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Audit: For much of 2011, DC lagged on small-biz spending
Washington ExaminerApril 1, 2012

With three months remaining, 84 District agencies spent about $60 million combined with small businesses -- 12 percent of the level the law mandates. Spending figures for the fourth quarter weren't included in the report Branche issued last month, ...more »

Latest homicide victim remembered as caring father
CTV.caApril 1, 2012

Chad's killing is Edmonton's third homicide of the year. Police say it's early in the investigation and they have no leads on suspects. They're appealing to the public for help. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 780-423-4567 or Crime ...more »

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Audit Defence
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FedEx fails to deliver for drivers
Huffington PostApril 2, 2012

When that happens people lose legal rights, governments lose tax revenue, and businesses gain an unfair advantage over competitors who pay the extra costs to treat their workers as employees. Federal and state governments have started coming down ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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New foreign financial asset reporting requirement with deadline of April 17, 2012
Lexology (registration)April 1, 2012

Taxpayers who fail to meet their obligation to file Form 8938 are subject to significant penalties. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requires certain US taxpayers holding foreign financial assets, including an interest under a foreign ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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Northeastern schools cited in audit
Palladium-ItemApril 2, 2012

The school district also spent more on promotional items than state law allows. Tim Edsell, who became the district's superintendent Jan. 1, said he's addressed all audit issues and the district is now complying with the laws.more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Federal jury convicts 2 former Uxbridge residents in tax fraud schemes
Worcester TelegramApril 3, 2012

The defendants operated a payroll tax scheme to pay employees “under the table” without properly accounting for or withholding or paying the IRS the payroll taxes required by law. They “promoted the payroll scheme to employers and individuals who ...more »

Property Taxes
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Georgians torn over tax on Internet sales
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionApril 4, 2012

Nathan Deal signs the tax bill into law, as expected, it's unclear whether companies such as Amazon will collect sales taxes in Georgia. States across the country hard-hit by the recession have been passing so-called “Amazon” laws in hopes of raking in ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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No income taxes is the message
Pauls Valley Daily DemocratApril 3, 2012

That, he said, could be done by simplifying the tax code, eliminating some exemptions and targeting the waste in government spending with a reduction of 6 percent. There are a number of real benefits to the elimination of income taxes, he said.more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Vermont gubernatorial candidate hits 'cloud tax'
BusinessWeekApril 3, 2012

A Vermont gubernatorial candidate is speaking out against issuing a sales tax for use of software located on remote computer servers. Republican Randy Brock joins some other lawmakers speaking out against a Tax Department bulletin issued in 2010 saying ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Few object to Medicare tax, free emergency care
Appeal-DemocratApril 2, 2012

Lindsey Donner, a small-business owner in San Diego, pays the Medicare tax although she and her husband are uninsured. Donner, 27, says she doesn't see much difference between the mandate that workers help finance Medicare and the health care law's...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Indian parliament likely to consider finance bill on May 7
ReutersApril 3, 2012

The bill seeks to combat tax evasion and amend a rule to retroactively tax the indirect transfer of assets, a move that has been criticized for further dampening investor sentiment, among others. International trade groups representing more than 250000 ...more »

International Taxation
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Retrospective amendment of tax laws arbitrary and punitive: Vodafone CEO
NDTVApril 2, 2012

Vodafone's CEO, Vottorio Colao, has written to the Prime Minister and to the Finance Minister about the government's proposal to amend tax laws. The modification, which will apply retrospectively from 1962, could allow the government to tax Vodafone ...more »

Tax Planning
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Bloomberg BNA Offers Comprehensive Update on the Legal and Tax Aspects of ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

"As a result, US tax advisors need to know the latest tax laws applicable to their investment activities and be knowledgeable about tax planning opportunities in Latin America." This conference will provide an update on the tax systems impacting tax ...more »

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