Net (press release)October 3, 2011

That became the start of a career pursuing the ins and outs of federal tax law and estate planning. This past May, Harl and the Agricultural Law Press published the 16th edition of the book, Farm Estate and Business Planning. ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Tax-evasion charges dropped against former Main Line doctor
Main LineOctober 2, 2011

WEST CHESTER – Citing reasons of “judicial economy,” authorities on Monday withdrew charges of state income-tax evasion against a former Main Line doctor who was convicted of running a “pill mill” from his Strafford home and his ...more »

International Taxation
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Small eBay and Amazon Sellers Getting Screwed by New Tax Law
AuctionBytes Blog (blog)October 3, 2011

The law requires that payment processors send 1099K reports to the IRS each year, beginning in 2012 for tax year 2011, containing the gross amount of transactions processed on behalf of each customer. The law is very clear that small businesses are ...more »

Tax Planning
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Administration Proposal Eliminates Tax Free Status of Muni Bonds for the Affluent
AdvisorOneOctober 4, 2011

M., William H. Byrnes, Esq. President Barack Obama's deficit reduction plan includes a controversial call for eliminating the tax-free status of muni bonds for affluent taxpayers. The provision would dramatically impact planning options for the ...more »


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